Easel for Kids

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DIY project - build your own easel for kids.  Plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Have you started on your Holiday projects yet?

It's week 4 of Handbuilt Holiday

And since it's Friday, that means Jaime Costiglio and I get to share with you a brand new plan!

This easel for kids features a double sided design with trays and surfaces of your choice on each side.  The center holds a paper roll that can feed to either side easily.

It's an easy to build design that should be inexpensive and quick but sturdy and high quality.

I've got the plan steps below but do pop over and check out Jaime Costiglio's build post for lots more photos, details, tips and tricks for building this easel for kids.

Build, share, repeat!

XO Ana




Easel for Kids Dimensions


Shopping List

6 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long

2 - 1/4" panels - plywood, whiteboard, chalkboard, pinboard etc

1 - 3/4" dowel @ 25-1/2" long

Cut List

4 - 1x3 @ 54-3/4" - both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, long point to short point measurement, ends ARE parallel

6 - 1x3 @ 24"

2 - 1/4" panels (chalkboard, whiteboard) @ 24" x 32"

1 - 1x6 @ 25-1/2"

4 - 1x3 @ 22-1/2"

2 - 1x6 @ 22-1/2"

1 - Dowel @ 25-1/2"


Step 1

Build two of the angled frames.  I recommend pocket holes for strength here.  Use 3/4" setting and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  

NOTE: Also drill two pocket holes on tops of each leg facing upward on inside for attaching top in later steps.  See step 3 for placement.

Step 2

Attach panels from back with glue and brad nails, staples or short screws.

Step 3

Attach top to the legs with glue and screws.

Step 4

Attach sides to tray bottoms.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach tray with 1-1/4" screws to the legs.

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