The best DIY easel ever!

I just had to share this DIY easel with you all because it was so simple to put together and yet it ended up being the best easel ever.

To make your own, start with a good, sturdy, cardboard box. Glue a set of clothespins around the top. We used E6000 glue as it hold so much better than using a hot glue gun. Let the glue dry overnight and your easel is ready for paper and paint.

We set out small paper plates with paint and paint brushes for today’s process but just like any kind of easel, the possibilities for types paint and brushes is endless.

A main attraction for this easel painting experience was being able to paint in your own space and yet still feel like you were painting with a friend. There was lots of talking with each other and the children enjoyed sneaking a peak at what each other were doing.

All kinds of painting approaches were going on depending on each child’s interest.

The children loved using the paint palette to mix up the colors as well.

We kept the DIY box easel out all week long and had lots of beautiful painting created each day. The inspiration for our box easel came from reading one of my favorite children’s book, “Not a Box” by Antionette Portis.

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By |2019-01-10T15:36:28+00:00September 17th, 2017|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Georgia Henshall September 18, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    This idea is wonderful! It is inexpensive but versatile. I know the children had a ball using it. The inventor is a genius.

  2. Debbie Goltl September 18, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Love this! Two questions. Do you ever feel a need for paint shirts? Are they happy to use one brush and continue to mix colors or can they get a fresh brush?

    • Deborah Stewart September 19, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Hi Debbie,
      We have paint smocks available in the paint center for the children but don’t require them to wear them. I find that some children enjoy wearing them and others feel uncomfortable putting them on.

      The children also have access to additional paint brushes but none of them chose to use more than one. The children focused on mixing the colors over painting a picture. It’s very early in the school year so this is often what interests them the most.

  3. Marilyn September 19, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    These are cool and so much easier to use than a typical easel…. Is storage a problem?

    • Deborah Stewart September 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      It depends on the size of your box but ours sits nicely right inside our storage closet.

  4. Helen at out of the box NW September 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    What a great idea!! Will be sharing this one!

  5. Syeda Rubina September 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Wow! wonderful and inexpensive. definitely trying to do in my class and will let you know the result as well. thanks for the such a wonderful idea.

  6. Kathy Campbell September 29, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    The box easel is a great idea for use of space. Also, children are painting independently but with friends nearby doing the same activity. I have a question. Does the box move or slide on the table while the children are painting ?

    • Deborah Stewart September 30, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Ours did not but it was a fairly heavy box.

  7. Ellen October 1, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Maybe putting something heavy inside the box will keep it from moving.

    • Deborah Stewart October 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      That would work too!

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