the easel tutorial

The Easel Tutorial

I know it was forever ago when I did the 10 New Uses Tuesday on Chopsticks where I shared the idea for the chopstick easel and said I would get you a tutorial. 
Truth is, when the easel isn’t holding anything, it is kinda a hot mess because I just used wire. It is very functional but didn’t make for much of a tutorial. SOOOOO I thought about doing a bigger version with branches and twine that is made the same way as the chopstick and wire one but a little cuter to photograph for a tutorial. 
Here is my finished easel:
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First I started with  my sticks, 3 about the same size and one a little shorter (or 4 chopsticks), some twine (or wire) and scissors.
I took the three branches that were about the same size and put them together like a tepee kind of,
then I tied a piece of twine around it to hold it together briefly. 
I wanted to make sure it would stand like this, though it isn’t that stable yet. 
Then, I wrapped the twine around the branches a bunch of times, like, once you think it is secure, do a couple of more. It might be a little wobbly still but you will be able to stabilize it with the last one too, you want to make sure it leans back a bit so that things propped up on it will stay put. If it is leaning forward they will just fall off. 
Now, for the bottom piece, or the ledge for the artwork,  I loosely tied each side to hold it will I actually attached it to the other branches.
I wrapped each side a bunch of times until it seemed stable. 
And it is done! This is much more appealing than the wire and chopstick one though once you put the art on the chopstick one, it doesn’t matter anymore. 
I put a canvas I had on hand on it to test it out and it looks great! I am thinking it will go in the backyard once we do some work out there as a place for Avery to draw outside. 
This tutorial should work with any size sticks so you can make mini ones or big ones- you could have easels all over your house if you really wanted to… but you should send me pictures if you do that lol!

3 Responses to The Easel Tutorial

  1. Lindsay September 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    This is the coolest, most creative project! And how cute is your little artist?! What a fun new addition to your home!

  2. Katie September 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    michelle, i adore this! definitely a favorite :)

  3. Kara @ Mine for the Making September 22, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    um….SO COOL! one of my all time fave projects. wow. i think a mini one with some kind of fall inspired art would be fun on a mantel. I love the idea of putting it outside for a backyard art station. LOVE!!