When I was a young child living in Hawaii (my Dad was in the air force during my early years) , my mom would take me to a local park for “play mornings”. I don’t remember much about it, but I think it was like Gymboree or Mommy and Me before there was such a thing. Anyway, at play mornings we got to do all sorts of fun things like painting and playdoh. My mom took those ideas home with her and I remember many childhood days of arts and crafts at home, my mom cooking playdoh on the stove for us or creating tabletop easels. The other day, I asked her how she made those easels so I could make one for Ellie. A couple of days later she showed up with this box, all ready for some contact paper to complete it.
She took a large box and cut it just so, to create a triangular shape, one side being larger than the other.
Then I added some pretty contact paper to cover all of the sides of the box. And then cut two slits in the top for the clothespins to attach.
I set the easel up outside (because it was such a lovely day and for easy clean up). Ellie wanted to use finger paints and not the paintbrushes so I placed the paints in a plastic bin (her palette) and let her do her thing. As you can see, she enjoyed the process very much.
Thank you Gramma (Mom)! Just like I so enjoyed painting on an easel like this one so many years ago, I’m certain Ellie will enjoy her experiences with this homemade easel as well!
That is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. Love that little dress and the smock Ellie is wearing 🙂
How perfect!! Is the bottom of the easel flat? or open? I’m going to be making one of these for my son! He’ll love it. Thanks for sharing.
It is open Melanie. Kind of like she took a large box and just cut off a side. I’d love to see your finished project! Come back here when you’re done and link your post so we can all see! 🙂
What a great Mom you had and still have. She’s the best and you seem to be following in her footsteps. Very cute kid to finish out the nice story.
I remember that play-doh well. It has a nice salty flavor and it was really warm when you first started playing with it