Paint Stick Chalkboard Easel
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Lately I’ve been pretty fascinated with paint sticks. In fact, every time I go to Lowes I’ve been grabbing a few. Originally I wanted to make a frame with them but quickly realized these paint sticks would make a pretty adorable easel. Although, I may still make a frame sometime soon!
What you will need:
- 5 paint sticks
- small chalk board ( I found mine in the craft department at Walmart for $2)
- small hinge ( I bought a pack of 4 at Lowes for around $2)
- screw driver
- stain or paint of your choice
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
Step 1: The first thing you are going to want to do is to measure and cut two of your five paint sticks. I cut the top one to fit the width of the chalk board. For the bottom, I cut the stick to fit in between the two larger sticks on the sides. Once the paint sticks are cut you can paint or stain them to your liking. I chose this dark walnut stain from Minwax.
Step 2: The next step is to start assembling the easel. I hot glued mine but if you have a better way don’t be afraid to give it a try! I do recommend using a stronger hold glue such as these Gorilla Glue sticks. I noticed that sometimes the regular hot glue sticks don’t stick as well to the chalk board. If you do not have a hot glue gun I think E-6000 or super glue would work well also.
Step 3: The last step is to put on the hinge. This part is a little tricky, at least it was for me. Before screwing it on I played around with it a little to see how it would work best with my chalk board. Once I figure this part out I used a screw driver to screw it on. The screws were a little long and came through the back of my paint stick so I put two big gloobs of glue over the screw so I don’t jab myself. This doesn’t look pretty but it’s on the back and no one will see it, I promise.
Depending on how wide your hinge opens you may need to add a piece of twine to the back. The twine holds the easel in place so the paint stick doesn’t slip. Here is a picture of how I put my twine on.
This is what worked for me. If you have a better way of assembling the easel please don’t be afraid to give it a try!
If you decide to make this DIY I’d love to hear from ya! You can drop a comment below or message me on any of my social media pages. Hope you have a blessed weekend and as always remember to keep it simple. Catch ya next week my friends! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, youtube