How to Build an Acrylic Painting Easel

Build a DIY acrylic painting easel and watch your budding artists at work!
Build a DIY acrylic painting easel and watch your budding artists at work!

It’s summer time once again and you know what that means. Since the kids are at home, you’ll have to find ways to keep them busy. Otherwise, you’ll constantly hear them complaining that they’re bored. So what should you do? Get them outdoors!

This doubles as a scoreboard during a football game.
This doubles as a scoreboard during a football game.

Children should be active for an hour every day, and getting them outside to play is one way to make sure that happens. They can certainly play and exercise indoors, but sending them out into the sun and open air encourages creative play, which is really the best exercise for children.

This DIY acrylic painting easel will have your kids look forward to spending time outside. It’s a fun way to encourage them to paint and draw – your budding artists will love it! Not only that, you can use this easel as a scoreboard during a football game. Nice, isn’t it?

If you want to start building, gather your tools and materials now!

Materials:

  • (3) 8′ 2×4 pine boards
  • (1) 8′ 1×6 pine board
  • (4) 68″ 11/16″ quarter round
  • (1) 36″ x 30″ acrylic sheet 0.093″
  • 3″ wood screws
  • 2” Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1-5/8″ wood screws
  • 1″ brad/pin nails

Tools:

  • Miter saw
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Random orbital sander
  • Cordless drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Brad nailer
  • Router (optional)
  • Full spectrum hobby laser 20×12

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Thanks to Fix This Build That for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

Here’s a quick video…

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