My daughter's favorite thing. A just my height toddler chalkboard that also works with a roll of craft or freezer paper to become a easel.
Handmade from this plan >>
Dimensions are shown above. Warning, this is a little easel. If you are looking for a larger easel, go here for those plans.
Materials and Tools
1×4, 24 inches
1/4″ hardboard scrap (I used the backside of scrap paneling)
countersink drill bit
2 – 1×2 @ 20″ (Tops and Bottom of Frame)
2 – 1×2 @ 36″ (Frame Legs)
1 – Chalkboard (made my own out of hardboard paneling and chalkboard paint) @ 23″ x 19″
2 – 1×2 @ 23″ (Back)
2 – 1×2 @ 31″ (Back)
1 – 1×4 @ 23″ (Tray)
1 – 1×2 @ 23″ (Tray Back)
2 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Tray Sides)
1 – 1×2 @ 24 1/2″ (Tray Front)
3/4″ wood dowel @ 28″ (Paper Holder)
Build the Chalkboard Frame
Simply glue and screw the chalkboard frame together. Check for square. Then paint and paint the chalkboard too.
With the frame and the chalkboard painted, screw the chalkboard to the frame. Use the 3/4″ screws.
Now build the back as shown above. Adjust for square.
Back Edge of Tray
Screw the back edge of the tray to the tray bottom with 2″ screws and glue.
Glue and screw the tray sides on. Front edge is flush.
Attach the tray front as shown above.
Mark the tray sides as shown above and drill 3/4″ pilot holes. Thread the dowel through. I cut my dowel with 1 1/2″ on each end so that the dowel wouldn’t easily slip throug
Now simply assemble everything, and use a level to get that tray on straight with the floor.
It is that time of the year. Time to think about gifts. This year, I challenge you to handmake at least one gift for someone you love. By putting your time into a gift, you not only give a treasured present, but your loved will feel even more loved knowing you made with your hands their gift.
And if you just so happened to know a toddler that needs a chalkboard (under 4 is recommended), this might be that gift. Also shown, Clara's Table and the Four Dollar Stackable Chairs.
And with the addition of a cheapo wood dowel and some good ole freezer paper, this little guy turns into an art easel too!
Complete with a little tray. Is this the one? If not, expect lots more smaller, giftable projects in the next month or so.