A while back I bought a bunch of these cute little wooden boxes .. the idea was to use them to A: decorate and B: for storing some of my loose pens. Well .. as you do, it just suddenly hit me. I had the perfect portable storage to take my pens anywhere, but of course being me.. I hate coloring flat. I built a super simple desktop easel last year using an offcut spare bit of shelving and two of my sons triangular wood blocks from his building set LOL.
Fabulous little thing.. I use it all of the time… but it’s not exactly idea if you want to work on odd surfaces like the park benches with the wire tops… but THIS.. now THIS would work. I have had my pens in this box for a few months now and it never even occurred to me till NOW lol. I have everything I needed to make a portable easel with storage for my pens.. all I had to do was throw a handle on it if desired and build the easel portion. Pff .. NO brainer lol.. TA DA !!! 5 minutes and one pack of popsicle sticks later and I have my portable easel which could be multi-positional if desired.
Right now I have a flexible band across the top holding extra pens.. but you could store pencil sharpeners, pre printed images or any extras in there as needed by adding an insert with elastic loops, or plastic pockets These boxes are plenty big enough for a 72 set of pencils and more if you were to include the top section by adding a strap. It can be done with any size box, but this one was already here and already filled so I chose to use this one for the project. It is approx 8.5×8.5 and 3/4 -1 inch deep at the bottom and 1/2- 3/4 inch deep at the top.
I cut 3 different lengths of Popsicle for different working angles and just stored them inside.. but if this were something you would use a lot you could easily add all 3 angles permanently by fixing them to the box with a nut and bolt and or use metal bars which you can find at the DIY store and just fold out the one you wanted ( think Swiss Army pocket knife lol )
I added a Popsicle to the top with a strip of commercial grade double sided tape to give the paper a resting place so I wouldn’t have to use pins on it to stop it sliding. I might replace that with a cute little wooden ruler I have once I cut it to size.
Just be sure to seal your box top to protect your wood and /or decor if you decide to fancy it up; and carry a spare piece of card or something to act as a barrier and give a little padding beneath your project. There are lots of options for decorating the top including a frame with a permanent perspex window, or a slide in .. hell if you wanted to get fancy .. you could make a cut out…frame in a sheet of perspex and pop a battery operated light inside..VOILA !!! portable light box included.
You can take this base project idea which will knock you back about $5 for the box and a couple of bucks for Popsicle sticks if you don’t have them…. and totally go to town and personalize your portable easel… make it as quick and simple or hi-tech and permanent as you want. Possibilities are endless.
….anywho.. maybe someone out there will have a need for a portable easel with storage and not want to spend a gazillion bucks on one… so .. here you go..something to think about next time you are aimlessly wandering the aisles, coupons in hand.
.. you are welcome 🙂
This is exactly the same kind of box I used in a previous project, with the big cockerel on it.. for anyone who saw that post