With this easel frame, you can display your pictures anywhere you like, and when you've had enough of one picture, and want to make way for your next masterpiece, you can store it inside.

You will need:
  • Cardboard box card
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Tissue or kitchen paper
  • Paint
  • Black pen
  • Ruler
First, draw around a 30cm ruler six times onto some cardboard box card, cutting the six strips out.
Then, take two of the strips, overlapping them quite a bit - around 20cm.

Tape them securely together.
Do exactly the same with the other three so you get three legs that are all the same length.
Lay two of the legs down onto another piece of card so that it looks like a capital letter A.
Draw around the top part of the A, around the outside edge, the top and a little way down the side.
Then move the strips away and draw a line at the bottom to connect the lines up.
Cut the shape out.

Use it to draw around so that you can cut out another one.
Then, tape the two easel legs back in position on one of the pieces of cardboard you just cut out.
Put the second piece on top so you sandwich the legs securely.

Tape this into place.
Take the final leg and bend it at one end.

Tape it going straight down between the two legs.
Once everything is securely taped or glued into place, you should have a sort of tripod like this that will stand up by itself.
Next - the ledge on which the drawing board will sit.

Take a toothpaste box, trim off the ends and one long side to get a three-sided box.
Cut one of the long sides so that it's slightly shorter than the other.
Then tape it to front legs of the easel, about a third of the way up.

Use plenty of tape to keep it in position.
When you've done that, you can make it stronger by cutting some extra card strips and sticking them along the sides.
When you've finished putting extra card strips on, the shelf part is complete.

Here you can see the strengthening card strips all secured into place.
Now you need to make the drawing board. Cut out a piece of cardboard that's a bit bigger than an A4 sheet of paper.
Use this to draw around and cut out a second piece.
Next you need two thin strips of cardboard a couple of centimetres wide.

They need to be the same length as the two short sides of your cardboard.
Then you need a strip that's the length as one of the long sides.
The idea is to tape these strips to the outside edge of your big card pieces so you end up with a very slim box.

This can be a bit fiddly, so take your time!
When you've put the three side pieces on, you can put on the second side using lots of tape.
Now you should have a box that looks something like this, with all the sides neatly taped into position.
Now for the finishing touches.

Take some PVA glue and mix it half and half with water.
Paste it onto all the cardboard bits then lay on bits of tissue paper or kitchen roll, covering all the nooks and crannies, sealing the joins, until you have covered everything with a layer of tissue.
When it's dry it will go solid, and be ready for painting.

Use lots of different shades of brown!
Streak in darker and lighter browns everywhere to give it a realistic wood effect.
When you've finished painting all the pieces, put them all together, and you'll have a finished Easel Frame.
You can then take a black pen and add in the grain of the wood, and maybe even some screws with a silver pen.
Simply place the picture that you want to display on the easel, and put it anywhere you like in your house.

And of course, you can store all your other artwork inside.

Try it yourself!