Upcycled Old Drawer = Art Easel

Don’t pay hundreds of dollars for an art easel – make one yourself! It also has built in storage for your art supplies.


  • Old wooden drawer (we got this this one for free from a house which was being renovated in our street)
  • Saw
  • Chisel
  • Screwdriver 
  • Wood glue 
  • Hinges (1 for the lid, 2 small ones for the props holding up the lid)
  • Plywood for the lid
  • Thin piece of wood for props and edge of lid
  • 4 small nails
  • Hammer


1. Cut the top off the front of the drawer to make all sides an even height

2. Measure and cut the plywood lid

3. Cut, glue and nail the ledge onto the plywood.


4. Chisel out sections to fit the hinge, attach the hinge to the box and plywood.

5. Cut the pieces of wood the prop the lid up. Attach these to the base of the drawer with small hinges.

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