Make your own rustic mini easel from tree branches

I was running out of mini easels for displaying my ceramic tile paintings, so I decided to try making my own. There were some broken-off branches lying around on the ground in my yard, so I collected a couple of the straightest ones I could find. I used a small garden clipper to clip three 7.5” long pieces, and one 5” piece to act as the display ledge.
Choosing the three longest sticks, I used a drill with a super-fine bit to drill holes about ½” down from one end of each stick, where I would be binding the three together. Then I drilled holes about an inch from the bottom of the two front sticks, where I planned to attach the 5” display ledge stick. I also drilled holes at either end of the ledge stick.
Next, I held the three large sticks together in the tripod-style position I wanted them to be in, and I ran thin wire through the holes, winding it around to bind them together. It was very fiddly and I had to redo it a couple of times to get it right. Once I was finished, I squeezed carpenter’s glue in between them to secure a better bind.

I placed the ledge stick against the bottom holes and slid toothpicks covered in carpenter’s glue through the holes to bind them together. Once the glue was dry, I clipped off the toothpick parts that were sticking out. I discovered that using toothpicks to secure the pieces together is a lot easier than using wire, so I plan to change the way I secure the top part of my next easel.

To cover up the wire at the top, I wound a raffia ribbon around and tied a bow.

Voila! A rustic mini easel for displaying mini artwork.

Below, I’ve included a couple more acrylic on ceramic tile paintings I finished recently. One is of a mischievous fairy who has fallen partially into the cookie jar. And the other is of one of my favourite birds—the beautiful Cardinal.


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