Creations, Tabletop Easel


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and awesome Andrea of Design Morsels





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Michelle always has something wonderful up her sleeve!

Today I am sharing a tabletop easel I made with a cardboard box

and cut up watercolor doodles





It’s lightweight and the perfect way to keep what you’re reading,

sketching, or cooking handy!





I don’t know how I ever lived without it!





It all started with a sturdy white box that came in the mail





I kept looking at the box thinking I needed to re-purpose it for something…









That’s it!!

A tabletop easel was born




I glued the sides into position with a glue gun

I glued a small watercolor of a beach ball on the top slanted surface

and a line of flat backed glass vase beads forming a shelf





I cut up a page from a sketchbook that was covered with watercolor sea life

You can use photos or magazine pictures,

cut up wrapping paper or craft paper, anything you like!




Note: If using magazine photos, glue them on card stock and then cut them out so they will be sturdier than flimsy paper

I chose not to use Mod Podge because I wasn’t sure how the cardboard box would hold up to the moisture and I was afraid it would smudge the watercolor paintings




A crab and jellyfish went on the back

Then a sea turtle swam around the side with a seahorse





I added patterns to the triangular areas with markers





An octopus swam onto the other side





Sea shells joined the beach ball on the front

Silver dots were added with a marker to frame the easel surface





It’s the perfect size for a Kindle or E-reader





I added a few marker lines around the glued watercolors

to finish and fill in the white spaces





It’s perfect for a laptop pillow for comfortable, hands free reading





This comes in handy as a recipe holder while cooking too










It comes in very handy in my outdoor art corner on the porch





I can prop a photo of what I’m painting right next to my art easel for reference







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50 Responses to “Creations, Tabletop Easel”
  1. Mary says:

    Hi Jenna, I love how you think outside the box! 🙂 Your tabletop easel is such a fun and creative way to repurpose too. I have a small bean bag easel that I use to prop my kindle and iPad up when I’m reading but this is so much more creative. Happy Thursday ♥

  2. Sara says:

    Brilliant idea Jenna and your watercolour doodles are fabulous. I don’t think my stick people would cut it – lol!

  3. Kitty says:

    What a great project, Jenna!!! I think that kids would have a fun time doing this, too. I love the shiny stones that hold the kindle or tablet. You idea is just so creative!

  4. Gail Griffin says:

    You have quite the creative imagination, Jenna! Who would have thought to turn a plain old box into something this unique and special! And who doesn’t need an easel to prop up just about anything? I love how you decorated it, too!

  5. Terrie says:

    Jenna your phone and tablet holder is neat. Love how you have it decorated. I made a phone holder for myself and wished I would of made it large enough to hold my tablet as well. I guess it was an after thought. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Chas says:

    What a great way to reuse a box and so useful too! Looks amazing, great tutorial, thanks for sharing, and wonderful crafting with you friend.

  7. What a fun project and so adorable! I love all the summer decor and happy colors. Great tip on gluing magazine photos to card stock before using them. I never thought of that but it totally makes sense. Once again, it’s always a pleasure to hop with you! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  8. Nancy Sharp says:

    I thought the same thing when I received two of those kind of boxes. Create something. So for one I painted it with chalk paint and tied raffia around it for a coastal vibe and used it for a riser for a lantern.

  9. Cecilia says:

    What a resourceful repurpose, Jenna! I love your coastal accents, too! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  10. Pam says:

    That’s absolute genius! I love it! Now I need to go and find a box! (I know I must have one in the garage that will work…)

  11. Very clever, Jenna. And what a terrific idea. Thanks for the good tips on making it.

  12. Sandy B. says:

    I love this idea!
    I also love your laptop pillow. Do you know where you found it? I have been looking to replace the one I’ve had since college (a very long time ago 😃) that finally broke.

  13. Jenna, this is so clever and creative. I know I can do this!! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. You rock my friend!

  14. Totally awesome idea! Pinning. Now to find that perfect box!


  15. Rachelle says:

    Great recycled craft 🙂 In the kitchen trying to read a recipe is where it would come in most handy for me. Love the artwork on it as well.

    • Thank you Rachelle, yes it’s perfect for that…I often snap a pic of a recipe on my phone rather than printing it out and just put my phone on the easel to reference while I’m cooking. I love our craft hop, everyone has so many great ideas!

  16. Chloe Crabtree says:

    This is so adorable…AND practical. But of course, yours looks so good because of your lovely artwork added to it! I agree with Rachelle, this would be great for holding my cookbook in the kitchen! Thanks for hopping with us!

  17. Sonja says:

    Hard to believe you used an old box to make this adorable tabletop easel. Love all the beachy cut outs, the easel looks perfect outside on your lovely porch.

  18. Carol says:

    Jenna, what a great idea ~ both from a practical way to reuse all the packaging boxes we have and you created a very useful item to have. Love the sea~impressed cut~out designs and the “sea~glass looking beds. Very cute.

  19. Rebecca says:

    Who would’ve thought a simple box could be so useful and attractive? I just love how you’ve decorated it with your lovely summer inspired artwork. Mine would get the most use in the kitchen as a recipe holder. So clever, Jenna! It’s always fun to hop with you!

  20. Liberty says:

    Great idea! This reminds me— I want to create some sort of desk for our treadmill so I can walk (slowly!) and blog at the same time! If it works, I’ll be sure to share!
    I like those types of boxes too, and save them to use for storing Christmas ornaments and such.


  21. Cynthia Nessel says:

    What a great project. I love repurposing and this one looks super handy. So fun hopping with you.

  22. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, your creative talent is endless! This is a fabulous and so useful project. Great post!

  23. lghiggins says:

    This is a great use for a box. As a (retired) teacher, I admit to a longstanding love affair with boxes (as long as you don’t metaphorically put kids in them and slap on a label). Boxes have such potential! I think the absolute best way to recycle is to repurpose. Your project is outstanding–both beautiful and useful!

    • Thanks Linda, I have a new appreciation for boxes now, and especially with on line shopping these days they rapidly pile up…the volume in use these days is worrisome, it’s so important we reuse and recycle as much as we can…

  24. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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