Here’s an easy way to build a garden art easel to display flower planters and garden art. It costs around $10 to make and takes about an hour plus painting time.
If you’d like more garden easel ideas, also see: Garden Art Easels idea gallery.
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You Asked For It
In recent editions of the Empress of Dirt newsletter (you can get it free right here), I’ve been asking readers for any requests they might have including DIY projects they would like to make.
Several wrote asking for a really simply way to make an easel after seeing the rustic easel featured in this post, but the catch is, not many people have access to lovely old fence rails to use for wood.
Instead of attempting a pathetic version with wood aging techniques, Irene asked if I could show how to make something using wood from the lumber store and ‘nothing involving more than a few simple tools‘.
Here’s what I came up with.
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To keep this really simple, I only used materials you can find at any home supply shop that sells wood. I used four 2x4x6 pieces of wood. (That means 2x4s that are 6 feet long.) And, I designed it so the number of wood cuts needed is minimal.
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- (4) 2x4x6 pieces of wood
- (1) hinge -can be 2 to 3″ long
- (12) 2.5″ outdoor wood screws
- (4) outdoor wood screws (1/2″ to 1″ long, for attaching hinge)
- electric drill, bit for pilot hole, and screw driver bit
- saw (unless you’re getting the wood cut at the store)
- outdoor paint with primer, paint brush or roller, clean up supplies
- OPTIONAL/EXTRA I attached a metal wall planter that can also be used to rest art on it (a picture or mirror, for example). You could also use a 24″ 2×4 and extra wood screws to create a stand on the front of the easel.
2×4 Wood Cuts
- A (3) 6 feet long
- B (2) 20″ pieces
- C (1) 16″ piece
- OPTIONAL-not shown (1) 24″ display bar – to rest art on front – will require more wood and screws.
You can paint all of the wood pieces first, and then assemble the easel (and just touch up some spots), or paint the whole thing after assembly.
Front of Easel
The front has (2) 6 foot side rails and (2) 20″ horizontal pieces.
- If you’re new to woodworking, one of the easiest ways to attach them is to first drill pilot holes and then use a screwdriver bit to add the wood screws. Pilot holes help prevent wood from splitting. The screws will go in at a 45 degree angle.
Back of Easel
The back is supported with (1) 6 foot 2×4, attached with a hinge. I placed the hinge part way down the back of the top (front) horizonal piece so the hinge wouldn’t show from the front.
Back Support Piece
The back support piece (16″ long) keeps the entire structure really secure.
It also provides a good support for displaying flower pots as you see here.
You will notice I did a slight angled cut for the end of the support bar that meets the back 2×4. To determine this angle, set up your easel, hold the 16″ piece right next to where it will go, and trace the cut line using the back 2×4 as your guide.
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I added a metal wall planter to my easel, anticipating that I’ll want to plant some annuals in it next summer.
Right now I’ve got some flower pots displayed but I also made sure that the easel was the right size for displaying various garden pieces including mirrors.
I really like how it adds a zing of colour to the back of the garden.
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~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛