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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Miniature Artist's Easel

 I am taking a break from the breakfast series this week mainly because I needed to finish these easels and didn't have time to get the next breakfast item made too.

This week I wanted to show you how to make a cute and simple artist easel for the artist in your dollhouse.

The basic easel is made of an 1/8” by 1/8” basswood strip. You will need 2 pieces cut 6” long, 1 piece cut 5 ¾” long and one piece 2”. You will also need a piece of skinny stick that is about 2 ¼” long, a 2” length of jewelry chain and 3 head pins. Some pliers, wire cutter, and glue round out the supplies needed to complete the easel.

This easel is very adaptable to a lot of different scenes, do you want to make it taller or shorter? No problem, just adjust your measurements. I think this would be cute to hold a sign for a little cafe too.

I chose not to add any kind of finish to my easel but you can paint of finish yours any way you desire. Maybe you want to add some paint splatters to yours to make it look well used. Or is yours new like the one I made?

As a bonus I also show you how to turn some of those fancy toothpicks into some paint brushes for that mini artist. The ends can be cut to represent almost any shape of brush. And again you can either make new brushes or old ones that are paint stained or ones that are filled with paint and being used in the scene.

In the picture I did use one of those wooden shapes from the craft store to stand in for the painter's canvass. The one I used was 3” by 2” and just labeled as a rectangular sign.

finished brushes

the brushes before they were painted


  1. Thank you for a new and wonderful tutorial. I love the paint brushes idea.
    Hugs, Drora

  2. Dear Joanne,
    Thank you for sharing. I didn't know that there was a drill tool like you're using. So thank you for sharing.
    Greetings Dorien

  3. Looks like fun. Thanks for the tutorial. The paint brushes are fabulous too. TFS Hugs, Jess

  4. Thanks Joanne! I value your teachings immensely!

  5. Joanne, thanks so much for the easy-peasy-easel tut. I had made one in 1:48 several years ago that doesn't close flat, but was at a loss last week when I wanted realistic display easels for a 1:24 art shop project that could be folded flat for storage if needed. Until I found your instructions I had failed to connect the dots between my pin-vise, and the hinge and chain for a folding easel. It was Definitely a DUH Moment! :-D
    Many mini hugs.
    Chris in Ontario, Canada.