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Felt Board Easel DIY

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Beckett got an easel for Christmas. Total score. If there was one thing I remember Fen playing with daily, it was her easel. The number of things you can do with them, the way they grow with you (height-wise), the fun of having a little special art center that’s all yours. Priceless.

A few days after bringing it home, I was looking at the easel and my brain kicked into gear. (danger.) We already have a large chalkboard hanging on our wall, so I realized Beckett didn’t really need another chalkboard. What he did need? A felt board. Oh yes, every child needs a felt board.

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Here’s what I did.

1. I unscrewed the chalkboard piece from the easel, placed it face down on a piece of flannel. Traced it with Sharpie, but didn’t cut it out yet!

2. Then I used spray adhesive (Elmer’s) on both the flannel (covering the whole inside of the square), and the surface of the chalkboard…. waited a moment for the sides to become slightly tacky, then carefully laid the board face down on the flannel.

3. I flipped the two over, so the flannel was now on top, and grabbed a brayer with a loud whoop! The brayer is used to roll over the surface of the fabric to just seal those two surfaces together. I like to pretend I’m a giant who has picked up a steam roller and is flattening down some asphalt. It’s important to make growling noises like you’re a grumpy giant when you do this.

P.S. Brayers are an indispensable tool. They are used for printmaking, paint-rolling, gluing-together-pressing, and even squishing wayward bugs.

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4. After the board had dried nicely- about 24 hours later- I flipped it over, felt-side down onto a rug and craft-knifed the flannel around the edges of the board. Then I jammed something sharp- I think a pin tool- into the holes of the board through the flannel, and screwed it back onto the easel. Easy peasy! If I were much more crafty, I would have glued a border of ribbon or something cool around the outside edge of the flannel.

 

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P.S. We made the felt letters by tracing around letter stickers and cutting them out. I don’t recommend cutting this many letters out, but I couldn’t find any non-sticker felt letters out and about. These are cute from Natalie’s Crafts on Etsy:

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What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.

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