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DIY mini art easel {Teacher Appreciation}

Posted by  ·  April 20, 2012  ·  Last Updated: April 20, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Through all of April I am excited to share some amazing ideas from some of the most wonderful bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation series! It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers!

Welcome Jamielyn….


Hi there! I’m Jamielyn from I {Heart} Nap Time and I’m thrilled to be here today as part of the Teacher appreciation series! There have been so many fun ideas shared!

Today I’m going to show you how to make these simple gifts for your children’s teachers. They will love these mini art easels that they can display on their desks. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:


  • Mini art easel (purchased from Michaels)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Red and blue paint (or color of choice)
  • Paint brush
  • Chalk

These are quite simple to make. First, give the mini canvas a coat of chalkboard paint. Once it has dried completely, you can add another coat. Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle to allow proper drying times.

Next you’ll paint the easle with your color of choice. I found it easiest to give them a couple coats of spray paint.

Once your easle and canvas have dried you can write a little note to your teacher with chalk or a chalk marker. I LOVE the chalk markers (found at Jo-Ann’s) because they write so smooth.

Wrap it up with ribbon and a little note and your gift is ready go! Thanks for having me ladies, I’d love for you to come by and visit!
Jamielyn is the founder and managing editor of iheartnaptime.net. She is married to her best friend and together they have two beautiful children just under two years apart. Her days are filled with lots of snuggles, crafts, e-mails, avoiding the ever-growing pile of laundry, play dough, sneaking bites of chocolate and wondering, “Is it nap time yet?!” I Heart Nap Time is a creative site sharing DIY home projects on a budget, holiday crafts, easy recipes and lots more!

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  1. jay
    Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
    This is so cute and adorable
  2. Luanne Pang
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
    so cute! i wish we have that easel here. :)
  3. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    these are adorable! i love that my little girl and boy can both make these for their teachers themselves!
  4. Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
    This is so cute!
  5. Hilda Carmona
    Saturday, May 5th, 2012
    Yay! Definitely doing this! I bought the stuff already!!! My girls are going to have a GREAT time doing this! ;-)
  6. Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
    Love, love, and…love!
  7. Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
    Nice and simple and too cute.
  8. liz
    Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
    love this idea, I'm going to try it!