Keeping Her Busy: Art Easel

IKEA's art easel is only $14 bucks! You can spray paint it (I did a pretty gold!) so it goes with your room's decor and watch your little Picasso go to work! Ikea also sells a matching roll of paper for only $4.99! Pretty cheap for something that your child will use for years! Toddlers and crayons go together like peanut butter & jelly…like sugar & tea…like a cold Corona & a lime wedge.

Coloring is an all time favorite of Lily’s and the perfect activity to keep any toddler busy. The only problem I had was keeping her coloring books organized and out of sight. For some time I had them stored on our dining room table, but moved them to a plastic container out in the garage with the rest of the art supplies for a little spring cleaning. Heading out to the garage everyday to grab the Elmo coloring book was annoying so I headed to Ikea and picked up their wood art easel for an outrageously cheap price….$14.99!

ikea easel suppliesTo make the art easel pretty and fit with our home’s décor I painted it gold! The easel comes with one side made for chalk and the other for dry erase markers. I taped off both sides with a trash bag before I gave it two coats of spray paint (that I already owned).

Ikea's cheap art easel is only $14.99 & spray paint it a fun color (like gold) to go with your home's decor. A super cheap & pretty place for your toddler to make art! The easel comes with a wooden stick to hold a roll of paper and you can purchase a huge roll of paper for only $4.99. That is so cheap that I snatched up two of ‘em! To hold the paper still while Lily colors I placed a metal paper clip. You could easily use a plastic chip clip, but the metal paper clip fits securely & is toddler proofed!

To hold Lily’s crayons and chalk I am using small metal buckets that can be found in Target’s dollar section. The green bucket was actually included in a party favor so it made this project cheaper! I only spent $ on the following:

Art easel $14.99
Roll of paper $4.99
Metal buckets $1.00

Since Lily still has a fascination with eating crayons I just move the two metal buckets to the kitchen counter once art time is over. Simple & easy. So for a small price we now have a cute art area in the living room where Lily can go and get her Picasso on!IKEA’s art easel is only $14 bucks! You can spray paint it (I did a pretty gold!) so it goes with your room’s decor and watch your little Picasso go to work! Ikea also sells a matching roll of paper for only $4.99! Pretty cheap for something that your child will use for years!

 
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  1. Kimberly Romano commented:
    March 13, 2013 Reply

    We have the same thing for Nick…he loves it!

  2. March 13, 2013 Reply

    genius to spray paint this!!!! i’ve been eying this at ikea for months now & can’t wait until miss Kate is old enough for it (but really, I can wait, because this baby stage is already flying by waaaay too quickly. but you know what i mean) :)

    • Amy Romano commented:
      March 15, 2013 Reply

      Ha- I was eyeing it too when Lily was still considered a “baby”…and yes it flew by! Tomorrow I’ll be shopping for a training bra…:)

  3. Elizabeth commented:
    March 15, 2013 Reply

    We have this and love it!

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