For those who read my blog regularly, you would know of my love for Ikea and my negotiations with Santa this past Christmas to give the twins each an art easel from there. 

Up until now the twins have only been able to enjoy the chalkboard side of the easel.  Tomorrow morning though they will wake up to a special surprise of paints and markers ready to go thanks to some paper clips I made today to hold the paper in place so they don't tug it off the easel and drag wet artwork around the house.


Here is a step by step tutorial for making these:

What you will need:IMG_2772-1

  • Large magnetic clips – can be found at Staples. 
  • Pre-cut wooden circle – can be found at Michael's
  • Scrapbook paper – I found these cute Nursery pads with gorgeous patterns on sale last week at Michaels for $3.99
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue gun

How to make:

Using your glue gun put glue around the front of the metal clip.


Very quickly attach the wooden circle (he glue dries very quickly). Leave to set for a few moments.


Please the clip wood side down on the BACK of the scrapbook paper and trace a circle around the wood.  Very carefully cut it out.


Apply a coat of mod podge to the front of the wooden circle and attach the scrapbook circle to it.  I used Microsoft Word with the Word Art tool to create the letters.  I printed them out, traced around them and carefully cut them out, once again attaching them with mod podge.  Once dry apply a thin coat of mod podge over the top of the scrapbook paper.


These fit perfectly over the top of the easel and hold the paper firmly in place.


I think the twins will love using their art easels in the morning.



You can also make these as fridge magnets.  Great for holding bills, school notices etc in place

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Lanie January 4, 2009 - 4:00 pm

VERY CUTE idea! I love these!

My Two Army Brats January 4, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Very cute! But I have one question… Didn’t you win the Cricut Expressions from SITS a while back? Maybe I’m mistaking you with someone else. But if I’m not why didn’t you use it to cute the letters and the circles? I just ordered a regular cricut so I’m waiting on mine to get here and can’t wait to use it!

* TONYA * January 4, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Yes, you are right, I did win the Cricut, but the one and only cartridge I have didn’t have a fancy font that I liked and honestly, it’s kinda become buried under my mountain of craft supplies that is on my list of things to get organized 🙂

lori January 5, 2009 - 4:00 pm

so awesome! as a teacher i use magents on my white board all the time…this is a great way to jazz up the borring ones you buy at the store!

Erin January 5, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Love it! that is such a clever thing to do…thanks for sharing the step-by-step!

i'm kelly January 5, 2009 - 4:00 pm

very cute! and you know i love mod podge!

TracyB January 6, 2009 - 4:00 pm

Great idea! I framed a piece of sheet metal wrapped in fabric for my daughter to hang pictures in her room. These would be a great addition to her magnetic board.


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