Picture of Simple and Cheap Art Stand/Easel
Going to be displaying or selling some art soon but don't have the cash to dish out for stands for all of your masterpieces? FEAR NOT! All you need is three straight sticks, three rubber bands, and a small board you can make a mighty fine little tripod stand that you could make a small army of for the cost of one store-bought stand.

This can also be a great simple to make easel for those with little ones who want to do some painting this summer. The kids can make the easel then they can make Michelangelo jealous with their paintings.
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Step 1: Materials

There's plenty of room for other materials if you like, but the easiest I could thing of is as follows.

3- rubber bands
3- 1/2"x5' wooden dowels
1- 1"x2" board the width of your display piece

You could also use PVC,bamboo, string, or replace the board with a wide enough stick your display won't fall off. Go nuts.

Step 2: Assembly

Picture of Assembly
1: Put the three dowels together and wrap a rubber band around them at their tops to hold the top together and make a tripod.

2: Loosely wrap one rubber band on the bottom of one of the dowels, and slide it up to the point you want your board at. Repeat for the other leg and rubber band.

3: Pull the rubber bands on the legs out and slip in the 1x2 board.

4: Adjust the height of the board as needed and make sure it's sitting level. Set up the tripod evenly between the three legs to avoid it tipping over.

5: Place your display on the 1x2. The rubber bands running across the top of it will help hold it in place.
eugeneb44 years ago
Simple is usually the best way.
l8nite4 years ago
I really like that rubberband idea!