How to make an “On The Go” easel and art box

If you are the type to like getting out and spending time being creative outside an “On The Go” easel and art box is just the thing to keep all your supplies together and give you a great work surface for any environment.

Walnut Hollow art box and easel, stefanie girard

The Walnut Hollow Contemporary Memory Album cover makes a great easel when paired with the box.

Walnut Hollow art box and easel stefanie girard

Whatever medium you like to work in the supplies are easily store in the box.

Travel art bow with easel, stefanie girard, Walnut Hollow

And the two pieces are easily transported by using a simple recycled belt “old school” style.

Want to make one too?

Gather up:

Tools and Materials

Basswood Cornice box

Contemporary Memory Album

Creative Versa-Tool®

Hot Stamps Numbers & Symbol Set

carbon paper

template (download below)

red pen

washi tape

scrap wood if desired

art supplies to fill your travel art box and easel

binder clips

recycled belt to secure and carry your case and easel


I Love Art logo transfer box

Download the template.

Place a piece of carbon paper under the template and trace the image with a red pen onto the lid of the box keeping the image in place with a bit of washi tape. Using a red pen helps to see what lines you have traced and make sure you get them all.

I heart art, I love art, template

Burn the image using the Creative Versa-Tool®.

wood burn I love art template

Allow the Creative Versa-Tool® to cool down and replace the tip with the star image from the Hot Stamps Numbers & Symbol Set.

wood scrapbook album turned easel

Burn stars around the perimeter of the album cover.

wood burn stars on wood scrapbook easel

Again allow the Creative Versa-Tool®  to cool and replace it with the zero tip.

wood burn chain pattern letter o

I did a few test patterns on a piece of scrap wood and decided on a pattern created by using the zero on the side and burning the shape end to end around the side of the box.

I hope you’ll give this idea a try and create travel art easel and box decorated with your own special style.

Thanks for taking time to check out this tutorial and if you’d like to see more of my crafting with a re-purpose and adult coloring pages pop on over to my blog Sweater Surgery.

Stefanie Girard with scissors

Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements.


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