Painting Outdoors with a DIY Easel

What do you do if you wish to paint outside with your little one and don’t have an easel? Make your own of course. With just a couple of pegs, a washing line and a roll of wallpaper I had a make shift easel for my eldest in the matter of seconds.

Painting Outdoors with a DIY Easel

I originally picked up this roll of wallpaper from a scrap store in our county before having my children with the thought I would do something with this roll but was unsure what. Of course with the birth of my little ones crafting got put to one side and this roll was stored away. My own mother suggested that I got rid of all my art stuff a thought that horrified me. Being a mum doesn't mean you have to sacrifice everything does it? What about self preservation of your own sanity? Donning your own survival (self care) mask before you help others out?

Now with the girls getting a little older that they don’t always put things in their mouth I'm pleased I held on to these things and have added more in the way of supplies aimed at them. I've gone through my supplies setting all the ones we can create together with in one colourful toolbox and we’re having fun playing with them.

Painting Outdoors with a DIY Easel


Today one of my art supplies (the wallpaper) and one of theirs (finger paint) were united in the garden leading to eldest having lots of fun. The finger paints are bright and colourful and I like to think I'm helping eldest learn the names of at least four colours. As you can see there’s lots of paper left uncovered and this led me to consider maybe painting with poster paint and big brushes would be more dramatic but maybe we will try this another day. I also forgot to change her into old clothes and we don’t have an apron in her size either. Still the paints are described as washable so here’s hoping that they will be exactly that and come out of the clothes.

Have your little ones tried painting outdoors?


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  1. Ah this looks so much fun! #BestWorst

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  2. I love the idea of outdoor painting! I don't have paints at home for my daughter because she generally does it at nursery. She colours at home because it's much less messy! But now the weather is better she could paint outside. I'll have to have a think about how I can rig something up like you did. Great suggestion! #FamilyFunLinky

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    1. Ah pleased to have inspired you. I think it's great you are considering letting them paint both at nursery and in the garden at home.

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  3. I never thought of painting outside with the grandkids. It's usually a rainy day inside activity but it makes perfect sense to keep the mess in the garden.
    Great idea about the wallpaper too. Will have to try it
    #familyfun

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    1. Use what you have around. You don't need to go out of your way to get paper.

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  4. Such a fun idea! I honestly wouldn't have thought of that!

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  5. What a great idea, I love it! I've always looked forward to doing arty things with my son and went crazy buying loads of supplies when he was a baby, most of which he is way to young for still! We do a lot of painting in the bath tub, mostly because it's easy to clean him there after but we definitely need to start venturing out into the garden more for some arts and crafts. #BloggerClubUK

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    1. Thank you. Aww you'll get through them and you'll have lots of memories of creating with them.

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  6. This is really clever. I was talking to hubby about getting an easel but maybe we don't need to? Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

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    1. An easel may be a little sturdier to use but this diy can be used just as easily

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  7. Love this idea. My daughters nursery suggested painting outside this afternoon!

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  8. Oh that's such a cool idea - I'm now wondering what else I could hang from a washing line :)

    #familyfun

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  9. This looks fab and far easier to clear up outdoors! #coolmumclub x

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  10. What a great idea - I may have to pinch this one to try with my class! Thank you for sharing with us on #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    1. Thank you. Feel free and do tell me how you got on

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  11. What a fab idea - I'm all for making the mess outside and a lovely thin to do too. Hope you're well hon and thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

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    1. Thank you. Keeping the mess outdoors is understandable. Feeling much better after last month thank you.

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  12. We love painting outside - helps with the mess!! #sharingthebloglove

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  13. This looks like so much fun! I also love the idea of painting outside the house, far less mess and my white walls are protected! #sharingthebloglove

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    1. It certainly was. We've not got any white walls here. We are all about natural colours. Still better outdoors breathing in the fresh air, smelling the fresh cut grass and listening to the birds tweet.

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  14. I love that you used your washing line to drop the paper over. Now that your kiddos are getting older, art is a great activity to do together!

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  15. This looks like such a fun thing to do and I love that you have taken art outdoors. You definitely should keep all your art supplies, you're kids and you will definitely use them! #littlemakes

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  16. Oh good idea!! I may steal this when we get a bit warmer! We've still not really mastered painting yet and we are definitely going to have to take it outdoors! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  17. This is such a great idea!! I am all for painting outside. There is so much less to clear up. hehehe I think I will try this when it's a little warmer. #CountryKids

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    1. I am too. The fresh air, warmth of the sun and birds tweeting above. Then the rain to wash it all away.

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  18. We love painting outdoors here on the farm, we often use poster paints and a roll of wallpaper to create different designs. We usually stick our stretch of paper to the path and the kids go to town with their paints. Your daughter looks like she had a great time painting in the garden, I'm sure it'll happen more regularly as summer comes around.

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

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    1. I need to get hold of some poster paints as they are better than the acrylics I have for tots. Using the path would be a great idea and I can imagine pebbles holding it down.

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  19. What a fantastic idea! I have an old roll of cheap wallpaper that would be perfect for this - I'm definitely going to give it a go with my son in the summer. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. Thank you. Enjoy and let us know how it goes x

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  20. Great idea to use the roll as an outdoor easel, so simple but effective. My kids love painting outside, they often collect stones on the beach and then paint those. Mich x #Countrykids

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    1. Ah yes my eldest has a thing for stones at the moment. I'm not sure why but I agree they are great to paint too.

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  21. This is a really great idea. We've often laid an old sheet out and they have painted various body parts and then printed them onto the sheet! #countrykidsfun

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  22. what a great idea! We love painting outdoors when the weather allows it!! #littlemakes

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    1. Yes the weather can be unpredictable. Definitely better in the sun unless you want to try putting blobs of paint on and seeing what the rain does. You may find they produce streaks of paint running across the paper.

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  23. We love a bit of painting outdoors, usually on a giant piece of cardboard kept from a delivery for a suitable occasion. Like the diy easel idea though! Xx #countrykids

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  24. We always paint outside, it's the only way I can cope!! The girls love it and it looks like your daughter did too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    1. We've not carpeted downstairs here so mess is easy to clean up.

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  25. Ah good on you for not throwing it out! It looks like lots of fun. I try to paint and craft with mine but my small one is still at the putting in mouth stage so it does make it a little tricky! #ablogginggoodtime

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    1. Ah yes my youngest loves too put things into her mouth too. So I try to fit in activity time with eldest during her naps.

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  26. This looks fun! Painting outdoors is great, much easier to clean up afterwards and no risk of the walls or carpet being redecorated!!

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  27. We've done quite a bit of painting outdoors with lining paper - it's so much fun. We've not tried using the washing line to make an easel though. We've used lining paper to do footprint painting with bare feet in the summer and wellies when it's colder. I love painting outdoors :-) #familyfunlinky

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    1. Lining paper? I must look into that. Sounds like you've had lots of fun together,

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  28. Great idea! I love painting outside. I'm going to try it this week for my little ones! I always forget to take the easel outside! #littlemakes

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    1. Oh no. Still the easel problem can be overcome simply.

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