We love our easel

Not long after Claire started standing and walking independently, we decided to get her an artist’s easel. I wish I could say it’s solely because I value her creative development, but it’s also because I really wanted something to distract her for more than 5 minutes from time to time. This thing does the trick!

Portrait of the artist as a young girl...

Portrait of the artist as a young girl…

We had the easel made by a local fundi named Willis. One side is a black board, and the other side is a dry erase board. Willis also installed hooks on one side where we hang  flip chart paper (we have to cut about 10 inches off the end of the flip chart, because otherwise it would cover the art supplies below. We save it and use it for scrap paper).

Watermarked Photo Easel 06

In the base, we included a basket for chalk, two buckets with lids – one for crayons and one for paint brushes – and an ice cube tray to hold paint. Another cool feature? The easel is expandable, and as your child grows taller, you can change the height of the easel!

Watermarked Photo Easel 11

To say that Claire loves this thing is a massive understatement. She has gotten hours and hours of use out of it over the past couple of years. She prefers painting, but she will also spend ages with crayons, markers, or even just stickers, creating away. We often take it outside for painting, but sometimes I will just lay down a shower curtain on the floor and let her paint in the living room as well. (No painted handprints on the walls – YET.)

Watermarked Photo Easel 10

Willis is a very professional carpenter. In addition to our easel, we had him make a cool helper’s tower for the kitchen, as well as a couple of stepping stools for hand washing in the bathroom. He worked with us on the design, he created exactly what we had in mind, and does really nice handiwork. The one thing is that he promises to finish things up really fast, but he is really busy… So take his time estimates with a hefty grain of salt… 🙂

Watermarked Photo Easel 08

If you’d like to contact Willis to make an easel or any other carpentry work, you can reach him at willyfurnishersndesign[at]gmail[dot]com, or by phone at 0722 784 481. Enjoy!


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18 Responses to We love our easel

  1. Elisabeth says:

    What an amazing idea! How much did you pay for the easel?

    • MamaMgeni says:

      I bought mine 2 years ago, so I hate to post the price in case it has changed (or changes in the future). Just contact me for his number, give him a call, and get a quote. I found his prices to be very reasonable! 🙂

  2. Kagz says:

    Meeting Willis tomorrow. Truely grateful. God Bless.

  3. Rosa says:

    Your daughter is just adorable! She is so so so cute!
    Will contact you for Willis’ contacts.

  4. sweeney says:

    love that easel! thanks for the tip. will call that guy for sure. x

  5. reuben says:


    i love the easel he made. looking to get one.
    kindly send me he’s contacts.

    • MamaMgeni says:

      Hi Reuben, his work is really great! Just send me a message through the “contact me” link at the end of the blog post, or at the contact link in the header. I will reply with Willis’ contacts!

  6. rambler says:

    Thanks for putting up this post……..Willis just delivered our easel today. I am looking forward to getting some paint, and chalk for my son to go crazy with. Any recommendation on paint that one can buy or just anything from one of the bookshops will be okay?

    • MamaMgeni says:

      We use tempera paints from the Text Book Centre. They wash easily off skin, but NOT off clothes – be forewarned! 🙂

  7. willy says:


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  9. Judy says:

    Hey! Pls give Willis number I like the easel too..
    Good work your doing I appreciate your blog very enlightening.

    • Mama Mgeni says:

      Hi Judy! I’m sending you an email with his contacts now… Or you can reach him through the contact form at the bottom of the blog post (above the comments)! And I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog! 🙂

  10. Zubeda says:

    Thank God I came across this great post. Was just looking for one


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