DIY Tabletop Easels

Need to display signs or one sheets, but don’t want to spend a small fortune on frames or easels?


signsMake your own easels.

With a sturdy wire hanger and a pair of pliers, you can make your own tabletop easel.

The sign will cover all but the easel’s base tips, so it’s highly unlikely that anyone will even notice HOW the sign is displayed. They’ll be looking at the sign, not the easel. 😉

Click HERE for the PDF version of these instructions.

1WireHangerEaselRequired Materials

  • A sturdy wire hanger
  • A pair of pliers


Step 1 – Pull the base to a point.
Don’t worry. The angles don’t have to be perfect.


Step 2 – Pull the base up to a 90 degree (+/-) angle.
Use the pliers if you need to hold one side in place while you pull the other side up.


Step 3 – DO use the pliers to squeeze the base angles further to form tight base tips.


Step 4 – Use the pliers to curve the easel’s base horizontal tips.
4CurlBaseTipsThis is where the sign will rest on the easel.


Step 5 – Use the pliers to pull the back side of the base down.
Notice that the curved base tips remain in place in the front, but the back part forms the rest of the triangular base for the easel.


Step 6 – Use the pliers to fold the hanger hook back and squeeze tight – out of the way.
Note that you could cut the hook from your easel, but no one will see it with the sign in place, and it actually provides a bit more support by leaving it. If you’re concerned about the edges, you could cover them with electrical tape.


That’s it!

You can display photos, signs, or pretty much anything with a rigid flat surface.


In the example photo, a simple 8.5×11 sign was printed on card stock, then attached to cheap foam board with spray adhesive for a nice, rigid display for the easel.

Though, you can adjust the easel as needed…

With a few simple bends, you can adjust the display angle.


You can also adjust the base width to accommodate signs of various widths.


Wire hangers are certainly cheap enough. Some of the most sturdy hangers actually come from the dry cleaner, so feel free to make as many as you like and experiment. The more you make, the easier it will be to try different hanger sizes and angles.

Again, the PDF version of these instructions is available HERE. If you’d like even more writing and techie tips, feel free to browse the blog.


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DIY Tabletop Easels — 8 Comments

  1. Thank you for the idea and instructions. I think it might work for small pieces of art too. Thanks so much Daisy

  2. This is a great idea. I have wire hangers in my closet I no longer use since the advent of the plastic ones. I gathered them together the other day and thought about throwing them away, but of course, I didn’t. It just seems such a waste. I have several things that could be displayed this way, even in my home. But if I ever get the rest of my next two books done, well this might come in handy for a book signing too! Thanks Sherry!

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