Normally we steer clear of DIY projects that involve actual tools in favor of those that use glue guns, fabric staplers and paint, but we watched Martha make this on Martha Stewart Crafts on the DIY Network yesterday and were barely intimidated.
If you'd like to provide space for drawing and painting for your child, but can't sacrifice the space for an art easel, consider equipping a table, child-size or adult, with a paper scroll. The paper is out of the way when you want to use the table for other activities, but is at-the-ready when creativity strikes.
It's hard to tell from the photo, but this design includes a "cutter" opposite the paper roll for easy, clean tearing of the paper. Don't worry - there are no sharp edges; it's simply a thin piece of wood attached to the table through which the paper is threaded.
Find the list of tools you'll need (many of which you'll already have) as well as instructions here. We promise, this is do-able for even the novice DIY'er.
(If you do want a stand-alone art easel, check out our post on this tutorial).