Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How to Make a Homemade Dry Erase Board (Guest Post)

Today Melynda from Mom's Sunday Cafe is stopping by with another fun, frugal craft project!

We were having a difficult time with our very busy refrigerator, trying to find the grocery list. In addition I had already taken over the dry wipe board to keep a list of the pantry items that are stored in the refrigerator and the freezer in hopes I would remember that I had them, and use them!
I decided to start looking for a new (if possible) dark wood frame at the various thrift stores I visit. I wanted to make a simple dry wipe board to use as a groceries needed note pad. Yesterday I found a new document frame for 99 cents. Document frames are perfect, they hold a sheet of 8.5X11 paper. I was now in business.
I used a standard piece of printer paper, decided I wanted to hang the frame landscape style, then printed:
to market to market, to buy a fat pig home again home again, jiggity jig
Of course you can use any phrase of your choice, or leave plain. I thought this might be fun with the grandchildren.
Take the frame apart, and clean the inside glass. Add the printed sheet, replaced any filler cardboard and the  cardboard backing. Now I was ready to attach the hanging bracket, and not looking forward to working  with those tiny nails!
I did have a difficult time with the tiny brads provided, and then got smart. I finally had success with starting the nail hole with a long thin brad, then removing that and gently pushing / pounding in the tiny ones. 
Hang it up, any dry wipe pen will work. You simply write on the glass. The glass is easy to wipe clean. I think it is safe to say this grocer list will not get lost! This basic idea is very adaptable to your own families needs, have fun with it, you will be amazed what you can come up with. Here are a couple more ideas,
A communication board, this one has an easel back to stand up. This will help catch the attention of who needs to read the message.
A small goals list maker. This is nice for the desk, and as goals change or are completed, it is easy to change the board. 
A menu planner, dry wipe board.

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  1. Really cute idea and I love the little poem/phrase.

  2. What a great idea! Never thought of writing on glass! Cool!

  3. This is a great idea. I just paid $15 for a board and I need another. I'm going to go the dollar store and pick up a frame and try this myself. I like how you can personalize them!

  4. Such a great idea and it can be made to match any decor like the way yours look too. Cost so much less than store bought ones.