Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Crafty Tuesday: DIY Dry Erase Board

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial

This has seriously got to be the easiest DIY project you'll ever encounter.  If you can cut a piece of scrapbook paper, you can make a DIY Dry Erase Board!  It's the perfect thing to dress up the counter in your kitchen and provide an easily accessible place for your family to leave notes, jot down grocery needs, or plan out meals for the week.  Simply find a pattern or color scrapbook paper to match your kitchen, and you're set.  I used a few different ones in this tutorial so that you can see how different patterns will look behind your words.  I also used different markers so that you can see how the words will appear if the ink is too sheer over a pattern.  I love that it's also super easy to change out the paper based on the seasons, so you can have a holiday themed dry erase board for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentine's Day, whatever holiday you like to celebrate!  And it will only cost you about $.75 per sheet of paper!  So quick and so cheap!

Supplies Needed:

  • 8 x 10 frame
  • scrapbook paper at least 8 x 10 inches
  • scissors or paper slicer
  • dry erase marker
  • spoon

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Using a spoon, lift up the tabs on the back of your frame so that you can remove the back and paper insert.

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial

2. Lift out the glass and lay it on the back of your scrapbook paper.

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial

3. Mark the edges of the glass so you know where to cut.

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial

4. Cut the paper with either scissors or a nifty paper cutter like I've got.

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial

5. Reinsert the glass, followed by the scrapbook paper, then the back of the frame and fold the tabs back down to secure.

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial

Voila!  You now have a easily customizable dry erase board you made in under five minutes!  You can add some detailed velum over a sheet of plain colored paper for more interest, or use a patterned paper like the teal and the pink shown below.

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial
You can see how the patterned velum adds interest to a simple blue sheet of paper.  The sheer marker over the top makes it hard to read the words though over the pattern.

Easy DIY Dry Erase Board Tutorial
Same with this board.  The sheer marker makes it almost impossible to read the words with the strong contrast of pattern behind it.  I recommend sticking with the Expo Dry Erase Markers, as those are much more pigmented and can be seen against the background much better.

Which pattern is your favorite?  Do you like the bold pink and white?  Do you like the golden vellum over the simple blue?  Or do you prefer my favorite, the teal?  What would you use for your kitchen?  Comment below!

Thanks so much for reading!  Don't forget to PIN this project for future reference and of course check out more of my delicious recipes and crafts on the blog.  See you next time!

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