Friday, September 13, 2013

DIY Decorative Dry Erase Board Tutorial


On Wednesday, I showed you a glimpsed into my office/sewing room and the wall I reorganized to help keep stray papers at bay and to display my daily tasks. I replaced the polka dot white board with a bigger dry erase board that I created myself with minimal supplies. Today, I want to show you how fast, inexpensive and easy it is to make your own.

MATERIALS:


  • A picture frame - I used a white, Ribba frame from Ikea.
  • Decorative paper or gift wrap big enough to fit your frame - I used a sheet of the gift wrap that my sister-in-law gave to me from Paper Source. The one I chose is called Golden Cherry Blossom, but they have a lot of other beautiful papers to choose from.
  • Dry erase marker - I've tested the ink from the Expo brand on the Ribba frame glass and it wipes away easily even after time.
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Tools to hang your frame
NOTE:  You'll want to test your dry erase marker on the frame glass. Results between brands may vary. Choose decorative paper that is not overly busy or dark otherwise you won't be able to read what you wrote.

ASSEMBLY:


STEP 1:  Disassemble the frame, taking the back off and the paper out.
STEP 2:  Clean the glass on the inside and let dry.

STEP 3:  Lay the provided white mat on top of your decorative paper or gift wrap. If your frame doesn't come with a mat, you can use the glass instead. Line up the mat with two of the sides of paper.

STEP 4:  Trace around the two sides of the mat that are not lined up with the edge of the paper. Trim your paper to size.
STEP 5:  Insert the paper face down into the frame on top of the glass.
STEP 6:  Reassemble your frame. I kept the mat that came with the frame because I might need it again if I want to change out the paper, but attached it to the very back. I attempted to put the mat directly behind the paper, but I could see the mat from the front side, which I didn't want.

STEP 7:  Clean the front glass and hang the frame according to the manufacturer's instructions.

That's it! So easy and so pretty.
I am excited to have such a large area to write everything. I definitely have the "out of sight, out of mind" mentality so this will be good for me. The other items on the wall are also from Ikea, which include this magnet board and this magazine rack. So far, they are working well for me.

Make one of your own and let me know how it works for you.

Have a great weekend!

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