Tutorial: Double Duty Dry Erase Board

I am constantly writing notes and messages to myself to help me remember what I have going on for the day. But my office is also my bedroom, so an ugly dry erase board is just not an option. I’ve been thinking about solutions to this problem for a while, and at one point considered Idea Paint, but eventually changed my mind. I wanted something that could pull double-duty, and that’s when I came up with this…an idea for a pretty dry erase board that serves as wall art when not in use.

Materials: 1. Picture frame with glass or plexi insert (I recommend a Ribba frame from IKEA like the one I used) 2. Fabric scraps 3. Heavy duty tape 4. Dry erase markers

Step by Step How To: {click image above for larger step by step view} 1. Remove everything from the frame (paper, mat, backing) except for the glass. 2. Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than your frame backing (about an extra 2 inches all the way around). Whether your backing is hardboard or cardboard, this tutorial will work, so don’t worry. 3. Place cut fabric over frame backing and then flip over. 4. Fold over excess fabric and then, using heavy duty tape, attach the fabric to your backing. 5. Place the now fabric-covered frame backing into the frame and you are all done! You are ready to write notes all over your pretty dry erase board.

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Sometimes you come across an idea and find yourself instantly wondering why you did not think of that yourself. I love that your pretty dry erase boards can be customized to go on a wall or a desk and with absolutely any decor. This idea is a keeper for sure! So, do you just clean your messages off with a window cleaner?

Margo

Absolutely brilliant idea! I love it! AND I already had plans to go to IKEA! yay!

shen

This is brilliant! <3

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Clever gal! Good for you and I love that you share your idea too. I make great dry erase markers with erasers
(I invented the eraser cap for dry erase markers). Would love to send you one for your great idea- either shoot me and e-mail julia@kleenslate.com or visit my web site and send me an e-mail through there. i will throw in a paddle too- it comes with the marker/eraser right in the handle- take your dry erase with you! http://www.kleenslate.com.
Keep those ideas rolling!

Julia

i LOVE this idea!!

can’t wait to try it out, i think i’m going to make one for every room!! 🙂

skye

this is a great idea Brittni and would save a ton of paper waste in my studio… !
emma x

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thanks so much to all you lovelies. if you do complete this project, i would love to see pictures.
-Brittni

papernstitch

oooo I can’t wait to try thiiiiis!

Meeks

I LOVE THIS! I can’t wait to make this one. .gotta plan a trip to ikea, now. hearts <3

jonahliza

What a great idea!!! I would not have known you could write on the glass like that! awesome use for scraps of fabric I can’t bear to part with.
Thanks!

Jacqui Mee a Bee

WOW. Genius. I love love love this idea. Oh man. Need to drive out to IKEA right now!

Connie

Such a great idea! Much better than my scrap paper taped all over the wall.

lauren

Great idea!, very practical and cute at the same time, love it!

Ana

Thanks Brenda and Tania. I am definitely going to be making more of these myself. They’re so easy and fun.
-Brittni

papernstitch

What a clever idea! This would make a wonderful gift for someone else as well. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

Tania

What a great idea!!! I’ll definitely make one (or more) myself!!!

Brenda Lavell
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