I just love this simple and useful DIY project! I have a small area in my home office where I keep my calendar and my project folders all neatly organized (most of the time!). But I needed an area where I can write some notes or reminders to myself – like a small dry erase board. I had bought 2 different dry erase boards but they weren’t the right size or they looked too office-like for my little creative work space. So I decided to make my own. I tried the dry erase markers out on glass and they worked perfectly so I knew this would be an easy project.
I figured a frame in the size I needed, with a pretty added background would be the perfect solution. I even decorated a marker to match and gave it a shelf to rest on. It’s been super useful and looks really cute in the space too.
You’ll need the following materials to make your own DIY Dry Erase Board:
- Frame in the size you need. I bought this inexpensive black metal frame at Michaels. It’s 11″x17″ and is the perfect size for my space.
- Scrapbook or decorative paper – I only needed 2 sheets
- white board marker
- washi tape to match
- decorative wood trim and paint/stain
Remove the frame backing and measure the insert. This is the size you’ll need your scrapbook or decorative paper to be. Since I was using 12″x12″ scrapbook paper, I needed to tape the pieces of paper together to fit the frame. I liked the idea of the slightly different patterns but you can use the same paper if you’d like. I lined up my papers and taped them together on the back.
I trimmed my final sheet down to the size to fit my frame. Decorative paper or even wrapping paper would work well too. If it’s very thin, you might need to adhere it not a heavier paper so it doesn’t buckle after it’s in the frame. Insert the new backing back into the frame.
Now it’s time to decorate your marker. I used 2 different Washi tape patterns and just wrapped them around the marker.
A little tape makes this ugly office pen look so cute!
I used a piece of decorative wood trim as a place to hold my dry erase marker. The trim has a cupped top so the pen can sit nicely on it. I cut it the wood down to be a little larger than my dry erase marker. Then I painted it with 2 coats of white paint.
Once the paint was dry, it was time to hang my board and pen holder. The frame was easy and for the trim, I just used 2 small nails and touched them up with a little paint after.
I think it looks great and more importantly, it’s been a great place to keep my daily reminders and helps to keep me organized!