Jan 21, 2013

Easy DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Board

I love checklists. I don't know what's more fun, writing them out or checking them off, but checklists are definitely on my top favorite things to do list....I know, I'm weird. Now, if they could only do the things I write on them for me then I would be set!

When I was a little girl I would write down "go to school" on my to do list (like I had a choice, right?), along with "play" and" take a shower". Hey, I was only 8 and those things were important to me; education, fun time and cleanliness. I guess I should say they still are important so you don't get the impression I'm an uneducated, dirty, party pooping kinda girl.

Because of my obsession with checklists, I had been wanting to buy a small white dry erase board to put on the fridge. But I like to stay organized in style and nothing says BORING more than a plain white board. Ever since my addiction to Pinterest began, I've really grown quite fond of the idea of customizing things in my home. So upon my browsing through the Pinterest DIY and Crafts section one day, I came across a blog (Orangie's Attic) that showed how to make a dry erase board out of a frame. It was perfect! It's quick, easy, inexpensive and creative. You can check out that blog here

As for my interpretation of the project, it goes something like this:

You will need:
  • An empty frame (Use one you already own or buy one at a Dollar Tree or discount store- you can always spray paint the frame to customize it even more).
  • Magnets (Make sure you get enough to hold your frame up; or you can buy the big magnet sheets that cover the whole back of the frame).
  • A very strong glue- I used Gorilla Glue (You definitely don't want your frame falling and glass all over your kitchen floor).
  • Fabric of your choice- cut to fit the size of your frame (You can also use scrapbook paper, gift-wrapping paper, a gift bag with a nice pattern, your children's artwork...pretty much anything you can cut and fit in the frame).
These are the magnets I found at Joanne's for under $2! I would have bought the magnet sheets but they were out.
Step 1: Lay out all your materials needed. Iron fabric if needed.
Here is my frame I had previously spray painted in Rustoleum Heirloom White (used to be gold), my magnets, glue and choice of fabric (stripes of varying shades of blue and yellow).
Step 2: (not pictured but pretty self explanatory): Place your fabric inside your frame, making sure that pattern is even. Secure with the back part of the frame.
Step 3: Arrange your magnets evenly on the back part of the frame. Then begin to glue one by one.
Note: I really recommend buying the magnet sheets to add to the whole back of the frame; I had to add a couple of my own magnets since these alone were not holding my frame up.
Step 4: WAIT for the glue to dry all the way ( I waited 12 hours before attempting to hang it up; again, I'm not a fan of glass shattered all over my kitchen floor).
Step 5: Place your board on your fridge and enjoy your masterpiece! You now have a customized dry erase board! Here is what mine looks like:
So much better than a plain Jane white board! (No offense to any Jane's out there) And the fact that you can keep changing the pattern inside  is a double plus!!! You can also glue a small strip of magnet to your dry erase marker and place it next to or under your board.

Now all you have to do is get your organizing on baby!

Other things you can use this board for:

  •  To leave nice little notes for your loved ones
  • Remind the hubby to take out the trash
  • Write down the food items you run out of
  • Draw smiley faces
  • Draw angry faces
  • Play hangman
  • Whatever floats your boat....I'm sticking to my checklists!
This project is linked to the following link parties:



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Beth Baumgartner said...

Hi Selene! Thanks for stopping by The First Year Blog! I love this idea! I have been needing a place where I can write down what I am making for dinner for the week. I can going to pin this!
Beth @ The First Year Blog

Selene Galindo said...

Oh, it was my pleasure! I love your blog! And thank you for taking the time to take a look at mine! I'm glad you liked the idea!

Kathy Moody said...

Your dry erase board looks fantastic! I love the colors you used. Such a great idea to put on the fridge. I love it!!! I am so thrilled to have you share at A Bouquet of Talent this week. I'm also your newest follower. :) Your blog is beautiful. Can't wait to see more of your awesome projects.


Kathy Moody said...

Forgot to tell you I pinned your awesome project, too! :)

Selene Galindo said...

Thank you Kathy, that really means a lot! The link party was so much fun and I can't wait for the next one! I also enjoy reading your blog. And thanks for following and pinning my work!

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

It turned out so pretty and it's SO much better than a normal dry erase board!

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Meg! Thank you, I'm so glad you liked the idea!!

Theresa said...

I love this idea too! My board is a weird square size not sure if I can find a frame for it. That turned out pretty. I wish my fridge from wasn't full of drama schedules, school info. photos...& looked like yours, lol! Sammie needs a bulletin board in her room for all her stuff. Thanks for linking up & hope to see you again this week!

Selene Galindo said...

Hi Theresa! Thanks for stopping by again! I'm glad you liked the board. And the front part of my fridge was de-cluttered for it's photoshoot..lol! I'm sure my daughter's art will find it's way back up there! And, yes...I plan on linking up again. It's too much fun to pass by!! Thanks again! Have a nice evening.

Shauna Smart said...

I Love easy craft projects and I think I totally make this even with being craft challenged (only most of the time, lol!) Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #9!

I know I’m running a little bit behind in pinning but I wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend!


Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Shauna! Not a problem, I know you are a busy woman! I really appreciate you pinning! Thanks for visiting! And I just finished linking to your wonderful party! Have a great weekend!

Melissa F said...

I love how you can make the whiteboard have patterns, it's so cute! Will definitely add this to my home decor. Another tip when taking notes on it is to use wet erase markers in place of dry erase markers. The color of the wet erase marker pops, so it'll catch your eye (in a good way)! Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two: http://www.monomachines.com/shop/info/dry-erase-boards/glass-markers.html

Marlene Wiley Bell said...

I am really glad that I have found this post and I thank you for letting us know about this information….This is a big help for sure!!Thanks!

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