Just because I love to shop does not mean I always agree with the prices that items sell for. I had spent a great deal of time seeking out the perfect organizational board that would offer my family a way to communicate with ease. The problem I kept running into was that all the local craft stores(think large chain) were selling these for about $30-$40 even with coupons making them a bit unattractive for a few pieces of wood molded together by a glue gun. Lavishly living life out loud I decided to DIY with a few items that made it cost so much less! Guess what communication is priceless until you start shopping for solutions, then suddenly you can put dollars and cents behind it and really decide what it is going to take to make sure everyoen in the house is on the same schedule. IN this case, I created a board for half the cost of the store and mine is nicer!(personal pat on the back, lol) Get ready for dry erasing DIY.
My quest this last time was for a NICE dry erase board, hoping for something a bit different, maybe with some decoration on it, but simple at the same time. In addition, my thought process went something like this, it is not back-to-school time therefore the mark-up should be a mark-down. The board I fell in love with was a glass dry erase board, but the price of and $40 retail made me rethink my priorities. In actuality, I walked away with a great idea, of creating something I had seen at the store, but I knew I could do it for way less, about $3 tops. I am sure you all have the items in your house to make this board, and YOU will love it!
Keep the paper, plain and simple as it is meant to just be a background and you still have to see what you are going to write on the glass.
Find a large frame in your home, one you are not using but is meant to be placed on the wall.
All I needed was a frame(which I have a bunch of in the basement), and some pretty scrap booking paper to cover the inside with. I simply wrapped the matting that comes with the frame in a light floral design, placed it back in the frame, made sure the glass was clean on the outside, bought a few dry erase markers with erasers and poof, the board is made. The frame did need stronger hooks for hanging, again, I had those in my home, but even if purchased, pennies on the dollar. My price was a little bit of ingenuity and about 5 minutes of labor. You too can create the same dry erase board to write on in your home.
ITEMS YOU WILL NEED:
1) Frame – with glass in it(not plexi, not plastic, pure glass)- any size, you decide how big or small.
2) Dry Erase Markers and Eraser
3) A few pieces of fancy scrap booking paper to cover the matting on the inside of frame(nothing too crazy, remember, you are going to be writing on the board, you don’t want your words lost in a sea of color)
4) 10# hanging hooks
5) either double sided tape or glue gun to aid in adhesion of matting and scrap booking paper.
It was that simple. The glass erases with ease, just use dry erase markers and away you go! The board will last you for years to come and you can lavishly sit back and laugh at those crazy craft store prices while you marvel at the stunning and easy DIY message board you created from scratch!