DIY Dry Erase Board — Reinventing the ugly token office supply with this cute desktop organizer, a DIY dry erase board that you can easily make from items already at home.
I’m totally one of those people that has to have a list on hand at all times. For some reason, lists help me relax because if not, I feel like I’m constantly on edge that I’ll forget a major to-do.
And forgetting tasks aren’t an option while juggling kids, renovations and Sugar and Cloth. Handwritten lists help me rest easier, and a reusable table top version is a must for me.
As it turns out, cute desktop dry erase boards aren’t really the easiest thing to come by. Office supply stores usually just have your typical white panel board.
So I made my own DIY dry erase board out of a few token items that we already had laying around the studio. Cheap and easy is my current middle name!
Materials Needed To Make A DIY Desktop Dry Erase Board
- Gold geo picture frame — Or any photo frame of your choice. You won’t even need to go to your local hardware store for a whiteboard or whiteboard paint because you can just write directly on any picture frame glass!
- White construction paper
- Gold foiling pen — Optional to decorate.
- Stencil — Optional to decorate. Ours is more from an old Martha Stewart stencil collection.
Desk Accessories: How To Make A DIY Desktop Dry Erase Board
All you need to do is cut down the white construction paper to the full width of the frame so that you have a nice white backdrop to write on.
You definitely don’t need to buy any extra supplies for this DIY whiteboard outside of the frame (unless you want to use one from home already).
BUT if you’d like to add a little extra graphic or “to-do list” heading that won’t wipe away, just stencil it onto the construction paper with a permanent marker like a gold foil pen.
And let it dry completely before inserting the paper in the picture frame.
The glass of the frame will act at the board. Glass is easy to write on and wipe off just like dry erase boards.
Now you can write on the front glass from the frame with dry erase markers and wipe away just like so!
Customizing Your Desktop Dry Erase Board
This project is definitely one you can personalize however you want. We used a stencil, but you can pick any image and or text.
I also used a 5′” x 7″ photo frame but you can opt for a smaller or bigger size.
Other DIY Organization Projects To Try
Keep your space clean and tidy with other DIY projects and office makeovers from our archives for more great ideas —
- Nesting desk organizer
- Hexagonal desktop organizer (for your writing tools)
- Geometric chalkboard desk
- Home office design makeover giveaway
- Studio renovation
- Desktop organizer with cork board
- Study room makeover
Desktop Organizer: DIY Dry Erase Board
DIY Dry Erase Board
- Cut down the white construction paper to the full width of your frame so that you have a nice white backdrop to write on.
- Optional if you want to add extra graphic or a "to-do list" heading that won't wipe away: Stencil in your desired permanant graphic or text onto the construction paper with the gold foil pen. And let it dry completely.
- Insert the paper in the picture frame. Now you can write on the front glass from the frame with dry erase markers!