Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dry Erase Message Board

I was doing some Spring/Summer cleaning this morning and happened upon a picture frame that really wasn't be utilized as best it could (shoved in a box somewhere). My solution: turn it into something useful.

This is a 3" x 5" frame, so it fits perfectly on a desktop without taking too much room. For this reason I thought it would make a great dry erase marker board. To make one of your very own, all you need is some colorful paper or fabric, an old frame of any size (that has a glass insert covering the picture area) and a dry erase marker or Sharpie Peel-Off China Markers (you could use permanent markers if you don't mind having to wipe your messages off with alcohol and some elbow grease).

Cut your paper or fabric to the desired size and place it into your frame instead of a photo. If you like, you can embellish your frame with some paint. I felt like making mine purple and yellow, but it would have also been fun to do the whole thing hot pink. I used some enamel paints I had that can be used on metal and ceramic, but you could find some spray paint for metal as well (which would probably have been easier). The great thing about these is that you can easily switch out the paper inside to change with your decor or mood. If you have lots of fancy gift wrap sitting around, this is a great way to use some as well.

You could also get a mirror that fits your frame if you don't like the paper insert idea (or if your frame doesn't have a glass insert), and use that as your message writing surface.

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  1. I actually have a frame like this - great idea! I just found your blog and am now a follower. So nice to meet you. Stop by my blog sometime and give me a shout out!


  2. Thanks! Glad you like it, it was super easy and now I like the frame a lot better than I did before.