Frugal Crafting: DIY Dry Erase Board

One of my moments in crafting is when I can use things that I have already to create something new.  This is doubly so when the things I have are stuff that was going to be thrown away, recycled, or donated in the near future.  Recently I made a new Dry Erase board for my kitchen to help keep track of meal planning, grocery lists and other notes.  Here is how you can make one for yourself:


  • Any old picture frame or something new from the dollar store (Free – 1$)
  • Dry Erase Markers (1$)
  • Picture hanger (pennies)

Total Cost:  $2.10 at most!

Here is how to do it:

  1. Remove the back of the picture frame and flip the picture already in the frame around so that now the back faces outwards.  This works best when the back of the picture is solid white, or some other light colored neutral.  If there is writing on the back, or the back isn’t white you will need to put a piece of white paper, poster board, or butcher paper in place of the picture in the frame.
  2. Put the back of the picture frame back together.
  3. Draw on the front glass portion of the frame with your dry erase marDIY Dry Erase Boardkers– Voila!  a dry erase board for your home!

The neat part of this project is that you can create a dry erase board of your own that will actually match the decor of the room you place it in.  You could even take this a step further and paint the paper backing to match the paint on the wall, or some other color within your decor.



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2 Responses to Frugal Crafting: DIY Dry Erase Board

  1. Chasity says:

    Wow! This is so simple & easy, it’s also so obvious to do…but i didn’t even think about it until I saw your post haha. This is amazing! Especially since I have a huge photo frame that I was about to just throw away, now I can save it and put pictures of my sons inside for the backdrop without messing up the photos. Thank you for posting this!!

  2. Cheryl Moore says:

    You could even use some scrapbooking paper as the background. :) Take a picture of it with your iphone on the way out the door and you’ve got your grocery list with you. :) You can even upload it to EverNote or DropBox.

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