First of all, let me say that if you have a picture frame lying around the house, this cute and simple project will likely be less than $2! I spent $5 on a frame, used a few cents-worth of Elmer’s Double-Sided Scrapbooking Tape and added a dry erase marker; so I spent a little under $7. I also purchased a pair of X-ACTO Precision Scissors, but since they will be used over and over again for many projects, it didn’t seem right to factor them into my cost for the dry erase board. I love that I didn’t have to go anywhere but my local WalMart to find what I needed. No unscheduled trips to the craft store in the city. Another big savings! Whether you spend $2 or $7, this is definitely an inexpensive gift option for something that will be decorative, personalized AND functional. You will also be able to substitute fabrics, papers and design ideas that fit your existing craft stockpile and the decor and personality of the person you are gifting the dry erase board to. The possibilities are absolutely limitless! I definitely won’t be leaving any old frames behind at garage sales any more. 🙂
I started with the frame I bought, fabric and scrapbooking paper from my craft stash, double-sided tape and scissors, plus my big tub of colored pencils and crayons. Later, I grabbed some satin ribbon from my sewing box to finish things off. I opted for the double-sided tape because I wanted an adhesive that would not bleed through my fabric background and would not create bumps or raised areas under the fabric. The Elmer’s Permanent Double-Sided Scrapbooking Tape worked perfectly!
I opened the tabs on the back of the picture frame and removed the cardboard insert. Then on the back side of my fabric, I traced around the cardboard to get the correct dimensions to cover the cardboard. The X-ACTO Precision scissors were perfect for cutting that out.
Then I put double-sided tape all around the perimeter of the cardboard insert from the photo frame.
Once I had peeled off the backing and exposed the adhesive on the other side of the double-sided tape, I simply laid the fabric over the cardboard and pressed it snugly into place against the tape.
Next I wanted to create a design for the board that wouldn’t interfere too much with the actual writing area, but would add some personalization and help to match it to the decor of the person receiving the gift. I hoped that by utilizing some of my scrapbooking papers and cardstock I would be able to make it appear somewhat dimensional. I started with a scrap of light-brown, textured paper and sketched out a birdhouse shape. As you can see, there was nothing precise or skilled about it. 🙂
Then I cut out the roof, cutting just above and then just below the line I had traced. The tracing line will disappear into the “shading” that creates a faux wood grain.
Once I knew everything would fit well, I shaded the roof and birdhouse, adding some colored pencil lines to give the appearance of wood planks or wood grain. Then I cut a small strip of the double-sided tape in half and used it to attach the roof to the birdhouse.
To decorate the birdhouse and add more detail, I used scrapbook paper and cut some flowers, leaves and a yellow swirl, along with a dark circle for the birdhouse door. I used colored pencils to outline and shade the flowers and bent the petals slightly upward to add some dimension. Then I affixed all of them to the birdhouse with dots of Elmer’s White Glue.
I decided to add one more element to the birdhouse. I used another piece of scrapbook paper and sketched out a circle, a slightly larger oval and two skinny hearts.
To attach the birdhouse to the fabric background of the dry erase board, I used one strip of double sided tape and pressed the house into place.
I found some satin ribbon in my sewing box and decided to “frame” the board with it. I used double-sided tape to attach it and tied a bow to add to the lower, left-hand corner.
Once the ribbon frame and bow were attached, I inserted the entire board behind the glass in the frame and bent the tabs on the frame back in place to hold everything together. The layered paper and ribbon elements create dimension and a “3-d” effect and the glass keeps everything clean and protected. Plus, glass is a perfect surface for use with dry erase markers. I also discovered something called wet erase markers and I’m pleased to tell you that they work just as well. As a matter of fact, the wet erase markers don’t leave the gray residue film that is common with dry erase markers. Very cool! Now the finished board was ready to keep track of shopping lists, schedules or jot a note for family members. In this case, it’s ready for me to wrap and stick under the tree.
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias #ElmersHoliday #gluenglitter #collectivebias #cbias.