How to Make a Magnetic Dry Erase Board

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Whiteboards, bulletin boards and magnetic memo boards are all fantastic ways to keep memos, photos, lists notes and clipped items organized. You can put all three together with a magnetic dry erase board. That way you can post your items without pins, and write notes in marker. Not only can you save money by making the board yourself, you can personalize the board by using a background color or image of your choice. This makes a great gift for a housewarming or sending a kid off to college.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Photo editing software
  • 8.5-by-11-inch cardstock, 110 lb. weight (or the highest-weight paper your printer can use)
  • 8.5-by-11-inch cardboard
  • Glue stick
  • Self-adhesive laminating sheet
  • Self-adhesive Velcro dots
  • Inkjet transparency felt tip marker or dry erase marker
  • Peel and stick magnetic tape
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Open your photo editing software and create a new canvas that is 8.5-by-11 inches. Depending on how you want to hang your board, make the canvas orientation either a landscape (to hang horizontally) or a portrait (to hang vertically).

  • Create your design with photos and colors of your choice. This design will be in the background, fronted by a transparent sheet on which you will write. Don't make it too dark or too busy, as you need to be able to see the marker writing on whatever image is in the background.

  • Print the image out on cardstock.

  • Put the cardstock on the cardboard, and trim the cardstock to make sure the two fit precisely. Trim the cardboard so the edges don't show under the cardstock.

  • Glue the cardstock to the cardboard, make sure the cardstock is fully attached to the cardboard. Smooth it out with your hands and let it dry.

  • Take the backing off the laminated sheet and put it on the table - sticky-side up. Gently put the bottom edge of the cardstock/cardboard onto the bottom edge of the sheet---picture side down---leaving a small line of laminate sheet to wrap around to the back. Carefully lower the cardstock/cardboard onto the sheet inch by inch to prevent air bubbles.

  • Turn the board over so the laminate sheet is facing up. Smooth away all the air bubbles. The sheet will be a little larger than the board. Fold the edges of the sheet over the back of the board.

  • Put four pieces of the magnetic tape to the corners on the back of the board. This will allow you to attach the board to the refrigerator.

  • Turn the board over again and attach the hard half of the Velcro dot to the right edge of the erase board. Attach the soft half of the Velcro dot to the dry erase or transparency marker.

  • Put the board on the refrigerator. The magnetic tape will hold it in place. Once it's attached to the fridge, you can attach strong magnets to the board to hold notes, pictures, or whatever you like.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can print several background designs on cardstock and switch them out whenever you like.
  • Depending on what kind of marker you use, you can wipe off the writing with a dry eraser or a damp cloth/paper towel.

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