Introduction: 30 Second Whiteboard

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Whiteboards are great for brain storming and thinking. I've always wanted a whiteboard. A glass one seemed like an easy fix, but clear would be hard to see, and I didn't know where to find an appropriately sized piece of glass. When I saw the coupons in the Sunday paper for Joann's and Michael's, this idea came to me. This one is big enough to be usable, but still light and portable.

This would be a great gift for anyone you know that likes to tinker or write/draw out their thoughts. The frame makes it acceptable to hang in plain view of everyone, or to put on an easel.

Be careful with don't want to break the glass.

Make an Over the Door Easel to use with it!

Step 1: Supplies

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All you need for your 30 second white board is a glass faced picture frame. A piece of white poster board is optional.

My frame is 20x28 inches. After the 50% off coupon I used, it only cost me $10.

Ikea would be a great place to look for picture frames for this.

You'll also need wet or dry erase markers to use it. If you're a lefty like me, you'll want wet erase markers so that what you write doesn't smudge under your hand.

Step 2: Make It White!

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While a picture frame alone would work as a dry/wet erase board, I wanted mine to be white. If your frame is brand new, simply flip the included paper over, and use the white back. If it's not new cut a piece of poster board to fit the frame and put it in. While my frame was new, I could still see a few lines from the paper, so I used poster board anyways.

Once this is done, you've got a brand new whiteboard!

If you want to use this as a calendar, or something similar, you could print or write on the poster board underneath. This way it will never be erased and always be visible.


polkacrafts (author)2017-06-13

this could also work as a mini version with an old cd case. Plus you can write on the different flaps of the plastic

Paris121 (author)2015-08-18

Your post is genius and eerily timely. I am having a party this weekend and wanted a large white board for one of our games. I've been debating purchasing one but am now inspired to make my own!

The great thing about this is that besides plain white, you can put in some lined paper or graph paper or something like that, or even a printed out spreadsheet, a map, a chess board, ...fantastic!

That alone is worthy of an instructable. Great idea.

I never thought about a map, that'd be perfect.

chaviraclaudia (author)2011-10-20

I bought four used 8 by 10 frames and painted the frames red. In place of a picture, I inserted black paper. I then used neon dry erase markers to write the classroom rules. The words are bold and fun to look at when anyone walks into the room.

xzxt1q (author)2010-10-21

This works great. I used a $6.00 frame (22x28) from The Salvation Army Store.

RyuuKasai (author)2008-12-29

You can also go to home depot, and pick up some white shower wall liner. My mom did that for her classroom, and it worked quite nicely. This looks nicer, though, and seems far faster and more portable. I would never have thought of using glass. Neat idea.

zachbaker (author)RyuuKasai2010-05-24

Ditto to that.  For the same price as this you can have a 4 foot x 8 foot white board with shower board!  Now your office wall is like a VERY expensive white board, just a little harder to get super-clean.  This has served me well.

Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.

firefliie (author)2010-05-03

thats so simple, yet genius! why didnt i think of that?

Keithr606 (author)2010-01-08

Excellant I just made one for my office. I used one that has a plastic frame and plastic insert instead of glass, works great.


boozjee (author)2009-09-05

I LOVE you man! I'm making one!

kawaiipeach (author)2009-08-30

i love it! i'll make it right now

antmanadam (author)2009-07-18

is that a leatherman I see to the side i think i have one just like that

Yep, I used it to pry up the prongs that hold down the cardboard in the back. One of the best tools I own.

johnpombrio (author)2009-06-14

Nice idea as glass is a great medium for use as a whiteboard. The white background helps readability too. My biggest concern is carrying around a piece of glass that is NOT safety glass. Dropped or slam down some books on top and you have a mess of small and hard to see shards of extremely sharp shards of glass. Your warning just doesn't cut it. Better to just buy a small whiteboard for about the same price.

quesoman (author)2009-06-05

this is cool. btw. about the lefty thing, im a lefty 2. i was in a tennis clinic and the teacher was a lefty. so he told me that everyone is born right handed but only the super awesome people overcome the urge and become the all mighty LEFTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aldldl (author)2009-03-12

This is by far the simplest diy whiteboard I've seen on line. So simple I'm surprised that this is the first time I've see it.

greiss122 (author)2009-03-05

Made One into a calender Will try to post pic Totally awesome!

_Lightbulb (author)2008-12-30

That's so simple! Thanks for the tute!

Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.

How do you vote? New to the site.

The contest is actually over now, and I placed! For the future, when a contest is in session, there will be a vote button at the very top of the page.

Ahh, thanks

avaistheone (author)2009-01-17

I would suggest the use of a frame with non-glare glass just so it is easier on the eyes especially if used for long periods of time.

Good idea. My main goal was simply ease and low cost.

kitze (author)2009-01-16

Wouldnt it be cool to stick magnetic tape at the back so you were able to put up magnets, too? just a thought...

Weissensteinburg (author)kitze2009-01-16

I actually thought about'd probably be better to put a sheet of metal behind the paper. I was just too lazy for that.

Derin (author)2008-12-30

Your skills are better compared to mine,and I draw a lot.

Weissensteinburg (author)Derin2009-01-05

Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.

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jessyratfink (author)2008-12-28

Wow, that is super simple. This is one of those things that makes people feel stupid for not thinking about it earlier. :P

Hey jessy...i'd really appreciate a vote =]

Sure! :D

That's took me until today to think of it myself.

robots199 (author)2008-12-29

Very Nice Job.

Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.

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Weissensteinburg (author)darus672009-01-05

Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.

arasoi (author)2008-12-30

There are just some projects on here that make me feel stupid........... Good work and a great idea I will abuse. :)

Weissensteinburg (author)arasoi2009-01-05

Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.

just3rbust3r (author)2009-01-04

with glass (not plastic) you can also write with a permanent marker if you don't have a dry-erase marker. you just have to use a little bit of water (perhaps in a spray bottle) and a paper towel to get it off. great idea!

NachoMahma (author)2008-12-28

. Very creative. . Would a frame with plastic "glass" work? It would be more durable and probably cheaper. . The final pic ("Perfect!") is better than a lot that I see on here, but not what I think of as W'burg-quality. ;)

Thanks! I believe plexiglass works, but not quite as well. i.e. if you leave something on there for too long, it's harder to get off. Plastic would also be lighter...

. Ah. I didn't think about it staining/tinting the plastic. . The new pic is much better.

I put up a new picture.

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