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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 it...you don't want to break the glass.

Make an Over the Door Easel to use with it!
 
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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!

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.
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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.
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.
xzxt1q3 years ago
This works great. I used a $6.00 frame (22x28) from The Salvation Army Store.
RyuuKasai5 years ago
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.
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.
Weissensteinburg (author)  RyuuKasai5 years ago
Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.
firefliie4 years ago
thats so simple, yet genius! why didnt i think of that?
Keithr6064 years ago
Excellant I just made one for my office. I used one that has a plastic frame and plastic insert instead of glass, works great.

Thanks
boozjee4 years ago
I LOVE you man! I'm making one!
kawaiipeach4 years ago
i love it! i'll make it right now
antmanadam5 years ago
is that a leatherman I see to the side i think i have one just like that
Weissensteinburg (author)  antmanadam5 years ago
Yep, I used it to pry up the prongs that hold down the cardboard in the back. One of the best tools I own.
johnpombrio5 years ago
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.
quesoman5 years ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
aldldl5 years ago
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.
greiss1225 years ago
Made One into a calender Will try to post pic Totally awesome!
_Lightbulb5 years ago
That's so simple! Thanks for the tute!
Weissensteinburg (author)  _Lightbulb5 years ago
Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.
How do you vote? New to the site.
Weissensteinburg (author)  daltonjcw5 years ago
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
avaistheone5 years ago
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.
Weissensteinburg (author)  avaistheone5 years ago
Good idea. My main goal was simply ease and low cost.
kitze5 years ago
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)  kitze5 years ago
I actually thought about that...it'd probably be better to put a sheet of metal behind the paper. I was just too lazy for that.
Derin5 years ago
Your skills are better compared to mine,and I draw a lot.
Weissensteinburg (author)  Derin5 years ago
Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.
O.K,voted.
Weissensteinburg (author)  Derin5 years ago
Thanks!
Wow, that is super simple. This is one of those things that makes people feel stupid for not thinking about it earlier. :P
Weissensteinburg (author)  jessyratfink5 years ago
Hey jessy...i'd really appreciate a vote =]
Sure! :D
Weissensteinburg (author)  jessyratfink5 years ago
That's OK...it took me until today to think of it myself.
robots1995 years ago
Very Nice Job.
Weissensteinburg (author)  robots1995 years ago
Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.
darus675 years ago
Brilliant!
Weissensteinburg (author)  darus675 years ago
Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.
arasoi5 years ago
There are just some projects on here that make me feel stupid........... Good work and a great idea I will abuse. :)
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