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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!

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
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.
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Paris12118 days ago

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.
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.
xzxt1q4 years ago
This works great. I used a $6.00 frame (22x28) from The Salvation Army Store.
RyuuKasai6 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)  RyuuKasai6 years ago
Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.
firefliie5 years ago
thats so simple, yet genius! why didnt i think of that?
Keithr6065 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.

boozjee6 years ago
I LOVE you man! I'm making one!
kawaiipeach6 years ago
i love it! i'll make it right now
antmanadam6 years ago
is that a leatherman I see to the side i think i have one just like that
Weissensteinburg (author)  antmanadam6 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.
johnpombrio6 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.
quesoman6 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
aldldl6 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.
greiss1226 years ago
Made One into a calender Will try to post pic Totally awesome!
_Lightbulb6 years ago
That's so simple! Thanks for the tute!
Weissensteinburg (author)  _Lightbulb6 years ago
Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.
How do you vote? New to the site.
Weissensteinburg (author)  daltonjcw6 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
avaistheone6 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)  avaistheone6 years ago
Good idea. My main goal was simply ease and low cost.
kitze6 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)  kitze6 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.
Derin6 years ago
Your skills are better compared to mine,and I draw a lot.
Weissensteinburg (author)  Derin6 years ago
Thanks! If you liked it, i'd appreciate a vote.
Weissensteinburg (author)  Derin6 years ago
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)  jessyratfink6 years ago
Hey jessy...i'd really appreciate a vote =]
Sure! :D
Weissensteinburg (author)  jessyratfink6 years ago
That's OK...it took me until today to think of it myself.
robots1996 years ago
Very Nice Job.
Weissensteinburg (author)  robots1996 years ago
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darus676 years ago
Weissensteinburg (author)  darus676 years ago
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