Introduction: How to Make a Desktop Dry Erase Board

School's getting ready to start back, so isn't this a good time to get organized?  Or maybe you're out of school and feeling dreary that you're stuck in an office on these nice summer days.  I bet something to brighten your desk would make you feel better.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:
Scrap Fabric
Picture Frame
Light Colored Fabric (a little bigger than your picture frame)
Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
Pins
Tape (not pictured)

Step 2: Cut the Background Fabric

I chose muslin because it is light colored and solid, so whatever I write on the dry erase board will be seen easily with out the fabric over powering it.  

Take the picture frame apart and lay the insert down on the fabric.  Cut around the rectangle leaving about 2 inches around on all sides.  

Step 3: Cut Out the Applique

Using the scrap fabric, draw a design to cut out, or just cut free hand.  I chose to do a J for my name, Jennifer.  

Step 4: Pin the Shape

I used to pins to hold the J down.  I like the way it looked with it in the corner, so I put the insert under the fabric to find the right spot, and pinned it down.

Step 5: Sew the Applique

Normally I would just sew this with a sewing machine, but my mother is borrowing it this week.  Hand sewing it is fine, since it is going to be inside glass, it doesn't have to be as secure as say, a skirt you sewed.  But a sewing machine is a LOT quicker.

If you are hand sewing I suggest using an embroidering hoop to help you out.  My son used mine to wear as a crown and lost one of the circles, so I couldn't use mine.  Instead I folded up the sides around it, and pined them.  It helps make the sewing go a little faster when they are not in the way.

Step 6: Fold the Fabric

Lay the fabric with the design facing down.  Put the insert from the picture frame on the fabric.  Fold the edges over like you would a Christmas present using tape (I used double sided) to hold the fabric down.  

If your fabric is a little see through (like mine) make sure you put the solid side of the insert facing in.  It is easier to do this first than fold it and tape it, realize you can see through it, unfold it, and re do it.

Step 7: Put It Together

Put the picture frame back together.  And that's it.  You can use dry erase markers on the glass, and they work just like a white board.  You can hang it on the wall like a picture frame, or put it on your desk so it is always at hand.  


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gannon (author)2010-07-18

If you need a large erase board, buy a sheet of laminate wall panel from your local hardware store. I used one last year to replace the chalk board in my classroom. It could easily be cut into smaller sizes, too,

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kcls (author)2010-07-13

Nice job! Good idea!

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zack247 (author)2010-07-13

could you just use the back panel for the fabric too?

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jnifrwebb (author)zack2472010-07-13

Yeah, I have a smaller one on the kitchen counter at home I did that way.

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yoyology (author)2010-07-13

I notice your fabric is a bit puckered. If you want it tighter, consider taping it more methodically, as you would when stapling a stretched canvas or upholstering a chair seat. You can see an example of what I mean here.

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jnifrwebb (author)yoyology2010-07-13

Pretty sure it was the questionable tape I was using. It kept coming unstuck.

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