Saturday, April 21, 2012

DIY Dry Erase Boards

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Need some super cute and easy dry erase boards for your class? They can be used over and over again all year long with simple dry erase markers and old rags to wipe off!



Items to Gather:

  • clear report covers
  • plain or patterned duct tape or packing tape
  • Optional:  o-ring, hole punch, small cleaning rag

Instructions:




Other Tips/Suggestions:

Option:  You can hole punch one corner near the opening, and add an o-ring with the rag going through it.  Now, you have a board and a wiper at the same time!


Hope you enjoy!



26 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I'm just swooning as I imagine the space that could be saved by these...not to mention the color that will be added...by these notso-whiteboards:)

    Ellen
    Great {First Grade} Expectations

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  2. Absolutely! So happy you liked! Thanks for stopping by!

    Charity
    The Organized Classroom Blog

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  3. Loving what this new blog will bring!!! Cool idea for the dry erase boards!
    Thanks, Charity!
    Ann Marie

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  4. Thanks Ann Marie! I am excited - officially launch not for another week, but I am looking forward to it as well. :)

    Charity

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  5. I saw these on Pinterest this summer and made some. they are awesome for small groups!!
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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  6. Thanks Miss Foote! They are fun Nicole!

    Charity

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  7. I love these. They look just like the commercial ones that teacher supply catalogs are selling. I use white boards alot but this idea is a whole lot cheaper then the commercial ones.

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    1. I am so happy they will be useful Tami! Have fun creating. :)

      Charity

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  8. as i was watching your awesome creation...I just realized I had 4 boxes of transparency sheets (which I we don't use anymore)...so inspired. Also on the one you taped all around, maybe give the kids a paperclip to hold it down so it doesn't move around. Thanks

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    1. Great idea and have fun creating yours as well Jennie! :)

      Charity

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  9. Great idea, of course! I have a class set of white boards, but these make great replacements for the older ones. I was thinking...wouldn't these be a great way to 'frame' an art project? You can place the pic/drawing in the clear cover and tape all four sides, attach a magnet strip on the back and have them be a refrigerator magnet. We could send one that has 1 open side + magnet strip on back for parents. They can slide school info/reminders in and out of the pocket. So many ideas! Thank you so much for taking the time to post and share :) Have a great summer!

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    1. Those are wonderful ideas as well! There really are so many uses! Have fun creating and make sure to send over some picts when you have some made. :)

      Charity

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  10. We use page protectors in this exact way too! The duct tape adds some fun to them though!

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  11. Wow! Love this idea! I plan to make them for my students at their desks, putting a sheet of white paper in, so it's more like a whiteboard, and they can show me the answer. Also at one of the math centers, with centimeter grid paper, so we can use Cuisenaire rods, graph ordered pairs... the possibilities are endless! Thank you for all your creativity.

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    1. Sure thing! So happy you find great ways to use them!

      Charity

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  12. Awesome. I love this idea and I cant wait to create some for my kindergartners. Thank you for making a video!!

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  13. I think I will make these with white card stock inside, then tape off all four sides. These can serve as dry-erase work mats that students can keep in their math folders.

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  14. I think I will make these with white card stock inside, then tape off all four sides. These can serve as dry-erase work mats that students can keep in their math folders.

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  15. <3 these...made them last year and used them a lot

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  16. I'm having issues where the papers don't go into the plastic smoothly. The paper gets stuck to the underside of the tape, which only a very teensy bit of the underside of the tape is exposed, but it's enough that the papers stick going in. I don't know if that makes sense. I think I'm just going to stick with sheet protectors. If I want a cute border, I'll use the tape around the sheet protectors.

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  17. Just loved it!!! you're a genious!!!

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  18. our school district uses the plastic sheet protectors with card stock inside. My students use these for instant response boards, worksheets, graphic organizers, pretests and --- one of their favorites--- puzzles in magazines.
    I really like the duct tape. I think this will make them more attractive.

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