July 10, 2012

DIY Dry Erase Boards - Easy and Cheap!

Happy Monday peeps!

I finally have working internet at my house and I couldn't be happier.  As the Time Warner guy carried my laptop into my kitchen I screamed, "Is that Google?!?" and ran to take possession of my computer.

It's been a busy week moving in, painting my study (love the new color!), and getting organized enough to have house guests.  Yes, house guests!! Two of our best friends from Seattle came to visit on Friday, so the whole week has been a whirlwind, but so much fun. I love having my friends in town.

I should be in bed, but I wanted to link up with Tara for Made-It Monday really quick. So, without further ado...here are my DIY classroom dry erase boards!!


I saw these on Pinterest (I know you have too) and I HAD to try them out.  Supplies are easy - sliding bar report covers, duct tape and/or colorful packaging tape, and I added stickers. 


I bought the plain blue duct tape because I got more duct tape for the money. Then I added some cute monster stickers to brighten it up and make them a bit more fun.  Of course, you can just use the super cute stuff to begin with, but with hubs standing right behind me when I bought supplies I decided to be more cost conscious.  :) 

I could walk you through the steps, but Charity over at Classroom DIY has video instructions and what could possibly be better than that? I just going to leave the step by step directions to her. Thanks Charity!


After playing around with them for a day, I decided that these things are awesome! 

I was really impressed with how well they worked. They were easy to wipe off...even if I left the marker on there for a bit.  Yes!

Total cost for supplies was about $20 and I bought enough to make 18 boards with duct tape left over.  Talk about a great deal AND it didn't take me long at all. It was a great excuse to sit down and watch some TV.  I was working. *wink, wink*

I plan on using keeping these dry erase boards with all my guided reading materials for students to use while in small group.  This way I can fill the slips with blank paper or a graphic organizer for them to use while we read  AND since I have so many extra boards that take up virtually NO storage space,  my students can work on them continuously throughout the week, no problem! (You could even use different colored duct tape and/or stickers to differentiate your groups. Brilliant, right?) 

So, there we have it.  My version of the quick and simple DIY dry erase boards.  Isn't duct tape amazing?  It just accomplishes so much.  Between the duct tape and my glue gun, I think I could do anything.

Don't forget to check out other great projects and share your own with Made-It Monday at 4th Grade Folics. Happy crafting!

12 comments:

  1. I am more cost conscious when I shop with my hubby too. :)

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  2. I love this idea and can't wait to get working. I will not be shopping with my husband when I go out for supplies ;)

    Nicole

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    1. Haha! It is probably best. I'm going back for more colors soon. Shh! Don't tell. :)

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  3. I'm back with another comment to say, I love your blog and guess what?!? I am awarding you with The Versatile Blogger award. Come over to my blog and pick it up!!!

    :) Nicole
    Tadpole Tidbits
    www.mrscorbitt.blogspot.com

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  4. I want to make these now!
    ~April
    The Idea Backpack
    ideabackpack@gmail.com

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  5. Love those! I'm trying my hand at making some of those this week....in a little different way or should I say with different items. Yours are super cute! Thanks for linking up and glad you got your internet back:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  6. Very cute! I was lucky enough to have a classroom fully stocked with dry erase boards for student use!

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  7. Very clever!!! I am your newest follower.

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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  8. What an awesome project!! I could use something like that for my take home literacy bags. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  9. I love this project. I just got a great deal on some cute polka-dot packing tape at JoAnn Fabrics and now I know what I can do with it. I have already shared your project with a fellow teacher.

    Thanks!
    Learning in the Little Apple

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  10. These are great and economical.i need some extras, this will be great. Thanks for sharing.

    Jill
    Bubbalulu.blogspot.com

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  11. Oh my heck! I have to make this! Thank you! I also plan on making the pompom dry erase erasers too!
    I found your site through pinterest!
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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