DIY Dry Erase Board – Easy Tutorial

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DIY Dry Erase Board

Make this easy DIY dry erase board to keep everyone on schedule at a glance. Our tutorial will show you how to make this from an old picture frame.


Families are busier than ever these days and this DIY Dry Erase Board is perfect for keeping track of all that’s going on.  If you have an old photo frame that you’re not using, why not turn it into a great DIY Dry Erase Board for organizing all your family’s upcoming events, shopping lists, meal plans, and so much more.  The glass is a perfect surface for writing on and wiping clean.  Insert scrapbook paper or fabric where a photo would normally be for a backdrop that will perfectly match your decor.


  • large photo frame
  • fabric or scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • dry erase marker and eraser
  • paint & paint brush (if your frame needs updated)


First determine whether you will paint your frame or not.  The frame I used was dated and a color of wood that did not match the rest of my decor.  I chose to paint it white for a fresh look that would work well with the rest of my home.  If you’re painting your frame, remove the glass and make sure to allow paint plenty of time to dry.  Two coats of paint is always best!

While the frame is drying, make sure the glass is clean and streak free.

Measure and cut a piece of fabric or scrapbook paper to fit the opening in your frame.  I used a photo mat in the frame I selected and a smaller piece of paper.  The paper I chose is a burlap paper that I just loved the texture of!  You could select a paper with any type of print or even change out your paper with the seasons or holidays.  This is another paper I loved and may use from time to time.  Changing out the paper is as easy as changing out a photo!

how to make a DIY Dry Erase Board

When the paint is fully dry, reassemble the frame.  Put the glass in place, a mat if you’re using one, and the paper or fabric of your choice.  Place the backing on the photo frame and hang on the wall in your message center, over your desk, or in the kitchen!


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I would never have thought of this! A dry erase board out of glass. Perfect! Thanks for the frugal idea.

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