A DIY Dry Erase Board Using an Old Frame and Lovely Ribbon!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make this dry erase board I made to put next to my kitchen phone:

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My kids love this, they have been leaving messages and stories on it since I hung it up the other day. I think it would be a cool idea to snap a picture of it each day with its different messages and put it in a project life album. Today’s project is sponsored by Offray. Save 15% on your offray.com order though 11/30/14 with the coupon code: FRUGAL15  See details below. Now, let’s make a dry erase board! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Cut the word “family” out of white paper to fit your frame. I used my die cut machine so I had to cut down the paper so I could fit it in my cutter, if you are cutting the word by hand you can keep it in one piece.
  2. Lay out ribbon on your backing board in a pleasing fashion. Place the word mat on top to test placement. If you like it glue the ribbon to the board.
  3. Glue the paper over the board so the ribbon shows though the word cut-outs. Add additional ribbon as embellishments (like I did over the gap in the paper)
  4. Make sure the glass in your frame is clean and place the decorated backer board in the frame. Secure the backer board in.
  5. Attach handing hardware and wire to the back.
  6. Attach a dry erase marker to the side of the frame with an eye-hook and ribbon.
  7. Hang on the wall and enjoy!

This project was so fun and easy to make and it is really useful too. Now there is a place to jot down phone messages next to the phone and we won’t have to rummage for a pen because it is attached! You can find the beautiful ribbon I used at Offray and remember to use the coupon code FRUGAL15 to save 15% through 11/30/14. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

*Details: Use FRUGAL15 during checkout on Offray.com to receive 15% off one order. Offer expires 11:59 PM eastern time on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Discount excludes applicable tax and shipping costs. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases. Subject to change or cancellation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

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Simple Stamping {for the teacher!}

First of all today I have an announcement to make…..{please pause for drumroll and fanfare}…….ahem, OK…Get this, I was picked to be on the Pink Persimmon Creative Team! Yahoo! I was asked to be an “Education Specialist” that is fancy for “I’ll make videos and show ya how to do crafty stuff”  🙂 But, pssst, that’s not all {I say in a hushed whisper} I will be designing some exclusive rubber stamps for them too!  In the meantime tho I’ll be bringing you some fun projects with the stamps currently in the Pink Persimmon catalog. Here is a fun teacher’s gift set I made with a few Pink Persimmon stamp sets:

This is a dry erase board {made from a 8.5″x11″ document frame with glass from the dollar store} for one of my daughter’s teachers. To make this I simply stamped 5 banners from the Small Banner Set in the corner of a 7.5″x10″ sheet of lightly patterned cream paper and over stamped the word “notes” using the Carnival small alpha set. I stamped the Wise Old Owl in the corner with the same color inks. I added some filler stars from the Little Red Wagon set too. Since this is all flat stamping I stamped directly on pattern paper to unify the piece. Then I mounted that stamped paper onto a 8.5″x11″ coordinating pattern. I added a brass eye-hook to the side of the frame so I could tie on a dry erase marker with “abc” patterned twill tape.(the ribbon is tied to the cap so it is easy to remove the marker part for writing.) The “Mrs Wood’s” text was stamped with the Small Soda Pop alpha, I love how well the cursive letters line up!

Here is a picture of the stamping before I put it under glass:

What I love most about these stamps is how quickly you can pull a project together. Since I used mostly solid image stamps no coloring was involved making it a quick and fun project. My kids are excited to make some more of these sets for their teachers this year.

I used the scraps from the dry erase board to cover a clean tin can then I stamped more banners and glued them on along with some more patterned twill tape. I used a safety can opener to remove the lid from the can so the edges were not sharp.

Lastly I thought it would be fun to make some cute clips. I think these would be handy for flagging pages in their assignment books or to use as a book mark. I loved the offset scallop pattern from the tummy of the Wise Old Owl so I stamped some on a cream scrap and used a 1″ circle punch to cut them out and over-stamped numbers from the Large Soda Pop alpha set and glued them to large paper clips. I glued circles punched from patterned paper scraps on the back so you wouldn’t see my gobs of hot glue 😀 Wanna know something else cool? The frame, dry erase markers (4 in a pack) and paper clips are all from the dollar store, add in a recycled can and you have a groovy gift for little dinero! Also I used 2 sheets of paper (and a few scraps) from Autumn Leaves.

***Edited to add: I realize that you might not know how this is a dry-erase board {and I didn’t think to snap a photo of the board with a note written on it} well, the glass on the front of the stamped paper in the frame will work just like a dry-erase board. I left the center of the stamped picture plain so the teacher can write notes there like this:

I hope that makes sense 😀

So, do you want to meet the other new Pink Persimmon CT gals? Check out the links to their blog on my left-hand sidebar. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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