I am a scribbler. As soon as I pick a telephone, or start thinking about something, I feel the urge to doodle and write absently on whatever is around me. (As you can imagine, my childhood was filled with crayons on walls and cranky parents!) In the interest of saving paper (and some trees), I recently decided to invest in a whiteboard for our home. But those things are so ugly and intrusive; I would have no idea where to put it. We wanted somewhere central, but not so obvious that it takes over the room. So instead of one big ugly board, my boyfriend and I decided to make our own colorful mini whiteboards to keep around the house. Now there is always somewhere to jot down notes, no matter where we are!
The beauty of this project, is that when you aren’t using these ‘whiteboards’ they can double as nice, simple artworks around your home! My boyfriend and I popped down to our local thrift store and snapped up a collection of picture frames to chose from: a couple of medium sized frames for larger messages like shopping lists, event reminders and birthdays; and a couple of small palm sized frames to keep by the phone to take down messages and numbers.
• Colored and patterned paper – remember, if your paper is too busy, it will make it harder to read your messages.
• Picture/photo frames (various sizes)
• Tape & scissors
• Whiteboard markers (dark colors work best)
1. Start with a big ol’ mess of paper and as many photo frames as you want to use. This is a great opportunity to use up those scraps of pretty wrapping paper you’ve been hoarding to reuse ‘one day’ – today is that day! Select your favorites, it’s a good idea to group similar color pallets to your rooms you are going to place them in.
2. Remove the back from your photo frame and take out the paper insert that comes inside it. Using this as a template, cut out a sheet of your selected paper to the same size as your template guide.
3. If you are using thin or transparent paper (like tissue paper), flip the frame insert over (the backs are usually plain white) and wrap your tissue paper around the template piece, taping down the edges to secure.
4. Place the newly cut piece (or wrapped insert piece) into your frame and secure the backing on again.
5. Give the glass a good clean with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol to remove any dust from the surface.
6. Hang or place on a shelf and get to writing! I like to keep a whiteboard marker sitting behind my frames, so I can write on them whenever I need!
Dani (Craft contributor)
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