How to Make Your Own Dry Erase Board

    by Roxana Wells

    About the Author

    Roxana Wells is a teacher and writer living in South Korea. She enjoys writing about education, travel and food. Her work can be found in many publications, including "Italian American Magazine," "San Diego Family" and "The Ogden Independent." Wells holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Richmond and a master's degree in elementary education from Utah State University.


    Dry erase boards (also called whiteboards) are useful for professionals and home-users alike, who don't like the dusty mess of squeaky chalkboards. Store-bought dry erase boards can be expensive and you can't customize the board to the size you need or personalize it with embellishments. Whether you need small boards for students in your classroom or a large board for your office, you can create a completely customized dry erase board without breaking the bank.

    Things You'll Need

    • Sheet of shower board
    • Circular saw
    • Floor trim
    • Wood glue
    • Hammer
    • Nails

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    Lay the sheet of shower board on your work surface. Shower board, also called tile board, is a 1/2-inch-thick sheet of particle board with a smooth, white surface. This non-permeable material substitutes for a dry erase board easily and inexpensively.

    Cut the sheet to the size you need. Some hardware stores will cut the board for you, so check out their policy before you bring it home. If you need to cut it on your own, use a circular saw.

    Finish the edges. For a professional look, you can take the board to a framing shop and have them custom-make a frame, or create the frame yourself. Just cut 4 pieces of floor trim, making one for each side of the dry erase board. Miter the corners of each piece so the frame will assemble like a picture frame.

    Spread wood glue on the back of each piece of floor trim and assemble the frame around the outer edge of the dry erase board. Hammer in a few nails to hold the pieces together and let the glue dry.

    • Shower board is not magnetic like most dry erase boards found in classrooms and offices.
    • Always use safety glasses and watch your fingers when operating power tools.


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