Weren’t we all impressed when dry erase boards and markers first came out on the market? No more using paper after paper to let kids draw or to leave family notes. With the appearance of the dry erase boards we could write, erase, write and draw again – and again and again. It was like magic! Nowadays, dry erase boards are as common as pencils – nearly everyone has one. If you don’t have one, and you don’t want to spend the money to get one, there’s an alternative that works just as well. A floor tile!
A leftover floor tile can be turned into a unique and useful dry erase board that hangs on the wall or can be carried around. The perfect floor tile is one that’s solid white or has some faint marbling. You can use a peel-n-stick tile or a ceramic tile for this project. The adhesive tile is lightweight and perfect for kids. The heavier, ceramic tile looks nice when you make a hanging message center for the kitchen.
To continue with the lightweight version paint or cover a piece of thick cardboard or really thin wood with decorative paper or fabric. The cardboard should be cut so that it’s square. It should be two inches larger, all the way around, than the tile itself. If the tile is too large for a small child you can cut it down to a smaller size. When the board is ready simply peel and stick the vinyl tile to the board.
Make a heavier version from a ceramic tile. These tiles are much smaller than the vinyl tiles but are used in the same manner. For this design use a piece of wood that’s square and larger than the tile. Glue the tile to the board and allow to dry. Use a metal picture hanger on the back of the board to hang the message center.
You can purchase dry erase markers at most any place that sells magic markers. Stick it to the board by using Velcro. Cut a tiny piece of adhesive Velcro and stick half to the side of the board and half to the marker to hold it in place when not in use. If you want, attach a small sponge piece with Velcro for erasing. The slick tile works just as a dry erase board but costs nowhere near what a new board will cost.
Either of the dry erase board designs can be decorated with wooden letters, stickers or other embellishments. Spell out “Messages”, “Notes” or other words, or just glue on foam shapes for kids. The hanging message board can be useful in the kitchen or outside for visitors to leave notes when you’re gone. The lightweight version is perfect for any child!