Homemade Portable Dry Erase Boards

Need a portable dry erase board? Here’s how I made 9 of them for my children:

Supplies needed:

  • clipboards – I purchased three 3-packs at Sam’s Club
  • heavy duty sheet protectors – already had these (purchased from Sam’s Club)
  • card stock – you can also use paper, perhaps with some scavenged thin cardboard
  • old rags, chamois clothes, microfiber cloths – whatever you have

Tools needed:

  • scissors

Insert the card stock into the plastic sheet protector.  Cut the hole-punched edge off of the sheet protector.  Clip the sheet to the clipboard.  Now that I think of it, you could also leave that edge on, and just stick this in a binder!

I’ve found that washed and dried chamois cloths make an excellent homemade microfiber cloths.  I actually bought microfiber cloths for cleaning, so I put my old do-it-yourself cloths to good use – I cut them into pieces for homemade erasers.  Works great!

It’s that easy!  My children use these for schoolwork.  For my younger children who need to practice handwriting, it is so easy to print out something free from the internet that they can trace over and over.  My kids will sometimes put the “whiteboard” aside and use it as a portable desk for drawing while I read aloud.

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7 comments to Homemade Portable Dry Erase Boards

  • I like this idea (it sure would save on paper) but my husband doesn’t want the kids using dry erase markers regularly because of the fumes they put off. Do you know of any that don’t? Also, how do you keep the young ones from smushing the tips?

    • Cardamom

      I buy Expo low odor dry erase markers, so you could ask your husband about trying those. Wet erase markers have less odor, but are harder to clean. As far as tip-smashing goes, 🙂 I only let age 4 and up use the markers, and if they were irresponsible, I took the markers away. My youngest is nearly six so it’s not an issue anymore. Hint: to fix a smashed-in tip, pull it out with sharp tweezers or needle-nosed pliers.

  • Great idea!!!

    There is also dry erase crayons available. Check those out for those that don’t like the fumes.

  • ida

    I realize this is an older blog, but I just found it. Love this hm white board.

  • Came across your blog through Naomi’s food blog. I love this idea for a portable white board. What a paper saver! I hate wasting paper on math problems. ha! Thanks for this.

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