Creating this washi tape decorated dry erase board is super low cost but a big boost for productivity! It is amazing what having a ready-made space for quick notes or bursts of genius will do to your work surface. Chiefly: this project rids your desk of the tons of sticky notes scattered around, slowly losing their sticky-ness. (What, is that just me?)
Today’s washi project is deceptively simple, which means I failed 3 different ways before getting it just right. So read on to learn from my mistakes to make sure when you try your hand at it you will have a successful result!
An 8” x 10” picture frame with glass/plastic (go as big as is practical for your space; you are not going to get anything written in a 4” x 6” frame with a fat dry erase marker)
Dry erase markers (preferably with built-in erasers!)
Seriously, these are the steps:
How hard could that be? Apparently very hard, at least for me. Let’s go through some things I did wrong so that you can avoid the same pitfalls.
You would think that a frame that advertises itself as 8” x 10” would be that size, right? Turns out: not when you buy the super budget frame on sale at Joann’s. My first perfectly cut, beautifully decorated piece of paper did not fit in my frame, because the opening for the picture was actually 7 5/8” x 9 5/8”. Bummer.
I debated going to get a second piece of paper but ultimately just ended up using the insert paper that came with the frame. It already fits perfectly, the printed front did not show through to the back, and it saved me a trip upstairs. The choice is yours, but I think this hack came out just fine.
Got my perfectly fitted paper all decorated with washi tape, assembled the whole frame and… could not see 50% of my beautiful washi tape border. I was so frustrated I forgot to even take a picture of this part, I just broke the whole thing down. Turns out there was roughly a ¼” overhang on the inside frame edge. So check for that on your frame.
When I redid my washi tape placement allowing for the overhang, my page looked like this:
Reassembled the frame, turned it over, and… turns out ¼” was too generous a guess. The washi tape did not meet the frame edge. So I dissembled AGAIN and readjusted to 1/8”. That was nearly perfect, except…
...There were little dots of dust marring my beautiful white background! So, while taking deep, calming breaths, I dissembled again, cleaned the glass inside and out, then reassembled. Finally, I had the beautiful result I had imagined!
Featuring a nice, large center space to jot down notes and things bordered by the beautiful washi tape from the Lights Collection, this Washi Tape Dry Erase Note Space was exactly what I wanted. Success, at last!
Now, you could surely use a traditional dry erase board and decorate it with washi tape. I, however, went the picture frame route for several reasons:
Some alternate ideas you might like to try for your own project:
Just take care, however, that you are not creating a space so busy that it will be difficult to read your notes. Otherwise, have a ball!
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