How to Make a Framed Dry Erase Board

By Nicole Tinkham

Dry erase boards are helpful to have in the office or at home, however they aren’t always the most attractive thing to put on the wall. There are some available with a wooden border which look nice but if you’re looking for an inexpensive board, you may have to deal with an aluminum frame – unless you make your own. Two of our Keeton’s employees discovered an inexpensive way to make dry erase boards with a decorative frame using items found at Keeton’s. Here’s how they did it!

Step 1: Gather supplies


Surprisingly, there aren’t many supplies needed to make your own dry erase board thanks to the easy Wall Mates dry erase self-adhesive writing surface. What makes it even easier is that all supplies (except hammer and screw driver) can be found at Keeton’s.

Wall Mates dry erase writing surface 24×36 – $22.99 (makes 2)
• Frame (16×20) – About $29.99
• Masonite (16×20) – $4.80
Xacto knife – About $3.79
• Glazier Points – $2.29
• Hammer and screw driver

Step 2: Lay out your Masonite board

Take your dry erase sheet out of the package and lay on a flat surface. Lay your Masonite boards on top of the sheet to get an idea of where you will need to cut the dry erase board.

Step 3: Cut your dry erase board down to size


Cut your dry erase board down to size (which should be right down the middle) with your Xacto knife. You should have enough of the dry erase surface to create a second board if you choose to do so.

Step 4: Peel off dry erase backing


The Wall Mates dry erase writing surface has a backing that must be peeled off before sticking to the Masonite board. Carefully remove this backing.

Step 5: Lay the dry erase sheet on Masonite board


Carefully lay the dry erase surface on the Masonite board sticky side down. You will notice a gray border around the dry erase sheet. Try to lay down the sheet so that the gray border hangs off the edge of the Masonite board (you will be trimming this off later).

Step 6: Smooth out dry erase sheet


Smooth out the dry erase sheet with your hands and make sure there are no air bubbles.

Step 7: Trim the dry erase sheet


Flip the Masonite board over and trim the excess dry erase sheet using your Xacto knife.

Step 8: Place Masonite board in frame


Place the Masonite board in your frame with the dry erase side facing out the front of the frame.

Step 9: Secure the Masonite board


Secure your Masonite board by inserting glazier points into the frame. Use your hammer and screw driver to accomplish this. We recommend using three glazier points on each side of the frame for extra support.

Step 10: Hang it up!

If you choose to hang your dry erase board, Keeton’s provides many supplies to help you do so.


Step 11: Additional supplies

Congratulations, you have completed your custom dry erase board! Now there are a few supplies that you may want to consider to actually get some use out of your board.

Dry erase markers

We hope you have fun making your dry erase board and don’t forget to be creative! The size of the board can vary simply by purchasing different size frames and Masonite boards. You can also change up the frames by painting them or adding decorative pieces. Be sure to share with us what you come up with on our Facebook page!

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