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If you are worried about the durability of your homemade dry erase board and if you read that after a while, the dry erase markers begin to stain, there is hope. My board does not stain because I used WET ERASE Markers only! And to clean the board, I use a damp micro-fiber cloth.
I realized early on that I was going to need a reliable dry-erase board if we had any hope of being successful at this homeschooling thing. My daughter is a visual learning, so we need a lot of space to draw, diagram, and practice. And while she does the bulk of her work on paper (notebooking, note-taking, and more), a dry -erase board makes life a bit easier.
I had my heart set on this board for a while, but quickly realized that I had neither the money to buy it nor the space to store the thing. We needed something that we could pull out when we were going to use it and something that would be easily stored under or behind a sofa.
And did I mention that it had to be big?
So, I made one. The board to the right was made for $15.99. I bought a sheet of melamine* from Home Depot (you can also use Mark-r-board or “white panel board”). I bought one 48 inch sheet and had an attendant cut it in half. I then had two squares. At home, I placed the squares back-to-back and taped them with Pink Duct Tape to keep them together and to cover the edges. And Ta-Da! My double-sided dry-erase board.
I wasn’t really thinking about this before hand, but I should have tried to make this make it magnetic…. not sure how to do that, but I should look into it.
*If you have trouble erasing, follow these tips:
(1) DO NOT USE DRY-ERASE CLEANER. Once you start using that stuff you will have to use it all the time.
(2) Clean the board right after you are done using it to prevent shadowing and staining.
(3) Use a microfiber cloth to erase.
(4) When you are done for the day use a damp cloth to clean completely.
(5) Only use
dry-erase wet-erase markers.