How to Make a DIY Dry Erase Board in Minutes

Interested in making your own DIY dry erase board? It’s actually a super easy craft.

Whiteboards are a practical tool, especially for homeschoolers. They offer a large blank canvas for sharing images, thoughts, and ideas.

But what if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Small boards may be easy to find, but large ones can be a bit trickier. Plus, big boards are expensive!

You can easily make a homemade dry erase board that exactly fits your needs in less than 30 minutes and for just a few dollars.

In fact, it’s so simple that your middle schoolers can do it themselves!

Homemade dry erase board with emoji patterned duct tape on the edges hanging on the wall.

I don’t know about you, but our family has used dry erase boards for a long time throughout our house for lesson plans, project lists, grocery items, etc.

So we were thrilled to work on this big board project.

DIY Dry Erase Board

Is it really that easy to build your own dry erase board? Yes! With just a few items from your local hardware store, you can create several boards to use in your home.

Below, I’m sharing the step-by-step instructions for how to make two sizes, one large dry board and a smaller one. Making one on the smaller side is great because it is portable, so you can use it all around the house and even take it in the car to homeschooling on the go.

Should you take the time to make your own whiteboard? Definitely!

What is a Dry Erase Board?

A dry erase board, also called a white board, is a tool used for quick and easy writing or drawing. It’s usually made from melamine boards.

It has a smooth, glossy flat surface that makes it simple to erase any markings.

How to Clean a Whiteboard

To care for the surface of your whiteboard, follow these steps.

  • Only use dry-erase markers to write on the board. Never use permanent markers or a chalk marker on a dry erase surface.
  • Clean off the markings with a dry whiteboard eraser or soft cloth. If you’re in a pinch, a paper towel will do.
  • Wipe it down regularly to avoid staining the whiteboard’s surface.
  • If you can’t completely wipe away the markings, scribble over them with fresh marker. This will help to break down the old markings or stains and make it easier to clean.
  • Regularly wipe down the entire surface with a whiteboard cleaner. Or use household products like vinegar and water, hand sanitizer, or isopropyl alcohol. Just test any cleaner out on a small section of the board.

For the best results, don’t use abrasive cleaners.

Homemade dry erase board with edges covered in emoji duck tape

Benefits of a Homemade White Board

There are several advantages to creating your own dry erase board instead of purchasing one.

First, these tools can be crazy expensive, especially wall-sized models. But it costs a fraction to make your own large whiteboards.

Plus, with a DIY whiteboard, you get to choose the finished size. You’re not limited to what they sell at the store. This is great if you’re trying to fit a specific wall space, like a homeschooling room.

It’s also completely customizable. The sky’s the limit! You can wrap the edges in whatever style of duct tape you want or you can add a wood frame and personalize it with paint.

While it may seem easier to just go to the store and buy one off the shelf, this project is so simple that it makes sense to do it yourself.

Tips for Using a Dry Erase Board in your Homeschool

So what should you use your new boards for? The ideas are limitless.

It’s more than just a blank space for writing; it’s the perfect way to work through problems and equations, create charts and graphs, draw maps, review spelling words and much more.

Some ideas include:

There’s no shortage of ways to use your marker board in your home school.


Here’s a quick rundown on how to make a dry-erase board in just a few minutes with a handful of supplies.

First, think about what size(s) you want for your finished boards.

For this project, you’ll need a piece of 24″ x 48″ smooth white panel/hardboard. We actually made two boards out of our piece. The first one was 24” x 14” and the second was 24” x 34”. Keep in mind that you get to choose the size for yours.

You can either have someone at the store cut the board to your size specifications or do it yourself at home.

After you wipe the board with a clean dry cloth to remove any dust, cover the edges in duct tape.

Just like that, your project is done and you can hang it up on the wall.

Below, you’ll find more detailed instructions along with a printable supply list.

Collage of 4 images showing the process of making a dry erase board.

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Materials Used for This Project:

  • Smooth white panel/hardboard (32″ x 48″)
  • Duck Tape in fun patterns like cacti and unicorn

Printed Duct Tape, CactiPrinted Duct Tape, CactiPrinted Duct Tape, CactiPrinted Duct Tape, UnicornPrinted Duct Tape, UnicornPrinted Duct Tape, Unicorn


As you can see, it’s incredibly easy and cost-effective to make your own whiteboards. After you finish your first one, you’ll be hooked and will never buy one again.

These were some of our most-used DIY projects in our homeschool. It’s the perfect back-to-school craft or whenever you need to update your home school room.

More School Supply Crafts

Check out these fun school-themed crafts you can use in your homeschool.

Ready to get started? Here are the easy steps for your homemade dry erase board.

2 homemade white boards with duct tape over the edges.

How to Make a Whiteboard

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make your own homemade dry erase board. It's an incredibly simple project that's completely customizable.


  • (1) 24" x 48" Piece of Smooth White Panel/Hardboard/Melamine
  • (1) Roll of Duct Tape
  • Command Strips
  • Dry Erase Markers


  • Dry Cloth
  • Scissors or Utility Knife
  • Saw (if you want to cut the board down on your own)


    1. Purchase a 24" x 48" piece of white panel/hardboard or chalk/market board from a home improvement store.
    2. Figure out how many boards you'd like and their end sizes. Either cut the large piece into smaller ones yourself using a saw or ask someone at the store to cut it down for you. They'll usually do it at no extra cost, saving you a step. If you're doing any cutting yourself, see the notes below to help prevent splintering.
    3. Wipe the board with a dry cloth to remove any dust.
    4. Place the tape along the edge with half the tape sticking to the front of the board. Cut the tape the length of the edge. Man holding the edge of a white board that he's adding a piece of emoji patterned duct tape to.
    5. Wrap the other half of the tape over the edge and attach it to the back of the board. Smooth it out. Man folding emoji patterned Duct Tape over the edge of a white board
    6. Repeat this step for the other three sides of the whiteboard.Man adding emoji patterned Duck Tape to the long edge of a white board.
    7. Hang it on the wall using command strips or wall screws.


The board we found at Home Depot was called chalk/market board.

If you decide to cut the board yourself, place a width of painter’s tape on the board, draw your line and then cut through the tape and board. The tape will help prevent your white board from splintering at the edge.

Be careful around any sharp edges after you've cut the board, before you've covered the edges.

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Are you ready to make your own DIY dry erase board?

Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.
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  1. Brilliant! I’ve used white boards to make lap desks for car travel by sewing a beanbag and gluing it to the back. This would be a cheaper alternative to purchasing the white boards.

    1. What an awesome idea to make them into lap desks!
      I am adding this idea to my to do list for this school year! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m doing a series this week on “Unexpected School Supplies” and making a whiteboard this way is on my list. Do you mind if I link to you? Love it!

    1. Hillary – Yes!! We would be thrilled if you linked to this! Please come back and include a link to the series on your blog so we can share even more great ideas with everyone!

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