This DIY project is an extremely simple dollar store hack. The other day I found this sleek modern acrylic photo display stand at dollar tree. Instantly, I had an idea of converting it into a Table top dry erase board that can be used to write down daily to do list, weekly plans or a shopping list. This will be perfect for a home office or children’s desk or even to use as a meal planner board on the kitchen counter top.
All that is needed is a good useful “to do list” template sheet and insert it into the acrylic stand. Then write over the acrylic with any dry erase markers. If you do not like the template, simply just swap the sheet and you are good to use it for some other purpose. Here, I made three templates for three different purposes. Just decide what’s your need, download my templates and use it for your own purpose. These templates are completely FREE!!
I wanted to do this project with Cricut and vinyl. So, I designed these templates in adobe illustrator and imported in to Cricut design space to cut them on vinyl. Once cut, this vinyl will be transferred onto a thick paper backing and insert into the acrylic frame. But if you do not have a Cricut machine, you can just print the pdf or png template in a color paper of your choice and insert into the photo frame.
For your convenience, I have templates in svg, pdf & png formats.
- Cricut explore Air 2
- Premium vinyl
- Weeding tool
- Transfer paper
- Deluxe paper or any thick paper
- Scissors, Ruler
- Dry erase makers
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How to make:
Upload the svg template file into Cricut design space and do a ‘save as’ in your account. Then click ‘Make it’. For the cut setting chose ‘premium vinyl‘, ‘fine point blade‘ and load the vinyl on the standard grip mat, blade in to the machine.
Cut, Weed and Transfer:
After cutting remove the project from the machine and start to weed the template. This is the most frustrating part. Since the design has lots of small letters its little hard to weed and transfer. I took so much time for this step. Make sure you have all the letters and designs in its right position during this process. They easily move or stick to the weeded material and get lost.
Next we need to have the backing sheet ready to paste the vinyl template. In order to show you the possibilities, I chose to make one in transparent plastic sheet, one in glittery black designer paper and another in teal color designer paper. These designer papers are thicker than regular paper but thinner than a cardstock. Cut all the three sheets in size to fit inside the photo frame. Use the sample display sheet that came with the photo frame as your guide.
To add some glam, I highlighted the titles using acrylic colors. Then slowly transfer the design in to the designer sheets. Aligning can be a little tricky as you have to eye ball the whole thing. So, I suggest to take it really slow and stick the vinyl only if you are confident. Start from one end and press down little by little until you reach the other end.
Once the template is transferred, insert the sheet into the acrylic display. Now, you can write over the acrylic with dry erase marker and reuse how every you want. Its so easy to make and can be customized in any way you need.
The sleek design will look stylish on any work table or desk.
Table Top Dry Erase board using Acrylic Photo Frame
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