Crafty Girls ~Fashionable Whiteboards 4

by Shelley

I’m a visual learner so I naturally find it essential to write and illustrate as I teach.  When I’m teaching about the Bible I categorize my linear progression.  I talk about the joy of serving Him–and I illustrate what I’m talking about.  When we brainstorm about a recent field trip we write a four-paragraph (or six) together and it ends up on the board.  But, what happens when function is a total design flop?  What do you do?  I found this idea to be fabulous and scooped it up.


First, I went to my local craft store and picked up three frames (24×36).  They were on sale and I used my teacher discount.  I saved $80.00.  Additionally, I used some tissue paper on hand and purchased a package of tissue paper.  Lastly, I used a glue stick; I had that on hand too.

If tissue paper isn’t your thing, then think outside of the box on this.  Use fabric, use paint, use gift wrap, or make a collage.  Or, if you are familiar with computer design software, you can design a 24×36 image and print it out at your local copy store or photo print shop.  I highly recommend that you mute the image significantly (put a white transparency layer over it to soften it beyond measure).  This way the board still functions as a message board, but you still added your own personal flare.

Oh, and don’t forget the whiteboard markers.  The glass is perfect for write-on/wipe-off markers.

How do you do it?
1. Wad the tissue up into a ball (if you want to add texture) then smooth it out.
2. Use the reverse of the advertisement piece as your “canvas.”  Glue the tissue to the back of it. (You need to open the back of the frame to access that bit, for sure.)
3. Put it all back together.
4. Hang and use. (I used two portrait hangers and hung it from wire.  I had to thread and wrap the wire myself.  By anchoring it to the wall firmly with wire it will rock less as you write on it.)

Little D was trying it out before we got started.
Big K wanted a go at it too.

I said I purchased three of them.  The third one is in our kitchen.  You can see the before and after shots here.  The top one is plain and colorless.  The second one has some character to it.  Subtle, but sweet.

Here’s my tween helping out.
You may need scissors to cut off any extra tissue.

Here’s our multi-paragraph narrative about going to the dentist. It started on the left and finished on the right. It was that long.  And, if you look closely you can see how the left one does not have tissue and the right one does.  I wanted you to see the difference.  You may need to click on it to enlarge (click again to magnify then hit “Back” in your browser to return here).

Voila!  All done.
I added this one so you can see how easy it is for the
two layers of tissue to come together. The seam is so subtle.


Before starting her homeschool journey Melissa Culver used to teach full time as a public educator (grades 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8).  She joyfully started homeschooling her four children in 2009.  Humbly, imperfectly, sweetly she yearns to know Christ more.  Find out more about Melissa and her journey here: Melissa Culver’s School Daze.

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Cindy October 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Wow, this looks great! And I have a ton of picture frames, too, and have been wondering how to re-purpose them…I am excited for some more economical Christmas Presents! I also love the idea of writing narratives (I am thinking re-blogging) together for display…


Amy October 11, 2011 at 7:32 am

My daughter is very excited about making one of these for her room. I think we are going to use fabric and then cover a bulletin board in the same fabric. Thanks for the great idea!


Melissa Culver October 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Thank you, ladies, for your precious feedback. So kind of you. Have a beautiful day!


Dana Adams October 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

That is totally cool! Thanks!


Barb S. October 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I love this idea! Now if only all my walls weren’t covered with bookshelves! Ha! LOL


wpadmin October 5, 2011 at 9:11 am

I know, isn’t this a great craft? I am a visual learner and rememberer 🙂 I like to have white boards up but don’t like the looks of them. This way, I can have my cake and eat it too. Thank you so much Melissa for sharing your mad crafting skills and photography skills with us.



Rebecca October 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

OH, yeah! I have a TON of picture frames…they were my Mother’s…and they’re just sitting in a box…I’ve not wanted to get rid of them…now,I can make these!!! thank you!!!


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