{five minute friday} Dry Erase Memo Board

Recently, Jen of Tatertots & Jello invited me create a project using some of the fun products in her new Home + Made line of craft supplies to share with her readers, and now I'm excited to share it with you! And best of all it was a quick and easy five minute project that combines my loves of pretty and functional!

Dry Erase Grocery List Memo Board

A while back, I finally undertook the major task of getting our pantry organized once and for all! My new pantry organizing system not only makes meal prep quicker, it also makes grocery list-making much easier because I can quickly assess what we have and what we need.

I like to keep a running grocery list throughout the week, but I my old list-making system {a cute notepad clipped to a bulletin board inside the pantry} wasn't working as well as I wanted. I would typically end up rewriting the list - organized by category - before heading out to the grocery store in order to make shopping more efficient and to reduce the chance that I'd miss something on the list.

When I received a box of adorable Home + Made craft supplies from Jen's new collection {talk about happy mail!} I immediately knew that I wanted to create a dry erase memo board for my grocery list! 


Dry Erase Memo Board Supplies

  • Scrapbook papers: Sweet Mint, Dotted Blossoms, Lovely Lace, and black polka dots from the Home + Made Pebbles paper pack
  • Round gold Home + Made stickers
  • Gold metal Home + Made label
  • 8x10 picture frame
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Double sided tape or glue
  • Sharpie
  • Screwdriver
  • Dry erase marker

I began by taking the back off of the picture frame and removing the paper from the inside. I traced that paper onto a piece of Home + Made black and white polka dot scrapbook paper.

Dry Erase Memo Board Tutorial

I used my paper cutter to cut the polka dot paper to fit inside the frame {though scissors would work just as well}.

Dry erase memo board tutorial

Then I cut 7 rectangles from a variety of double-sided aqua scrapbook papers from the Home + Made collection. I cut one 6.5" x 1.75" rectangle, and six 3" x 1.75" rectangles. I placed the rectangles on the table next to the background paper to decide on the arrangement I liked best, then I applied two strips of double-sided tape to the back of each rectangle and stuck them to the background paper.

Dry Erase Memo Board tutorial

I placed the paper into the picture frame, behind the glass, and then replaced the back of the frame.

Dry erase memo board tutorial

Glass works perfectly with dry erase markers, but I decided to test out the gold stickers to see if they might also work with a dry erase marker, and sure enough they do! How cool! So I stuck seven gold stickers to the glass, one at the top right corner of each rectangle {note that the paper is below the glass, and the stickers on top of the glass}.

Dry erase memo board tutorial

Next, I opened a package of  gold metal labels, and wrote on the included papers. I plan to use this dry erase memo board for making grocery lists, but it would also work well as a calendar or a to do list, so I went ahead and also wrote out labels for these potential future uses.

Book plates

I then used a screw driver to quickly attach the a metal label to the top center of the picture frame.

Dry erase memo board tutorial

This was such a quick and easy project, but I just love the way the dry erase memo board turned out! 

Dry erase grocery list tutorial

Using a black dry erase marker, I labeled each of the gold stickers with the major categories of food that I shop for{fruits & vegetables, meat, dairy, canned, bakery, frozen, and other}. Then I looked through the pantry and fridge to begin making my organized shopping list. When my grocery list was complete, I simply snapped a photo on my phone, and I was all ready for an organized shopping trip!

Dry Erase Grocery List Tutorial

The layout of this memo board would also make a perfect weekly calendar! I wanted to test out the calendar option, so I simply wiped away my grocery list and labeled the stickers with the days of the week, using the larger bottom section for a to do list.

Dry erase calendar

I really love the way this calendar looks sitting next to my countertop mail filing system, so I think a second dry erase memo board will be in my near future!

Dry erase calendar and to do list

These are just two ways I might use my dry erase memo board, but the options are really endless! It would work just as well for reminders, brainstorming lists, and even love notes!

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  1. How fun! And I LOVE the products... Just look at those fun papers! And those cool colored tab things in the last photo... what are those?

    1. Aren't those colored tabs fun?! They are from The Container Store and I use them to flag pages in magazines. I love that they have enough room for me to note why I flagged it!

  2. Ooh I love that knife holder of urs... so chic. Where is it from ?

    1. Thanks Sidu! The knife block is from Crate & Barrel. I had been wanting it forever and finally got it for Christmas last year!