Dry erase markers are now a must-have staple on a lot of back-to-school shopping lists. But they’re not just for school!
Take advantage of great deals on dry erase markers and then check out these creative uses for them:
Creative Uses for Dry Erase Markers
Make your own dry erase message board.
No need to buy an expensive dry erase board! Simply use an old picture frame you’re not using or pick one up for cheap at a thrift shop. Insert some colorful scrapbook paper to match your decor and then use your dry erase markers to draw on the glass. You can also use your computer to create personalized chore charts, menu plans, potty-training charts or to-do lists. Just print your design, slide it behind the glass and hang it on the wall. Glue or tie a loop of ribbon onto the frame to hold your dry erase marker and you’ll always know where it is when you need to jot something down.
Write a fun message or draw a creative scene.
Write a “Happy Birthday” or “I love you” message on bathroom mirrors or shower doors. Draw a holiday scene on your windows. You’re only limited by the colors of your dry erase markers and your creativity!
Keep track of leftovers.
Do you open a jar of pasta sauce, but not use it all? Use a dry erase marker to write the date you opened it on the jar so you’ll know when to toss it. Use the dry erase marker to write the dates on any leftovers you throw in the fridge or freezer. Once you’ve used them up, simply wipe the dates off. (Note: Be careful writing on storage containers with textured surfaces. The dry erase marker could stain them. This trick works best on smooth surfaces like glass jars or metal lids).
Make reusable kids’ activity books.
Turn activity books into YEARS of entertainment by simply slipping the pages into clear page protectors and inserting them into a 3-ring binder. Kids can use the dry erase markers to write on the clear page protectors. Then erase and the activities can be done again! You can find tons of free printable kids’ mazes, dot-to-dots and worksheets online, as well as coloring pages. This trick is especially great for kids who need a little math or handwriting practice. It also makes a great activity for long car trips!
Draw designs on your pumpkin before carving.
Sure, you could spend lots of time printing out templates and using special tools to mark the design on your Halloween pumpkin. Or you can simply use a dry erase marker to sketch out your design right on the pumpkin, carve out the design and then wipe away any excess dry erase marker!
Identify food items on a serving tray.
Potlucks are great, but some food items get passed by because people don’t know what they are! For example, if you’re serving up a variety of cheeses, you can place them on a large glass or porcelain serving tray and use your dry erase marker to write on the tray what they are next to the cheeses. Write on the sides of serving bowls to identify food items, too.
Keep track of vehicle maintenance.
Use a dry erase marker to write in a small corner of your windshield when your next oil change or tire rotation is due. This works especially well if you’re a DIY-er, but it’s also good for when those little oil change stickers never seem to stay stuck on your windshield. Write when the next oil change is due right next to the odometer and you’re sure to remember!
A reminder about dry erase markers
Before using dry erase markers on any surface other than a dry erase board, test it on a small, inconspicuous area first. If you’re using the markers on a non-porous surface it will most likely work just fine, but better to be safe than sorry. And if you’re giving them to kids – washable dry erase markers are worth every penny!
If you’re having trouble removing dry erase marker, I find that some rubbing alcohol on a soft towel often does the trick.