January 4, 2011

DIY: Dry Erase Storage

I was browsing through one of my favorite teacher catalogs the other day and saw a really nice dry erase storage rack. Currently, our dry erase boards are stacked in a paper basket and it's tough to get them out, as you can see in the image to the right. I reeeeally wanted something like this storage rack from the teacher store, but it was pretty costly. So I rigged up something (not as fancy!) that will work for our class.


I went to Target and found a couple of wire magazine holders. They were in the front section (with the dollar stuff) and were $2.50 a piece.










Then, I grabbed four skinny storage bins from the kitchen aisle. I could have gone with the cheaper pencil baskets, but I thought these would be a bit more rugged and last a little longer. They were $1.99 each.


Next, I hot glued two of the bins to one of the magazine holders. I just put a dot of glue in each of the four corners and it seemed to hold strongly. I made sure the second white container was locked into the first, since they can attach nicely.









I flipped the other magazine holder so it would fit against the first holder and not take up too much space on our table top in school.







When I got to school with my new creation, I realized I didn't really need two...the whiteboards fit easily inside the one file holder (my spatial sense is terrible!).










But it was not a problem...I just used the second one for our binder paper and pens!












Here's one more photo of the final product. The bins are the perfect size for our pens, markers, and felt erasers. And the whole thing cost just under $13! Not too bad, considering the price of a store-bought one is between $15 and $17 for a single rack! :)



The kids, of course, noticed the new contraption right away! We all liked using the materials today because it was much easier to get them...even the paper is easier to grab from the side than out of the paper tray.

Do you have any homemade projects you'd like to share? I'd love to hear about them!

12 comments:

  1. I saw this post a while ago and I thought it was such a great idea! I need to get on this already!

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  2. What a cool idea! {LOVE} it! I'm going to make one (or two!) myself.

    ~Mrs. Beck

    http://mrsbecksgotclass.blogspot.com/

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  3. Awesome idea! Perfectly simple way to fix a pesky problem. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. OMG! LOVE THIS! I have had my dry erase boards stacked on an extra desk for the same reason!

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  5. Great idea. I use hooks on the wall and drilled a hole in each board to hang. Just another thought. Love your site!!

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  6. I think I'm going to have to do this too! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Diane
    schoolhousetreasures

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  7. Hi I was wondering where you found the small dry erase boards?

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    1. Hi Bella, we received those are part of our math curriculum a couple of years back--but I think there are many teaching stores that sell them. I know I've purchased magnetic ones from Lakeshore in the past.

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  9. This solves two issues I had vowed to solve this year. Thank you so much! Genius!

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