DIY Folding White Board

I am part of a homeschool co-op group and I love my role as a substitute tutor.

Our homeschool group, Classical Conversations, meets once a week and we cover a bunch of material together, practice giving speeches in front of others, and do a art/science project together.

Each and every week I get a surprise and have a new and different class of bright eyed kiddos excited to learn. I love the variety!

However, with 6 kids underfoot in the morning getting an unknown classroom set-up efficiently is a bit of a nightmare. A co-tutor and myself were moaning about the difficulties (the way you teach, you need a white board) and talked about how a transportable tri-fold board is and how it would make all the difference.

If only they came in “white boards”, we could prep at home and set-up is as easy as unfolding the board and putting a smile on my face! I happened to have some extra shower board lying around from a project (Thank you Lowes!!) and decided to see what we could come up with.

This is great and our tri-fold white board has been cherished by many of the tutors in our home-school group.

Tri-fold white board

What you need to make your dry erase board:

1 – shower board from Lowes. It comes in 4×8 ft sheets. I have them cut the board while we are there. Each full-size shower boards make two tri-fold dry erase boards.
2 – a roll of duct tape.
3 – a pencil.

trifold dry erase board steps

The assistance staff at Lowes were very helpful and cut my shower board for me at no additional cost.   I needed the following segments cut down from the board:

  • 2 – 2ft x 3 ft, this is the center of the board
  • 4 – 1ft x 3 ft, these are the wings

To start I taped all the outside edges.   You want the tape to go around the edges of the board to create a “frame” of sorts.   Try to lay the tape down as evenly as possible and push out the air bubbles as you go.

After you have the edges taped, you will need the pencil.   I laid the pencil between the main section and the wing to create the gap between the segments of the board.

The “wings” need to be evenly spaced with enough gap in the tape for a “flex” enabling the board to bend.   Tape both the front and the back of the bend – and you are done!

This project took me about 15 minuets to do after getting home with my pre-cut segments.     Another perk, this whole project cost under 15$ to make.   The shower board cost 12$ and the knock-off brand of duct tape was 2$.   That is under 8$ per board!

These are great resources for a school-room.

What are your favorite homeschooling materials?

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13 Comments

  1. This is SUPER. We do Classical Conversations as well, but I actually think this would come in handy for all things homeschool. 🙂 Thanks, Rachel!

  2. Brilliant and easy! Thanks

  3. Lorrie Wolf says:

    Thank you, Rachel! Excellent post! I, too, go to Classical Conversations and have six kids. Since I am tutoring Challenge A this year, I want to be as ready as possible BEFORE I get there! This will help so much!

    May I ask a question? The tape in the pics looks like a stretchier tape, such as electrical tape. I noticed the brand name in the picture, but can you tell me what the label says?

    I would like to try this with a velcro strap on the back to keep it closed and cut out ovals for a handle using my jig saw at home.

    Thank you so much for making my life easier! 🙂 May God bless you and yours!

  4. Thank you! Just picked up a sheet of Thrifty White Hardboard at Home Depot for about $13. Had them cut it and taped together my first board tonight. I’m so excited to use it as a whiteboard for homeschooling and also as a divider on the table to try to keep my kids from distracting each other. 🙂

  5. Stephanie says:

    How does this do with smudging during transport once you have the board written?

  6. I was thinking the same thing Stephanie. I was wondering how it wouldnt get smudged?

  7. Maybe use wet-erase markers instead of dry-erase…That way, it would take a lot more effort for it to be rubbed off. I heart this idea so much!!! Thanks for sharing, Suzanne! :o)

  8. Hey! Is that you, SiL? I got all my cut pieces from Lowe’s today, and am SO excited about making my tri-fold boards. Fabulous idea. I’m tutoring a Master’s class for the first time this year, and having the memory material prepared ahead of time saves time (not to mention it leaves the board the church has provided for additional stuff! Anyway, about the smudging potential: Y’know those little things that are used on your cabinet doors to keep them from making such a racket when they close? I can’t remember what they are called, but I’m thinking they would work because they are not very conspicuous, and would keep the boards from actually touching each other when you closed them up for transport. One would go on each outside corner of the side panels. Also – I am going to keep a large, black trash bag in my car so I can slip the board in there on rainy days!

  9. Donna Seidman says:

    Ohhhh Thanks! I tutor Challenge II and like to have one board prepared so I’m not wasting seminar time for writing, then another board for us to work on together as a class. Each year I have to replace (read expensive) the boards because they get nicked and the frames get damaged during transport. I’m on my way to Lowes right now! What a blessing to help with my own 7 kids at home too!

  10. I LOVE this!! I am in our first year in CC and our tutor brought this to class and I am so impressed! I want one for home. I love how neat and organized it is, and that it folds up and away (we have a very tiny house). It also is a great reference point and will bring some familiarity for my children each and every week. Thank you for sharing. God Bless!

  11. I am going to add that since we only need one I will be using the extras for some dry erase lap boards for handwriting, games, review. This is amazing -you have to see it!

  12. Very good info. Lucky me I discovered your site by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have saved as a favorite for later!

  13. Does anyone know if this shower board goes by another name? Associates at Lowe’s do not know what I am talking about. Please help.

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