Project Guide

DIY Dry Erase Menu Board

Measure and Mark
A woman measuring materials to create a dry erase menu board.
  • Using the measuring tape, measure and mark cuts on the wood and plywood according to the cut list. 

Tip: Cut pieces one at a time, then measure and mark the next piece off the remaining scrap to ensure that all pieces are the correct size.

Use the Cut List
A cut diagram for creating the DIH dry erase menu board.
  • Mark off the cuts you need to make by following the cut list. This also limits wasted wood.
Cut the Plywood
A person cutting plywood with a circular saw.
  • Use a circular saw to make the cuts on the plywood. 

Tip: Use a sanding block to smooth any rough edges.

Stain or Paint Boards
A woman staining boards to create a dry erase menu board.
  • Stain or paint boards prior to assembly, if desired.
Apply Contact Paper
A woman applying contact paper to create a dry erase menu board.
  • Roll out the contact paper and cut a length slightly longer than the plywood (20 inches). 
  • Remove the film and stick the paper to the plywood so that it’s flush to each edge. 
  • Use a razor or knife to cut away the excess paper.
Create Frame
A woman creating a frame for a dry erase menu board.
  • Lay 18-inch pieces of wood along the top and bottom of the plywood back and secure in place with brad nailer. 
  • Lay 17-inch pieces of wood between the top and bottom frame sides. Align so they are flush to the edge and secure with brad nailer.
Attach Hanger
A woman attaching a hanger to a dry erase menu board.
  • Place sawtooth hanger centered on back side of frame towards the top and hammer in place.