I’d like to show you how I use dry erase sheets. It is pretty self explanatory, but I have found a few tips and tricks (like what markers to use) that helps it work even better.
First, you can really turn any printable into a dry erase sheet, by simply printing it and and then laminating. I print all mine on very high quality bright white thick paper simply because I really like how vibrant the print is on that paper. However, it does work just as well with regular copy paper. If you don’t have a color printer or laminator, I also sell these already made for you in my shop. I have several choices, or you can choose to have any 5 of my printables made into dry erase sheets for you here.
Once I have my dry erase sheet created, I usually put magnets on the back so I can hang them on the refrigerator. If I’m putting them on the wall, I use museum putty.
The most important part to using these is finding the right markers. When I first tried these, I just used a regular dry erase marker:
The problem is that even the thinnest dry erase markers are still pretty thick, so it’s hard to right neatly or fit much in small spaces. The one plus to these markers is they are super easy to wipe off with a regular dry erase eraser or dry paper towel.
I really like these Staedtler markers. I use them for pretty much everything, and they work really well for writing on these sheets because they are a very thin tipped marker. I got these on Amazon. I think I’ve seen smaller packs in Target. You also can’t go wrong with all those pretty colors!
The other markers I use are these Sharpie Pens. I know they are called pens, but they are actually a really fine tipped marker. They’re pretty easy to find at Target or office supply stores.
When using the Staedtler or Sharpie pens, you will probably need to use something more than a dry paper towel to clean the sheet. The best thing is to spray a little bit of the Expo dry erase cleaner onto the paper towel or the sheet before cleaning. Or you can just use a damp paper towel, but that will require a little more elbow grease.
One more bit advice is that just like on a regular dry erase board, the ink will smear easily if you rest your hand on a spot that you’ve just written on. Therefore, it’s important to write from top to bottom. That mind sound obvious, but for some reason I seem to forget that when I’m writing on it on my desk like it’s a piece of paper.
Here’s a quick video where I show how I use my dry erase sheets:
Since this post wouldn’t be complete without a few freebie or two, click the links below to download these printables for free:
Do you use dry erase sheets? What do you use them for?