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Monday, August 16, 2010

{flannel board & white board}

About seven years ago, I got together with a couple of friends and made a flannel board/white board. It was about 3 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet high, with a white board on one side, and flannel on the other. I had no idea how much we would love it and use it! Its portability significantly increases its versatility, and can be used anywhere in the home, or on the go. I've used it for so many things--family nights, church activities, for the kids in the playroom, games (makes a great Pictionary board!), to diagram a project in the workshop, and more.

Well, after that many years and that much use, it was in need of a makeover. So, I'm here to show you how to make one of your own, as I give mine a little face lift.

This is a super easy project, will take you less than 20 minutes to complete, and you can make it any size you want! Because you will have to buy the materials in much bigger amounts than you'll need, it really works best (and is much cheaper!) to make this with someone, or a group of people, and share the cost. So, gather your best girlfriends, church group, or family and have a flannel board party!

Flannel Board & White Board


  • shower board; you can buy it in sheets from either Home Depot or Lowe's (they should be able to cut it to size for you)
  • flannel
  • spray adhesive
  • white duct tape


1. Lay out your white board, then cut out a piece of flannel that is just a few inches bigger, all the way around. This will make it much easier to keep centered, while working with the adhesive spray. Iron your fabric, removing all the fold lines.

2. Turn your board over to the back side, and apply the adhesive spray, following the can directions. Gently lay your flannel over the board, then starting in the middle, smooth it down flat, removing all the wrinkles. If you end up with a line or two, gently lift up the edge of the flannel, smooth it out, and press down again. You should be able to do that a couple of times, if you work quickly.

3. Once it's completely smooth, turn it over so you're looking at the white board. Now you can trim all the overlapping edges of your flannel off of the board. Get as close as you can, but it doesn't have to be totally perfect, since the tape will cover some of it.

4. Now you're ready for the tape! Starting on the first side of the flannel board, apply the tape halfway down, so you can fold it over to the other side. Press down firmly, then flip the board over to the white board side, and starting in the middle, press the tape down on to that side. Go slowly and carefully, because once that duct tape is stuck, it will be almost impossible to fix, unless you want to remove it and start over. You will have a little tape hanging over the edges, and you can just trim that off. Rotate the board to the side right next to it (don't do the side across from it next, just go around in a circle), and repeat until finished with each side.

That's it!! Can you believe how simple that is? I told you!

Next up? I'm going to make smaller, lap-sized ones for each of my kids...



Blogger laceylady said...

ok this might be a dumb question, but Whats a flannel board? Does the felt actually stick to it?

August 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Very cool! Did you use the excess shower board to make smaller ones...?

August 16, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Very cute--would be great for my classroom.


August 16, 2010 at 6:15 PM  
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August 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

laceylady--not a dumb question!! The felt does stick to the flannel, but so does other flannel, so you can use either one. You can also buy or make flannel board stories, shapes, etc., that are really fun for kids as well.

August 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Kelly Tillotson said...

I have a flannel board mounted to our play room wall that my kiddos love....but adding a white board? AWESOME. I want to make some lap ones for them for church/travel. I'll have to go to Lowes and check out showerboard--is it easy to cut? Ive never heard of it before, I really need to start prowling the aisles of the home improvement store to get some ideas!
your blog=my favoriteeeeeeeee! thanks for the ideas!!!

ps-i have the hardest time cutting my felt {perfect} or even close to perfect. ive used scissors, that fabric wheel cutter thing and a cutting blade---am I just in need of a really good pair of fabric scissors? the ones I use are just regular.

August 17, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

dang cute and seems so easy...thanks for the idea!

August 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...


I just use really good, sharp scissors, and it works well. If you can, buy a pair of fabric scissors, and use them only for fabric--it will make a difference. I also pin my pattern to the felt, then cut around it. It seems to help stabilize the felt, and makes it a little easier to cut. Good luck!

August 17, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

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