Saturday, August 17, 2013

New Dry Erase Tables!!!

It's been a few weeks since my last post. We went on vacation and The Perch has been busy, but now it's back in gear for next year! So, here goes. First, my tables are coming together. I took off my super awesome, absolutely fabulous time saving miracle dry erase sad. But, they've been replaced this year! Last year my circles were made from Oracal 651 high gloss white adhesive vinyl, and they worked well for the purpose. By May they were pretty yucky. But, then again, we used them all the time. Last year was a trial run to see how it would go, and I loved them so much because of the time they saved. So this year I splurged and bought actual dry erase vinyl so that they will look better and be much easier to clean. Here's a pic:
Now, where did I get the vinyl, you ask? I got it from a company called AlumaPanel. We have the store in my town. They are a sign supply company that also sells to the public. It is a little bit pricey, but well worth the money. They sell it in a few different size combinations. My roll was 24"x6 yards, I think, and it was around $25. I know you're wondering why I decided to go with rectangles this year instead of circles, so here's the answer 1) Since the vinyl was expensive, I realized that I could get more bang for my buck out of the roll using straight lines rather than wasting so much cutting out circles, and 2) Doing them as rectangles is more like paper, so it will help with early writing skills. If you want to get your own dry erase vinyl they sell it in a lot of places online and on Amazon. If you don't want to splurge on the dry erase vinyl the Oracal 651 high gloss permanent vinyl will work in a pinch. BUT....I found that the Bic brand dry erase markers, in BLACK, work the best and leave the least amount of mess. Expo black is ok, but the colored expos leave a lot of mess. So, if you go that route try and use the Bic markers. If you're on a budget go Oracal. It's not the best results, but it will work and is fine. If you do have the extra money to spend I would highly recommend trying to get the dry erase vinyl. It will be well worth the money.

I might be selling these in my Etsy store later on after school gets started, but I'll definitely let you know. I'll post the rest of the room pics this week!

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