Today, my friend Ashleigh from Thankfully Thrifty is sharing how to make your own menu board. I am PUMPED and it looks easy!! For more thrifty ideas, make sure to follow her on Facebook.
Just as Stacy would say, stewardship is key. One area in which I try to be intentional is in menu planning! Planning our meals ahead of time saves me time and energy. My groceries for the week are bought in one trip. At 4 PM on any given weekday, I’m not left standing my kitchen wondering what is for dinner. I already know because it’s been planned. And perhaps best of all, menu planning saves us money! I no longer buy extra groceries that we don’t eat or overbuy because I got a meal idea at the store and can’t remember what we have at home. I am able to take inventory of our pantry, plan meals accordingly, and buy the extras. Speaking as a mom of toddler, monthly menu planning has been a lifesaver!
The “planner” in me loves the idea of having a blueprint of our meals, and the “artist” in me loves being able to make an art project out of any and everything. Put the two together, and you have a DIY menu board! This was a fun and easy project for me! And as the mom of a toddler, those are the best kind, right? Completed quickly during naptime with immediate results and very little mess. Let’s get started!
For this project, you’ll need…
- A frame. I chose one I had laying around. I like that the one I chose was a bit longer, so I have lots of room to write!
- Spray paint, optional. I chose to spray paint my frame, but this is not necessary.
- Fabric. You could use scrapbook paper also. I just love the look of the fabric.
- An iron, if you choose fabric.
- Dry erase markers
I chose to use this white frame with a Greek print in it. I actually loved this print, but it was time for a change! And since our whole house is antique white, rather than white-white, I opted to spray paint the frame.
I am not an expert at spray paint, so I’ll refrain from giving advice on technique. I was, however, selective in choosing the Satin finish. It comes out more matte, which is typical of most furniture, and a look I prefer.
While the frame is drying, I ironed the fabric to make it smooth.
Then I cut the fabric in accordance with the size of the frame, leaving just a few inches on each side to allow for folding.
I took the cut fabric and wrapped it around the print. (Some frames come with a cardboard insert, and I would have used that if I had one.) The idea is that the fabric will be laid between the glass and the back of the frame, the same way a photo would be. Wrapping the fabric around the print, which was already sized to this frame, allowed me to get a smooth surface and ensure that the fabric was the correct size for the frame.
One the frame was dry, I put it all together…
I write our meals for the week on our menu board each Sunday, and sometimes at the bottom I write out any extra things I may plan to bake or cook that week, such as homemade chicken stock, crock pot yogurt, or health-nut muffins. This helps a scattered mom like me recall what I am cooking throughout the week, and it lets my hubby get excited for the dinners yet to come! Plus it makes our kitchen look cute!
Ashleigh married her best friend, Brendon, in 2007 after being friends since high school. After getting her masters in counseling, she decided to trade in her degree to stay at home with her daughter, Lilleigh (February ’11). She’s also “mom” to their rescue dog, Sammy, and their backyard chickens. Ashleigh passionately blogs about saving money and natural living over at Thankfully Thrifty.