DIY Menu Board

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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.

Image by krossbow

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

Let’s begin.

The frame I used

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. 

Painting 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.

Stacy says everyone should love to iron.

While the frame is drying, I ironed the fabric to make it smooth.

Cut the fabric to fit

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…

DIY Menu Board

Ta-dah!

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

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.


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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Veronica

    I did this but used a piece of pretty scrapbook paper as the background, and printed “I love you because…” on it. Hubby & I use it to leave notes for eachother with a dry erase marker! :)
    (Thank you, Pinterest!)

    • Stacy

      Yes! I saw that project!!! :-) I think I pinned it. LOL

    • http://www.thankfullythrifty.com/ Ashleigh @ Thankfully Thrifty

      Cute idea! I have a friend that does this too. Love it!

  • Linda

    I’m a little disappointed, to me a weekly menu includes:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    to most people.

    On material, you cannot change for the next week, unless you change the material and start over, or am I missing something?

    Linda

    • Stacy

      Linda, because you write on the outside, you can customize this project however you like. If menu planning for you includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner then you can write that on your board – you just might need a larger sized frame. You can make your project fit your needs which is what is so great about the board! :-)
      You can change weekly by wiping off the surface of the glass and starting over. Dry erase marker is easy to get off of glass.

      • Linda

        OMG, I completely forgot about the glass, writing on the glass and not the material, makes perfect sense, Senior Moment, for sure!

        Thanks
        Linda

        • Stacy

          :-) That’s okay…it’s always good to clarify!

    • Tamara

      I did something similar with an old dry erase board. I used permenant marker to make a 8 column 3 row grid. On my frame I labeled down the left side the rows breakfast, lunch and dinner. Across the top I labeled my days of the week.
      I start and end with Friday because, with weekly shopping to do, that eight day would fall apart if I didn’t have a plan in place. I use my dry erase markers in the grid squares and then I have a whole week +1 day of three meals. My board is small so I added tape magnets I already had and it fits on the front of the fridge. Not as pretty as your Ashleigh’s, but it used what I already had on hand, so there was no cost for me. Repurposing Rocks!

      • Stacy

        Make do with what you have! :-) I love projects that you can make to fit whatever you have at your own home. No shopping required!

    • http://www.thankfullythrifty.com/ Ashleigh @ Thankfully Thrifty

      Haha I am just now responding, and I am sooo sorry about that. Yes, Stacy is right that you can customize it to your preference because of the glass. So really if you wanted it to be a menu board one week and something else the next, you totally could!
      I did try to add breakfast and lunch to this board, but it looked so cluttered and sorta defeated the purpose of having a cute, quick, and easy way to see meals for the week. So I just did dinner! I do post menu plans, including breakfasts and lunches, each Monday on my blog if you want to check it out, Linda!

  • Cynthia Combest

    You are right Stacey. Just a little straight vinegar on an old rag and wipe the glass clean. I do love the idea of the menu board.

    • Stacy

      It’s fun to leave little notes on the bathroom mirror for your spouse. :-) The marker is so easy to clean off of glass!

  • http://www.day2dayjoys.com Rachel @ day2day joys

    How cool, I am gonna be “stealing” this idea! As soon as the goodwill is 50% off I’m going frame shopping! (and then to hobbylobby to use the 40% off for the fabric!)

    • Stacy

      CLEARANCE!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  • Katie M

    I just made one of these 2 weeks ago. I got a $3 frame from Good Will, but instead of using fabric, I printed out a weekly calendar with spaces for planning breakfast and dinner each day and stuck that in the frame. Mine’s not quite so artsy, but it works :)

    • Stacy

      I think that sounds very clever! :-)

    • http://www.thankfullythrifty.com/ Ashleigh @ Thankfully Thrifty

      I love that idea!

  • Chesca

    this actually didn’t seem like such a great idea to me either until you clarified for Linda. Genius! I get it now. I do spelling with my 6 year old with answers on a dry erase marker, so all i need is to find a picture frame either dollarama or good will (i wonder if i can get it there for less than a dollar?) Any how thanks for the great idea! It saves having to tell each individual family member we are a family of six soon to be 7 though unborn can’t ask what’s for supper :) Blessings!

    • Stacy

      That sounds like a great way to do letters!!!

    • http://www.thankfullythrifty.com/ Ashleigh @ Thankfully Thrifty

      I hear ya! Mine can’t read yet, but my hubby was constantly asking and honestly I would forget too. It helps me stay organized and not have to answer the “what’s for dinner” question daily!