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Jan 3, 2013

DIY Menu Board

I have something fun today. It's not a recipe, but it is kitchen related. I made this cute menu board (several months ago) to put up in my kitchen. I use it to plan my weekday meals, so that I don't have to think too hard about dinners when I get  home from work. I don't know about  you all, but I am exhausted when I get home and the last thing I want to do is try and figure out something for dinner. I came across these really cute menu boards on Pinterest. I am addicted to Pinterest, by the way. But that is another post! Anyway, I wanted to share with you how my menu board came out.

If you know me at all, my main household decorating theme is southwest (I know, big surprise). So of course I had to make my menu board with the southwest theme. The items you will need to make this board are as follows.

1 dry erase board (whatever size suits you, but it has to be big enough to get all days of the week on it). I used an 11 x 17 inch size. You will need to make sure it is magnetic.
1 bottle of Mod Podge
The rest if the craft items you can vary because you will want to get what you want to match your decor.

Small foam paint brush
7 bottle caps (found in the scrapbook are at craft stores)
7 magnets to attach to back of bottle caps
Various scrapbook paper (12 x 12 size is best)
Various stickers and embellishments.
Small Post-It pad (for writing down ingredients to shop for)
Small envelope to hold menu ideas

First you will need to remove any extras from the dry erase board, like the pen and clip. Then you will take a foam paint brush and cover the entire section of the dry erase board with Mod Podge. Take whatever scrapbook paper you chose for the background and place it over the Mod Podged area. A 12 x 12 piece will not fully cover the area so you will need to be creative by piecing it together or using ribbon or stickers to hide the seam. You can also use two different papers that compliment each other as I did on mine. Once you have it all positioned and the air bubbles are pressed out, you will Mod Podge over the paper to seal it. Now comes the fun part, decorate the rest of the board however you would like. I made the titles and the menu idea strips on the computer with a font I liked, then printed them out on colored card stock. I just made a list of all the meals we make regularly or meals that are our favorites. I also have one that says "delivery" and one that says "eat out". I have more that I need to add to it. 

To make the bottle cap magnets, I also used the computer and made the days of the week, then I cut them out in the same circle size of the bottle caps and glued them inside the caps. Glue the magnets to the back of the bottle cap and you have your days of the week. 

You now have your very own menu board. I attached it to my pantry door using the 3M hook adhesive, it worked great. Having a menu board also makes grocery shopping easier. On Saturdays I look through the menu choices and pick out what I want for the week and make my grocery list according to that. It works great and takes away some of the stress of trying to figure out what's for dinner tonight!

I hope this motivates you to be creative and make your own menu board. Have fun!

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