How to Make a Menu Board

Hi folks! Here’s How To number Two.

This one is REALLY easy. It takes less than 10 minutes, I promise. The hardest part is getting the supplies together.

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Before I start explaining how to put it together, let me just say that I did not come up with this idea. If you’re on Pinterest at all, then I’m quite confident that you’ve seen this before. I don’t know who came up with the idea first, but whoever did, I saw it, loved it, and decided to make my own.

The menu board that I created has caught pretty much every eye that’s come into our home. I don’t know if it’s the idea of a menu board or the item itself, but it’s definitely something that everyone has spoken favorably about. For those of us who manage to put together a weekly menu plan, it can be really helpful.

So, without further ado, here’s how to make your own.

First, get your supplies together.

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As you see, we don’t really need much to make it. You need a frame, some wrapping paper (or you could use material) and some tape.

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Since I took mine apart to do this post, my paper was already cut to size, so I don’t have any pictures of that.Take out the back of the frame, place it on the paper and cut, but make sure to leave at least an inch overlap on the sides so you can tape it to the board.

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Tape the paper to the board.

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Put the board back into the frame, and close it up.

And you’re done! See? I told you it was easy.

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Now comes the fun part. You get to be as creative as you wish with dry erase markers on the glass. If you want the basics to be permanent (the days of the week, the words “menu” on the top, etc.) then you can draw those with permanent marker, but since I like to switch my theme up by season, I only use dry erase markers. To clean it up for a new week, simply wipe it down with a tissue or napkin, and you’re all set to go!

You can get really creative with this project, but I do have a couple words of advice. Make sure that whatever paper/fabric you use is a light color and pattern. If you’re pattern is too busy, or the color too dark, it will make the words hard to read. You might be able to get by with a bold pattern if you use white (do they make white dry erase markers? That might be fun), but otherwise, stick with a simpler pattern. Also be sure to pick a frame that will fit whatever space you intend to put the frame. Mine hangs on the wall, so it’s nice an narrow. You could also use a frame with a stand if you intend to put it on the counter. You can also use this as a shopping list instead of a menu.

Have fun!


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