Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY Menu Board & a Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday Folks!  Are you just loving fall?  I swear Fall makes me come alive!  I can't wait to make fall work for me the next few weeks! Apple picking, fun & yummy treats, organizing, HOODIES, BOOTS.  Oh man!

Anyway, I have a treat for you today!  

Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama is here today to share her DIY MENU BOARD!  
And get this!  
She's got a giveaway to go with it!  
Aren't you excited?  I am!  

And don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Inspired by a number of DIY menu boards I have spied on Pinterest, I decided to finally make my own.  My son is infamous for asking me almost every single day, "What's for dinner?"  Now I can just point at my nifty, pretty menu board when he asks me. ;)

Plus, it gave me motivation to actually start menu planning for the week.  I am finding that weekly menu planning has become essential for keeping us on a budget.  And getting to write out our menu for the week on this pretty menu board makes it fun. :)

Making your own is pretty easy and doesn't have to be expensive.  I lucked out when I found this gorgeous frame for just $1 at a yard sale!  I suggest to check at yard sales and thrift shops before running out and buying a brand new frame.  Just keep in mind that if you like the style but not the color of the frame, you could easily repaint it.  Just make sure that it has its glass.  Replacing glass in a frame can be a little more costly.  

All in all, I had less than $10 in the whole project.

So what will you need to make your very own menu board?
  • A 8x10 or 10x13 frame with the glass (I used a 10x13 for mine.)
  • Wooden M-E-N-U letters (I bought mine unpainted & painted them to match my scrapbook paper, but you can just buy already painted letters.)
  • Letter stickers (make sure you get a couple of packs so that you have enough Y's ;) )
  • Scrapbook paper of your choosing (you can usually buy single sheets at your local craft store for less than 75 cents)
  • Tacky glue
  • Dry erase markers
  • Any additional embellishments you would like to use

Affix your days of the week to the scrapbook paper using your letter stickers.  You could also use a stencil to do this if you have one handy.  I will admit that affixing the individual letter stickers to spell out the days of the week was the most tedious part of this DIY project. (This is also the part when you should add any additional stickers or embellishments that you have  to your scrapbook paper.)  Once you have your days of the week on your scrapbook paper, insert the paper into your frame. 

Now for the M-E-N-U.  If you have painted your own letters, allow them to dry completely before gluing them to the glass.  Decide where you want your MENU letters and then affix them to the glass with the tacky glue.  Please note- Once the tacky glue has set, you will NOT be able to move the wooden letters again, so make sure you get it right the first time. ;) 
Allow the glue to dry completely (at least a couple of hours).  Using the dry erase marker, write our your menu for the week and then proudly hang on your kitchen wall! 

*Note: I had to use different MENU letters after I initially made my menu board. I hung up the first one with one of those strips and hooks & the whole board came crashing to the floor.  The glass broke & those wooden letters would not pry off of the glass.  I had to replace the glass and use new wooden letters for the board.

Are you ready to create your very own menu board??  Let me help you with that! 

I am going to be giving away a little something to get one of you started with your menu board.  One of you lucky readers will win six sheets of letter stickers, wooden M-E-N-U letters, some foodie wooden cut-outs for embellishing, and a dry erase marker.  
Just simply use the Rafflecopter form below!

*Please note that this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  

{Post Sponsored and Written by Carrie from 


  1. Hi from the Blog hop (:

    What a fun DIY. I'll definitely have to try doing this some time.

    Happy Wednesdays!!

    xoxo Heather

  2. My go-to meal is stir fry. It's easy and fast.

  3. My go to meal is white chili in the crockpot (when it's cool outside). Also, check out frugal foodie mama's pinterest did not work. I went to her blog and used the pinterest "button" to follow her.

    My blog is celebrating it's blogiversary and I have tons of giveaways. Today is day 4 (of 5)...knitting kits, stencils, hobby lobby gift card, rit dye sampler pack and tomorrow is a HUGE giveaway. I'd love for you to come check it out!

    Have a great day!


  4. Marilyn- thank you! I will go and check the Rafflecopter link for my Pinterest and fix it. :) Sorry about that.
    Thank you so much, Kim for having me over on your blog today! The post looks fabulous! :)

  5. Any type of pasta... there are so many ways to change pasta up, and it's so quick!

  6. We do a lot of sloppy joes or stir fry during the week! I need fresh ideas! :)


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