Posted: Nov 02, 2013 9:00 AM
Does your mind go blank on meal ideas every time you start to make a grocery list? Take the stress out of weekly meal planning with a cute DIY menu board.

It always seems like everyone in the family has an opinion on what they would like for dinner — except on grocery day! Make your weekly meal planning easy by putting together this cute DIY menu board that will take the guesswork out of "what's for dinner?"

What you'll need:

  • 11 x 16-inch artist's canvas
  • Spray adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Empty baking soda box
  • Paint (or spray paint)
  • Adhesive stickers

What you'll do:

Meal planning menu board step 1
Coat the front and sides of the canvas with spray adhesive. Use a generous amount of adhesive so that the fabric does not separate from the canvas later.
Meal planning menu board step 2
Smooth the fabric out over the top of the canvas, making sure there aren't any wrinkles.
Meal planning menu board step 3
Stretch the fabric over the sides of the canvas, and then use hot glue to secure the edges of the fabric to the back of the frame.
Meal planning menu board step 4
Cut the empty baking soda box in half, and then coat all sides of the box with paint. I opted for spray paint, but any acrylic craft paint will work as well.
Meal planning menu board step 5
Once the paint has dried, glue the box to the lower right corner of the canvas.
Meal planning menu board step 6
Cut a piece of card stock that is 3 x 5 inches.
Meal planning menu board step 7
Stick the adhesive letters to the card stock, and then use a small amount of hot glue to glue it to the menu board.
Meal planning menu board step 8
Glue seven clothespins evenly spaced along the left side of the canvas.
Meal planning menu board step 9
Cut out seven (1-1/2-inch) circles, and then stick the first letter of each day of the week on each one using the adhesive stickers. Glue one circle to each clothespin.
Meal planning menu board step 10
Cut out a bunch of strips of paper from white card stock. Have a family brainstorming session where everyone suggests their favorite dinner ideas. Write the meals down on the strips of card stock.
Meal planning menu board step 11
Add the dinner ideas for the upcoming week to the board by clipping them in the clothespins. Store the unused dinner ideas along with a pen and some extra strips for new recipes in the cardboard box. Now the menu board is ready to hang on the wall for easy menu planning!
Meal planning menu board vertical

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