How to Create a Weekly Menu Board
Make meal planning more fun by crafting one of these clever menu boards that are easy to personalize.
Menu planning will make life easier. If you take a few minutes on the weekend to draft a plan and make a grocery list, things will come together quicker around dinnertime. If I don’t have a plan, I find myself scrambling after a long day to see what I have in refrigerator or starting a meal only to find out I don’t have all the ingredients. Without a plan, I might skip a nutritious meal and go for the easy snack.
Some of the benefits of meal planning include:
- A healthier, more thoughtful approach to meals
- Time savings because there is no last-minute scrambling
- Cost savings at the grocery story by shopping with a list
If you struggle to come up with ideas each week, try selecting themes for certain days. Those will kick start your plans. Themed days could include Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesdays and Pizza Bar Fridays.
In addition to the menu board I have for my house, I came up with another idea when playing with items in my craft pile. Both of these boards are easy to implement for any decor.
The first menu board uses removable notes. You can easily shuffle them around or throw one away and add a new idea if something changes.
Here is what you will need:
- 1 (10 x 12) frame
- Foam board cut to size of frame (Foam board is available at all office supply or craft stores.)
- 1/2 yard burlap or linen material
- Staple gun
- 2 x 2 removable notes (You could also trim 3 x 3 notes.)
Take your board and lay it on the fabric. Cut the fabric 2 to 2-1/2 inches larger than the board on all sides.
The other idea is a simple magnetic board. You type in each day’s menu and print it out. Hang it by a ribbon or place magnetic tape on the back and stick it on your refrigerator.
Cut the printout of the menu into strips and put in desired order on the magnetic board, using the appropriate day.
You will need the following supplies:
- Sheet of metal
- 7 (1-1/2 inch) wooden disks
- 1 roll of magnetic tape
- Printout of your plan, cut into a strip per day
- 2 feet ribbon
- Craft glue
Cut a strip of magnetic tape and adhere it to the back of each of the wooden disks.