Friday, February 24, 2012

Dry Erase Menu Board

So I have made a few things in the last 6 months that I found on Pinterest. I love the site and when I am bored, I can look for an hour and not notice the time. So last night I decided to just do one of the projects I had been wanting to do. I blame Sherry and John from Young House Love and there self imposed challenge entitled “Dude, Get On That Already” challenge . This post specifically pushed me to be crafty last night : Horse Squared

I have always written out what we are going to eat during the week. I went so far as to print 20+ copies of a menu page I did in MS Word and hand write it each week. That got old fast so I started using a cheap dry erase weekly planner from the dollar store. It didn't hold up very well so I needed something better. I saw the idea on Pinterest and knew I had the perfect frame to use.

Here are the pictures from my craft session late last night. If you have any questions, just leave it in the comments.

this is what I started with - not too bad but didn't fit my house
so I tore the paper backing off on three sides...
and removed the print that was inside
it was a piece of paper on heavy card stock
I painted some black acrylic paint on with a small foam brush

I wiped the excess off with a tissue
this was the finished effect

I made a weekly menu layout in MS Word and printed it out on cardstock
I added a scrapbook element at the top for a spot for the date
and a small box at the bottom for a TO DO spot
the background is some scrapbook paper that I liked and cut to size
I even lined up the pattern :)

I did all this on the back of the print in case I ever wanted to use the flowers

I taped the paper backing back down and added some scraps on the part where it ripped

here is my finished menu board
the glass in the frame acts as a dry erase board
just use regular dry erase markers
I wouldn't let it sit on the glass too long or you might have to scrub it off
and then it might ruin the paper behind the glass

On the wall in the kitchen and in use :)
I like it - my microwave and crock pot are red
and it helps liven up the room w/o clashing

I hoped you like my project.  ~ Courtney