Dinner Menu Frame {Erasable}

Dinner Menu Frame {Erasable}

Even though I have a monthly meal plan for the month, I still like to have a visible list of meals that I’m having for the week. This helps me stay organized a tremendous bit, especially if I need to take something out of the freezer in the morning. {I am definitely a list person but the paper lists just aren’t cutting it} I transformed an old frame I had today into the perfect erasable menu board to help keep me on track. I included a printable below if you would like to make one too!
I started with a long 9 1/2 X 19 inch frame that I picked up at Wal-Mart a few months ago. {It was in the value frame section for $5.00 and they still carry them} A few coats of white to coordinate with my kitchen and it was ready to go. Removing the glass, open up the frame, cut a piece of burlap to fit the frame backing and attached it using spray adhesive.
I had some felt sticky back letters that I used to spell out the word ‘Menu’ at the top. {these can be found the scrapbooking section of your local craft store} Because they already had the adhesive backing I just stuck them directly to the burlap.
I used an editing program to make a printable for the ‘days of the week’ with a typewriter key font. {You can click on the image above to view and print} Print these on regular paper and cut them out.
Closing the frame, for proper placement {with the glass still removed}, attach each letter directly to the burlap using a tiny bit of hot glue.
Replace the glass and grab an Expo dry erase marker and you are set! {the marker wipes right off the glass when you’re ready to start a new week} I have six more kitchen wall art printables I’ll share with you tomorrow…think inexpensive wall art! Enjoy!


  1. a month!?!?! I can’t even get a whole week done rofl… I am so jealous!

    Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
    party inspiration

  2. So cute and easy! I mentioned you on my blog today.


  3. What a great idea. I love it. I don’t plan what is going to happen each night. I just make up my mind from what I have on hand and how long it will take. Just a little scattered I guess. Hugs, Marty

  4. What a fun idea! Can’t wait to see the other wall art ideas. I love to use pretty photos from magazines for my kitchen – photos of tomatoes and herbs and flowers. They’re cheap and fast to change out – can be changed with the seasons.

  5. Stephanie Lynn,
    This is seriously cute! Thanks for providing the print out of the letters. I think I’m going to try this!


  6. great idea! I think I’m going to try this.

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I will be trying this soon. And, of course, the burlap just seals it for me. Great job!

  8. Very clever 🙂


  9. This project is awesome! Putting it on my to-do-list. Thanks for sharing.
    -Mama E
    Home and Hearts

  10. I love this project, will be looking for a frame like this at our Canadian Wal-Mart. Thanks so much fo sharing!

  11. now THIS is right up my alley!

  12. This is soooo stinkin cute…awesome thrifty idea! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  13. I absolutely LOVE this!

  14. really original + stylish!

  15. WAY tooo cute!!Love it!


  16. This is darling! I am thinking that I will do this-but then I think that if I do-my children will think that they need to eat. Silly kids!!
    This would be perfect for a little gift for a friend. Thanks for the idea!

  17. I don’t plan menus but this could be for anything. To Dos for the week, chore schedule etc. It is so pretty as is everything you make.

  18. Oh man I ♥ this! so cool!

  19. Fun project Stephanie Lynn! I think I would need a bigger frame…my handwriting is huge!! 🙂

  20. Excellent idea, awesome execution. The burlap with the velvety black letters looks great. Very cute and clever!

  21. Soooo very cool! LOVE the idea of using a frame with the glass! And I sure like all the elements you’ve chosen for yours.

    Thanks for linking this up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  22. OH this is perfect. Love the burlap and the letters you used. And with a 14 year old son who is Always Hungry (I think he might have a tapeworm) it would be great to have a place where he can check out what’s on the menu for dinner. And stop asking me. 🙂 Thanks!!

  23. I ABSOLUTELY love this! Thanks for the printables! I think I’m gonna have to make that, like this weekend!

  24. I love this – what a great idea. I’m definitely going to make one of these x

  25. So cool! I don’t do the menu thing (would ruin the element of surprise for the boys – lol) but I think this would work perfect for a “Looks who’s been good this week” board to encourage more good behavior around here…. Hmmm really has me thinking. Thanks for sharing!

  26. LOVE this! i always plan my menu out for the week and always buy those weekly notepads. i got my sister doing the same thing- this will be the PERFECT gift to make for her for her birthday next week!

  27. Super cute and a great idea! Love it.

  28. Hi Stephanie! I have an award for you at my blog:
    -Mama E

  29. Oooh! So cute! And practical. I am totally loving this, and going to be a copycat. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration.

    Happy Weekend!

  30. I just found your blog through top mommy blogs. Your site is just fantastic! I just have to follow you and see what you come up with next!

  31. LOVE it! I just found you through tatertots and jello. So glad I did! Your newest follower! =)This menu board is perfect for me!!!!

  32. VERY Cool! And if I prepared meals every day, I would definitely make one of these *smiles*

  33. This is a great idea. I wish I was that organized to plan a menu but it would be altered to use it for other things. Even just weekly reminders, which I really could use!

  34. Hi! Just stopping by from New Friend Friday. I am now following with Google Friend Connect. Come visit us at http://www.couponsaregreat.net!

  35. I love this idea. I’ve just decided to start menu planning so this is perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  36. Another fabulous way to use burlap!! I’ll be sending my readers your way…by the way I LOVE your blog and style!

  37. this is a great idea! as someone already said, it can be used for anything. i will be adding this to my craft notes. i am wanting to start features on my blog and would love to use this as one. thanks!

  38. Such a clever and creative girl. My heart is going pitty pat.

  39. You are SO clever, Stephanie! This is a super cute project, as all of yours are!


    Sheila 🙂

  40. So creative! I am a girl after your heart as well. I have lists but don’t find they are serving me well. I might have to try this. I was going to paint a chalkboard wall but this is functional and pretty!


  42. i have added this as my first feature. the link is: http://olliebelle20.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-first-feature.html

  43. Love it! Super Cute 🙂 I adore handmade items. They’re so original. I love homemade altogether!


  44. Your menu board is absolutely adorable. Maybe I need to make one and that will inspire me to COOK! Ha! Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday.

  45. That is super cute! We do a meal planning too but it is nice to have the week’s view. The kids are ALWAYS asking “what’s for dinner”. I’ll have to give this a try. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
    I came over from The Girl Creative.

  46. That turned out so cute, I love it! The typewriter keys are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing this, I’ll be linking.

  47. I am sooo going to do this! I do a menu each week and was thinking about doing the chalk board menu idea, but I like this one even better.

  48. this is sooo cute! i just love it! would be perfect for a housewarming gift too! glad i hopped over from the creative girl! gonna have to give this one a go! hugs!

  49. What a fantastic idea…..thanks for sharing! Hope you can stop by and visit my blog too…..have a great Monday!

  50. What a great idea! Then I wouldn’t have to listen to my husband ask me what’s for dinner every night at 4:15!

  51. You are crazy crafty, woman!!!

  52. Oh my goodness I am making one of these tomorrow!!!

  53. This is a fabulous project!!
    I can’t wait to try it!!

  54. What an amazing project! I love it!

  55. Very cute! I love the typewritter font! : )

  56. I am already thinking of how I can make my own with what I have lying around…I’m so excited! Thanks for sharing.

  57. This is great! Thanks for sharing…I’m going to have to make one!

  58. Very nice tutorial ~ I love this post, it’s one of my favorite things this week! Thank you! http://apartmenthomesteader.blogspot.com/2010/05/fridays-favorite-things-for-ity-bity.html

  59. Love it, I think I need one too! Thanks for linking up on Craft schooling Sunday, hope to see you again this week! all the best, Sara

  60. I’m soooooo doing this!!!

  61. I love this! I will be featuring it on my Menu Planning workshop this Wednesday on CrazyDomestic.com Thanks for the great idea!

  62. wow! what a great idea. I have plenty of frames just laying around. Thanks for sharing

  63. I made this over the weekend. It’s awesome and so easy to make. Thanks heaps. Here’s a link to mine 🙂 http://leeshshighway.blogspot.com/2010/06/tick-off-my-list.html

  64. Loved this idea, I mentioned you on my blog here
    and made a menu board for a friends bday http://makazhome.blogspot.com/2010/06/dry-erase-menu-board.html

  65. This is one of the BEST, most well written, and easy to understand tutorials ever–not to mention the project is AMAZING! I will be making this next week 🙂 Now, off to find a frame!


  66. I love this project so much that it inspired my own. I did a post about it today, if you’d like to go see it. Thanks for the inspiration!


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  68. I love this! If you get a chance, I’d love for you to link it up to my Not “Baaad” Sundays blog hop 🙂

  69. I was inspired by your idea and others like it that I finally made one of my own.

    I linked from my spot to yours to show off the different ideas:


  70. I just found your blog and I am in love! I will be coming back often. I have been wanting to make a menu board but haven’t been able to find the one and I just found it. I have a dumb question, what kind of paint do you use to redo your frame? tamaradotabeatgmaildotcom

  71. Loving your blog, and this tute! If you hop around too, I’d love to have you come by my Make & Share craft hop at HOMEmomMADE.

  72. Hi Stephanie!
    I made a menu board very similar to this back in March and love how useful it’s been! (http://supersavingsblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/before-and-after-menu-board-from.html)
    I’ve been trying to decide if I should label it with “Menu” and days of the week, and I really like how you did it – I may have to tweak mine now! =)
    I’m new to your blog and am *loving* your projects, having fun browsing around!

    ~ Mara @ Super Savings

  73. Love it.. thanks for your inspiration…Love your blog.. check out my wipe off board too.

  74. This is so cute. I really like this idea and like you, I plan meals for at least 2 weeks to a month, but would be nice to have the week menu visible for the family to see.

  75. Such a great idea! Now that I have a teenager at home, she could see what we have planned and pull out the recipe to get started on peeling, chopping, whatever when she gets home from school. I love it!



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