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Erasable Menu Frame Craft

Custom Weekly Menu Frame

How often do you hear, “Mom!  What’s for dinner?”.  Daily?  Here is fun craft you can do (even with the kids!!) to display your weekly menu.  And potentially not here those famous words.  Now, the kids know where to look.  Or if they forget and ask, I just point!

Grab these items, or add them to your next shopping list!

  • 5 x 7 Frame
  • Craft paper – one background, one solid color
  • Number stickers (or a sharpie if you like your handwriting!)
  • Round large hole punch (an alternate would be to just cut a square)
  • Adhesive squares or glue stick
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Bistro Pen (it will wipe easily from the glass)

Disassemble frame.  Use backing to use as your template as the size to cut your background paper.  Use a steady hand and scissors or use a paper trimmer.  Once paper is cut, place in frame to make sure it fits properly.  Keep it inside frame as template.

Gather your materials

Punch out the circles with solid paper (or cut squares).  Apply stickers or hand write M-T-W-T-F. Now cut your solid paper slightly smaller in width as your “day of the week” circle (or square).    Line this up on top of the glass on the frame.  Play around with the layout and trim as needed.  Don’t forget to leave room at the top for your Family Menu title!

 

Once your layout looks all peachy keen, remove the glass, but keep the background paper still in frame (you may need to put the glass behind the paper then attach the back so the paper stays tight with the frame or you might not get your solid papers lined up properly.  Now, start applying the solid weekly strips to background paper.

Now for the title.  I have used Microsoft Publisher for years and am very comfortable with the formatting.  Use any publication at your fingertips!  I love fonts (I mean, I even have a board on Pinterest called ‘font freak’ if that tells you anything!).  Play around with a few that are your style. A few I like are www.dafont.com/ or  www.1001freefonts.com/.  I also print out a few in different sizes so I have one sheet with 3-4 variations.  That way, when I go to look for the one that fits, I am only printing once and I’m pretty guaranteed one is a winner!  No back and forth to the computer resizing and printing and cutting…

Find fonts the compliment each other for the Menu title

Find fonts the compliment each other for the Menu title

Apply the title (left side, centered, right side, oh the choices!) and assemble the frame.  Your done!  I like to put my left over paper in a paper tote labeled ‘Scrap Paper’ because I always seem to find projects where I just need a little bit of colored paper.

One last option is to purchase a book or plate stand.  This adds another layer of fun and adds to your decor.  Plus, it gives you something to hide the bistro pen behind 😉

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Grab that Bistro pen and plan away!  Happy meal planning!

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