Monday, May 16, 2011

DIY Tutorial: Menu/To-do memo board

I mentioned in my last post that I had a project to share, and I’m back to show you how to make your own!  Because I had some crafting supplies already on hand from previous projects, this whole thing only cost me $2!  Gotta love cheap projects!
Here’s what I started with…
  • An 11x14 frame from the dollar store ($1)
  • A pack of scrapbook paper from Target (.99c)
And here’s what I turned it into…
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I can’t take full credit for this idea – I actually came across this - Menu/Calendar board from RedHeads Craft More Fun and decided to make my own version!  I really like the calendar we have already, so I didn’t need to use such a big frame to make mine a calendar, too. 
Here’s all you need for this project:
  • A frame (any size will work – figure out where you want to use this, and decide on what size frame from there)
  • Scrapbook paper and/or fabric for your background
  • Spraypaint (only if your frame isn’t already the color you want it to be – I had spraypaint on hand, and my frame was only $1, so this wasn’t an extra cost for me)
  • Sticker paper, or a cricut to make your letters (I had this vellum print-your-own sticker paper on hand from another project, so that’s what I used – it was similar to this -
  1. Spray-paint your frame first (if you already like the color – great! You get to move on to the next step)
  2. I used the backing from my frame to create my layout next.  Play around with different combinations of paper or fabric, different sizes, etc to find the layout that will work best for your needs.  My main purpose for this was to have a spot to write out our weekly meal plan/menu, so I made that area larger, and the other spot is smaller to just jot down notes when I think of something I need to do. 
  3. For the words: I just eye-balled the size font I needed and printed out a couple sample sizes on plain paper before I used my vellum sticker paper.  Once I decided on the font I liked (I actually used a combination of 2 different fonts – Pea Jenny Script and Pea Missy Cursive from Kevin & Amanda) {sidenote: if you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you are missing out – in addition to the fabulous fonts she creates, she’s got a ton of other great stuff on there!}
  4. Cut everything down to size, assemble (I just used double-sided tape) and put your frame back together! 
  5. Remember to buy a dry-erase marker (I realized after I got mine up that I don’t have one, and with a 4 month old, haven’t had time to run to the store to get one just yet – but I can’t wait to start using mine just as soon as I do!)
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The Blogivers said...

You are like Martha Stewart, only cooler and prettier :)

Bec@littlelucylu said...

Hi Brittany!
This is great!
Love the fonts you chose (yep, LOVE Kevin & Amanda!).
I've got a menu board almost just like this - only backed with burlap instead of craft paper! I love it! It actually forces me to stick to a menu each week!!! :)~
Reading your "About Me" was funny ... it could be about me! (except the baker part ... I'm not much of a baker - but I do love to cook!:)~
It's great to find you and you and your cute blog!
I'll be reading!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your calendar? I love the damask on it.

Brittany said...

Hi Anonymous - The calendar is from Target. It's a great one!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting me know! I've been on the lookout for a similar calendar for my fridge. I'll check my Target. By the way, I have a daughter named Hadley Grace. I think it's fun to hear of other little girls with her name because it's not a common name at all...but she always gets compliments. :o)

Jen and Brad's Blog said...

Hi, I love this craft idea and want to make it for my home this weekend. I was wondering how you got the frame to magnetize onto the fridge? Thanks :)

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