The Fanciest Menu Board Ever!

It’s finally done! I’ve been wanting to make this one for a while, and I finally decided on the style and materials I wanted to use. Since I already had most of the stuff, it only cost me 51 cents (for laminating). But if you were to buy everything for this project, it would cost roughly $25. That is if you already had the brush, scissors, rotary trimmer, rulers, pencil, iron(for the fabric), and mod podge. (which, let’s face it, any crafter has plenty of this stuff right?)

I found the idea for this menu board on Pinterest from The Clay Family. I love her whole command center design. Unfortunately I don’t have the space or need for the whole thing. So I just took inspiration from the menu board at the top, which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it! It was exactly what I’ve been wanting. I just didn’t know it before.

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So, my measuring methods are a little unconventional… I knew I wanted a nice edge on the fabric for the background of the bulletin board, so instead of measuring I just stuck the board straight on to the fabric and traced the edge of the frame. That way I would have extra fabric to fold over before the tacks went in. Then I cut the measured fabric, ironed out the wrinkles, and started pinning with the tacks. Be careful with the corners!

I know my tacks aren’t perfectly straight. I couldn’t think of a way to get them straighter. If anyone has a suggestion, please let me know.

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At first I just did one tack per clothes pin, but they rotated too much (pictured below) when I tried to put the recipe cards in them. So I went with two and that was perfect.

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The letters were from scrapbook paper. They were in nice little squares, so I had to get creative to make my own oval stencil and cut very carefully.

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The front of the clothes pins also have little strips of scrapbook paper to spice them up!

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I cut another piece of scrapbook paper to size to make the ingredients side of the board. I got it laminated at Quick Ship N Copy for 51 cents so I could write on it with dry erase markers. When I was studying Anatomy, laminating my papers made it easy for me to practice memorizing bones and muscles. Plus, the markers rub off even after being on there for a week or more.

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Again, I went to Pinterest for help. I wanted chalkboard style labels for the card boxes and I couldn’t find anything to buy that was the right size. But of course, that’s what happens when you live in a small town. It’s even hard to find buttons!

I found these awesome labels from Life Your Way. I saved the free download and printed them small. Then I painstakingly cut them out by hand. (Hence why I tried to find some to buy first) I just used a white pencil crayon to write on the labels and then mod podged them on.

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The boxes are made from Bristol Board I had lying around. I decided on the size, cut them out, taped them together, and covered them in scrapbook paper. I originally had glued the tacks to the back of these boxes, but since they’re covered in paper all the way around, the tacks were pulling the paper and falling off whenever I tried to move them. So I gave up and just pushed them through the inside. It works, and it doesn’t look tacky! (pun intended)

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The recipe name cards are made of Bristol Board too. I added the location or book and page for the recipes to make it easier to use the menu board. That way I don’t have to go looking through everything. I even color coded the recipes for the Fast (green) and Fave (purple) boxes so they don’t get mixed up when I use them.

UPDATE: The card boxes are 3 inches wide and the cards pictured are smaller in length. They kept falling in! So I’ve redone the cards and they’re now 3.5 inches long so they won’t fall in.

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When I hung the board I couldn’t be happier! It looks amazing and I love using it! Also, I was surprised to find that the black dry erase marker shows up the best out of all the colors we have. I just keep the markers on top of the board. Maybe I’ll make a marker box if I revamp the board? Who knows…

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Have you made a menu board? I would love to see them! Share them with me in the comments, or email me: aimsical@gmail.com

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