Menu Board Tutorial

I have been wanting to paint a large menu board on our kitchen wall using chalk paint. And I have been wanting to frame that chalkboard with a vintage picture frame…minus the glass.
And I had to realize that our kitchen will not allow me to do this because of the size of our kitchen walls…or lack-there-of.
So I modified my specific wants, came to terms that I probably won’t have the chalkboard menu planner until we buy a new house and my kitchen is a little bigger and will accommodate such demands.
And I came up with this:

menu board

I saw something similar to this on a blog I read…go here to check out her menu board.

Basically, I used a picture frame I already had, scrapbook paper that I already had, wooden letters that I already had, stickers, and a black Vis-à-Vis.
So this project totaled about $7.00. Vis-à-Vis markers aren’t cheap.
And yes, we are having that yummy pork tenderloin tonight! It’s in the oven as we speak. My house smells delicious. It’s definitely a family favorite! Thanks, mom!
I’ll post her directions soon on making this piece of pork roast delight so you, too, can sit around for 3 1/2 hours swimming in a lovely aroma of seasonings while your roast cooks to perfection!
Actually, I find that when I have something cooking away in the oven, I am more likely to have more motivation to do my housework. Not sure if anyone else feels this way. Maybe you should try it and tell me. It’s like it completes your duties of the day because you are making the final meal…
Anyways, here is a quick tutorial on the basic idea of this project:

  • picture frame
  • scrapbook paper (or anything else that will serve as a background…you can get really creative here)
  • rubber cement (or hot glue gun)
  • wooden letters for the title
  • stickers for the days of the week
  • black Vis-à-Vis pen (because it has a fine tip)

A great alternative for the Vis-à-Vis would be chalkboard markers. They are great for writing on chalkboards (obviously) and glass. You know the chalkboards that are sometimes above the menus at Starbucks? They use those pens to make it look all bright and cheerful. My sister worked there in college. I know things. I don’t like Dry-Erase markers very much when you are using glass. They don’t write very dark. But that is also another alternative.
…and that’s it! It’s really simple, basic, cheap.
Yet, extremely useful.
What you need to do:

  • take the background you have chosen (for me, it was scrapbook paper) and frame it.
  • make sure the blank background is lined up how you want it.
  • take the paper out and glue on your letters for the “MENU” title with rubber cement or a hot glue gun.

MENU letters

  • take your stickers (or whatever else you may choose) and create the days of the week.

These were $0.50 at Hobby Lobby! Word.

  • decorate the background however you want. Get creative! You can buy all kinds of embellishments…the possibilities really do seem almost endless. I wanted a more simple menu board so I didn’t do much décor.
  • frame the paper.
  • take your Vis-à-Vis marker and write on the glass the meals you are planning this week! When the week is up, simply take a damp paper towel and wipe off the marker. And you’re good to go for a brand new week of incredible meals that I know you’re cooking!

menu days
It keeps you in check with your meal planning and couponing, it allows your family to know what’s on the menu for dinner, and you get to re-write stuff every week and make it look pretty!
Now, if you’re not into that sort of thing, this isn’t the project for you. But I look forward to updating my menu board from week to week.
menu board


Now I am on to my next duty of the day.
Starting a fire in my backyard.
We are having our annual Christmas tree burning tonight and I need to get the fire pit warm so we can keep a fire going all night.
I added this on my list to do today so that I could surprise my husband with a warm fire when he gets home in an hour.
And he won’t have to do much to get it REALLY going. It’s the least I can do since he has been working hard all week. I am very grateful for that!
By the way, have you ever seen a Christmas tree burn? They are a pyro’s dream. I mean, these things go up into flames like crazy!
It’s really fun. So don’t think we hate Christmas or something. Or that we are pyromaniacs.
Or maybe…


  1. This is so cute! Love the idea, I may have to make something like this for my kitchen now!

  2. Thanks for your sweet comment! If you do make something for your kitchen, be sure to send me the link! I would LOVE to check out what you come up with :-)

    Have a lovely weekend!

  3. I love this idea!! I think it would make my grocery shopping easier as well to have meals planned out all week. What size frame did you use?

  4. Thanks so much!

    I used a 12×15 frame. I had it on hand in my office so I used it. It’s the perfect size for my kitchen wall but I could also see going a little bigger.

    If you make one, send me a link to it…I would love to see what you come up with!!

    Have a great weekend!

  5. This is one of the cutest menu boards I’ve ever seen! I could DEF see this in my house! Thanks for posting, I feel very inspired now!
    Amie @

  6. Thanks, Amie! As always, if you end up making one, I would LOVE to see it! So, send the link on over!! :-)
    Thanks for checking out my blog! I love yours and I look forward to perusing through it some more!

  7. Just wanted to let you know I featured this today on FTF! Thanks so much for linking and grab a featured button if you would like! Thanks!

  8. I have a regular calk board in the house for mine but this Menu Board Tutorial is much cuter!!!

  9. Thanks so much for your comments, ladies!

    Jessica, of course I grabbed a featured button :-)

  10. This is so cute! Your hand writing is so adorable!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Do you have an Etsy shop that you sell these in? Thankyou! Shannon

  12. I’m sorry, Shannon. I don’t have an Etsy shop. Normally I’d offer to make one specially for you, however I am due tomorrow with my first little baby girl! So I don’t have a lot of extra time on my hands these days! I hope the tutorial is of some help for you to make one. If not, check back in a few months and maybe we can we work something out! I’d love to help!

    Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

  13. Anonymous says:

    What size frame did you use?

  14. I used a 12×15 frame.

  15. Did you glue the wood letters on the glass then?

  16. Nope, I glued them to the paper because I didn’t plan on ever changing this menu board with another design of scrapbook paper. I guess if you want it to be versatile, though, definitely think about putting the letters on the glass so you just have to change out the paper! :-)

  17. Where did you find the letters for “menu”? Those are totally cute!

  18. They are wooden letters I already had on hand. I believe I picked them up from Hobby Lobby a few years back.

  19. Love this idea!!! This is a fun, easy craft! I did this with a girlfriend with in an hour and total supplies about 20 bux. Just make sure you make your letter’s big enough! Also, didn’t realize how hard it would be to find a dry erase market that actually worked on the glass of the frame.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I was wondering what size the frame is and where you found it?? Also, did you put the wooden letters on top of the glass???

  21. The frame size is 12×15. It is actually a frame that was given to my husband a few years back. And for this board I placed the wooden letters behind the glass.

    :-) Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to email me if you have anymore questions!

  22. I am so excited that I found this menu board tutorial. I have wanted to make a chalkboard menu but my husband and I have not agreed on that. This would be a great compromise and it is much easier! I put this on my DIY project list! Can’t wait!

  23. Love the menu board and I love you because

  24. Love the menu board and I love you because

  25. I just a link to your blog through Pinterest, and I love it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas.

    As a pretty not-creative stay-at-home mom, I need all of the help I can get! :)

  26. Awesome. I have been writing mine on a calendar, this is way cuter!! Did you have your baby girl yet? How is everything? Hope you are happy and Healthy! Thanks for the great post!

  27. I love this idea! I found your blog through a Pinterest link and had to make one of these menu boards right away. I posted mine on my blog and linked back to your post as well. I made mine smaller and magnetic so I can keep it on the fridge. I also used the same idea for a To Do board. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Check it out:

  28. I love this idea! I found your blog through a Pinterest link and had to make a menu board right away. I posted my version on my blog and also linked back to your post.

    Check it out:

  29. Just found your blog!! I love this idea. I always need something to remind me what I was going to prepare for supper. I am going to do this tonight!! Thanks so much!

  30. Where did you find your scrapbook paper? And what size did you use for your 12×15 menu board?

    • I believe I got the scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. As for size, there wasn’t anything that fit the frame perfectly. So I took two pieces and matched the design up, used rubber cement to adhere them together, and then used my paper cutter to make the exact measurements I needed for the frame.

      Hope this helps! :-)

  31. I plan on blogging my adventure in making something similar. Your Menu board inspired me to create one a few months ago and I have finally got to it on “my list of crafts to do”… If it is ok, I would like to provide a link to your blog. Thanks in advance for your consideration!

    – Jennifer

  32. love it! Just made one of my own!! thanks for the idea!

  33. Hi-I am over from the blog hop. I am your newest follower. This is a cute idea. Your blog has a great look. Happy to be following along.

  34. i made this yesterday and tried hot gluing magnets to the back to hang on the fridge but the magnets arent strong enough (i even got the heavy duty ones at my local craft store). Any ideas? What did you use?

  35. I made this yesterday but had some problems figuring out how to hang this to the fridge. I got the heavy duty magnets at my local craft store and they aren’t strong enough to hang to fridge….any ideas? what did you use?

  36. Lisbet Soda says:

    I came to find your blog in a very round-about fashion. Love your menu board. Great craft idea. Great instructions. And may I say that the photos of your daughter are absolutely exquisite. As is she. Beautiful girl. Beautiful family. Enjoy these years. They FLY by. But your photographic skills can help you capture those moments. Best of luck. And thank you for the idea. Will be putting it on Pinterest

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