I have struggled with menu planning for quite some time. I know how to plan menus, I know how to cook, and I know how to shop but putting it all together and having everyone eat is a challenge. I’ve been indulging my Pinterest Passion and found an amazing idea.I started by marbling some clothespins. Here’s how I did it – I got my clothespins at the Dollar Store. The rest of the materials for the clothespins, I had at home. First, I filled a disposable container with water. Then I drizzled nail polish, layering it in the water. I dipped each clothespins in the nail polish, adding more as needed. then I let them dry overnight. Next, I coated them with a layer of clear gloss (spray paint). The final thing that I did was add stickers representing the days of the week.
I got the “board” for the menu board at Dollar Tree, as well. It was a mirror – very light and seemed to be a good size. I wanted something light and felt that this would be better than a frame with glass and since I was going to put everything on top of the frame, it was perfect.
I used scrapbook paper packet that I got at Target for $1.00 (Dollar Spot) and matched the decor of the living room. When I bought the paper, I bought 5-6 packages, assuming that I would use the matching paper for other projects. There were 8 patterns in the packet – one for each day of the week and one for a border. I figured out how wide my days needed to be and then cut them to size. I glued all of the “days” paper to a single piece of cardstock for ease in arrangement. I planned for the “days” part to be a bit more than half of the mirror. For the other side, I found plastic boxes that had LED string lights in them and cut the box in thirds. I used the top and bottom portions for the Menu Cards. I covered them with the border paper. Behind them I added a solid color blue. I covered them with contact paper. Then I put them to the side.I assembled all the pieces on the mirror and taped them down. Next, I covered the entire board with contact paper. Glued the braided ribbon along 3 edges, the flat ribbon along the other edge, and glued the clothespins down. For this part, I used my glue gun. Then I glued the card holders down. Right now, I just have colored cardstock for each of the meals. I plan on trying out a “laminating” idea using wax paper tomorrow to see how it works. I LOVE how it turned out.