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DIY Weekly Menu Board

Jan 11 2019 Liz Call

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what’s for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

This post contains affiliate links which mean I make a little something when you purchase through the link with no extra cost to you.

Being organized is not one of my abilities.  I try to be organized with calendars, schedules and planning.  But I’m not always good at it or very constant.  But I have found that one of the things I have done that really helps is to have a weekly menu plan.  Dinner time is always such a crazy time at our house, and when I plan out my week, these part of the day seems to go a lot easier.

Maybe this just happens at my house but, the kids start asking me at 4:30 everyday what’s for dinner.  It gets a little frustrating for me and the kids. I’m hoping this DIY weekly menu board will help this annoying habit to end.

For this DIY weekly menu board project you will need:

Chalkboard or white board to fit your space

Vinyl

Transfer Tape

Cricut Cutting Machine

Cricut Cutting Mat

Weeding Tool and Scraper

Weekly Menu Cut Files

I found my chalkboard at Hobby Lobby, but the one linked above is about the same size.  I liked that it was one, a chalkboard, the frame and the size were all what I was looking for to make a DIY weekly menu board.  But these cut files would look just as great on a whiteboard if that is what you have or are looking for.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

DIY Weekly Menu Board

When you download the cut file above, it is a zipped file, so you need to unzip the file before you can upload it into design space.  Upload the SVG into Cricut Design Space.  I designed the cut file to fit my specific sized board.  However, once it is on the canvas, you can ungroup the design and resize it to fit your specific project.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

Once you have your project sized, click make it and get ready to cut your project. All the layers will be placed on your cutting mat but will be placed on the mat sporadically. I clicked attach on the bottom of the layers panel so that my design would cut as it was layed out on the Design Space Mat.  I knew it would waste a lot of vinyl, but it was all layed out perfectly and exactly where I wanted it to be.

Since I cut it the exact size of my board, I had to use a 12×24 cutting mat.  I selected vinyl as my material.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

Once you have everything ready to cut, the cutting machine and material selected, place the vinyl onto the mat and load the mat into the Cricut Maker.  Push the blinking Cricut go button on the machine to start cutting.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

Unload the mat once the project is finished cutting.  Use the weeding tool to remove the unwanted vinyl from the design.  Be careful with the dots over the i in friday and the colons.  They like to come up when you weed the project.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

How to Add Vinyl to a Project

Once the vinyl is weeded, cover the vinyl with transfer tape. Use the scraper tool to smooth out any air bubbles in the transfer tape and make sure the vinyl and transfer tape have a good grip.  Slowly remove the paper backing from the vinyl, so the vinyl stays on the transfer tape.  Place the vinyl onto your chalkboard, again using the scraper tool to smooth it out.  Remove the transfer tape from the project.

I find that pulling the transfer tape back at about a 45 degree angle works really well.  If the vinyl tries to come up from the transfer tape, lay it back down and use the scraper tool again to smooth it out, and pull the transfer tape back again.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

Once the transfer tape is all removed, you can double check to make sure there are no air bubbles in the vinyl and smooth everything out one last time if needed.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

I love the look of the white vinyl on the black chalkboard.

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

I can’t wait to start using this board to not only help me be a bit more organized, but to hopefully get the kids to stop asking me every day “what’s for dinner”?  But they will probably keep asking me anyway. 🙂

If you are looking to add a family calendar to your home to go along with your menu board, check out the calendar cut files in the shop.  These would look great on a dry erase calendar.

Happy Crafting!

Liz

Make dinner time less of a challenge everyday with the help of this DIY Weekly Menu Board. No more wondering what's for dinner at 5:00 in the evening.

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