When your family eats at home, what do you do to make it fun and special? When my kids were toddlers, my husband would say that he liked dining at his favorite restaurant, “Mommy-O’s”. This was great because it turned home-dining into a special treat! Now every restaurant has a daily special board (menu board) and here’s Mommy-O’s.
Menu boards are all the rage and I decided to jump on the band wagon. I think this tool will help me in so many ways: grocery lists, meal planning, food budgeting, etc. Here’s how I made mine.
DIY Menu Board
Next, you will need to decide what type of papers you would like to place inside your frame(s). If you look closely, you will see that my collage frame is weathered black. Looking around on Pinterest, I found this at The Scrap Shoppe Blog.
This was GREAT…..8 colored chalkboard backgrounds and I have 8 frames to fill! Here is how I created my “pictures”.
- I downloaded each of the backgrounds (they are .jpg files)
- I uploaded them into Picmonkey (chose edit photo and upload a background)
- I rotated my photo 90 degrees so that it was landscape oriented
- I chose “text” (the “P” on the left side bar) and the text I used was “Emily’s Candy”
- I typed up my text (font size 204 for the daily special and a larger font for the title) in white and centered it toward the top of my “chalkboards”
- Then I saved each picture as a *.jpg file.
Next, I needed to cut out my pictures so that I could frame them. I first needed to decide if my “Mommy-O’s Daily Special” would be oriented Portrait or Landscape. I oriented my pictures’ “cardboard” back portrait.
Then I placed it in landscape. I wanted to get an idea of how the “Mommy-O’s Daily Specials: would “center” onto the picture. I decided I liked how the landscape looked.
Then, using the cardboard back of the frame as a template, I drew/cut out the daily special and title pictures. After all 8 were cut out, I inserted them into the frame.
Here is a picture of the Daily Special (menu) Board taken inside. My lighting isn’t very good inside so I also took couple of pictures outside.
Here’s the first outside shot.
Here’s the second. Sorry for the glare in these outside shots.
Well, you’ll never believe it but my husband loves this. I like how the chalkboard look compliments the weathered frame while the colors brighten the board.
This is a super easy and quick project (the most time consuming part was creating the 8 pictures). I don’t know why I hadn’t created on of these boards sooner. Now, all I need is a dry erase marker so I can write the specials!