DIY Shadow Box Menu Board

I do the majority of the cooking in my household. Actually, who am I kidding, I do ALL of the cooking in my household. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I enjoy putting together dinner. It is often my evening therapy after work. But, every day I get the question “What’s for dinner?”.

I finally decided I needed a way to display our nightly meals so everyone knows what is cooking for the evening. I also thought it will help serve as a reminder to take things out to defrost, prep ahead of time etc. I wanted something that looked nice and matched with the kitchen so I decided to take on the task of creating my own custom menu board. Another hobby of mine has always been crafting so when I see the opportunity to make something I need and I actually have the time to accomplish it, I take it! My original thought was to get a picture frame, fill it with a piece of scrapbook stock paper, and write on the frame’s glass with dry erase markers to make a custom dry erase board. I had made one of these in the past and it was super cute. But, then I came across a shadow box with a burlap interior. The color scheme was perfect. I had an instant idea of how to turn this into my new menu board.

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I also picked up some fun ribbons (3 different colors), chalkboard stickers and markers, some fancy note paper, and dry erase markers.

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I first put the ribbon through the nail hangers on the back of the frame. I braided the 3 ribbons and tied a big bow at the top to hang on my nail on the wall.

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I then used my chalkboard markers to write out the days of the week on my fancy stickers. On a side note, if you haven’t discovered chalkboard markers yet…you need to!! Michaels has chalkboard crafts, stickers, mason jars, signs coming out the wazoo. I grabbed these markers and they even come in all sorts of colors. The markers go on like a sharpie marker except they can be wiped off with water on any chalkboard surface. Super cool!

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I placed my stickers on the burlap inside my shadow box. My frame also came with some fun little pins to use for photos in the interior. I decided to use these to pin up meal notes, shopping lists, recipes, and reminders for specific dishes. My shadow box opens in the front and it is very easy to change any of the notes in and out without putting any wear and tear on the frame.

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The last step was simply using my dry erase marker to write out this week’s menu.

I love the way it turned out and it took all of 15 minutes to put together. That what I call efficient and practical crafting!!

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…all for the love of the dish

Missy

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