Do you find yourself scrambling to put together a last minute grocery list every week and then forgetting half of what you needed or just buying junk? I went to the store just like that last week, and I struggled to make good meals for my family because of it. I’m making it one of my goals for the new year to get better organized in the kitchen and to plan better. That means making my menus ahead of time so that my grocery list will be more complete and organized. I wanted a cute way to display my menu in the kitchen because I put more thought and effort into it if I can see it. With a few beautiful Birch Rounds, some chalkboard paint and a few magnets I put together an easily customizable Magnetic Chalkboard Menu to help me make better choices at the grocery store and to feed my family better.
Supplies needed to make a Magnetic Wood Round Chalkboard Menu:
- (3) Birch Coaster, 3 pack
- Medium Birch Round
- 1.5-inch letters (M, E, N, U, T, W, F, S)
- Chalkboard Paint
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Paint Brush
- Strong Magnets
Paint the inside of the birch rounds with Chalkboard paint. Allow to dry completely. You will need two coats of paint. Some chalkboard paint requires a small cure time. I let my rounds cure overnight before using them.
Paint the 1.5-inch wood letters. I put the word MENU on the medium birch round, painted white. The other letters, one for each day of the week, go on the smaller coaster size rounds. I painted the day of the week letters with a pretty metallic copper paint to match my kitchen decor. The letters come in a handy 2 pack, so you’ll need 1 of each M, E, N, U, T, W, F, S. You can paint your letters any color, stain them, or leave them natural.
Glue the letters to the birch rounds. I had no problems getting the letters to stick to the wood rounds. There are lots of different glue types that would work. You could use a wood glue, white glue, or hot glue just to name a few. My day of the week letters hang off of the birch coasters just slightly. You can arrange them however you’d like.
Glue the strong magnets to the back of the wood rounds. My magnets weren’t quite as strong as I would have liked, so I put two magnets on the back of each coaster size round, and six magnets on the larger birch round. I used hot glue for this to ensure a good stick. Since the wood rounds are not super heavy, they stick to my refrigerator great!
Hang your cute magnetic birch round menu on your refrigerator in the kitchen and use chalk to plan your menu.
There’s enough room on my medium birch round to keep a few notes when I run out of something and don’t want to forget before I get to my list.
Being able to see it in the kitchen planned out ahead of time helps me see what I’m feeding my family in a more comprehensive way. I notice that we have meals like “Pizza” maybe too often, and I should work to change that.
Combine your new birch round menu with the farmhouse grocery list for a complete meal planning system!
What system do you use to manage your menu at home? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Pin this project to save it for later, and be sure to follow Walnut Hollow on Pinterest for more great ideas!
After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.