My three (or four depending if we are getting technical and counting contractions) least favorite words in the English language are….
….what’s for dinner.
I should know that it’s coming.
I should be prepared.
I should anticipate and plan and think ahead and have a stocked refrigerator and something cooking on the stove.
And yet, every night around 5:00 when the little birds in the nest start chirping and asking what we are having for dinner….
….I look around surprised.
Are they talking to me?
I know what you’re saying to the computer right now.
I’ve said it to myself more times that you can count.
It’s 2016 KariAnne. You are grown. You have children. GET IT TOGETHER.
So here’s my attempt to get on track with dinner.
(total aside: of course it involves decorating)
It’s a DIY chalkboard menu.
And here’s how I made it.
1. Start with a plywood board
This one was leftover from another project and measures 6 inches wide by 54 inches long.
You could make yours shorter or longer depending on the wood you have lying around.
2. Create a frame
The wood was then framed out with 1 inch by 2 inch boards.
We nailed them together, but you could glue them or even make it without the frame.
We didn’t even cut right angles, just stacked them next to each other.
3. Create lines
Take the length of your board and divide by seven.
Each of my squares was about 7.75 inches long.
Mark measurements with chalk.
Then draw across board with a white paint pen.
4. Print out font
I just picked a fun font and printed out the days of the week on my computer.
This font is called Mellanie.
I printed the letters sized to 100.
5. Trace letters
Cut out days of the week and trace them onto the chalkboard.
Use white carbon paper.
It makes it so much easier and be sure and press hard when you trace.
6. Trace letters with a paint pen
When you are done with the carbon paper, your letters should look like this.
And here’s the finished letters traced with a white paint pen.
Continue with all the days of the week until your chalkboard looks like this.
You could stain the frame or paint it before you attached it to the board.
Then it’s time to plan the menu.
Want to see what’s on our menu this week?
That’s about as far as we got.
We had more than just cookies.
I just couldn’t bring myself to write gas station pizza on the menu board. 🙂
PPS We have chicken and vegetables planned for tonight so it should all even out.