HOW TO MAKE AN ERASABLE MEAL PLANNING SIGN

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 Let's get ready to make our meal planning sign!!

Let's get ready to make our meal planning sign!!

Years ago I made a weekly meal planning sign to help eliminate the same question being asked 5 million times a week by my 3 kids: "What are we having for dinner tonight??"  And it worked. They loved knowing what they would be eating each day.  When we moved from Maine to Florida earlier this year I didn't bring it with me. It was an 8x10, too small and I wanted to (at some point) make a bigger sized one.  So I decided this week was the week to do it, and to show you all how to make one!  So let's grab our supplies and get going!

STEP 1: Gather materials

For this tutorial you will need the following:  A 14x18" glass picture frame, 2 sheets of patterned 12x12" craft paper, Mason Jar tags, Tombow Dual Brush Pen N15 Black, Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip Pen, and Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent. Frames can be expensive, but don't forget about using a 40% off coupon at Michaels or Hobby Lobby!  I got a sweet deal on this cute gray rustic wood frame with my coupon!

STEP 2: Letter the days of the week

 Aren't these tags the cutest??!!!

Aren't these tags the cutest??!!!

 

We are going to start with the mason jar tags first! I found these cute tags at Michaels and COULD NOT pass them up! They were perfect for this kitchen project!!! The first thing I did was grab my pencil. I sketched out all seven days of the week first. I tend to make some mistakes so I like to rely on my trusty pencil!  

If you can't find these exact tags, they have other tag style options you can totally use instead!

 Sketch Sketch!!!

Sketch Sketch!!!

After my sketching is done, I use the Tombow Fudenosuke Soft Tip to ink it out all seven tags.

 I'm practicing my flourishing this week!!!

I'm practicing my flourishing this week!!!

 They are gonna look so cute!!!

They are gonna look so cute!!!

STEP 3: Prep your background

Using the insert that came with the photo frame, reverse it so all you see is the white background. This is going to be your backdrop.

 Flip that insert!

Flip that insert!

Pick out your 2 sheets of patterned paper. I went with a wood looking pattern from my Crisp Luxury pack to match the mason jars and give a rustic feel to my sign. But you can use any kind of paper you'd like! If you love bold and bright colors, use that! If you love soft flowery things, use some floral paper! The possibilities are endless!  

 Rustic wood paper can look so chic!

Rustic wood paper can look so chic!

Next, flip those 2 sheets over, line them up top to bottom, and tape the seam all the way across. You'll want to be sure to match your patterns together before taping!  

 Tape the seam!  

Tape the seam!  

Now we are going to line up our 2 sheets of paper with the backdrop.  Place your sheets all the way to the right of the backdrop.  There will be some white showing on the left side, but no worries. Our mason jars will hide that!  

 Line up your sheets and cut away the extra at the bottom!

Line up your sheets and cut away the extra at the bottom!

When lining this up, you'll notice that your craft paper will extend past your backdrop at the bottom. Just grab a ruler and line it up with the bottom edge of your backdrop (Tip: use the hard cardboard backing that came with your frame underneath the paper insert!  It will help to make it a little sturdier!) Use a pencil to draw a straight line all the way across the bottom to mark off the section to be cut.  Then using a paper cutter, slice off that bottom section.  

Next, using the Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent, run the tape across all 4 edges of the 2 sheets of patterned paper.

 Add some adhesive to your patterned paper!

Add some adhesive to your patterned paper!

Now, here is a tricky part - this adhesive is sticky! So you'll want to make sure your paper is lined up just right with the backdrop (your paper insert that came with the frame).  It is much easier to start with only one corner, line it up and then press down to secure it. Then line up the next closest corner, press down and secure it. Then you can secure the rest of the patterned paper to your backdrop. 

STEP 4: Adhere the mason jars

Next line up your mason jars from top to bottom on the left hand side. Remember all that white space that was showing? These mason jars are the PERFECT size to hide that!  Line them up first exactly the way you want them before applying the adhesive.  

 Line your mason jar tags up first!

Line your mason jar tags up first!

Once they are lined up correctly, start from the top or bottom and work with one at a time.  Apply adhesive to the back of your tag, following all 4 edges of the tag. Then flip it back over and secure it in place on your backdrop.  Repeat for all seven tags.

 Apply some adhesive!

Apply some adhesive!

 All secured and in place!

All secured and in place!

STEP 5: Frame your project

Now that our backdrop is complete, it's time to frame it up!  Use the cardboard insert that come with your frame as support. Just place it behind your backdrop when framing.  

 It's all framed up and so cute!

It's all framed up and so cute!

 

STEP 6: Letter out your meals for the week!

Using the bullet tip of the Tombow Dual Brush Pen N15 Black,  letter out your meal choices for the week!  These markers are water based so that means you can erase them off of glass using a wet paper towel!    I went with a mix of fonts for each day! 

 Letter out your meal choices!!!!

Letter out your meal choices!!!!

And there you have it! Your very own cute meal planning sign!  You can hang it anywhere in your kitchen for the family to see! No more "What's for dinner??"!!   (I can't guarantee there won't be any complaints about the meal choices though! That may or may not happen here!)

 It's complete! And yes, this is what we are really having this week!!!!

It's complete! And yes, this is what we are really having this week!!!!

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!  Let me know if you have any questions!!! 

Happy Friday, and till next time,

Mandy