I never would have dreamed how much of a little boy’s day is consumed with food.
When are we eating?
What are we eating?
What are you cooking tomorrow, Mommy?
Every night, after our bedtime routine, the last thing my boys ask me before turning out the light is to inquire on the next day’s menu. It’s quite comical how they remember to ask every single evening.
Daily responsibilities keep me so distracted that I often don’t know what I’m cooking from one day to the next, much to my boys’ dismay. Weeknight dinners can be challenging, especially during the school year. Though I have always tried to mentally plan my dinner menu, the kids’ activities sometimes don’t correlate with my plans. With careful planning and easy-to-prepare dinner ideas in the freezer, I have done a much better job over the past few weeks of sticking to a Dinner Meal Plan. And now that the boys can read, this DIY Chalkboard Dinner Menu Board keeps them informed of what we are eating each night for dinner. I’m prepared and they are happy – it’s a win-win!
Pizza night is definitely a family favorite! Pizza night may be impromptu after a long day at school and work or a part of a planned family game night. Either way, it’s loved by all.
Ready to make this DIY Chalkboard Menu Board for your family? It’s easy to make! The best part is that you can customize it for your family’s needs. For instance, your family may need a menu plan for all three meals. Or you may want a large menu board that hangs on the wall versus a tabletop board. The supplies listed below are basic supplies, but alter them as needed to create your own custom menu board.
DIY Chalkboard Dinner Menu Board Supplies:
- Wood board – I picked this one up at a local arts and craft store. Most stores have a variety of sizes. The important aspect of this supply is to make sure that the writing surface of the board is flat.
- Chalkboard spray paint – One can should be sufficient for most sized boards. Keep in mind that the project will need several coats.
- Chalk pen
- Felt eraser
- Optional: wood primer
Steps to Make
Step 1 – Clean
Make sure that the wood surface is clean and dry.
Step 2 – Paint
I did not choose to apply wood primer, but if you would like to use wood primer, apply it at this time. If using, allow the primer to dry completely as directed on the can.
Following the instructions on the chalkboard spray paint, apply the chalkboard paint to the wood board. Several coats will be needed. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
Step 3 – Prepare the chalkboard surface
All new chalkboard surfaces must be properly prepared. Most chalkboard paint cans will give proper directions on how to do this. Preparation is easy and not time consuming. Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire board, and then erase it!
Step 4 – Write
Decorate and write on your Chalkboard Menu Board as desired.
This DIY Chalkboard Dinner Menu Board truly helps with my weekly menu planning!