DIY: Menu Board

I’ve been asked by several people about how I made my menu board. I’ve spent many hours on Pinterest pinning away at all the things I someday want to try. Finally, I am putting my efforts to use!

In searching for the perfect menu board to suit my needs…I ended up having to pull from several different ideas to come up with one that would work for me!


Supplies Used:

Old Cookie Sheet with edges cut off (if you want it to be magnetic…or you could just used an old picture frame.)

Fabric to cover the backing

Mini Clothes Pins (I found mine at a local fabric store, Pacific Fabrics)

Colored Cardstock

Boxes are made out of a Jiffy Cornbread Box cut in half

Hot Glue Gun

Heavy Duty Magnets



If it were up to me, Tacos or some other form of Mexican food would be listed for every night of the week.

Sadly my husband doesn’t agree and appreciates a bit more variety!

So, I sat down and began writing down about 30 meal ideas.

They are color coded in a way that works best for me:

GREEN: Meat Dishes

TAN: Other/Misc.

WHITE: Crock Pot Meals

BLUE: Mexican & Italian Dishes

YELLOW: Easy & Quick


The goal is to not have too many of the same color each week. And to rotate through the stack of recipes before you start using them again.

(However, Tacos will still be eaten weekly in our household! 🙂



Once a week… I can sit down and plan the meals for the menu.

On the back I’ve written all the ingredients needed to make each meal.

This way, when I go to make my shopping list…It’s pretty quick and painless.

This shopping list was actually given to me as a gift and it’s pretty handy to use!

They can be found online here.

Anyone who knows me…knows that cooking isn’t my favorite thing and I am not that great at it.

So, I won’t lie… the 30 meals I’ve got here are all relatively easy (for me). If a recipe has too many ingredients in it I get a bit intimidated and don’t want to try it!

My goal is to attempt to try 2 new recipes a month. Life with a newborn has been a bit of an adjustment…So, hopefully this will help me to stay on track better!





So many of you have asked for my 30 meal ideas and recipes.

Click here for the DIY Menu Ideas and Recipes !!

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    • Sarah Potter - See link added to bottom of post! Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

      • Katie - I’ve tried numerous times and I can’t get the link to the recipes to work.ReplyCancel

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    • Amanda - If anyone recieved these recipes and menu planning ideas could you please email them to me?ReplyCancel

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  • Katie Heery - Just wondering where the link is for your menu ideas. I need help planning meals!ReplyCancel

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  • Heather - I LOVE this and I am going to start on it very soon! I was wondering what all was magnetic? Are the clothes pins magnetic? I know you stated you could use a picture frame if you didnt want it to be magnetic. Great thing about this is I already have all the material, so it wont cost me anything!ReplyCancel

    • Dan Potter - The only thing that is magnetic is the back of the board that attached to the fridge. And, as you can see from the photos, my magnets weren’t strong enough to support the weight of it all so I actually ended up just using those magnet clips you see pictured to attach it to the fridge.ReplyCancel

      • Heather - ok thanks! That is what It thought. I am keeping the edges on mine and I am going to hand it from the fridge from the hole that is on one end of the lip. Thanks for sharing. Very cute idea and I am excited to make one!ReplyCancel

  • Tatjana - Sarah,

    I also would love to start this idea for my family but like some of the others I just don’t know where to start would you please share your meal ideas with me. 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Morriah Harp - I love this idea. i am going to use it! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Meagan - EXCELLENT idea! As all the other ladies have stated, would you mind sharing your wonderful recipes with the rest of us? I am not much of a cooker and desperately need to broaden my cooking horizons!

    Thanks again for sharing!

  • kathleen markun - Sarah,I absolutely love it!

    I am person driven by structure and organization and for things to run easily. I was wondering if you could send me the list of meals that you came up with to help me out with my menu board?
    I would greatly appreiate it

    Thank you,


  • Lacy - Still trying to find the menu items / recipes…. This is awesome by the way! I’m gonna start on mine right away!ReplyCancel

  • Tessa - This is really a great idea! You could also add all the ingredients to the back of the cards, so once you’ve decided on the weekly menu you could easily copy everything onto your shopping list.ReplyCancel

    • Tessa - Ah, just read through the whole description and saw you already had that idea ;).ReplyCancel

  • Elisa - Wondering if you could post the list of meals that you came up with to help me out with my menu board?ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Potter - Link with ideas is now posted!ReplyCancel

    • Sam - I absolutely love this idea!!! I would also love a list of the meals with ingredients! My email is

    • Alisa - Ditto!
      Now that I’m a work-from-home newish mom I seem to be responsible for dinner now… Getting complaints for not enough variety, but there is little time or interest to learn bunches of new meals each week. What did you start with?ReplyCancel

  • Kim - opps nevermind, i found it! haha I love this site!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Where did you get the “All out of” note pad? I love that!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - Great idea! Wondering how you cut the edges off of the cookie sheet…ReplyCancel

    • Sarah Potter - Hi Krista,

      My husband is in sheet metal so he actually did it for me…He used sheet metal power shears. He said you can also use aviation snips to do it by hand.


  • Robin - I am so NOT a cook either, but if I had some planning to help me along the way, I might actually do it a little more often. I am going to try this, it’s a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Lol to be perfectly honest I wondered what you two ate for dinner other than tacos…ha ha now I know. Many of the same things we enjoy too.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - I love it!! You know me, everything in my world has to be organized…so this is an awesome idea. I like making new recipes but I tend to avoid the ones with tons of ingredients too. Not from intimidation but more from knowing that the more ingredients it has, the longer it will take me to make. I like fairly quick recipes. Tonight we had homemade burritos that were made from leftover filling from stuffed peppers the night before..with some added corn and salsa.ReplyCancel

  • Zach - Monday tacos are rad.ReplyCancel