I wanted something really cute rather than just a plain whiteboard or piece of note paper since, as girls know, if something is cute, we will use it more. So, I headed to Walmart since they have the cheapest frames around that still look nice. I picked up two for $3 apiece and a package of three dry erase markers for $3.50 and walked out for $10 for two projects. When I finish the other one, I'll post it too! I used a few craft supplies that I already had but I think most people have some extra glue sticks and scrapbook/construction paper saved somewhere.
Here are the two frames I picked; they the 8x10 size so I would have enough room to write a week's worth of meals but not be too big for the kitchen. It also allows me to use 12x12 scrapbook paper cut down to size. I went through my stack of paper and picked out some sheets that I liked and would match the décor of the room it is going in. I held them up to the frames to help pick which one matched the best.
After picking out the one I liked, I wanted to check that the pattern wouldn't obscure anything that was written on the glass with the dry erase marker.
Using the glass from the frame as a template, I traced to get the size I needed for the paper. No measuring!
I then used my cricut to cut out the letters. If you have one and want to do it just like I did, I cut out all the letters using one inch George font. The circles used to back the letters for the days of the week are 1 1/4 inches. I used a dark brown for the word "Menu" and the background circles. The initials of days of the week were done in a cream colored card stock. I would have liked to do the circles a little bigger since it was kind of tight gluing the letters on but with the 8x10 frame, there is no room for anything larger unless you use a bigger frame.
Glue it all together and then reassemble the frame. As I said earlier, if you use the sizes that I did, it will be a tight fit and all the circles should be touching in order to allow at least a 1/4 inch border around the edges so that it doesn't get covered up by the frame. The project only took me about 30 minutes apart from going to the store.
I hung it on the inside of the pantry door so I can see at a glance what I have as I am planning what we are going to eat for the week and hopefully, it will help me to take things out of the freezer on time! With the scrapbook paper that I used, the project cost only about $6. If it helps me avoid even just one take out run, then I've made my money back!