An Easy DIY Menu Board that I made using my Cricut Maker and an Ikea Kludd Noticeboard. This menu board helps you plan your menu each week and helps let your family know what’s for dinner!
This summer we were crazy out of control with our eating out budget! I just didn’t to have the energy to cook as much as I normally do! So, with the kids going back to school this week, I decided to make a new Menu Board and get back in the habit of cooking most nights of the week!
I am really happy with how it turned out and now not only do I have some new decor added to my kitchen area, but I also have some accountability to actually make the meals that I plan!
When I decided that I needed a menu board, I knew immediately that I’d use my Cricut Maker and some vinyl! Most people assume that the Cricut Maker is meant for only crafting — cards, party decor, etc. But, I use it for helping me organize it ALL THE TIME!
If you don’t know about the Cricut Maker, let me fill you in on why it’s my most used organizing and crafting product! The Cricut Maker is the ultimate machine cutting machine! You can cut popular materials including vinyl, iron-on, cardstock, fabric, chipboard, etc on it. You can utilize their online design website – Design Space® on your computer or on iOS and Android devices to design and cut your projects! One of my favorite parts of Design Space is their Ready-to-Make projects – there’s literally 1000’s of projects that are already designed and ready for you to make!
It’s adaptive tool system will allow it to grow and use new tools as Cricut comes out with them. It currently has several different types of blades that can be used in it — the fine point blade, deep cut blade, rotary blade, knife blade and also the scoring wheels. Which means that your can create whatever your little heart desires!
Today I’m going to show you how I made it the Menu Board with my Cricut Maker, some Premium Vinyl and the Kludd Noticeboard from IKEA!
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MENU BOARD
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2
- Premium Vinyl – I used Black and Navy
- Transfer Tape
- 12″x24″ Standard Mat
- Design Space File
- KLUDD Noticeboard from IKDEA
- Essential Tool Kit
- Optional Tools: Ruler, TrueControl Knife
- Menu Board HERE
If you’re creating the menu board using the KLUDD Noticeboard, then you can just hit ‘MAKE IT!’ If you’re using the design on a different surface, then you will want to hit ‘CUSTOMIZE’ and adjust the overall size of the design!
After you hit ‘MAKE IT’ it will show you the mats that you need to prepare! For this design you’ll need to prepare two 12″ x 24″ Standard Mats – one with Black Premium Vinyl and and one with Navy Premium Vinyl.
Once you previewed and prepped your two mats, then go ahead and hit ‘CONTINUE!’
Then go ahead and choose your machine from the drop down menu and set your material to VINYL.
Once that’s done then you can load your machine with the mat that is prompted and watch for the ‘C’ to start flashing! Once flashing, go ahead and hit the ‘C’ and make your cuts! Repeat with your second mat!
After you designs are done cutting, then go ahead and weed the excess vinyl from both designs and apply transfer tape to the designs.
Go ahead and place the design onto the Noticeboard. When I’m working with large vinyl cuts I like to leave a little extra transfer tape on the ends of my design to help hold it on place.
Once the design is in place, I like to lift the vinyl up and start pulling the backing off and use my XL scraping tool to make sure the vinyl is laying flat and not bubbling. If you have an extra set of hands it makes it even easier!
Once the design is on the Noticeboard, then carefully remove the transfer tape making sure that all the vinyl is sticking perfectly.
Apply the second vinyl and then you’re good to install!
The KLUDD Noticeboard installs super easy! You first place the four pieces to the wall.
Then slide the menu board on top of the 4 pieces that are on the wall and screw the caps on to the board to secure it to the wall.
SIMPLE MENU BOARD
Just use a Dry Erase Marker to write your menu in each week! It easily wipes away with a paper towel or rag!
Now it’s time to menu plan!
Here’s a few of my families favorite dinners:
- Easy Beef and Broccoli
- Rum Marinated Salmon
- Quick Company Chicken
- Easy French Chicken
- Beef Teriyaki Skewers
If you love this idea – then I’d love it if you pinned the image below!
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