A Simple and Cheap Dry Erase Menu Board DIY

menu board

Have you ever thought that you needed an easy way to plan your meals and keep your shopping lists and coupons handy? I came up with this simple and inexpensive dry erase menu board DIY.


  • an inexpensive magnetic dry erase board with magnets and attachable dry erase marker
  • a ruler
  • scissors
  • a black and a colorful permanent marker
  • ribbon
  • three clothes pins
  • acrylic paint
  • a hot glue gun
  • buttons

Most of these supplies are available at a dollar store or found lying around the house.

Creating the Layout
menu board center

  1. I started by painting the three clothes pins and setting them aside to dry.
  2. Using my ruler and a dry erase marker, I drew my basic design on the board. I sectioned out a title box, menu box and a notes box. In the four corners I drew arrow boxes pointing toward the dry erase marker and the three clothes pins for meal ideas, coupons and grocery list.
  3. After getting the board drawn out like I wanted I went back over the lines with my ruler and a black permanent marker. * TIP: Mistakes with the permanent marker can easily be corrected by using the dry erase marker. Just draw over the mistake and wipe away. It is also IMPORTANT to note that when your board is complete, be careful when filling out your menu because the dry erase marker will erase the permanent lines.
  4. I used a colorful permanent marker and a fun font to fill in the title boxes on the menu. You can look up creative fonts online for ideas or just get creative. If you don’t like it, use the tip above to start over.


    menu board top

  5. Hot glue your ribbon around the edges of the board and wrap some around the dry erase marker.
  6. Tie a cute bow and glue it to the top corner of the menu.
  7. Time for the buttons. I brushed a glitter glue on my buttons before attaching them to my board but this step is optional. Arrange your buttons on the board until you are happy with the appearance then hot glue them in place. I used three buttons on each clothes pin and each magnet as well as one on the bow, dry erase marker and the beginning of each daily menu box for a check list effect.menu board bottom
  8. Secure the clothes pins in three of the corners with hot glue. Use them to hold a shopping list, coupons and ideas for meals.

    Bonus Idea

  9. Bonus: I printed out meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and cut each category into small squares. I glued them back to back and used self laminating sheets to cover them so they last a long time. Anytime you are unsure what to make you have your ideas cards handy to help you.
  10. I attached my menu board to my pantry door in my kitchen.

Chat with Kat

I hope that you like this DIY project and find it useful. Do you have your own menu planning system? Please share in the comments below. Let me know if you like the way this dry erase menu board turned out and if you try it out for yourself. Hope to chat soon. Kisses!



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