What’s for Dinner? How to Create a Magnetic Menu Planning Board!

I have been using this magnetic menu planning board for years now. I love how it makes the actual menu planning process so simple- all I have to do to pick and choose family dinners from my list and just move them into a daily spot. If you’d like to get organized this year – here’s how to create your own “What’s for Dinner?” menu planning board!

I have been using a magnetic menu planning board for years now. I love how it makes the actual menu planning process so simple- all I have to do to pick and choose family dinners from my list and just move them into their daily spot. No more answering the question, "What's for Dinner?"- my kids know exactly where to look!

One of the best parts about using this board is that I don’t have to rack my brain to think of things that my kids will actually eat- it’s all there for me to choose from. Even the kids can take on this task themselves and tell me what they would like for me to cook this week.

And the section for dinners that are “Fast & Easy” really helps me when I am facing down an evening where the kids have a late sports practice, a Science Fair, or if I have book club that evening.

What You’ll Need for the Magnetic Menu Planning Board:

DIY menu board

The first thing is the board itself! I purchased mine a long time ago from the Pottery Barn catalog, but you can find similar ones here  This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. and here This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you.  on Amazon. (As a reference-mine measures 22″ square).

To create the magnets, I used a Xyron crafting machine This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you.  (which can create laminated stickers, magnets, and so many other things just based on the cartridge you use). I used the magnetic cartridge This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. for this project. You can also purchase magnetic sheets This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you.  that you can run through your home printer to create the magnets. Just be sure to let the ink dry fully before cutting them out (and they won’t be quite as durable as the ones made with the Xyron machine because the front of the magnet won’t be laminated).

I used my paper trimmer This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you.  to get nice straight edges on my magnets. But of course, anything I did with the paper trimmer can be done using scissors.

Download the “What’s for Dinner?” Board Labels

Once you have your tools, you can download a copy of the menu planning board labels here. Simply sign up below to join the MomOf6 community, and you’ll be directed to a thank you page for access instruction.

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Print them out and cut them to size (no more than 5″ wide) to run through the Xyron machine.

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Simply feed the list through the machine which will laminate the front and add a magnet to the back.

how to create a menu planning board

Use the cutter to trim each label to size. You now have your label magnets!

how to make a DIY menu board

Create Your Own Menu Items

Spend some time with your family compiling a list of all of the dinner items that they like to eat. It helps to brainstorm by category- chicken, beef, pasta, etc. And be sure to think of a list of items that you can throw together quickly on a busy night- like soup & sandwiches or quesadillas. You can see my list of menu items here (a Word document, so you can modify it to fit what works for your family.)

Print out your finished list and then cut into a size to run through the Xryon to turn them into magnets.

Assemble the Menu Planning Board

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From here it is as simple as organizing your board so that the top section displays the days of the week and the bottom of the board lists all of your menu options.

menu board in a command center

I love how it looks in my kitchen right next to my wall command center!

See How to Start Menu Planning in Action!

Check out my YouTube tutorial:

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Tell me- are you menu planning right now? Do you think this system would work for you?

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