Family Meal Planner

**Pssst! Looking for the new and improved meal planner printable? It’s here.**

I don’t know how it works in your house, but EVERY.SINGLE.DAY my husband will ask me what’s for dinner when he walks through the door. Even if he has a half day and gets home before lunch. I’m not going to lie, but it kind of annoys me. For me, it’s kind of like the movie Groundhogs Day. Thankfully, I made this bad boy so those days are in the past.

For those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I was scouring my house for my precious glue gun yesterday. It was put away in the bin labeled “crafting” during my organization frenzy. Yeah, of course it was there and not in the dresser drawers or hall closet or any other obscure place. So obvious, yet it took me a full 15 minutes to figure it out. Sad, but true.

During my search and rescue operation I found a frame I purchased a few months ago at Goodwill with the intention of turning into a jewelry organizer using chicken wire.

I had given the frame a whitewash with Annie Sloan Old White awhile ago and it’s just been sitting there since.

I was suddenly struck with genius. Genius rarely strikes when your toddler has been waking up in the middle of the night and demanding you, water, teddy bears, her blankies (all three of them), and a cuddle. Needless to say I was impressed with my idea and even more impressed that I didn’t have to spend any extra money on this project, I had everything on hand.

Want to make this for yourself? It’s super easy and fairly quick. You’ll need:

  • A picture frame
  • Fabric
  • Permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Foam stickers (you won’t need this if you have nice handwriting unlike yours truly)

First, I made a mockup of the layout I wanted for the meal planner on Photoshop and this is what I came up with. Want it? You can have it because it’s printable!

weekly meal planner

{Right click and open meal planner in new window. You can either save the image or just hit print.}

I adjusted my measurements so that it would have the same look as the printable I made above. I busted out my ruler and permanent marker and started marking the backside of the frame’s glass. You want to mark the back and make a mirror image of the boxes. That way when you wipe the glass for new meals, you won’t wipe away all your hard work.

Once your done with your little boxes, you’ll want to turn the glass over and write in the days of the week and the shopping list. Just be sure to avoid wiping away the days of the week when you wipe down the board.  Or if you can write letters backwards you can write it on the backside like the boxes. I lack that insane talent.

Spell “what’s cooking?” or whatever witty line you want on your board with the foam letters. Then gently place the glass back into the frame. Next, take your fabric and make sure that the pretty pattern is showing through the glass. Place the back portion of the frame back on, pulling the fabric so it’s nice and smooth. Push the little prongs down and then admire your handy work.

Now, my husband knows what’s for dinner for the rest of the week and I can add to the shopping list whenever we start running low on ingredients. In my effort to be more organized, I plan on using the printable for the upcoming weeks and making my meal plans ahead of time. Even using the shopping list area as a place to write down recipe specific ingredients that I need.

How do you address the weekly menu at your house? Is it up for all to see or do you wing it when it’s dinner time?

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  1. 1
    lookfindinspire says:

    That looks absolutely fantasic! I love it. I only just incorporated my meal planner (in a much more basic way) into the
    command centre I put together last week. NOw I am dissapointed. I want to make one of your brilliant meal planners.

  2. 2
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    You should! It's so super easy, no excuse not to:)

  3. 3

    can I eat at your house?

  4. 4
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Old friends are always welcome:) Miss your face!

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    What size frame did you use?

  6. 6
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    The frame actually has kind of odd dimensions. It's an 18"x22", but I'm sure it would work with any larger sized frame.

  7. 7
    JulieRagle says:

    I need to make this!

  8. 8

    I love this! Simple and exactly what I was looking for!

  9. 9
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Super simple! My family has been eating much better since it's been up :)

  10. 10

    Just put this together tonight. Thank you for the simple step by step directions, this was my first DIY project. I tweaked mine a bit as I plan 2 weeks of meals at a time. So instead of the notes/shopping list, I just added another row of boxes. Loving it. Thanks again!!

  11. 12

    To put the writing on the back side, you can write the wording on the front of the glass, then flip it over and trace it from the back!!

  12. 14

    What are the dimensions of this frame?

  13. 16

    this is a great idea! I’ll definitely do this. I wanted to share with you, though, that if you use permanent marker on the days of the week you won’t wipe off any of your notes for the food, but if you need to change what it says (or make a mistake with the permanent marker) you can use nail polish remover to erase off anything you wrote in Sharpie!

  14. 18

    Hi! I love this idea. Do erasable markers work with this? What about plexiglass?

    • 19

      Dry erase markers work well for filling in the meals, not so much for the actual boxes though unless you’re careful about not accidentally erasing them. I’ve never worked with plexiglass, so I couldn’t give an answer to that one. Sorry! Thanks for reading!