Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Magnetic Menu Planner II (Simplified Version)

I love the first magnetic menu planner I made, but it took quite a bit of time.  I came up with a simplified version (and a VERY frugal version)!

You need:
Paint samples (I had a file of old ones from repainting last year)
Scissors or paper cutter
Permanent marker
Magnets (junk mail or old business magnets work well)
Refrigerator or other magnetic surface

1)  Pick out a handful of coordinating paint samples (approximately 5-8 cards).  I had both wide and narrow samples, so I chose to use the wider ones.

2)  Cut each individual color apart.  Make them approximately the same height.

3)  Make 30-40 cards.

4)  Write individual dinner ideas on each color using a permanent marker.


5)  Glue a magnet on the back of each card.  Hang on your refrigerator or other magnetic surface! 

I printed my main heading and days of the week from my computer and laminated them, but you could write them out as well.  I love how this is so easy, inexpensive, and quick!  It will also be easy to add and change menu ideas! 

Like the other menu planner, you can also plan for a week or a month at a time.  Your dinner ideas are right in front of you, so you'll have plenty of options.  You can also pick the best meals for what you have in your pantry or what you find on sale!  Finally, you can easily change plans if necessary.

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17 Comments:

Blogger Mandie said...

LOVE this!

August 10, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger butterfly wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

this one I could do :) but fingers crossed i can win one next week :)

thanks for offering one as a giveaway your awesome

August 10, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Terra said...

Wow! What a great idea. I love it!

August 11, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Love, love, love this idea!!! Thanks!!

Amber

August 11, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Lisa @ Simplified Saving said...

I absolutely love this idea! This makes it easy to swap meal ideas if you have a change in plans!

August 11, 2010 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Linda P. said...

What an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing.

August 12, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

This is so simple and wonderful.

September 1, 2010 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger Mama Maintenance said...

All sorts of brilliant! Love it! :)

Valerie
http://www.mamaneedsmaintenance.com/

October 9, 2010 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger EatHealthyLiveWell said...

awesome idea and much quicker than any others I've seen. I love how colorful this could be with the paint samples!

October 20, 2010 at 4:37 AM  
Anonymous Jenna said...

I just wanted to share that I'm using this as my Christmas presents for my family and friends this year! I've requested all of their recipes titles that they use routinely well in advance and am including several blank tabs to provide a spot for new recipes! I'm making 9 sets of menu planners and can't wait to finish and give them all to their recipients. Thank you so much for this great idea!!

November 19, 2010 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Merrilee Stevenson said...

I really like this idea. And if one was a very organized person (which I am not--just full of ideas), one could color-code the entrees. For instance, I tend to cook certain things just in the warmer weather, and other things mainly during colder weather. One could also select a separate color for crock pot meals. This is really neat!

November 26, 2010 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Jenae said...

Genius! I think I might have to do this. Plus, it's also a great way to remember what "old favorite" recipes we have. :)

January 19, 2011 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Cariann said...

What a great idea... This could be a fun craft project with my boys as well... Gotta find the stash of paint chips (or just pick some up at Wal-Mart today...)

February 25, 2011 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Does anyone know where to BUY one of these already made? If so please let me know! cindywilson58@yahoo.com

April 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Fr1endly2 said...

VERY creative and brilliant!!!

June 2, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger MIlle idee al nido said...

ciao! we have so many paint samples and did not know what to do with them. Now, thanks to your post we have found a use. Thanks for this idea. We use this in our classroom. :)
sorry our english is not perfect :P

July 22, 2011 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous ca angel said...

Great idea! I have a ton of paint samples since we are repainting the entire house! I did something like this just with cut up index cards but I like the paint chips better. I used my other one for chores that I had to get done around the house.

August 2, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

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