Happy Friday - today I've got an awesome little DIY project for you created especially for us by Clare of Hello! Hooray! Blog.
I’m really excited to be sharing my meal planner DIY with you on onr. today (thanks so much, Rachel!).
Inspired by Rachel's fitness posts I wanted to design a craft project to help with healthy eating. So I decided to design a pin board meal planner! I find it so much easier to maintain healthy eating when we plan ahead. Getting organised with the food shopping really helps, especially if you can avoid hunger purchases (we've all been there...).
This planner is functional and flexible, with a chalk board for meal planning and a pretty geometric section to pin reminders/shopping lists to.
You will need:
- pin board (I used this one from IKEA)
- pencil and a ruler or tape measure
- masking tape
- paint brushes
- acrylic paints in your choice of colours
- white emulsion (or acrylic)
- chalk board paint (I used this Pebeo paint in zinc)
- [optional for letter templates] sticky back vinyl, cutting mat and craft knife
- chalk to write on your board
//. step one.
Measure the length and width of your pin board – if you’re using the same one I did, it’s 56 x 37.5cm. Work out how big you want each section to be, as well as which way around you want the board to go! I decided to go portrait and have the chalkboard as the widest section, making the section for pins slightly wider than the one for each day of the week. Mark this out on the board in pencil – you’ll need to do this lightly so that you don’t poke holes in the cork.
//. step two.
Once you've marked out the sections, do the same for the shapes that you want to paint down each side. I decided to use different sized triangles and I just drew the lines as I went along, but you could be a bit more formal with the pattern if you prefer.
Once you've done that, cover the edges with masking tape to protect from paint. Make sure that the edges are stuck down well as you don’t want the paint to seep through the gaps.
//. step three.
Choose your first colour of acrylic and paint some of the shapes. You want to make sure that you have good coverage, but don’t use too much paint as it won’t dry very easily. Keeping your brushstrokes in the same direction will help achieve a neater finish.
Leave the paint to dry for a few minutes and then carefully, peel off the masking tape. If you peel it off once the paint is completely dry, it might take some of the paint with it making the edges look messy. Take your time peeling off the tape as the layer of cork on pin boards is quite thin, so you don’t want to pull any off!
//. step four.
aint the rest of your shapes. Let each colour dry before marking out the next section with more masking tape. Once the side sections are complete and dry, mask down the sides of what will be the chalk board section. You’ll need to paint a layer of undercoat in either acrylic or emulsion first. Cork is porous and the chalk board will be less effective if you don’t. I just used some white emulsion for this instead of acrylic, and it worked really well as a base layer. Leave it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
//. step five.
ow to make the chalk board! The Pebeo paint I used required two thick coats, with 4 hours drying time between each. You’ll need to refer to the instructions on the paint if different. Make sure that the paint is completely dry before doing the second coat.
//. step six.
he last thing to do is to add the days of the week. I decided to just use the first letter to maximise on size, but you could write 3 letters or more if you prefer. I made stencils by drawing freehand letters on the back of some sticky back vinyl before cutting them out with a craft knife. Remember to draw the letters backwards otherwise they’ll be back-to-front!
Peel the paper backing off and position the stencil in place making sure that it's stuck down well without any gaps.
Paint each letter and leave to dry for a couple of minutes before carefully peeling off the vinyl.
Ta-da! Once the paint is completely dry, you’ll be able to write on your board and start meal planning. I’ve been using my board and the chalk rubs off really easily with some dry kitchen paper – I think that the grey paint hides the chalk dust a little. It will need cleaning with a well-wrung-out damp cloth every once in a while, but for everyday use it’s really great to be able to rub it off quickly!
The good thing about this project is that you can use any colour scheme you like and experiment with different patterns too. These corals, gold and grey are on trend right now, but you could match it to your kitchen colours if you prefer.
Happy meal planning!