DIY meal planning board using @Elmers Painters Paint Markers #ExpressYourself #CBias #SocialFabric

Meal Planning & make-ahead meals has always been a big deal to me especially when we think about how unpredictable things can be. When dealing with food allergies or restrictions it means that we don’t always have the luxury of convenience foods. By creating a meal plan and making ahead meals to freeze, I give myself a break when I am not feeling 100%. If I am able to do the prep work, then my husband can just throw a meal in the oven, crockpot, skillet, etc… without having to fuss over the little details. Since I have been trying to get back on track with my organization, I have created this diy meal planner to help hold other family members more accountable.

Elmers Painters markers have been the love of my life for a  person like me with limited space who needs to work on better organization year-round. No need to buy brushes since all you do is pop the cap off and paint. It has 100% opaque coverage as well as being acid free {great for scrapbooking} & fast drying! Elmers Painters Paint Markers just got even better now that they are available as singles. If you only need a few colors (or you are like me and use up 1 or 2 while some remain barely used), singles are the way to go…

  • New at Walmart single Painters Paint Markers for $1.97
  • Expanded color
  • Tip options include (fine tip, medium tip, and chisel tip.)
  • Painters Paint Markers are made in the USA!
DIY Meal Planner
  • Elmers foam board
  • 7 wooden clothespins
  • Elmers Painters Paint Markers (red, black, & white or create your own theme); I use fine, but use what works for you
  • X-ACTO craft knife
  • cardstock for meals
  • empty 24-count crayon box
  • 1 sheet of colored paper to cover “suggestion” box
  • magnetic tape
  • X-ACTO templates (optional)
  • Elmers spot stamper (alternatively glue spots or hot glue gun)
  • pockets for back to hold recipes (I used post-its pockets)

Use X-ACTO craft knife to cut meal planner to your ideal size. We went with a 12 inch x 12 inch square.

Use black Elmers Painter Paint Marker to paint clothespins. By clothespin 7, you should have no problem writing on the black clothespins. Write the 7 days of the week on each clothespin. I chose to be neutral with white letters and using red dots to accent.

Then, use colored cardstock (or colored index cards) to create recipes. According to your style of cooking, decide what needs to be on the back of the recipe cards. For example, on make-ahead I put the day of directions; however,  for other meals, I might put ingredients to make sure to have on hand. You decide what method will make the meal planner most effective for you! Make-ahead recipes that I love Glazed Hawaiian Chicken, Chimichangas, and rice pilaf. For more recipes ideas, click here

Use 1 sheet of colored paper & empty crayon box to make suggestion box
Place magnet strips on back along with pockets to hold recipes
Time to decorate! Then, glue on clothespins & suggestion box
X-ACTO templates are great for detail such as the flowers
Decorate suggestion box. Then, glue to board. Suggestion box is great way to encourage variety during dinner time. With the suggestions, allow the kids to help you create their suggested meal!
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  1. says

    What a fantastic idea for the whole family for this meal planner. How helpful this would be for us. I never heard of the Elmers Painters before, but my daughter would love these, she is an artist. They look super to use and what a nice assortment of colors.

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