Magnetic dry erase meal planner

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Take any thrift store frame and easily turn it into a magnetic dry erase menu for the fridge to help you keep track of what’s for dinner!

I love to keep a printed version of our monthly meal plan on the fridge for easy reference, but printing out those pages every month gets a little old! Plus, when I decide to change what we are having last minute, crossing out and rewriting makes the menu look messy and confusing! So for this month’s thrift store challenge I decided to turn a regular picture frame into a magenetic dry erase menu to make planning (and changing) our meals so much easier!

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DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Menu

DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Menu

Before we get to the tutorial, make sure you hop over and grab your Free Printable Meal Planner so you can print the sheets to fit into the frame. I prefer to use the monthly sheets, but the weekly menu sheets would work just as well! If you don’t want to use the printable meal planner, you could also buy alphabet stickers to spell out Menu and use MTWTFSS for the days. Up to you!

Supplies Needed:

I scored this simple frame at my local Goodwill for $0.99! I went on a Sunday and didn’t expect to find anything left in the half off color of the week but was pleasantly surprised. It’s not a fancy frame at all and is rather light weight, but it’s perfect for my magnetic dry erase menu for the fridge.

DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Menu

Always start any thrift store makeover by giving it a good cleaning. For the frame I just used a wet rag to clean it really well, and the glass I cleaned first with soap and water, then with glass cleaner.

Give the frame a light sanding to ensure all the grime is gone (even after cleaning!) and to give the paint a rough surface to stick to. This is especially important if you decide to use a latex paint.

Paint the frame in the color of your choosing. I used a white chalky paint because that’s what I had. I would have preferred to use spray paint, but I was limited by the endless Winter weather we have going on here.

Once the frame is dry, give it another light sanding (may not be necessary with spray paint or latex paint). Spray on a coat of acrylic sealer to prevent any cracking or chipping of the paint.

Next, cut a piece of magnetic tape about 4″ long. If your frame is lightweight, one strip on the top and bottom of the frame should be plenty to hold up the frame. If your frame is on the heavier side, it may be necessary to use longer strips of magnetic tape on all 4 sides.

DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Menu

Put the menu sheet inside the frame and reassemble the frame with glass and backing. Fill in your menu using the dry erase markers over the glass and it’s ready to hang!

DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Menu

Easy right? Now you have a DIY magnetic dry erase menu that you can use over and over again. Simply use a paper towel, cloth or eraser to change the menu from week to week or month to month! These magnetic dry erase markers come in handy to keep next to your dry erase menu, and have a nifty eraser top as well.

DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Menu

I decided to keep our extra chip clips, magnets and our magnetic notepad next to the new dry erase menu for a nice little command center. The best part is it doesn’t take up any extra room, as this side of our fridge is bare anyway. I wouldn’t mind getting a little magnetic cup holder for pens too!

DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Menu for the Fridge

If you need ideas for monthly dinner ideas, check out my page of monthly meal plans!

Don’t forget to pin it!

DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Menu

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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17'' x 11.5'' Dry Erase Magnetic Weekly Meal Planner Whiteboard for Fridge with Stain Resistant Technology by Plan Smart - Bonus: 3 Quality Dry Erase Markers with Eraser Included


  • Wether you want to plan your meals or keep a daily food log, you now have a visual tool to keep you on track.
  • Show your kids the value of being organized and planning meals
  • Easily achieve dieting goals


  • We combined high quality materials, minimalistic design and a large writing space for a satisfying experience.
  • The whole backside is magnetic, so there is no chance of it slipping.
  • We ship it flat and protected in special foam with inserts for the markers to ensure your product is not damaged during shipping.


Plan Smart is a growing family company, dedicated to producing the best possible white board planner for your fridge.


Can I use any type of whiteboard markers on this board

Yes, as long as they are dry erase whiteboard markers

Will this stick to a metallic door?

Yes, it will stick to any surface!

Is it easy to take off?

Yes, it's as easy to take off as it is to put on

Frame On Meal planner in A4 Magnetic frame with dry erase surface so you can re-use again and again

Easy DIY Dry Erase Menu Board

diy dry erase menu board

Check out this easy DIY Dry Erase Menu Board! This frugal homemade project is super easy, and should take you less than an hour to complete. Good, right? Since this is about how much time many of us seem to have these days…

I made a DIY dry erase meal planning board for myself a couple of months ago and use it all the time, so today I decided also to make one for my daughter.

DIY Dry Erase Menu Board

Here are your step-by-step instructions for creating your own DIY Dry Erase Menu Board.

Materials Needed

An 8″ x 10″ picture frame* (lightweight if you’re going to make it magnetic, if you’ll set it on your counter any frame will do)
Scrapbook paper
Magnets (if you’re making it for your fridge), strong enough to hold the frame to your refrigerator
Dry Erase marker
Glue (to adhere the magnets)

Note: Although my frame here was from Target, Goodwill and other thrift stores are a fantastic place to pick up lightly used picture frames at a fraction of the cost of buying new!

MUM Dry Erase Board materials 1

When choosing your scrapbook paper, make sure it’s a color or a pattern that will allow you to see what you’ve written. I chose a light blueish-teal in order to match my daughter’s kitchen colors.

Let’s get started!

If you’re going to make your menu board magnetic, glue the magnets to the back of your frame. You’ll need one for each corner, or four magnetic strips. I used Gorilla Glue to be sure the magnets stay attached to the frame, and just cut strips from my magnetic sheet & glued them around the frame. (Since my frame is black & the magnets are black, no photo: But you can easily visualize what I did here.)

Next, use Microsoft Word, a program like Photoshop, or an easy photo editing site like PicMonkey to design your text. The one I am making here says “What’s for Dinner?” but I’ve seen lots of other cute phrases, such as “Today’s Menu Choices: Take It or Leave It,” and “What’s Cookin’?” Or, simply make it say “Menu,” or “Dinner,” whatever your own preference is. You can add the days of the week, or just leave it blank if you seem to switch meals around to different days as the week progresses.

MUM Dry Erase Board Menu Paper 1

Once you’re happy with your wording, test print your page on a sheet of regular printer paper (so that if the margins need to be adjusted, you can do it before you ruin your scrapbook paper). When adjusting your margins, keep in mind that scrapbook and regular printer paper are 8.5″ x 11.5″, whereas your frame is 8″ x 10″. When you’re sure your margins will work nicely with your frame, go ahead & print your menu board page on scrapbook paper.

Trim the paper to fit your frame, pop it in the frame, and that’s it: Now you have a cute dry erase menu board to help you with your weekly menu planning, and it will work with any dry erase markers!

Looking for free weekly meal plans?

Check out the free weekly ALDI meal plans here: Six complete dinners for four, $60 out the door, every single week.

By allison | DIY, frugal homemade, meal planning, organization


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