DIY Menu Board

Who does meal planning here? I do! It saves me money and stress and trips to the shops. But the problem I have is that I write the meal plan in my bullet journal, but sometimes Mr Chef does the cooking. He doesn’t have the bullet journal, so if he gets home first, he calls me and asks me what’s for dinner. There’s a simple trick to solve this problem – write it on a piece of paper and stick it on the fridge – but wouldn’t it be nice to have something prettier?

I saw this menu board idea on Pinterest (where else?) but when I clicked on the link, I started reading about getting letters from a Silhouette. I’m not exactly sure what that is, but I sure as hell don’t have one, so I took a slightly more mainstream route. This is what I used:

  • a wooden photo frame (optional: sand paper and acrylic paint. I used these to get the frame to match the decor of the house)
  • pretty wrapping paper
  • alphabet stickers
  • a dry wipe marker
  • string

Although we could use one ourselves, I actually made this one for our cousin. I know she meal plans, but both she and her mum share household and childcare duties, so I figured a central list wouldn’t be a bad idea. Plus, she can always use it as a planner for the kids’ after-school activities or something else instead.

I’m pretty sure no tutorial is needed for this one – it’s totally self-explanatory. Just make sure you measure before sticking down your stickers!

A pretty and practical gift – the perfect combination!

DIY Christmas Glitter Candles

Who doesn’t love a bit of glitz at Christmas? I decided that these glittery candles were the perfect gift for our aunt – a lady who has been through so much lately and yet still has such sparkle in her eyes!

I bought a plain wooden tray and painted it white with acryllic and a bit of water, but you can use a plain wooden one, buy a ready-painted one, use a metal one … whatever the style of your intended recipient! Likewise, you can go with any colour scheme you like. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • candles of varying sizes
  • masking tape
  • Mod Podge (or similar glue that can also be used as a sealer … mine is a rip-off creatively called Art Podge, and I’ve also read that PVA and water does the same job!)
  • glitter
  • a tray
  • decorations of your choice (mini baubles, fake snow, etc)

1 Measure your candles so that you can wrap a strip of masking tape exactly around the middle of each one. Brush the lower half with glue and sprinkle over your glitter. Leave to dry for at least a day.

2 Seal the glitter with another layer of glue and leave to dry. Peel off the masking tape.

3 Arrange the candles on your tray and add the decorations.

If giving as a gift, wrap in cellophane and tie with a pretty ribbon.

Super-easy and oh-so-sparkly!