Well, we had a lovely weekend of cooler weather which was the perfect weekend to usher in fall. While I’m not quite ready to fully embrace the change of seasons, I guess it’s okay to do some fall crafting, right?
For my fall project, I went with something that I’ve been wanting to do for YEARS. A two-sided menu board. This a-frame sign is perfect for any season, but I finished it off with fun fall chalkboard art inspired by Simply Kierste and Lisset and Company.
I think a menu board is super handy to have for entertaining. It can serve as a welcome sign, a menu board or even directional sign. Since it stands on it’s own, it’s something you can add anywhere and will fit in with any decor. It would work for just about any holiday. And it’s portable.
Plus, they store flat. Score.
I want to make ten more of these. At least. Who doesn’t need that many menu boards?
This started with two cabinet doors I’ve had in the garage for FIVE YEARS. I cannot make this up. I bought them because they were solid wood and super nice and I knew I could use them for something. They were a few dollars at a local kitchen and bath store that often sells the old doors from displays. (I bought a lot of them, by the way. Because I’m insane.)
(These menu boards could also be easily made with random upcycled boards.)
After wiping off the inches of dust, I gave them a quick coat of spray paint. I did both sides since the insides would also be visible. (I made another chalkboard while I was at it. And there are still more cabinet doors where that came from.)
Then I practiced patience while the doors dried. (Am I the only one who wants paint to dry faster?) After several coats of chalkboard paint in the middle, I drilled the small hinges on the top of the doors.
These are the smallest hinges that I saw at Home Depot. They come in a pack for two for $1.97.
Then, to keep the bottom from collapsing, I added the smallest chain I could find at Home Depot (a few feet was more than enough and was about $1.00.) To keep it attached, I drilled the chain into each side of the door.
In the end, the menu board ended up being super sturdy and stands up nicely.
For the artwork, I learned a lot from watching my friend Rachel at Emily’s wedding reception setup last week. I looked at the inspiration and started with the larger words. Chalkboard pens are the bomb, too. By the way. (The candy corn bunting is the start of another project that I plan to complete before Halloween. Stay tuned.)
What do you think of my first little crafty project for fall?
For some other inspiration for the season, check out the talented crew who were asked to complete a fall craft with a gift card to Home Depot or Amazon. You are going to want to check out their projects. For serious.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post with a gift card from Coupons.com. But, as always, all opinions are my own.