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How to Make Your Own Hanging Wall Menu

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I had an idea to make my own hanging wall menu after seeing a similar version at a local restaurant. I tend to cook things on the “unique” side and therefore continually get asked by my guests what they’re eating.

Making a menu wall helped to alleviate repetition of the menu throughout the night, as well as give a restaurant feel to the dining area.

You can make your own with 4 items in 4 simple steps!

Supplies Needed

  1. Ikea Bygel 39 ¼” Rail – $3.99
  2. Ikea Bygel Hooks – 10 for $4.95
  3. Ikea RÄCKA 28-47″ Silver Curtain Rod – $.99
  4. Brown 30″ Paper Roll


1. Hang the rail on the wall. (app. 6 feet from the floor)

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2. Place the roll of paper on the curtain rod and lay on to a flat surface.

menu, hanging menu, menu wall, scrolling menu, how-to, restaurant menu, menu in Italian3. Write the menu using a sharpie. (Make sure to place on a surface where the sharpie will not bleed through and ruin anything!)

4. Place the hooks on to the rail, then hang the curtain rod from the hooks.

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And voilà!  Your menu is ready to hang as the backdrop for your next dinner party!

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After each dinner party, roll that menu down and cut off with scissors, then start fresh for your next party!

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How to Make Your Own Photo Booth

I constructed a homemade photo booth for my housewarming party last weekend with the help of my roommate’s girlfriend Doni.

It was a smashing success so I wanted to veer from food for the day to share how to make your own totally fun, yet budget friendly, homemade photo booth!

Supplies Needed

  • 48 Inch Dowel Rod (or shower tension rod) ($2-$4, available at Walmart, Target, Home Depot)
  • Pair of Curtains ($5-$10, available at Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond)
  • Ribbon for tie-backs ($2-$4, available at Walmart, Michael’s)
  • 2 medium Command adhesive hooks ($6-$8, available at Walmart, Target, Michael’s)
  • Tripod (or stand for camera)
  • 2 chalkboard signs (see instructions below on how to make your own)

Optional Props

  • Word or phrase signs
  • Large Empty Frame
  • Neck-wear (beads, leis, ties, boas)
  • Headwear (hats, glasses, tiaras)
  • Hand-wear (gloves)
  • “Action” Props (plastic sword, pom-poms)

Start assembling the actual photo booth wall by placing the Command hooks on the wall. These are great for this kind of project because they do not leave any damage on the wall after the party.

Next, place the curtain on to the dowel or tension rod, then simply place the tension rod in the command hooks.

Next, tie each curtain panel in the middle with the ribbon.

Now it’s time to prepare the props.

I loved having the large empty frame for people to hold and pose in.  If you would like one too, it’s very simple to do-it-yourself!

I purchased the frame at a thrift store for $3.99 and then purchased a can of spray paint at Michael’s for $6.99.

I spray painted the frame with two layers of paint then allowed to dry.  The next morning I sanded the frame down to give it more of an antique look. The final result…

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A super fun way to “frame yourself” in the photo booth!

Next up on the do-it-yourself portion of the photo booth were the chalkboards.

I purchased two silver trays and a tray stand from the dollar store for.. $1 each (obvi!) then found an old Ikea magnetic board (still available at Ikea for $12.99) and used chalkboard spray paint ($3.99 at Walmart or $6.99 at Michaels) to turn all of these items into chalkboards.

I used one of the silver trays as an “instructional board” in which Doni came up with this very cute rhyme!

I used the other tray as a “write your own message board”, in which my fellow Oklahoma girl Tess started it off  right with Boomer Sooner!

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I used the Ikea magnetic board to add our “Instagram Hashtag Message” which was inspired by Pinterest.

This is a great way to see everyone’s images from the photo booth as they upload them onto Instagram (or Twitter) using the unique hashtag you create for your party.

I personally used the hashtag throughout the day and into the night to catch all of the housewarming party action!

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Doni snatched up almost half of the props at a Goodwill Thrift Store for about $10.  The rest, as much as I am embarrassed to admit, actually came from my closet, ha ha.

Headwear is a must!

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  • Oversized Glasses
  • Cowboy Hats
  • Top hats
  • Feather Flapper Hats
  • Tiaras
  • Kitten Ears
  • Devil Horns
  • Angel Halos
  • Funny noses/moustaches

There also must be neck-wear involved!

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  • Mardi Gras Beads
  • Leis
  • Funky Ties
  • Feather Boas

What to do with your hands you ask?

gloves, plastic sword, pom-pomsHand-Wear/Hand-Held Object Options

  • Gloves
  • Pom-poms
  • Plastic Swords
  • Plastic Tomahawk (because, why not?)

If you would like your guests to send a message in their image using a word or phrase, make your own signs!

Simply write whatever you would like on black construction paper using a silver sharpie, then cut it into a cute shape and tape it onto a large popsicle stick.

I did allow my male roommates to input on these, so don’t judge me for all of them, I am definitely not “Banned from Disneyland” (that would be like the worst thing ever!)  I will, however, take all the credit for “Fear the Beard” and “I’m Here for the Food”

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The total cost of the homemade photo booth will vary depending on what supplies you already have and how many props you want to add but can be easily made for as little as $20!

And, let’s be honest, you can’t put a price on all this fun!

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Feel free to Tweet me or leave me a comment on Facebook with any questions about making a photo booth for your next party!

How To Make Canvas Wall Art

With the recent DIY Pinterest craze, I decided to take a break from cooking today to share an interior design project that I created over 2 years ago.

When I moved to LA I wanted to create a different bedroom space in my new home. Although I knew I couldn’t buy a whole new bedroom set, I knew I could add new pieces to give it a different feel!

I went online and began looking at furniture and room designs I liked.  I actually found this room on Walmart’s website, of all places, and loved the simple black and white design!

After searching high and low for wall art similar to that on the left wall in the picture the only things I found were only sold online and more than I wanted to spend (like $50-100 per frame x 9 frames = too much!) At that point I decided to make my own for the bargain price of $5.00 per frame!

I’ve always considered myself somewhat crafty and creative but this was a new high for me! I traveled to three states and multiple cities to find nine different black and white canvas fabrics! But alas between Texas, Oklahoma, California, Hobby Lobby, Ikea, Walmart and Mood I found the nine perfect fabrics and my most prized DIY project to date.

Pretty good copy-cat right? Now I’m going to re-create one of the frames in, what else but leopard fabric, to show you all how easy they are to make yourself!

What you’ll need to make 9 frames:

  • 1 yard of canvas fabric (or 1/8 yard of 9 different fabrics)
  • scissors
  • 36 8″ wood “stretcher strips”
  • staple gun
  • 9 teeth and nails (if you want to hang them)

Start by sliding the wood strips together into square frames.

These can be purchased at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or other craft stores and come in all different sizes so you can make the frames larger or smaller if you would like.

Next, place the frame on the fabric as a measurement guide.

Cut the fabric around the frame with about 2 inches of extra fabric on each side to wrap around the edges.

Now it’s time to put your construction hat on and grab that staple gun!

Put 2 staples on the first side, then wrap the corner tightly and staple.

Continue around the frame stapling each side and corner.

Now if you plan to place the frames on a shelf, they’re ready to go!

If you plan to hang them on the wall, you will need to add a tooth hanger with nails.

Time to put that construction hat on one last time and hammer in the nails.

Now the canvas frame is ready to hang!

Hang in a set of 4, 9 or just one large frame!

My black and white theme just got a little leopard addition!