For Christmas 2010 I designed and padded grocery lists as gifts for my friends and family and they were a hit! I still use mine religiously (it’s clipped to the refrigerator for easy access). Seriously, I’d be lost without it now. I like to scan through the list before my weekly grocery trip to bring to mind odds and ends like toothpaste or dryer sheets. It’s super helpful to have like items grouped together so I remember to pick up everything I need in the same aisle at the store (which is helpful if you have a one-year-old in your shopping cart). HA!
Well, spring is here and I have updated my grocery list with springy artwork and provided it for you as a fabulous freebie. Hooray! Don’t be overwhelmed by this DIY project. It’s super easy. Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- Padding compound
- Printed grocery lists (one cut down the middle gives you two lists at 5.5 x 8.5 each)
- Cardboard or chipboard (5.5 x 8.5)
- Small paintbrush
- A heavy object to place on the pad while the padding compound dries
- Clip to hang on fridge or wall
- Ribbon (to tie a pen to the clip, very handy and decorative)
To pad your lists, gather a bunch of printed lists together with a backing (I do 40 sheets per pad, which is 40 trips to the store) and bang them on the table to get all the sides lined up evenly. Then while pinching the pad together, apply a small amount of padding compound to the top edge with the small paintbrush. Set it carefully on the table and place a heavy object on top to keep the papers from curling or lifting while the compound dries. After the first coat is dry, apply a second coat and let dry. You can add functionality and cuteness by attaching a clip with ribbon and pen. You will have plenty of padding compound left over to make additional lists for your friends and family!
You can download the spring grocery list artwork in the above link. I hope this helps you stay organized this spring. And don’t forget to buy yourself some flowers! ~ Emily