Part of the reason weddings are so great is all the free food. You know. We know. Everyone knows it. You spent a lot of time and effort putting the day’s meal together, why not show it off? Sure you could go for the traditional paper route, but we might have a better idea. Making your own menu board is a cheaper option that could potentially be used long after your “I do’s” have been said. Here are 12 DIY menu board ideas that are bound to be a hit.

1. Painted Pallet: Whoever thought a pallet could look so good? Grab chalkboard paint, cover your pallet in the stuff and use the planks to easily list the menu. This is great option that can be used for many occasions to come. (via Brides)

2. Mirror Menu: Head to the thrift store, snag a cool mirror and scribble your menu straight on it with a mirror safe pen. After the wedding, erase the writing and keep it at the house for a subtle wedding memento. (via Wedding Chicks)

3. Window Menu: Flea markets are packed with old windows like this. Find one you like and either leave it a little beat up or sand it down and repaint it to match your wedding color scheme. (via Style Me Pretty)

4. Surfboard Menu: Beach wedding bound? Here is an adorable idea to keep with your theme. No need to invest in a real surfboard, just cut a piece of wood into a surfboard shape. (via Ruffled)

5. Wooden Sign: Head to the hardware store for a slab of wood that’s the right size for you. Keep it how it is or stain it. If your handwriting isn’t exactly perfect, recruit a friend who has a knack for hand lettering. (via Style Me Pretty)

6. Vanity Mirror Sign: This one is so easy, you might feel like you’re cheating. Simply find some cool, antique looking vanity mirrors and scribble away. (via Design Sponge)

7. Canvas Banner: Grab a few yards of canvas at a craft store and cut into any shape you like best. Whip out a permanent marker and jot down your menu. You could also tea-dye or ombre dye the fabric to make it really pop. (via Style Me Pretty)

8. Door Menu: Give a tired door new life by refurbishing it with chalkboard paint. (via 100 Layer Cake)

9. Ladder Menu: Here’s an updated take on the popular chalkboard menu. Find various frames to fix up with chalkboard paint and hang along an old school ladder. You could even skip the chalkboard and print out menus to place in the frames. (via MS Events)

10. Easel Display: Here’s a DIY that doesn’t require beautiful handwriting. First, find a small easel at your local craft store. Then, find a font you like and digitally create a menu to place in the easel. Just be sure to print on something substantial so your menu holds its shape. (via Elizabeth Anne Designs)

11. Painted Pumpkin: A perfect solution for fall, this is a super cheap and easy option. Pick up a pumpkin, brush on some chalkboard paint and voila! (via Bridal Show Planner)

12. Painted Frame Menu: Forget the chalkboard. Find a pretty frame and write straight on the glass. (via Style Me Pretty)

Have you tried any of these DIYs? If so, please let us know how they came out or share your good idea with us below!