DIY Beer Dinner Menus

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My husband recently teamed up with Breckenridge Brewery for a beer dinner at his restaurant, so I jumped all over the menu creation. Initially, I thought I'd create the digital design and send it on its merry little way to the printer, but then I started craving a good hands-on project. The DIY beer dinner menus turned out to be so much cooler than anything I could have sent off to the printer! I knew I wanted something with metal fasteners at the top, and the small quantity of menus needed would quickly turn into an expensive job at the printer. Since there was quite a bit of text to work with, I split up the content on two separate pages, layering the cardstock to give the pieces some dimension.

 

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Here's how I created this look:

Materials needed:

-hammer -corner rounding tool -hole punch -grommets -grommet setter -thick cardstock -paper trimmer or x-acto knife  photo IMG_1058_zpsa8bb6295.jpg

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Instructions:

1. Create your menus in the program of your choice (I use Adobe Illustrator, but you could easily create something similar in Word, Pages, etc.). 2. Print out your menus. I was able to fit two designs on each sheet of paper, with the top layer of the menus measuring at 5 x 8 and the bottom layers measuring at 5 x 8.5.3. With a paper trimmer or x-acto knife, trim around the edges of your menus.4. Round corners.5. Line the two layers of your menus up and punch holes about 1/3" - 1/2" from the top of the cardstock.6. Place grommets in the punched holes and use a hammer to set the eyelets. Brads are a good alternative, if you don't have access to grommets.7. Enjoy your dinner, and be sure to take plenty of pictures of your fabulous creations!

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