Day 13: Grocery List Tear Off Pad

IMG_1646 Kari from Ucreate asked me to share an easy neighbor gift on her blog today.  So I created a grocery list tear off pad.  This is such a cheap gift that is so useful and customizable.Saved pennies spilling out of a Santa stocking.

I was given a grocery list tear off pad for a gift last year.  It has totally worked for me because all it takes is a quick checkmark on the list when I am out of something.  However, I have always wished the list were a bit more custom for my grocery shopping needs.  Wah-la!

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Supplies:

Printable and customizable grocery list (26 copies)

cardboard (I used a cereal box)

paper cutter

scoring blade

drill

1/4” drill bit

2 screwdrivers

2 posts 1/4” x 3/8”

binder clips

super strong magnets

glue (I used E6000)

Optional:

patterned paper

Mod Podge

pencil

 

1.  Using the template I have provided make a personalized grocery list in Microsoft Word.  Print out 26 copies.  This will allow you to have 52 pages (one for each week).

2.  Using a paper cutter cut all the paper in half lengthwise.  IMG_1636 3.  Next cut a piece of cardboard 4.25” x 2”.  Then score it at 1 1/8” and 7/8” one the long side.  Also cut out a piece of cardboard for the back that is 4.25” x 11”.IMG_1638

Optional:  If you want a decorative border do the same with a piece of patterned paper or cardstock.  Then Mod Podge the decorative paper onto the cardboard making sure the score lines match up and that you burnish the sides down well.IMG_16394. Next take your stack of papers and line the sheets up by shuffling them even with the cardboard backer in place as well.  Then take your cardboard border and put if at the top of your pad securing it in place with binder clips.IMG_1642 5.  Using an electric drill, drill holes next to the blinder clips on both sides with 1/4” drill bit.IMG_1653I found the posts at Ace Hardware for $.45 each ($.90 total for one pad).  They are called nylon posts but they also have aluminum and brass ones as well which are slightly more expensive.($1.20 – $1.30 a pad).

IMG_16566.  Put the post in place and using two screwdrivers tighten the screw into the post.IMG_1643IMG_16507.  Flip the pad over and glue two super strong magnets onto the back of your cardboard.IMG_1644 8.  Then you can just rip off the page each time you go to the store and it will leave a fresh one in its place.  The cardboard gives just enough of an edge for a nice tear.IMG_1645

Optional:  Add a magnet strip to a pencil to have easy access to a writing supply. (Sorry my child decided to take a bite out of the eraser…grrrr!)IMG_1651

More natural look:

IMG_1646  Fun and colorful look:

IMG_1649 I had everything on hand and printed my own lists on my laser printer.  But I am guessing they would cost you less than $2 a pad which makes a great neighbor, co-worker, or mailman gift don’t you think?IMG_1652 Pennywise, wouldn’t you say?Saved pennies spilling out of a Santa stocking.





Comments

  1. These are great! Thank you!! I've been needing something to finish off a couple of presents and these will do just the job as they are kitchen gadget presents!

  2. Those are great! Don't look hard to do at all! Thanks for the template.

  3. Country Mouse says:

    What a great project, thanks for sharing!

  4. Bonnie@Creative Decorating says:

    This is too cute and I have to make for thrifty gifts! Thanks!

  5. I LOVE this idea! It's just what I needed! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Melissa Moore says:

    I love this project! I just might have to try it for myself!!

  7. Princess Danell says:

    FREEEE-KIN' Brilliant. Thanks for sharing. I'm off to try a couple of these for holiday gifts.

  8. Kathy Lungren says:

    Fantastic!! I love the idea of being able to customize the list to what I normally buy. Thank you for the tutorial, I plan to make one for me and some for Christmas

  9. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Brilliant, Beckie! I can always use more organization in my life. Thank you so much for the download!

  10. Christine:) says:

    This is fantastic- I'm so doing this, and featuring this while I'm at it;) Thanks for the great idea!

  11. I did the same thing a few years ago, but mine does not look anywhere as beautiful as yours does. I can't wait to use your tutorial for mine. If you aren't printing them for gifts, I did mine in order of the layout of my grocery store so I don't have to skip around the list. Makes it much easier to convince DH to do to shopping!!!

  12. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek says:

    That is adorable and a great idea! My sister saw mine (store bought) the other day and wanted one. Maybe I'll have to make one!

  13. Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com says:

    that is such a great gift idea! I like getting gifts that I can use after Christmas. I am practical like that – lol.

    xoxo
    Jen

  14. Love it! Thanks for sharing your file and making it edit-able. You're the best!

  15. Love it…do you know what your margins are set to because my computer shifts the layout onto two pages instead of one…so I probably just need to adjust the margins. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Oh, never mind, I figured it out. You have two links for the file but each link is a different download. No problem, got it now, thanks!

  17. this is so fun!!! I edited to fit my friend a little closer and am printing now!!! So much for getting a lot done today, I will be at my desk!! Thanks for ALL the great ideas you are sharing!!!

  18. Colleen @ Midwest Cottage says:

    Great idea! I bought something similar from Target a while back, but I really like this because you can customize the items on the list. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Gloria Westerman says:

    This is the bomb!!!!! I love this idea…..I'm going to make these for my DD office friends…..inexpensive but truly worthy!!!!! thank you so much for sharing this with us…..Oh and mod podge rocks too…..

  20. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    This is awesome. I actually have a similar store bought, but you can bet that I'll be making my own from now on. Thanks for sharing.

  21. These are so great! Love them! I just might make some of these for some gifts this year. Thanks for the great idea!

  22. kami @ nobiggie.net says:

    Cute, Beckie! perfect neighbor gift for sure!

  23. Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    Cute! I'll be linking:-)

  24. Anonymous says:

    Love it – for years I had a pre-printed list, but this is sooo much cuter!!!

  25. Love it! Passing it on to my friends

  26. Great tutorial! I had been trying to figure out a way to make a weekly/monthly to-do list. I wanted to be able to put together the chores that I need to do once a week, once a month, etc, and be able to check them off. I decided that having a tear off pad would be the best thing for me, that way I wouldn't have to re-create the to-do list every week or month. I would just run to the fridge and check it off, tear off at the end of the week, start over. I couldn't figure out how to do it, but this should work perfectly. I'll have to try this, and maybe you have helped me to be more organized, with a cleaner house!

  27. Great Idea. I have a store bought one but am always adding a section for Costco or the Dollar Store so I don't have to use another list.

    Rather than checking off what we need, we highlight it. Then we check it off in the store. It makes it easier to see at a glance.

  28. This is really neat. I shared your link on my blog so my readers can enjoy it also. Thanks so much!

  29. Anonymous says:

    I really love this – but I can't stop giggling at the abbreviation "animal crack." I'm sorry. Fabulous otherwise!

  30. Grocery Alerts Canada says:

    THis is an awesome idea – you are really handy!

  31. This is Great! lol the animal crack is too funny!

  32. Wow! Thanks! This is great, going to try to make a few this weekend for gifts!

  33. LivingSoAbundantly says:

    I like how you saw a need and figured out a way to meet it. Awesome job! :)

  34. Great idea! Years ago I made grocery lists up for myself that went in order of each section of the grocery store. What a great idea for a gift!

  35. Kathy Billings says:
  36. This is Amazing I am making some for everyone on my Christmas list today! Thanks

  37. TAlexanderL says:

    I love this. I had to purchase a few things because my craft supply is very limited. $10 for a Martha Stewart scoring kit. $5 for red raffia. $2 worth of decorative scrap book paper. $40 for a good paper cutter. $6 for a large piece of white card board. (Unfortunately I recycled all of my cereal boxes.) I couldn't find my Ace hardware store, so I ended up at Lowe's and they only had aluminum posts for $.80 each. So the initial cost was a bit higher than I thought but many of those things I'll be using time and time again so I'm not calculating that in my per gift totals. I'm sure glad I bought two reams of paper at $1 each during the back to school sale.
    I found that 26 copies = 52 pages was a little too thick for the 1/4" posts. So for the next one I'm going to make 18 copies. It's beautiful, practical, consumable, and inexpensive. Your directions are so clear and easy to follow. The one person that received one so far loved it. Thanks for the idea and for the file that can be edited. Love it! And yes, I really, really like you!

  38. Jamie @ Happy House, Happy Home says:

    This is great! I just love it, and a great way to make sure you get everything!

  39. A super idea! I'm going to make one to add to my sister's gift. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial!

  40. What an awesome idea. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    Libby

  41. Mom in High Heels says:

    This is genius! How did I miss this post? I wish I had seen it earlier. I would have made one for everybody. I'm making one for me tomorrow!

  42. Can't wait to make these tear pads! Had a day off and figured out how to print the pages and will have them made in no time. This will make my life so much easier since my family will be able to make the list when something is needed.

    Thanks for the great project.

  43. Fabulous Terrah says:

    A friend in my moms group told me about your template. Thanks and much luv from Texas!

  44. Anonymous says:

    I've been trying to download the template and it won't work for me in WordPerfect. Any hints?
    nancy l.

  45. Something Wilde says:

    This is AWESOME! I just made one and posted about it here: http://somethingwilde.blogspot.com/2011/01/grocery-list-tear-off-pad.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. I love it…but where can i find the template?

  47. Very cute & helpful! Thanks for sharing this idea, I had to share it others!
    http://diy4mommies.blogspot.com/2012/09/things-to-buy-fridge-helper.html

  48. Thank you for sharing this wonderful project.
    I have problems to download the list.
    Can someone send me the list?
    Thank you in advance.
    A big hug from Germany
    Sonja

  49. Thank you for the great inspiration! I made my own version here =D

  50. Great idea! Totally going to try this. One tech tip: Unless you’re getting cash from 4shared.com….public Dropbox is free and it doesn’t require us to sign-up for an account :D

  51. Jamie Wilcox says:

    Wow! This is really something I want to try! However, I couldn’t get the download. I clicked everywhere clickable, but no…must we download that program to get the download? Any way to get it as a jpeg? Thanks!

  52. why cant you just paint a piece of a wall with chalkboard paint then write the items you are most likely to forget. i mean does anyone really forget to pick up the staples?

    • You definitely could paint the wall with chalkboard paint. I recently saw someone paint the inside of one of their kitchen cabinets with chalkboard paint for their grocery list.

  53. Susan Joehl says:

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