Recipe Box


Lately, I’ve been obsessed with making specialty treats for my family.  Most of the time, I had to look up the recipes online and work from the tablet.  It gets a bit annoying when the screen starts to darken every other minute when I’m prepping the ingredients together.  I ended up writing the recipes onto an index card, which ends up scattered across my kitchen counter.  So this calls for a recipe box project to keep all the recipes cards together.

I wanted my recipe box to also function as a recipe card holder so I found one from the Container Store.  I didn’t like the plain bamboo look, so it needs a face-lift.

Bamboo Recipe Card Box


For this project you will need:

  • Wooden/paper mache recipe box
  • scrapbook paper (Don’t use card stock paper )
  • X-acto Knife
  • pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Mod Podge or Elmer’s glue
  • brush
  • Ribbons
  • Acrylic spray
  • brad nails (optional)
  • wire cutter (optional)
  • label plate (optional)
  • tweezer (optional)

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First, brush some Mod Podge glue onto the surface of the box.  Next, place the scrapbook paper over the glue.

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Use the X-acto knife and trim the paper to the edges of the wooden box.  It’s best to trim it when the glue has dried completely.


Cut closely to where the edges of the box.  Repeat the gluing and the trimming process to all sides of the box except for bottom side.



This is what my box looks like when I finish gluing the scrapbook paper to the box.  Take out your matching ribbon.


Now, glue some ribbon to the opening edges of the box.


Finally, take the acrylic sealer and spray it all around the box to waterproof the box.  since it’s going to be in the kitchen, it’s going to get wet.  You don’t want all your hardwork to go into ruin.  Use the spray outdoor!  The next few steps are optional.  I felt like it needed some bling, so I added a label plate.


I didn’t want to drill a hole into my wooden box for the label plate, so, I just hot glue gun the whole thing together.

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Take out the wire cutter and the brad nails and clip off the nail part.  You should be left with the nail-less brad.


Next, mark where you want the plate to be positioned before you start gluing it o the box.

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Then, place the glue on the back of the label plate.  Do not put glue on the top side, where you will be inserting a label to.  After placing the label plate onto the box, dab a little bit of glue in the small hole.


Take a tweezer and place the brad nail over the hole.  Now sit back and admire your work.

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For a free recipe card design, check out my recipe card post.

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