Happy Friday everyone! Too bad I have to work tomorrow. So I found such a cute idea for a recipe box on Cleverly Inspired's Blog. I have so many printed out recipes laying around the house and stuffed into my cookbooks that I needed a recipe box anyway. I don't know about you, but to me, the best things that can be passed down through generations are recipes. I especially love when people hand-write their recipes for me. Seeing recipes in my Granny's and my mom's handwriting just brings back so many memories. What I loved so much about this idea is that Tracie used her mother's handwritten recipes to make such a personal, sentimental recipe box. I HAD to make one for myself. So, I headed to Michael's and stocked up on all my supplies.
This box took me a couple of days to make, just because I've been kind of busy and just worked on it when I had a few minutes to spare. It turned out great! I will tell you how to make one, but first, look at what I decided to whip out (I'm boycotting the weather!):
That smell just relaxes me and puts me right into fall. Love it. Anyway. Moving on.
I started with a cardboard recipe box that I found at Michael's (in the unfinished wood section- they have cardboard stuff too). I bought some red acrylic paint and painted the whole outside of the box and let it dry overnight.
While the box was drying, I dug out handwritten recipes by some of my favorite people: my mom, my dad, Aunt Peggy, Granny, and Aunt Sis. Then, I made copies of them on my printer/copier and used cool-shaped scissors to cut out random sized pieces.
The next morning, I glued on the recipe pieces randomly. I painted Decoupage glue on the back of the paper with a paintbrush and smoothed the paper out as I placed it on.
After I was satisfied with the way the box looked covered in the recipes, I painted on a coat of Decoupage glue to seal everything. I painted it over the whole box with a sponge brush. ***Be careful not to glue the box shut! I almost did!*** I did 2 coats, letting it dry about 20 minutes in between coats.
Once the box was completely dry, I got out my new toy!!!!
Heck yeah! $2.49 at Michael's! I love this little booger. Anyway. I used the hot glue gun to glue some (caaauuuute) ribbon around the rim of the lid.
When I was at Michael's getting all of the supplies for this box, I found some adorable recipe cards (from Paula Deen!) for 50 cents a pack. So I scooped up a few of those. But for the life of me, I could not find recipe box dividers. So I decided to make my own with some brownish-gold cardstock (looks like a paper bag in the picture, lol). I measured the size of the box and cut out a pattern, then made 10 dividers.
Then glued on some more of that cute ribbon!
And now I have myself a way cool recipe box! The hard part is going to be copying all of my hodgepodge recipes onto the cute cards. I did a few today. It's going to take awhile. But the box looks perfect in my black and red kitchen! Yay!
If anyone has a recipe to add to the box, send it to me! :)