Any hoot- today's post is brought to you by the completion of my new recipe box. I was inspired to take on this fun little project as I surfed Etsy looking at lovely little kitchen gems. I quickly fell in love with the handcrafted recipe boxes and was about a heartbeat away from ordering one for myself. Then I started thinking about some of the fun crafting goodies I had seen recently at Jo-Ann's and I thought, I can do this. And so I took a little trip to my neighborhood JA, pulled out some of my own paper crafting supplies and got to work!
Ideally, I had been looking for a much smaller recipe box. In the end, I went with a CD/DVD organizer box and figured "imagine all the delicious goodies I'll be able to fit in here!" Although it takes up more space on the kitchen counter, I like to imagine my kitchen space will just continue to get better from here on out... A girl can be optimistic.
I started by covering the box itself in my paper selection from a beautiful retro scrapbooking pad. I secured that in place and sponged the edges with distress ink because handcrafted items just look a little more interesting with added touches like that. I added more fun details that I also cut out from this scrapbooking pad and then drenched the whole box in a conservative amount of mod podge.
For the inside of my box, I cut out dividers (which I also distressed) and added labels that I printed out myself.
All this is good and well, but what's a new recipe box without some new recipe cards? I'm glad you asked. The whole project would have been incomplete had I not gone ahead and designed and printed brand new cards. They were a fairly simple design I threw together on photoshop. I printed them on card stock I had cut down to 4" x 5.5" so they'd slip in and out of the box easily. I haven't filled them in yet but there's a certain excitement that comes with having all these blank recipe cards just waiting to be filled out. I also included extra space to record where the recipe came from.
So there it is! My DIY recipe box. It's a colorful and happy addition to my kitchen and I smile a little more when I see it because I made it myself. Next on my to-DIY list- a new apron! Needless to say there will be pictures to come. Until then, here's a sneak peak at the fabric.
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