DIY Recipe Box

Man do I have some seriously fun DIY Christmas projects planned! But, I can’t reveal those until after turkey day, so today I’m sharing my recipe box transformation with you. I was in desperate need of a recipe box, and I spotted this one at Michael’s for $1.00.

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 Obviously, it’s not my style, but I thought with a little paper and glue, I could spiff it up a bit. I’m still on the hunt for an old-school metal one, but for now, I’m content with my recipe box upgrade. Here’s how it all went down…

Supply List:

Two sheets of paper (color/pattern of your choice)

Glue

Scissors

Tape Measure

Recipe Box (can be picked up at Michael’s for $1.00)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1.) Gather supplies, and measure both the top and the bottom dimensions of the recipe box.

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2.) Measure and cut the paper to size and glue evenly on to the bottom of box. I used two strips of paper to cover the bottom half.recipe-box

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3.) Measure the top half of the box and and cut four slits on each corner of the top piece of paper. When gluing on the top part of the paper, the short side of corners will slide into the long side, giving you perfect looking corners.

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4.) And that’s really it. No more chickens and red polka dots. You can still see the red on the inside of the box, but that’s our little secret.

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And my recipe box now resides in our yellow tray in the kitchen for easy access. It also serves as a good reminder that I have numerous recommended recipes I have yet to try…

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Have a happy holiday week. Bring on 4 days off…in a row!

10 thoughts on “DIY Recipe Box

  1. pk @ Room Remix Said:

    I’ve seen that same paper and loved it – it looks great on the recipe box! Amazing how much more fresh and modern it looks now.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      I know, I LOVE that paper! So rich and colorful.

      Reply
  2. Patti Said:

    What an awesome diy. I am so impressed with your choices in materials. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

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  3. Becca Said:

    I LOVE this Kir Bir. So crafty and creative. Thinking about this as a possible xmas gift….

    Reply
  4. Erin @ Slipcover Your Life Said:

    I NEED to do this. I was just at Michaels this weekend and they had recipe boxes, but they were so ugly! Good thing I have to get a few more things there so I can totally add this to my to-do list!

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  5. Rochelle @ Princess Hotcakes Said:

    Kirsten, have you ever been to House of Vintage on Hawthorne? It’s an amazing warehouse full of vintage amazingness. I bet eventually you’d find a metal recipe box there. I’ve found all kinds of treasures there. :)

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  6. Kandace Said:

    I read this a few months back and I have a recipe box that needs this treatment! I was going to spray paint it and put something cute on it but this seems easier and once it gets covered with cooking messes, you can just replace the paper! What kind of paper is this? At first I thought it was scrapbook paper?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Kandace! It’s as simple as that – it’s scrapbook paper! You’ll have to send me a pic of your updated recipe box!

      Reply
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