Why Buy A Recipe Box When I Can Make One Myself?

According to a poll I took a few weeks ago you, my readers, wanted a tutorial on how to make a recipe box. So here it is 🙂

Things You Will Need:





Card stock paper

Scrapbook paper

Construction paper

Scissors or exato knife

Recipe cards (provided in the tutorial)

Step 1:

The first thing you are going to need is recipe cards. You can use what you have, make them yourself, or download them. I downloaded from Kerri Powell (and desaturated the colors) but there are several other sources. Type in “downloadable recipe cards” in your search engine of choice and you will get a variety of cards to choose from. Make sure you measure them once they are printed. You will need the measurements for the rest of the box.

Step 2:

After you have measured your recipe cards lay out your card stock to look something like this. Cut off the ends of the paper on the lines you’ve made.

Step 3:

Fold on the lines you’ve made. All of your folds should be made in the same direction.

Step 4:

Use your construction paper to make a fan shape like the above photo. You are going to want two pieces. These are going to fit inside the edges of your box so measure them accordingly.

Step  5:

Glue your fan shaped construction paper onto the inside edges of your soon-to-be box.

Step 6:

This part is optional.

Measure your construction paper to fit the box. Glue the construction paper to the outside of your box.

Step 7:

Print out a cute pattern, measure, cut it out and glue in to the front of your box.  Mine was scrapbook paper from Michael’s.

Step 8:

Measure and cut your card stock paper (or use blank notecards if you are feeling lazy) to create separators for your recipe cards.

Step 9:

Make a cute label 🙂

Step 10:

Cut your magnet into two small strips. Glue one to the inside of the top flat and one to the front close to the top. (I just cut up an old refrigerator magnet.)

There you have it, a home-made recipe box!

One thought on “Why Buy A Recipe Box When I Can Make One Myself?

  1. This is excellent! This educative endeavour of yours will prove mighty useful to artistically-challenged folks like me. 🙂

    Glad to have discovered your blog.

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