Friday, April 16, 2010

Anyone for a Picnic?

Handmade Recipe Box

This is my new recipe box, isn't it adorable? I really love the way it turned out. I've always wanted a recipe box that looked like a Picnic Basket!

I LOVE collecting recipes and have a huge collection that I have to dig through to find what I want. I do have a "favorite recipe" drawer in my kitchen that holds tons of recipes that I have cut out of magazines or printed off the internet, basically it's a disaster. So I decided it was time to finally do something about it. I've put it off for YEARS because I was on the search for {the perfect recipe box}....well, for me it doesn't exist. Oh there are some really cute ones out there but they were always too small for me. I like my recipe cards BIG!! So since I couldn't buy what I was looking for I decided to make my own!

I made the entire box by cutting sheets of chipboard to the measurements I wanted. I used really strong tape to assemble it and then covered it with cardstock. I wish I'd taken a picture of it "naked", it was really ugly!! I was beginning to wonder what I had been wasting my time doing.

The entire box is 10" long 5 1/2" tall and 5 1/2" deep. (My recipe cards will be 8x5 - giving me plenty of room) I covered the inside with light yellow cardstock and used leather trim as the baskets handles that I purchased at JoAnn's. I attached the handles by punching a small hold through the trim and using decorative brads to hold them onto the box. It worked out great, you can actually hold the entire box using the handles and the box is very sturdy too.

Next week I hope to show you some recipe cards that I'm making from that drawer!

Thanks for stopping by!


Kerri said...

WOW, girl! How creative!!! I love the shape, and those handles are awesome! If only I liked to cook...

kadie said...

Wendy! This is AWESOME!! Not only is it an adorable project all on it's own, but the fact that it holds recipes is SUCH A CUTE idea!!! I just love it and I love that Basic Grey paper too!

Kerri said...

Hey girl! The punch that you asked about is a border punch from Fiskars. I think it's called Lace Border Punch? I've seen it at Joanns and Michaels. Have a great day! :)

Andrea said...

wendy - what a great idea! i love love this adorable box!!

i did NOT get your email with your contact info for the giveaway prize - please email me again when you get the chance - i have not forgotten!!

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