I remember my mom’s recipe box. It was a vintage old 70’s floral metal box. I loved looking through it. Even when I was little and I couldn’t cook. My mother has the most beautiful handwriting. It is really artwork. Isn’t it ashamed we don’t teach that in school anymore?!?! Her recipe cards are really quite beautiful. I wanted to create something with them….

So I copied some of her cards (so that I didn’t have to cut up the originals)
I also used some of my Grammie’s recipes…and Bill’s Grandmothers…that she had given to me. I cut them up with pinking sheers into squares.
Using some rubber cement I glued the pieces to a paper-mache box. Random placement–think mosiac….
After the box was covered I put a coat of triple thick sealant on the box.
I also added a couple of rows of ribbon.
I love how is turned out! A great way to display some recipes of the past :)


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. You are so creative! You inspire me! I enjoy coming to your blog. Thank you for sharing.
    Smiles to you!

  2. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma


    That's a great idea for all of those cards we cherish {I have tons from my gram}


  3. This is such a acute idea! A recipe box is definitely on my list of things to create one day!

  4. Wait … they don't teach handwriting in school anymore?! Mine was never great, due to my ET (tremors are not conducive to nice writing), but I still learned.

    Nice box. (That's what he said?!) I've been working on favorite recipes from family & books and have been wondering how to 'house' them. This might be the trick!

  5. Oh what great inspiration!! Would love to know where you found the ribbon….I've been looking for that exact kind but haven't been able to find it at any store or online website in my searches.

  6. […] If you are the crafty or artistic type then you may want to buy a simple unadorned box to dress up yourself. My friend Gill, for example, has one of the most beautiful recipe boxes I’ve seen, painted for her by her father. For your project I recommend this sturdy box with a slit at the top for holding your recipe cards while you cook. The internet is full of inspiration for personalize recipe boxes, from beribboned boxes, painted boxes, and decoupaged boxes. […]

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