I've always wanted to have one of those awesome vintage recipe card boxes. You know, like you see in antique stores or at your grandmother's house. My grandma Sheila had one but after she passed away, I don't know what happened to it. I remember her beautiful handwriting on all the index cards and thumbing through them at the kitchen table. They were so special – like magic cards that held secrets...the secrets to yummy food!
Because I don't know what became of that box, I decided to make my own special vintage-style recipe box with my own magic cards that hold my favorite recipes. I made the box to hold the recipes that I've come up with over the years (or that I've tweeked to make my own) along with some actual vintage recipes that I found online and printed out!
My husband made me the box to my design specifications from some scrap wood, but I 've seen boxes like these at craft stores, so you can find a plain wooden one to make your own vintage recipe box too! I painted the box off-white, then added a little frame that I found (at a craft store) to the front of it using some E-6000. I put a little scrap of patterned paper from the Bloom collection with the word, “food”, written on it inside the frame. This acts as a kind of label. I also added a yellow rose, that I fussy cut from the Emily patterned paper in the Bloom collection, to one side of the label. On the other side I added a mason jar sticker from the Bloom accent sticker sheet, a little heart that I cut out of pink and white paper, and a little butterfly fussy cut from the 6x6 cut-apart sheet. To finish I added a vintage button.
Inside of the box, I used index cards and wrote my recipes and then attached them to various sized scraps of pattern papers with paperclips. To some of the cards I also attached a pic of food made using the recipe. I used mostly papers from the 6x6 Bloom paper pad along with a couple papers from other Crate Paper collections (Hello Love and Little You) that I had scraps of lying around.
I wanted the box to look very eclectic and nonchalantly thrown together while still having things match. This was to give it the affect that it had been curated over time. I also included some cards from the cut-apart sheet mixed in here and there with decorated tags and vintage kitchen ephemera that I collect (you can find such images online). To finish, I added a little muslin bag filled with blank index cards to the back of the box so I can continue to add more recipes over the years!
I hope you enjoy my vintage recipe box and that you will consider making one for your kitchen too!