I was a little hesitant to make a recipe box. (Do people still use these? On the rare occasions that I decide to make something that isn't eggs on toast, I just plop my laptop on my counter and try not to cover it in flour.) I decided to go for it because it seems like one of those things that couples should have when they start out. My own memories of my mom's kitchen involve an overstuffed recipe box and a very tattered chocolate chip cookie recipe card. Also, it seems to suit this couple. Fingers crossed.
- Recipe Box (I used a standard soft wood box from a craft store.)
- Clear coat (I used polyurethane.)
- Scrapbook paper (for liner)
- Tacky Glue
- Gold Acrylic (optional)
- Small screwdriver
Step 1: Sand, Google and Draw
2) Sand the wood. (I did this after burning. I should have sanded first. I'm learning.)
2) Draw design lightly in pencil.
I'm not particularly good at drawing, so I cheat a bit. (Shh... it's a secret.) I search for the image using Google's "line drawing" filter in image search, then draw the fruits and vegetables freehand on the wood (lightly with pencil). You could always print out the individual images that you like and trace them onto the wood.
To make the design cohesive, I added little flourishes of tiny hearts and swirls around the entire box.
Step 2: Woodburn
Erase all of the pencil lines as much as possible once you're finished with each section.
Tip: If you have access to a decent woodburner, use it. (They're easier to hold, heat up really fast and have better tips.) If not, no worries. This project is small and completely do-able using a cheap iron as long as you have patience and don't try to make lines too fast. (I borrowed a decent one for my last project. By the time I thought to borrow it again, it was late and I had already started using this one.)
Step 3: Stain
After applying the stain, I decided that I should have probably opted for a lighter color. I love red wood, but this wasn't the project for it. You might want to choose a lighter one.
Step 4: Cut and Glue Paper Liner
Step 5: Apply Gold (optional)
Step 6: Apply Clear Coat
If you use polyurethane, bubbles are the enemy. Be careful when you're stirring the gloss to avoid creating bubbles, apply thin coats, and don't brush it too much. Also, don't use a foam brush. (Go for something with natural bristles. I learned this the hard way.)