Recipe Box Tutorial

how to make a recipe box
how to make a recipe box

About a month ago I posted a project share of a small recipe box that I had made for a gift exchange. I also posted a video of the recipe box and asked my YouTube subscribers if they would be interested in a tutorial on how to make it. I had a lot of great responses and there was definitely some interest in a recipe box tutorial.

I am happy to say that this tutorial is now available. I did a video for putting the box together and made a printable PDF template for the pieces of the box. I hope you all enjoy the tutorial and hopefully make a recipe box yourselves. There is a lot of versatility in this box and it could potentially be used for more than just recipes. I must just make mine into a desk organizer.


The supplies needed to make this recipe box are really easy and stuff every paper crafter probably already has.

  • Chipboard – If you don’t have medium weight chipboard use a cereal box. You can glue two cereal boxes together to make it very thick. Chipboard could also be substituted for another medium such as cardboard if that’s more convenient.
  • Patterned paper and/or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive

It is also helpful if you have something to make score marks with and a ruler.

How to Make a Recipe Box

The easiest way for me to show you how to make this recipe box is by actually making one on video. You can pre-cut the pieces you need and follow along with the video to make the recipe box.

Printable PDF Recipe Box Template

The recipe box will hold any 4″ x 6″ recipe cards. If you want to print off the same ones I used you can find the button for those below.

Free Printable Recipe Cards ยป

Share Yours

If you make this, I would love to see it. Make a video showing your box or a blog post and link it here.


  1. Wonderful recipe box ๐Ÿ™‚
    But I’m sorry, it says that the chipboard should be 6 ยฝ inch on the template. But when I measure the template, it is only 6 1/8 inch? How is that?

    1. Your printer is probably scaling the PDF. When you go to print, under Page Sizing and Handling, make sure you select Actual Size like in this screenshot. Selecting Custom Size: 100% would also work. Please let me know if this helps ๐Ÿ™‚
      pdf actual size

  2. Awesome box! Since it holds 4×6 cards, it would also be great to hold Project Life cards. SWEET! Thanks!

  3. I’m so glad I found you on YouTube! I need a Recipe Box for my daughter’s friend who is getting married soon. Your instructions are so detailed and precise! Thanks so much! I will share my box when I have finished it.

  4. OH and love your projects… so freaking talented… ahhh to be so creative…. I’m great at coping but not very original….haha thank GOD for people like you…..I am in every sense of the word….a COPY CAT…hehe

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