DIY Decoupage Recipe Box


There’s just something magical about a handwritten recipe card. Perhaps it’s because the same love that goes into cooking goes into writing each and every word. With this DIY from Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge, you can put that love into a gorgeous DIY decoupage recipe box. All you need is a plain wooden box and just a few other materials and tools.

Materials & Tools

  • Wooden box
  • Paint
  • Large and small paintbrushes
  • Botanical images
  • Precision knife
  • Decoupage gloss adhesive varnish
  • Sandpaper


Start by painting the box. Lightly sand between every few coats to give the box a smooth finish. 


Roughly cut out the images, then go around the edges more carefully using a precision knife. Continue to cut out images so you have a good range to choose from while placing your design.


Place the images over the top and sides of the box (situate in an arrangement you like).


Using the smaller paintbrush, spread a thin layer of gloss adhesive onto the back of each image and smooth down. Dab off any excess adhesive with a sponge. Repeat until all the images are secured. Don’t forget the sides!


Once everything is dry, run the precision knife between the top and bottom of the box, slicing any pictures that go over the two parts.


Using the larger brush, paint the gloss over the whole box. Keep the layers thin to avoid bumps. If you do get any buildup, just wait for the gloss to dry, and sand until smooth. Paint on three to four layers of gloss varnish, leaving each layer to fully dry between coats.


Once everything is dry, your new recipe box is ready to house your most beloved recipes. And the box itself may even become one of the most inspiring items in your kitchen.