Store all of your treasured recipes in this unique, rustic themed DIY chalkboard recipe box! It’s easy to make and perfect for gifting.
It seems to me that people ask for recipes the most during the holiday season – and why not? You have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year celebrations – so much food to try and love.
And when you have the recipes, you would need a recipe box. Make a really easy and rustic one by following this tutorial!
Chalkboard Recipe Box
- Pine box
- Acrylic paint in brown and black
- Matte Mod Podge
- Chalkboard paint
- Popsicle sticks
- Wood glue
- Foam brush
- Twine (optional)
- Hot glue
Step 1. Remove all the hardware – this step is optional but would give your box a nicer finish since you won’t be painting over them!
Step 2. Sand all the sides of the box lightly with a piece of sandpaper.
Step 3. Measure and cut the popsicle sticks for the top frame. Cut with a pair of scissors to make it easier. Start by cutting the longer pieces first.
Step 4. When you have the longer pieces of the frame, place it on the top, measure the short sticks and cut.
Step 5. Paint the top with a chalkboard paint, about two coats and then wait to dry.
Step 6. Once dry, coat the box and the sticks with a watered down mix of black and brown paint until you are happy with the shade of the box – wait to dry. Mine took about two coats until I was happy with the shade my box took.
Step 7. Adhere the stick frame using wood glue. Wait for it to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 8. To give the box a nicer finish, use Mod Podge to leave a nice gloss on it and liven up the wood. Once dry, attach the hardware on the box again.
Step 9. I trimmed the top of my box with some twine to give it a more rustic look – this step is totally optional but I think it lends a nice texture.
And you are done! It’s very apt for Thanksgiving, no?