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Recipe Box

Share your new recipes with the older generation by making them copies of your favorite concoctions. Make them a hand-painted recipe box, and give them some extra cards to write down their own favorites.

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You might want to create your own cookbook by typing your favorite recipes on a computer. Break down the recipes into categories, and place one or two recipes on each page. You could add some clip art to finish off the project. That way, the next time you want to share a recipe with a friend, you'll be able to pull up the file and print it or e-mail it.

Time frame: Three to four hours, depending on the number of recipes

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Unfinished wooden recipe box (Can be found in a craft store.)
  • Paintbrushes
  • White craft paint
  • Pen or fine-point marker
  • Stencil border (Use a food theme such as fruits, vegetables, breads, pastries, and so on.)
  • Appropriately colored stencil paints
  • Stencil brushes
  • Clear acrylic finish spray
  • Favorite recipes
  • Recipe cards
  1. Paint the wooden box inside and out with white craft paint. Allow it to dry. Write the word “Recipes” on the top with the fine-tipped marker.
  2. Stencil a food-related border around the sides of the box. Allow the box to dry.
  3. Spray the box with clear acrylic finish and allow it to dry overnight.
  4. Write your favorite recipes on recipe cards, and insert them into the recipe box.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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