September means a lot of old friends are moving back into the city (post-college problems, you know?) and that means housewarming parties all month long. Now personally, I love housewarming parties. They’re always so bright and cheerful and optimistic – like the calm before the landlords jacks up the rent storm. And there’s always a bunch of people you haven’t seen in a long time, so it’s a fun reunion as well. But I especially like housewarming parties because of how much fun it is to give hostess gifts to new-dwellers.
There is absolutely no new home situation that does not need some sort of personal touch, and since my DIY obsessions are well known, there are a lot of apartments with little gifts made my me out there. This DIY recipe box is definitely a favourite idea, because you can customize it to suit whoever you’re gifting it to, AND you can share some of your beloved recipes as well – which is a really sweet and generous way to help people ease into living on their own.
And it’s really, really easy. So that’s always a plus. We should start doing difficulty levels for these projects, with like, Tuesday’s being a 0 and maybe that time I dedicated a weekend to making the Anthropologie-inspired flamingo cake topper a 10. This would be about a 4. Less if you have Diet Coke and Netflix, because those are the tools to all crafting success.
All you need is a wooden box – you can find them at the dollar store or Michaels, which has very affordable and unique designs. Some wooden footings to lift it up, bright and colourful paint, cheerful paper, glitter, and our “Recipes” stencil and you’re all set!
Next, paint your box white first if you’re doing a light colour. If you have a soft wood (like mine) you may want to do a couple coats, otherwise the colour really sinks into the wood. I didn’t mind that though so I just did one with good old dollar store paint. Then you can apply the colour coat. I did a couple coats to get a deep colour, but that’s your choice. I also went back and forth on the colour a bunch but finally decided on this pretty teal.
Use our “Recipes” stencil to add get the perfect font on top (or the front!). I cut mine on a scrap of vinyl so it would stick, but regular paper would work fine too. Use a fine paintbrush to outline the letters with glue and quickly sprinkle glitter over the sticky parts. Let it sit for a little bit and then carefully shake off the excess. Gently peel off the stencil. If you have any stray glitter you can chip it off and repaint those sections. Once you’re happy with the design, spray it with a clear coat adhesive. I use a ModPodge spray can sealant.