Custom Recipe Box using Wood Branding Letters

Custom Recipe Box using Wood Branding Letters

Make a custom recipe box to store your favorite and handed down recipes in a stylish and personalized box. I used a wood burner and some stain for this quick project!

Wood Burning Stamped Custom Recipe Box


As time goes on I cook (when I cook) pretty often from recipes on my iPad that I’ve found on my favorite recipe sites, blogs, and Pinterest. I still pull out my favorite cookbooks periodically and of course the recipes I’ve collected over the years or been given by family or friends. Up until recently, I didn’t use a recipe box to store these “loose” recipes, and we just kept them in a drawer in our kitchen. When my late grandmother-in-law’s pumpkin bar recipe went missing, I knew it was time to step up my recipe organization. After trying my hand at wood burning several weeks ago, I decided to make a custom recipe box using wood burning stamps.

Using wood burning stamps, I burned the word “RECIPES” onto an unfinished wooden recipe box I found at Michael’s. I considered something more kitschy, but I was feeling more classic and simple the day I did this project.


  • Wood burning tool
  • Wood burning letter stamps
  • Unfinished recipe box
  • Wood stain
  • Polycrylic sealer
  • Safe work space – I used an old metal cookie sheet.

wood stamps and unfinished recipe box

I started by marking the spacing of each letter on the box.

unfinished wooden box with letter spacing marked in pencil

This was only my second wood burning project, so I did a lot of practicing with each letter on a spare piece of wood before burning directly on my recipe box. This helps with understanding the pressure needed and the length of time I needed to keep the stamp on the wood (which is just a few seconds).




After burning all my letters into the wood, I stained my box using a few coats of General Finishes Gel Stain in brown mahogany (the same stain I’ve used in several previous projects around the house). I used a sock to apply the stain as I find I get more even application using a clean cotton sock.

stained recipe box

After applying a few coats of stain inside and outside (allowing the stain to dry fully in between coats). Then I applied two coats of polycrylic sealer (allowing each coat to dry fully before the next).

Wood stamped recipe boxWood stamped recipe box

How do you organize your recipes? I keep thinking one day that  I’ll make all of my recipes electronic so I can cook exclusively from my iPad, but I just never seem to get around to it. Maybe one day I’ll blog about all my favorites and then they’ll be online by default!

Wood Burning Stamped Custom Recipe Box


  1. This turned out great Erin!I have a book I have been attempting to keep updated ~ with that being said I also have a binder with sleeves where I put my favs or ones I want to try from magazines and such.For handwritten ones from my Mom and Grandmother ~ they are currently in an old cookie tin.Too many recipes ~ not enough time!lol

  2. If only I actually cooked more often! At least I’ll be more organized hopefully from now on. No more excuses that I “can’t find” the recipe.

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