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Cottage Home Recipe Box

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
A papier-mâché recipe box gets a Mod Podge and crackle paint makeover with cottage inspired papers and zippers.
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Skill Level: Beginner


Mod Podge ® Tracing Templates - Basic Shapes
Item #12926
Looking for a shape in a specific pattern? Don't hunt high and low, make it! Our tracing templates let you make standard shapes for any decoupage paper to truly personalize your project.

Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
Item #16288
Take the sting and mess out of working with hot glue guns. Our one-of-a-kind set of must-have tools will banish your hot glue woes! Set includes a mat, finger caps, tweezers, a paddle and a press wand. Created by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza.

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Bright Baby Pink, 2 oz.
Item #223
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

FolkArt ® Mediums - Crackle Medium, 2 oz.
Item #694
Gives a weathered, time-worn finish to projects.

Mod Podge ® Hard Coat, 8 oz.
Item #CS11245
The Mod Podge ® formula for projects that need that added durable finish. Dries hard and clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.

Other Supplies
Papier-mâché recipe box (house shape)
Foam paintbrush
Scrapbook paper
Hot Glue
Zipper trim


1. Apply a coat of Crackle Medium to the entire outside of the house box. Allow to dry 3 hours.

2. Working in one direction, apply Bright Baby Pink paint over the dried crackle finish. The paint will begin to crackle as it dries.

3. Cut scrapbook paper to fit the different sides and shapes on the house box. Apply the paper to the box with Mod Podge.  Do this by applying Mod Podge to the box with a foam paintbrush.  Next, apply Mod Podge to the back of the paper.  Position the paper onto the box.  Smooth with a brayer or your fingers to remove any air bubbles.  Wait 15 minutes and top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge.

4. Make the Flower: Mod Podge a circle of paper to the back of a Mod Podge Designer Shape Circle.  Cut zipper trim into six 4” pieces.  Hot glue the ends of each zipper piece into a loop shape to form a petal.  Repeat with the remaining 5 zipper pieces.  Hot glue the zipper petals to the back of the Podgeable Circle.  Hot glue the zipper flower to the front of the box.   Make sure you wear Hot Glue Finger Caps when hot gluing.

5. Hot glue zipper trim across the top of the roof and around the base of the roof.


Be sure to only paint in one direction when apply the top-coat of paint for the crackle finish technique.  This way your design will crack evenly and you will not paint over cracked areas.

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