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Be "driven" to cook more with an adorable retro Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder!
I've loved Routemaster ever since we lived in London and when Old-Fashioned Milk Paint got in touch to offer me some of their paints, I knew their Salem Red and Pitch black shades would work perfect for the bus design, so I created a cookbook holder for the kitchen!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by planning our your design on a piece of paper, you want your bus to be a bit wider than your average cookbook when it's open.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut out the template and trace around it on to a thin piece of wood.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use a Dremel inside a router table to neatly cut out the bus from the wood. Sanding off the edges. You can also cut out four wooden circles for the wheels but I found it easier to buy these at the craft store.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut a strip of decking to the same width as your bus.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut a slant in the decking so that the bus tilts back just a little to support the book.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 6
    Step 6

    Mix up the red milk paint.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 7
    Step 7

    Paint your bus with one coat of milk paint.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 8
    Step 8

    Paint your decking too, leave to dry and paint with another coat before painting the reverse side of the bus.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 9
    Step 9

    Trace around the windows of your template onto the bus with a pencil.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 10
    Step 10

    Mix up the black milk paint and paint the windows of the bus and both sides of the wood circles for wheels.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 11
    Step 11

    Using masking tape to get a nice straight edge, paint a white strip along the bus.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 12
    Step 12

    Add a shorter white strip to the bottom and also the handrail on the door.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 13
    Step 13

    Finally paint a long strip for the advert and a small rounded rectangle for the bus number with chalkboard paint in between the two sets of windows.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 14
    Step 14

    Use a fine white paint pen to carefully outline each window.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 15
    Step 15

    Paint white circles in the middle of your wheels and leave your wooden pieces to dry.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 16
    Step 16

    When the paint has dried, use a strong wood glue or No More Nails to glue the bus into the wedge you cut on the decking.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 17
    Step 17

    Rest the decking on top of something to make the bus the right height and then glue two wheels to the front and back of the bus.

  • How to make a recipe holder. Routemaster Bus Cookbook Holder - Step 18
    Step 18

    Finally, use a chalk pen to give the bus a number, destination and advert!

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