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DIY Recipe Binder

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Do you have printed recipes you found online plus recipe cards that need to be organized? Create a DIY recipe binder that will hold both! Use decorative paper to easily create a beautiful recipe binder! 

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A new year means new organization! Organizing my recipes has been on my to-do list for way too long! Until this point I have kept them all on one Pinterest board, and every time I need to reference the recipe, either for creating my shopping list or cooking the meal, I have to go to Pinterest. While this has worked fine, I love having all of my recipes in one place that I can easily flip through. This DIY Recipe Binder has been a game-changer!

I have had my eye on the beautiful recipe books and boxes from Rifle Paper Co. for a while now, but I was hesitant to purchase one because I knew they wouldn’t work very well for me. Since I do find a lot of recipes online, it is far easier to print them off than copying them onto recipe cards. I wanted to create a recipe book that could hold recipe cards as well as printed recipes – a binder is perfect for this!

While at a local stationary store, I found Rifle Paper wrapping sheets and became inspired to use them to create recipe binders! The papers are so pretty and perfect for jazzing up a plain binder. I made a large one for myself and a small one for my mom.

This project is super easy to make and considerably less expensive than the Rifle Paper Co. recipe tins! Below is the quick tutorial and ideas for how to organize your recipes.

DIY Recipe Binder

Supplies Needed:

  • Binder
  • Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper sheets
  • Gold label holder
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Page protectors
  • Binder dividers
  • Recipe cards

Step by Step Tutorial:

Step One: Cut and insert the paper into the binder cover.

Cut the Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper sheets to fit the front and back of your binder as well as a thin piece to insert into the spine of the binder.

I had trouble inserting the thin piece of paper into the spine of my small binder, so I placed it on the outside of the binder and covered it with a piece of clear packing tape. You can’t even tell there is tape over it!

Step Two: Add a cute label to the front of the binder.

I found these cute brass label holders by Teresa Collins at Joann Fabrics. They came with matching brads that adhere the label holders to paper. To attach these, I pulled the piece of paper out of the front pocket of my binder and placed the label holder where I wanted it to go. I used a pencil to mark inside the two holes on either side of it and then used the sharp end of a stylus to poke the holes. Then I was able to attach the label holder.

Type or hand write a little label to slip inside. My label wanted to move around so I glued it down inside the label holder. Place the sheet of paper with the new label attached back in the pocket of the binder!

Step Three: Organizing your recipes!

The Big Recipe Binder

The best part of using a binder for your recipes is you can insert both printed  8.5″ x 11″ recipes and recipe cards! With so many great recipes available online I love being able to print them and slip them into the binder as I really don’t want to take the time to write them out on a recipe card. But, I love having recipes that are from my mom or grandmother written out on recipe cards. Below is how I organized my large binder with types of recipes.

First, I found page protectors that fit my recipe cards. I created my recipe cards through Shutterfly and they measured 5″ x 7″ so I used page protectors that fit 5″x7″ cards. 

For my printed recipes I use regular page protectors for 8.5″ x 11″ paper. I have both types of page protectors under each section of my recipe binder. The sections are divided up using binder dividers.

The Little Recipe Binder

I purchased the smaller binder from Target’s office section as well as small page protectors that fit inside it. For this binder, I used 4″ x 6″ recipe cards and could slip two into each page protector.

When I printed recipes off of the internet to add to the binder, I printed them at 60% to 70% and then rimmed them down so they fit inside the page protectors.

DIY Recipe Cards

I chose to make my own recipe cards in Photoshop and had them printed through Shutterfly. Shutterfly allows you to upload your own image for a 5″ x 7″ card, so I uploaded the recipe card image I created. They printed on a nice study card stock. I had a coupon code for the cards so I only paid for shipping. You could create your own and print them on your home computer. The beautiful flower graphics came from Freepik!

The recipe binders turned out so well and so far I have loved using mine! It is easy to add to and easy to reference while I am making dinner! The binder and page protectors are great for keeping things clean as I can easily wipe off any mess that gets on them while baking or cooking! 

A recipe binder is great to make for yourself but they also make amazing gifts! The small binder was a gift for my mom and I’ve also made larger ones as wedding gifts. You can ask friends and family to email you recipes and print them off or have recipe cards at a bridal shower that can be filled out and then put inside the binder!

I’m happy to start the new year out getting organized! If you’re looking for another fun binder organization project, check out how I organized all our manuals for baby-related stuff . 

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  1. good idea! I was trying to put together a recipe book with recipes from my grandma…..and I needed a way to organize them. I didn’t want to write them all on recipe cards for all her children, so I typed them up and printed. Your way will allow me to just insert into a protective pocket. One of her artistic grandchildren will draw the cover, but putting the gold insert thingy will make it look nice.

    1. That’s such a sweet idea adding artwork to the cover of the binder! I love using binders for recipe books – it’s so nice to be able to take out the recipe when you are making it but still have it in a protective sleeve. Good luck finishing your project – it sounds like it will be an amazing keepsake! :)

  2. What a great idea! I love the idea of a recipe book that has a personal touch but is also functional for me!

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