A few years ago, I was trying to decide on a gift for my mom for mother’s day. Ever have the issue of finding a present for someone who doesn’t really need anything?
When it comes to gifts, I like finding something personal. I love making something personal.
I ended up deciding to make my mom a cookbook and came up with a simple design. My major issue with cookbooks in general is that they are clunky and annoying to drag around to the different areas of the kitchen.
There are certainly worse things than hopping from your cookbook over to your spice rack and back again… but why let something be annoying when you can fix it?
You will need:
- white cardstock
- colorful craft paper
- a paper cutter or scissors
- laminating sheets
- a metal ring
- a ruler
- a pencil
- a hole puncher
Let’s get started
The trickiest part of this project is typing out and formatting all of the recipes. After you finish with that, everything else will fly by.
To format my recipes, I used Microsoft Word. I drew a text box, 4.5 inches x 4.5 inches, and copied/pasted it until I had about twenty squares, two per page.
You can format your text in whatever way makes the most sense for you. I put a title at the top, prep/cook time under that, then bullet-listed the ingredients and numbered the instructions.
I also designed a “title card” for different categories of recipes. I did Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Basics/Essentials, and Skillets.
Print & Cut
After you’ve endured the trying process of typing out your recipes (it took me about an hour and a half), you can print your recipes.
I chose a heavy white cardstock for this step of the process. I bought a 50-sheet pack at Michaels for $2.
After all of your recipes have printed, it’s time to cut. For ease, I used a Fiskars paper cutter. You can find the paper cutter pictured at Michaels for $20. I used a 40% off coupon to bring the price down to $12.
You can also use scissors for this step, but I highly recommend a paper cutter for more precise straight lines.
After cutting the recipe cards, it is time to cut the colorful backing paper. With my cards, I meant to create a border of 1/2 inch but accidentally cut a 1/4 inch border.
To create a 1/2 inch border, you will need to cut the colorful paper into 5.5 x 5.5 squares.
When your paper is cut, it is helpful to organize the recipe cards into the sections and order you want them in. This will help you avoid repeating colors too often and will create a nice balance.
After all of your paper is cut and organized, it’s time to fasten the recipe card to the backing. You can use glue, double-sided tape… I’m not discriminatory when it comes to fastening methods.
I started out using a gluestick, but elmers isn’t what it used to be. I ended up using tape, and that worked just fine for this step.
In order to protect your recipe book from messy fingers and water, it is helpful to laminate each card.
I used a roll of laminating adhesive. You can find it at Michaels for $6, but there isn’t very much. You can order a larger pack from amazon for $11.
Cut 6 x 6 squares of laminating sheet and attach them to the front of each card. You can attach them to the backs as well, for added protection and sturdiness.
Attach it carefully and be sure to smooth out extra bubbles.
When all of your recipe cards are laminated, you can punch a hole with a circular hole punch and begin placing them on the metal ring.
To make sure you punch the holes in the same place on each card, measure halfway (on a 5.5 inch card, halfway is 2.75 inches. From the top of the card, measure 1/4 inch down. Draw a dot and punch the hole.
And there you go! A simple hanging recipe book with all of your favorite recipes.
Hang it on a knob in your kitchen, on a cabinet door or a drawer, for easy access during hectic cooking.