August 1, 2012
How To Make a Recipe Binder
I tackled my first done! project this weekend. It”s been on my mental list for a while and it finally made it to paper. I completely revamped my recipe binders. I wanted the binders to have a cookbook look to them, so I purchased these covered binders from Target. I like having three main binders – Family Cookbook, Baked Goods, and Holidays. I switched up the categories a bit and created cute coordinating dividers (if you like the look of the dividers and want some guidance, I put the whole thing in my shop as a Recipe Binder Kit). So today”s post is a tutorial on how I made my binders (maybe it”s on your list this month, too?).
toss old recipes that you haven”t used or don”t sound good anymore
gather your recipes that you have saved on your computer or tucked away somewhere
decide on a binder – get one (or more) that have a little extra room
decide on your categories/themes – make cover sheets or dividers to keep everything separated like a cookbook
the kit in my shop has 33 different categories and if you celebrate a holiday or two that isn”t listed, just ask – I”ll add that to your order for free!
three hole punch of plastic sleeve – how will you keep your recipes? I like plastic sleeves because I can wipe them clean
add category tabs – you can purchase divider pages with tabs, but I like to make my own with my label maker.
To secure the tabs to the plastic sleeves I attach the label ( I like clear label tape so the cardstock color shows) to cardstock, cut out the cardstock and attach with a piece of clear packing tape to cover the front and back (this makes it more sturdy).
assemble categories and recipes
the kit in my shop includes a sheet to write down recipes in your cookbook to remember – I love this because it jogs my memory of recipes to make, try, or toss
put your binder in an easy to use place
So that”s how I made my recipe binders – if you want to make one (or 3) like them, check out the Recipe Binder Kit
in my shop.
UPDATE: I’ve updated this kit and my how to here
if you’re interested!