Tutorial: Standing Recipe Holder

by Robin on September 13, 2010 in Creativity, Food, Fun

Standing Recipe Holders

One of the things that I treasure is cooking for and with my family. It is such a special time to be in the kitchen talking and working alongside of each other, sharing recipes and family favorites. We also enjoy discovering short cuts to make our kitchen more efficient.

One thing that I wanted to do this year was to organize my recipes a little differently than what I had previously. We all have recipes and they need to be stored in some fashion, whether it is in a card file, 3-ring binder, computer files (like Carmen’s post) or some other system.

What I was wanting was something that would stand up, be easy to read, and, just as important: “be cute”. After seeing a creative idea for a mini-scrapbook in a scrapbook magazine, I thought it would translate well into a way to hold my recipes.

My first attempt was similar to the mini-scrapbook and was just a little thing around the size of a 4 x 6 picture. It was too small.

Next was a full 8 1/2 x 11 with plastic sheet protectors on the pages, with the three-ring holes cut off. It was too big.

So I tried a half-sheet and it was just right. So here is my tutorial on my half-sheet standing recipe holder.



17″ x 5 1/2″ chipboard or matboard
3  8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of scrapbook paper
several sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″  colored cardstock
hole punch
2 pieces of 16″ ribbon
2 metal rings (found near embroidery threads in craft stores)
eyelet hole punch & hammer
cutting tool for chip board (see instructions)


I used chipboard for my recipe holder, but you can use matboard or any other stiff board. Chipboard is what is used on the back of spiral-bound notebooks (We get sheets of “single thick” chipboard from Dick Blick).  I cut down a large sheet of chipboard with an old rotary cutter (it would probably dull a new blade on a rotary cutter).  A craft knife would work just as well.


Very softly with your rotary cutter or craft knife make a light cut (or “score”) across the chip board directly in the middle; just enough to be able to bend it:



Now your chipboard should be divided by a crease into two attached halves. Here’s how you’ll separately cover each half of the chipboard, front and back: Take two pieces of scrapbook paper and fold them each in half. Take the third piece, cut it in half, and then fold each of those halves. Using adhesive, sandwich each half of the chipboard with the folded scrapbook papers.



To make a template, cut a piece of cardstock into two 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ sheet. Take one sheet for a template and measure in 1 1/2″ in on both sides and down 3/8″. Mark and punch holes.



Lay template on covered chip board, take eyelet hole punch and punch holes in top and bottom on both sides.


Fold the chip board and put in the metal rings in the top holes. Take the 2 ribbons and thread through the bottom holes; secure with knots about 5″ apart.

Cut the rest of your cardstock in half to make 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ sheets. Using your template, mark where to punch holes on the top of each piece of cardstock. Punch holes. Place cardstock on rings.  And there you have it- a standing recipe holder. Now you can put all of your favorite recipes on it and know exactly where they are and be able to easily read them.

When I write out my recipes, I look for ways to simplify them so I don’t have to write as much and it makes it easier to read. I like to make little notes or put dates on the recipe when we first tried it or some other tidbit, even putting some stickers on the pages to make them extra fun. I am also planning on putting some tabs on the pages to the side to be able to find the recipes quickly.

Standing Recipe Holders

Tips: The larger recipe holder would make a wonderful addition to your homeschool. I wish I would have had one all these years. It could hold memory verses, art prints, vocabulary words, math facts, schedules, calendars, etc. The smaller one could also be used in several ways. Just get creative and see what you come up with.


Married to Rob for 32 years and mother to Breezy and Emily Rose. A sinner saved by Grace, loves making her home a warm and inviting place to live and create in. Maker, gluten-free baker, and manager of several home businesses - Noble Rose Press, Clementine Pattern Co., and The Breezy Tulip Studio. You can find her at her brand new blog MamaShire.com.

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Lisa September 13, 2010

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’ve been trying to come up with a new system for organizing my recipes, and I love this idea. Thank you for sharing. Your photos are excellent. 🙂

Andrea September 13, 2010

Wow those would make GREAT Christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl @ Treasures from a Shoebox September 13, 2010

This would make a wonderful 4-H craft project and also a great gift idea (I’m thinking wedding shower or housewarming gift). Thanks!

Dianne September 13, 2010

That is one awesome idea, Robin! Like you said, it would be great not only for recipes, but for scriptures and the original project of holding pictures. I love it! I also like what someone said about it making a great gift.

Tracey September 13, 2010

What a great idea!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Katie (MomLife Today) September 13, 2010

Love this! What a fun project!

Rhonda Devine September 13, 2010

I love this idea, Robin! My mind has been going in the same direction for a good way to organize our recipes in a way that is efficient and pretty:)
Love it!

Tiffany@ The Coconut Mama September 13, 2010

What a great idea! I would love to make something like this for Christmas gifts this year! Thanks for the tutorial =)

Janet W. September 13, 2010

That is a great idea and so practical. Will share that with my girls from Keepers of the Home class when they come to their cooking lessons.

We had our first class yesterday and it was so fun. I had 5 girls ages 3-10 yrs. Their first lesson was on Modesty. We had a short lesson and discussion on how to dress and behave modestly and why, then we had a session on making a simple drawstring bag.

This was a lesson in patience, learning to thread a needle, tie a knot in the end of the thread, sew simple straight stitches, tie off the work and use a bodkin to apply a drawstring in a casing. I was amazed at how quickly they caught on. It gave lots of satisfaction and self-confidence in the end.

They will be making sewing kits and learning hand stitching first so no matter if they have access to a sewing machine or not they will always be prepared to make themselves some clothes. The bible says a godly woman makes coverings for herself.

I encourage you ladies to pass along what you know about homemaking to any girl willing to learn. It is the Titus 2 mandate. We are using the godly Proverbs 31 woman as our role model.

Jen Allen September 13, 2010

Thanks for the wonderful fun way to display recipes…I’m thinking this would be a great gift for my girls for Christmas. What a great idea!!! And it’s so pretty!! 🙂

Brook September 13, 2010

That is too cool. I can’t wait to make one

wannabegodly September 13, 2010

Since my 3-ring Family Favorite Recipes is falling apart, I’m tickled to learn this beautiful way to replace it as well as have my girls make their own. Thanks for sharing!

Angeline Miersma September 13, 2010

I was just thinking of a way to keep track of all the Scripture verses that the girls are learning and I think I’ll make this as a gift and add some of my favorite recipes. Emily does a great job with the photography too! 🙂

Elizabeth September 13, 2010

What a beautiful tutorial, Mrs. Brookshire!
These would make *delightful* gifts for friends and it looks like such a lovely project! What a nice idea to have a standing recipe holder so it is nicely propped up for easy reading! Blessings! Thank you for writing the lovely tutorial…and for Emily Rose’s beautiful photos!

Joyfully in Jesus,

Jessica September 13, 2010

I love this. Thank you for such a great idea and beautiful, too. Jessica

Lisa September 14, 2010

This is lovely! I think my 11-yr-old daughter and I will make this for Christmas gifts! THANKS!

Miss Rachel P. September 14, 2010

Oh, what a lovely and charming idea Mrs. Brookshire! 😀 I will have to make one of these…I’d love to have something to hold up my recipes better while making them be something that can be treasured and pretty too. 🙂

I will be linking this on my blog in my Friday link-up post this weekend. 😉 It’s so nice I want to share the link so my friends can make one too! 😀

Thank you for sharing your tutorial! 🙂
God’s blessings to you and your family!
~Miss Rachel~

Lindsey September 14, 2010

SO cute! Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

Margaret September 14, 2010

I love this!

Carmen at Old House Kitchen September 15, 2010

Ooohh!! I love it! Those would make lovely gifts!!! Especially for new brides! Great idea!! 🙂

Erin September 15, 2010

If I have the time,I want to make this for my family. We have so many recipies this would turn into the biggest rolodex ever!!!

Jana September 18, 2010

Thanks so much for taking the time to share this. I just made it this evening. We’re having a baby shower for my sister and will have guests fill out a “words of wisdom & blessing” index card. This will be perfect for her to display those precious words in the nursery!

Georgia September 18, 2010

I try to make a craft that’s a little different from the basic ones each year for my families. I can make one of these and they won’t have to say, “I wish I would have had one of these years ago when the kids were young.” Thanks so much for sharing.

Bethany January 22, 2011

Thank you so much for this terrific tutorial. We’ve made our own for our year long Colossians memorization study.


Neusinha Fusco July 13, 2011

Very beautiful and simple to make, great for gift giving. I made a notebook of recipes, but it is more cumbersome if you want to see him this here:http://neusinhafusco.blogspot.com/2011/07/caderno-de-receitas.html

Chanel February 16, 2012

Beautiful work. What font is that? I love it!

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