Everyone has their own way of organizing their recipes. My favorite way is a DIY recipe binder. I created a simple version a few years ago (click here) and I’ve used it ever since. It’s one of the most popular posts here at Living Well Mom, so you all must love recipe binders too!
A DIY recipe binder is a convenient way to sort the recipes many of us print from online. If you’re anything like me, you use printed recipes just about every day now and find more almost as often. A recipe binder is perfect because you easily add/remove recipes whenever you want. You can also change or move categories around too.
I figured it was time we all get an upgrade on our recipe binder so I had a brand new set of recipe binder graphics created for you and me!
And ya’ll, I can’t get enough of this one! It’s such a clean pretty design and it looks so fabulous in my kitchen!
What you’ll need for your DIY Recipe Binder:
- 1-3″ white binder with a clear pocket (I have a 2″)
- heavyweight sheet protectors
- LWM free printable recipe binder sheets
Optional, but recommended:
- laminator (optional, but recommended)
- laminating pouches (optional, but recommended)
- hot glue gun & glue gun sticks
Don’t let the hot glue gun scare you. This is NOT a major project. Trust me, I’m not crafty at all and this was super easy. If I can do this, so can you!
First you’ll need to download your FREE PRINTABLE Recipe Binder pages. There’s 7 sheets – the cover page, 3 category pages, 1 tabs page, and 2 simple design-only pages to be used for the side of the binder.
There’s two ways to do this. You can download, print, and write in your category names by hand into each of the category pages and recipe tabs.
OR you can save the JPG files of the recipe tabs and category pages listed here, upload the full file sizes into PicMonkey, and add text. This is a great option if you want something nicer than your handwriting. Just make sure you save in full resolution to ensure you keep the quality.
Click here to view and save files for PicMonkey editing:
You’ll need to print out multiple copies of pages 3, 4, and 5 (the category pages) depending on how many categories you choose to include. I highly recommend that you list out the categories you wish to include in your DIY recipe binder before you start.
I chose to add the text online so my recipe binder would be nice and pretty (I don’t have gorgeous handwriting like some of you.) In case you’re wondering, I used League Gothic as the font.
How to Make your DIY Recipe Binder:
Once your recipe binder pages are printed, you can start putting it all together. For the edge of the binder, choose your favorite graphics page and cut it to fit. Then carefully slide it in.
Next insert the cover page into the clear pocket of your binder.
I highly recommend laminating the cover and category pages as this gives it more protection and stability. Plus it will help your category pages stand out better compared to your regular recipe pages.
Once you laminate the pages, just trim the extra from around the edges and slide each category page into a sheet protector.
Then, cut out each of the recipe tabs that you’ll be using and fold them in half. Insert them into a laminating pouch folded, then laminate.
Cut each tab from the laminating sheet, leaving just a little around the edges. This extra step will help ensure your beautiful recipe binder will last for a long time!
Next, line up each tab according to how many category pages you have.
Carefully hot glue a small line at the very edge of each category page. (Your category pages must be inserted into a protector first.)
Now we’ll get to the really fun part – putting the category pages into your binder…
Now just add your recipes! You can slide them into the clear protective sheets (my recommendation) or simply use a 3-hole punch to add the recipes directly to your binder. It’s completely up to you. I prefer using the protective sheets because I tend to be pretty messy when I cook, but you may not need them.
And that’s how you make your very own DIY recipe binder!