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How to Create Your Own Recipe Binder

Are you tired of having to sift through those pig piles of loose recipes to find that one you are looking for? Maybe you have all your recipes in a box, and grow also tired of having to file through them too.

The answer to this is quite simple: Create a recipe binder!

Recipe binders are a great way to organize your recipe and keep them safe. It’s a fun and simple project that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either. You will only need a few simple items to get started and it can grow as you collect new recipes!

The Binder

The easiest way to organize your collection of recipes is to create a bind that can hold recipe cards or the pages. A three-ring binder works perfectly for this!

  • Buy a three-ring binder that works perfectly for you. It can be plain, or it can have a fancy one with a pattern on it.
  • Create a custom cover and slip it into the front side and back pockets. You can design it on the computer or have the kids help decorate it.
  • You can skip purchasing dividers by cutting up manila folders or envelopes that are not being used. Try construction paper too. Just use a paper punch to get the dividers on the binder rings.
  • Buy some page protectors to keep your recipes clean.
  • Decide what sections you want. This will help keep the recipe binder organized and not overwhelming. Some section ideas: Appetizers, Baked Goods, Desserts, Drinks, Entrees, Favorites, Salads, Soups, etc.
  • Make a title page for each section you want to include in your binder.
  • Purchase some stick-on tabs and label them. Then attach them to the category title pages.

Organizing the Binder

Organize the binder however it would be the most helpful for you!

  • Make more than one binder if you have a lot of recipes. You can use one binder for baked goods and another for entrees.
  • Alphabetize your recipes within each of the sections.
  • Arrange your binder sections into a specific order, which can help your binder look more orderly. It can also help you find recipes quicker.
    • Alphabetize the sections: Appetizers, beverages, cakes and cookies, desserts, pasta, etc.
    • Arrange the sections in order you might eat a meal: Breakfast, lunch, appetizers, salad, main course, dessert, etc.
  • Add a table of contents to help you find recipes a lot easier.
  • Add a special section that include unique dishes from multiple food groups.
    • Include categories inspired by different countries, such as Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai etc.
    • Add a section of your favorite recipes.
    • Have a special section for holiday recipes, such as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
  • Include a section for substitutions. You never know when you might run out of a certain ingredient! Be sure to include healthy substitutions, such as wheat flour for white flour or apple sauce instead of oil/butter.
  • Add a section for measurement conversions and equivalents.

Free Recipe Binder Printables

If you want something quick to get your recipes organized, try one of these free recipe binder printables!

Printable Recipe Binder Kit from The Idea Room

Perfect for those holiday recipes to find in one place.

DIY Recipe Binder {Free Printable!} from Living Well Mom

Convenient way to sort the recipes you print from online too.

How to Make a Recipe Binder from The Gracious Wife

Try this cute, pretty, and practical recipe binder with free printables.

Free Printable Recipe Binder Kit from The Design Eat Repeat

Choose your own colors with these free recipe binder printables.

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