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DIY Family Recipe Book {Free Template}

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Inside: A Free Template for a blank recipe book; plus a full tutorial for how to design your own family cookbook; perfect for gift giving and preserving family traditions.

Need a last minute gift idea? Or maybe you just feel it’s time to start collecting all those old recipes in one place? Or perhaps, you are like I am and like to switch up your recipes and you often forget what adjustments you made? Either way, having a set of blank recipe pages to take notes in is a great idea! Not only that but today, I’m going to show you how to make your own DIY Family Recipe Book – plus there’s a form on this post that will let you download my template for the blank pages!

This is a super simple tutorial. All you need is a free (or paid) version of Canva. I use it allllll the time for blog things and to make print outs and documents. I absolutely love it as a tool. In fact, I used it to make this cool modern family tree art last week.

Open Canva and navigate straight to the templates for recipe cards. Yes. They make it that easy, you guys. No designing required! Some of them are more modern and require big images, others are just words and lines – all of them are cute and you really can’t go wrong. 

I used some images I had saved from past baking projects to create the front of my recipe book. Imagine how pretty this would be as a Mother’s Day or Christmas Gift for someone who loves to cook and bake?

Once I had my recipes all saved in Canva, I downloaded them as a high-resolution PDF suitable for printing. Then I took my files to Staples and had them print the pages out on medium density paper. Basically, my instructions to them were that I didn’t want cheap paper that would be see through. I wanted paper that had a bit of weight to it. 

I also chose to have my recipe book spiral bound – which comes with this fabulous laminated cover …perfect for messy kitchens! 

I’m so thrilled with how this turned out and bonus points because it fits perfectly on my DIY Tablet stand in the kitchen!

Oh and even better was this entire thing cost me less than $14! Gotta love that 🙂 

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mindee huff

Friday 1st of January 2021

I am looking at organizing my recipes and making my son a cookbook of his favorites since he has now graduated from college and will be moving out soon.

Thank you

Bea

Sunday 25th of October 2020

I'm sorry but I must have missed something. I have read your post 3 times and I can't find where you download the free template. I tried clicking on the library of printable. It says you need to fill out a subscription box to get access but I don't see the subscription box either. I love your idea and I appreciate the post. Could you please point me in the right direction?

Jamie Wood

Monday 19th of October 2020

Where did you get the spiral bound book? Was that printed at chapters and they bind it for you? Can you continue to add pages?

ELIZABETH Kannenberg

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Hi, What a beautiful job you did with this! I'd love the link to the cookbook template please. I'm looking to make a collection of recipes for my family, and this would be perfect. Thanks in advance.

Milana

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Yes! Same here. I love the layout of the page. I need this template!!!

Hannah

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Im having a hard time finding the recipe card templates in canvas. It seems like all I can find are title pages. Any suggestions?

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