Gift Idea: Recipe Binder (Free Printable)

One of my favorite gifts to give is a family recipe binder. It’s easy to assemble, but so thoughtful and personal. I made one this year for my Director of Operations, Michelle

To make your own recipe binder, or to gift one, you need a printer and just a few simple office supplies:

Linked below and in my Amazon Storefront, you will find everything you need to buy to make this gift in a snap! (Or you may already have everything at home!) 




  1. Print off your personalized cover page and section headers (see below!), along with any recipes you want to include.
  2. Slip the cover page into the front cover of the binder. 
  3. Put each section header into a page protector and add to binder. Do the same with any recipes you want to include.
  4. Add to the back (or each section) empty page protectors so more recipes can be added later.
  5. Use your label maker to make labels to match the section headers.
  6. Attach the labels to the tabs, and affix the tabs to each section header.
  7. Wrap it up. You’re all done! 

Michelle Holding her Completed Binder

I’ll be saving video directions to my Instagram highlights, so be sure to follow me there to see how I assembled Michelle’s binder.


Free Printables


To help you create your masterpiece, we’ve made a customizable printable available in Canva. You are able to edit the family name on the cover sheet to customize your gift. We’ve included different section headers (also customizable) for you to choose from as well. Here’s a preview:

Recipe Binder Cover  Recipe Binder Section Header 

Click here to access the printable. (You will need a free Canva account in order to access.)
NOTE: Please make a copy before editing. (To do this, open the document in Canva, click on “File” in the upper left hand corner and select “Make a Copy”.) Thank you!


My Favorites


Here are links to two of my favorite recipes to get you started:


Organizing Your Recipes


In addition to keeping printed recipes in my own binder, I also organize them digitally. On Instagram, I save them to a collection called “Recipes” and from websites, I forward to Evernote – which makes them searchable! Watch my video below to learn more.


Happy Gifting and Happy Organizing!



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Each of my career choices-wedding coordinator, event planner, and teacher — gave me the creative freedom to organize everyone and everything. I have always thrived on to-do lists, planners, and systems! Now, I lead a team of organizers to help me on my mission. Read more…

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