How to Make a Simple Recipe Book: Do it yourself! Great for those learning how to cook, in college, in their first apartment, or who just need to get organized! #organization #cooking

This year as school starts up again, I am more excited than normal to move into my dorm room!

Why are you excited, Dani?

I’m glad you asked! This year I get a kitchen in my dorm room! I’m crazy lucky to have this, as the majority of schools don’t have this option. However, it is definitely a requirement for me as I am gluten free and the dining commons on campus does not accommodate to that. I am really excited to be able to make my own gluten free meals instead of having to rely on only eating salads in the dining commons!

I was very lucky to have spent the majority of my life with my mother or father making dinner every night for my family, so I rarely had to make my own meals. While I do have some experience cooking, it is very limited. This summer I made sure to help my mother cook dinner a lot to learn how to cook some of my favorite recipes and get a hang for it all.

Throughout this process I quickly learned that I do not have the mind for recipe memorization like my mom does. I knew that when I started cooking my own meals in my dorm I would be struggling to remember what I was supposed to do. I don’t want that!

Enter this project: Creating a recipe book! I decided to make a recipe book out of this binder to take to school with me as I move out tomorrow. Cute, right? Here’s how I did it:


Quick, simple, and organized do it yourself recipe book!

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on this project, and I’m a huge believer of recycling old projects once they aren’t useful anymore to create new things. So here’s what I used:

  • A small 3-hole binder found is the $1 section at Target.
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Small piece of paper
  • Washi Tape
  • Sharpie & Pen
  • Recipes

Step 1: The Recipes

Typing the recipesSince I got this binder specifically because it was smaller than a normal binder (only 8 inches tall and about 7 inches wide) normal printed out recipes wouldn’t fit correctly.

I fixed this by creating a table inside a new Word document that was the same dimensions as my binder. Then I looked up recipes online and typed up recipes from my mother’s cooking books and put them into the table on the document.

Then I printed those out and cut out around the table leaving about a half an inch on the left hand side to fit the hole punches!

Then I punched holes in the recipes so that they could easily be added into the binder.

Step 2: Organizing

Table of Contents Closer Recipe bookIf you have a lot of recipes, you might find yourself looking for a way to organize them so that you don’t lose or forget you have any. As I was thinking about this, I realized that the most logical way is to organize them by meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Normally, this would work, but for me it doesn’t. I often eat dinner for breakfast and lunch for dinner and what not.. I don’t like sticking to the traditional foods for each meal as it gets boring for me. So I changed it up.

What I found worked best for me to organize was making a table of contents. I went through and labeled each recipe by page number and then wrote the corresponding page number and recipe name on a small piece of paper that I taped inside the front cover.

This list will grow as I expand my recipe book!


Step 3: Decorating

Labeling the spine Recipe BookThe particular binder that I got was already decorated with cute gold and white stripes. However, if it did not come with that I would have used my trick for creating a notebook cover to customize it.

However, what I did do was I took a piece of washi tape and a sharpie and labeled the spine. This is so that it would stand out among my bookshelf, and yet blend in at the same time!



Simple, right? Check out how cute it looks when added to my bookshelf!

Make your own Recipe book with this great do it yourself how to guide!

Do you have a good way to organize your recipes? Tell me about it in the comments!



DIY: Make a Recipe Book
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5 thoughts on “DIY: Make a Recipe Book

  • August 28, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Love this idea! I am not the most organized person, although I’d like to get better. Starting a food blog was partly to get my recipes in a contained space. I love this binder idea and the fact that you organized the recipes by type. I’ll have to do that to all the magazine clippings I have stuffed in a drawer, lol! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • August 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Magazine clippings for recipes? That would drive me crazy! Though.. watch me have a drawer full of magazine clippings in a few yeas haha! 🙂

    • August 28, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      If they have more time try having them turn it into a sort of scrapbook with cute backing paper and stickers! I wish I had time to do that, and it would be fun

  • August 28, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    We have a recipe book that has favorite recipes from all the women on my husband’s side of the family (and us girls who married in!) We basically just printed them on cute paper and put them in a 3 ring binder, kind of like you did. Love that gold binder, by the way. Great project idea!


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