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DIY Recipe Binder (how I organized my recipe mess for $10)

Recipe collections can get out of hand SO quickly. You cut a recipe out of a magazine and set it aside, and all of a sudden your cabinets are overflowing with random cutouts and little scraps of paper. But never fear, even the biggest recipe collections can be tackled with ease, and I’m here to help you. Let’s make a DIY Recipe Binder! Ready?

DIY Recipe Binder

I’m not going to lie to you, my recipe collection isn’t falling out of my cabinets. My recipes are all in binders, on a shelf, in my office (it’s my OCD, I need everything to be in order, always, at all times). But even though my recipes are physically in binders, the binders are disorganized and it drives me crazy. It’s a project that I’ve never wanted to start because it’s so overwhelming. In comes my new DIY Recipe Binder to save the day.

DIY Recipe Binder

Here’s half of my recipe binders. Sooooo. Let’s get to organizing!
First things first, I went to Staples and got all my pages printed out on really nice cardstock. This whole project only cost $10 (including the binder)!

DIY Recipe Binder

PS, this entire DIY Recipe Binder set is available in my Etsy shop in tons of different colors and patterns, so head over there and grab one for yourself! All the DIY Recipe Binder Printables include a cover page, category dividers, and fun pages like a weekly meal plan, kitchen conversion chart, and grocery staples list! Plus it includes blank category dividers and recipe tabs, so you can add your own font and organize your recipes however works best for you.

DIY Recipe Binder

DIY Recipe Binder

Organize that Mess:

First, I emptied all the recipes out of the binders and sorted them. A ton of recipes were illegible, and some of them I just didn’t want. I made this binder my Dessert Binder, since I have more dessert recipes than anything.

DIY Recipe Binder

Make Those Tabs:

I added my own font onto the category tags, printed them, cut them out, folded them in half, and used washi tape to attach them to the category pages. If you want it to look extra professional, you could laminate the tags before you attach them, but I didn’t do that because I’m no professional.

DIY Recipe Binder

DIY Recipe Binder

I put the category dividers in page protectors and added the tabs, then started adding the recipes. I hole-punched everything instead of putting everything in page protectors. Recipes might get ruined (and food-stained) quicker, but honestly I like it so much more. It feels much more homemade, and I love that.

DIY Recipe Binder

So that’s a stack (you can’t tell how big it is, but it’s taller than the 3″ binder) of papers in need of a hole-punch. I sped through it while watching Pretty Little Liars, which is the worst show I’ve ever seen but somehow kind of addicting? I don’t understand anything that’s going on, all I know is that I love Caleb forever and ever.
And yes, that’s a page of my favorite bread recipes from Pioneer Woman, and my handwriting from 10 years ago was just awful.

DIY Recipe Binder

DIY Recipe Binder

I’m so happy with how this turned out! My very first section is Recipes to Try (like these Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker), and there’s a section in the back for my own recipes. This project is so easy and so customizable, I loved organizing the binder to fit my own needs.

DIY Recipe Binder

DIY Recipe Binder

Thank you guys so much for reading, and let me know if you try this project!

DIY Recipe Binder (how I organized my recipe mess for $10)
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