Baking is messy. It’s just a hazard of the craft, right? I really enjoy baking, though, and I have a little trick to share with you today to keep your favorite recipes close-at-hand, protected from spills, and looking great for a long time to come! About 15 years ago, I had the idea to laminate one big card with my favorite and most-used family recipes. That way, I didn’t have to haul out the whole recipe book for the ones I needed most often, and I didn’t have to worry about losing them or destroying them while I had them out. After 15 years, my original recipe card is still going strong, but it was due for a little facelift. So I made up a much prettier recipe card version, and this is something I can also give as a gift as my younger family members are getting married and having bridal showers, or moving into their first homes and having housewarming parties.
- Purple Cows Hot & Cold Laminator
- 110 lb. Heavyweight White Cardstock
- Paper Trimmer
- Your favorite recipes formatted on one page (or, scroll down to download our free printable, and enjoy my family’s favorites!)
Laminating is easy. In fact, now that I have my laminator, I find ways to use it all the time! The Purple Cows Laminator comes with a starter pack of 50 pouches in various sizes, so if you’re buying that, you won’t need laminating sheets. I used the 8×8 size for this project. You just need to preheat your laminator, trim your printed recipe card down to the 8×8 size (or whatever size you’re making yours), slide it into the laminating pouch, and feed it through the back. This model will automatically feed your project through, and roll it out the front. Allow it to cool for a moment, and it’s ready!
What I love most about protecting my recipe card sheet is that not only will it not rip or tear, but if you splash a little vanilla or spill some flour on it, a quick rinse or wipe down with a wet cloth, is all it takes! You don’t have to worry about it getting sticky or stained over time.
You can design your own recipe card with your family’s go-to recipes, laminate individual cards that are special to you to keep them preserved, or you can just download my favorites! (If you click the image below, you can download and save the PDF to print from your computer.)
(The directions for these are brief on the card, because I’ve made each of these recipes dozens of times over the years! If you’d like to know more detail about the preparation of any of these recipes, I do have them posted on my personal blog, Happy Hour Projects. You can click any image below if you want to read more about them.)
If you’ve got your own favorite recipes – that’s great, too! You can download this blank template for your family’s best recipes.
This recipe card works best when printed on heavy-duty cardstock, so that it doesn’t get bent over time. You can of course use standard paper, but it won’t have that same “indestructible” feel to it that cardstock provides. Pairing it with a mixing bowl and a few utensils makes for an adorable gift, too.
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).