DIY: Recipe Binder

Need a way to organize your favorite recipes? Create a cute, simple, and functional recipe binder and bring order to your kitchen in style.

The cookbook section is one of my favorite places to browse and it’s common for me to spend half an hour perusing a stack of recipe books at the local bookstore or library while my kids check out their favorite genres.

Besides loving cookbooks, I also have a weakness for cooking blogs. They’re free to browse, often have sinfully tempting photos, and don’t take up storage space in the kitchen! And it’s so easy to save and organize the recipes with just a click (or pin!!) on the computer.

BUT, sometimes there’s a recipe I love too much to keep saved on the computer, and so I print it and shove the loose-leaf paper in with my other recipe books.

Great organization system, right?

Not surprisingly, the loose collection was getting WAY to cluttered, not to mention I could never find that recipe again, so it was time to conquer and organize the recipes into a binder.

DIY Recipe Binder with printables

This binder is super simple, but is cute and functional, and besides bringing more order to your own kitchen, would make a really great gift for a college student, newlywed, teacher, neighbor, or anyone who eats, really!

In my college and newlywed years I remember spending a lot of time on the phone with my mom or at my grandma’s kitchen table over Thanksgiving break copying down my favorite family recipes. Having an already-organized binder would have been AMAZING.

DIY Recipe Binder with printables

Create Your Own Recipe Binder

You’ll Need:

Print the recipe categories.

DIY Recipe Binder with printables

The category printables include the following categories:

Appetizers & Snacks | Asian | Beverages | Breakfast | Breads | Desserts | Grilling | Holiday | Meat | Mexican | One-dish Meals | Pizza & Pasta | Salads | Seafood | Side Dishes & Veggies | Soup & Stew

Sort your recipes into categories

. . . and place them into sheet protectors.

Having my little cooking helpers in the kitchen (not to mention my own clumsiness) almost guarantees meal-prep spills, so storing the recipes in clear plastic sleeves protects the recipes from splashes. It’s also a good way to store odd-size recipes.


DIY Recipe Binder with printables

Magazine Articles . . .

DIY Recipe Binder with printables

Handwritten notes from my mom . . .

DIY Recipe Binder with printables

 Scribbled notes from recipe creations . . . ETC.

DIY Recipe Binder with printables

Easy, peasy, cute and organized recipe binder.

3 Comments on DIY: Recipe Binder

  1. Alexa
    September 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi.. is there any way that i can change/edit the titles on the print outs? I dont make bread, or mexican etc and would like to add my own titles.
    Thanks :)

    • pameladonnis
      September 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Alexa!
      The files aren’t really editable… if there are just a few changes you’d like, email me at and I’ll see what I can do.
      xoxo, Pam

  2. Shaela
    November 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

    I need to organize my loose recipes but I’m terrified – I have a pile at least 4 inches thick stuffed into the cupboard with my cookbooks!!


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