Make a Family Recipe Book

These homemade recipe books make great gifts that family members are sure to treasure for years to come.

Family Recipe Book

COST: $1.68

TIME: 1 hr. 15 min.


• 9 family photos in digital form • 8 recipes • Recipe book templates (download at • Color printer • 7 sheets white or ecru card stock, 8½″ × 11″ (42¢; at Staples) • 8 sheets kraft-colored (brown) card stock, 8½″ × 11″ (80¢; at Hobby Lobby) • 4 sheets white or ecru stationery paper, 8½″ × 11″ (36¢; at Office Max) • Printer • Scissors or paper cutter • Bone folder (optional) • Red baker's twine or other heavyweight string, approximately 2' long (10¢; at Jo-Ann) • Large sewing needle • Glue stick


1. Size the photos so they are 3¾″ × 2½″. To save card stock, arrange photos so you can print four on a sheet. The card and pouch templates may be edited on a computer, so type in recipes on card template and fill in recipe name on pouch.

2. Print out photos, book cover and recipe cards on white or ecru card stock and trim, following the directions on the template for the cover and recipes. Print out pouches on kraft-colored card stock, trim and assemble, following the directions on the template.

3. Fold cover down middle. Take 4 sheets stationery and fold in half so each page is 5½″ × 8½″. Crease each fold—use a bone folder if desired. Stack pages so cover is on outside and stationery is inside. Use a large sewing needle to punch five evenly spaced holes through the fold. Stitch pages together, passing twine through center hole from outside of book and leaving a 3″-long tail, through next hole from inside to outside, and back through bottom hole. Stitch up page to top and back down to middle, and tie ends together on outside of book. That creates a solid line of red twine on both the inside and outside of book.

4. Glue a pouch on bottom half of each page, and a family photo above. Insert your recipe cards into their matching pouch. Finish by gluing a family photo in frame on cover.