DIY Recipe Binder

A DIY Recipe Binder is an easy and practical way to organize all of your recipes–and to keep adding them! Free printables included.

DIY Recipe Binder

About ten years ago, I went through my stacks of cookbooks, and file of saved recipes I had printed or had received from others.   I took out all of our favorites, typed them up, slid them into sheet protectors, and put them into a binder. That Recipe Binder changed my life.  Yes, I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true.  It saved me so much time and effort when it came to cooking and menu planning, and at the same time streamlined and organized all of my recipes. The idea of a recipe binder is nothing new, and it’s been around for a long time, but that says something right there…it’s still around because it WORKS!  I’ve had to change binders a few times over the years, and just this past week, my current ones needed a makeover.  I use them A LOT, and they were in sad shape.  So…I’m sharing them with you, plus all the free printables you need to make your own DIY Recipe Binder!

How does it work?

DIY Recipe Binder: Organize Your Recipes

I type up my favorite, tried and true recipes–the ones that I gather out of all my other cookbooks and from other sources–slide them in sheet protectors, and the place them in binders under a specific category.  I love the sheet protectors, because as I’m cooking, if something spills on it, it’s easily wiped up, and the recipe isn’t ruined. I don’t always type them up–if I get them online, I usually just print them out and place them in the binder.

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables |

 DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables |

At the back of each of my binders, I have a pocket divider. This is where I put any new recipes, and recipes I want to try, then if we like it, I slide it into a sheet protector and keep it in my binder. If we don’t like it, then it’s easy to toss.

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables |

I now have three binders!  You can either have more of the smaller binders, or less of the thicker ones. I don’t like my binders to be too big, so I tend to go with the thinner ones.  Each binder is organized by like categories, making it easier to file and remember where recipes are.

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables |

I LOVE them.  Seriously, it is worth the time to type up your recipes, I promise! When I first started, I just did a few every day until I was done, so it wasn’t too overwhelming.  Now, it doesn’t take too long to add a new recipe, and it’s super easy to maintain.

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables |

When I just re-did my binders (which were in sorry shape), I created fun printables for the cover, spine, each category, and the tabs. AND…I’m sharing them with you!  Just download the files, and print!  Make sure you look at the print view before printing–I had to make some small changes to my margins so it would fit the best on my paper.  I ended up with a small white border at the top and bottom of each paper, and I just trimmed them off. They were only about 1/8 of an inch, so not too much.

The tabs are actually circles, and I have the text at the top of the circles.  Just print on to your choice of scrapbook paper or cardstock, then use a 2 inch circle punch to cut them out. I laminated mine so they would last a long time, and used doublestick tape to attach them to the back of each category page—making a cute tab!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables |

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables |

 You can also print and cut out the spine cover, and slide it in the plastic cover.  Easy!

DIY Recipe Binder | Free Printables |

You can download all the printables below. I also included a blank page, so you can add your own text with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Canva.

Here are the colors I used:

Dark Gray:  2f2f2f

Light Gray: 6c6c6c

Dark Pink: ff7996

Light Pink: ffc4cc

Dark Green: 7a9800
Light Green: 7db400


Thirsty Script Bold
Century Gothic
Century Gothic is my own font ( you can use their fonts or yours), so you’ll need to have that downloaded on your computer before you start.  It’s a free font!!

To download the files, just click on the files below!



I added the sample recipe page after several requests.  I like to keep it very simple, and type them in a Word document, then saved to a Recipes Folder with subfolders for each category.  The font size for the title is 18, and the text is at 14. I also do only one recipe per page, no matter how short it.

Recipe Binder Files (zip file–all-in-one)

OR…download each of the pdf files below!!!

Recipe Binder Tabs 

BLANK divider page (image file, for editing)

recipe book spine

recipe book spine BLANK (image file, for editing)

recipe binder breakfast

 recipe book appetizers

recipe book breads and rolls

recipe book candy

recipe book cookies

recipe book cover 1

recipe book desserts

recipe book holidays

recipe book main dishes

recipe book salads

recipe book side dishes

recipe book soups

recipe book yummy drinks

recipe book crockpot page

recipe book frostings

recipe book miscellaneous

Recipe Book Sample Recipe

Recipe Book Crockpot Tab

recipe book tabs frostings and miscellaneous


DIY Recipe Binder and Printables

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  1. Love these. quick question. How do I add my specific title to the editable file?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi, Loretta! Save the file, then open it up your editing software of choice…if you don’t have any, there are free sites like that you can use. Once you’ve opened it in that program, add your text, then save.

      Here is another post that explains editing a picture and adding text…hopefully it will help give you a little more info!!

  2. Love so much of what you have posted! I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find the recipe templates? It tells me at the bottom of the page but they’re not there.

    1. So sorry, Peggy! There was a little glitch. It’s all fixed now, and at the bottom of the post!!

  3. Awesome ways to organizing recipes! My wife just recently started collecting recipes from our family members and this will really help with organizing them! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hey, I love these but when i click on the files it says the pages cannot be found. Any chance you could help me?

    1. Hey, Sarah! Sorry about that! The individual links were working, but that first zip file somehow came unlinked. It’s all fixed now, so you should be good to go! Thanks so much for letting me know!! xoxo

  5. These are so cute! I already have a binder but would love to dress it up! Are these available in a half size? (My binder is one of the small ones that fits copy paper cut in half). If not, do you think I would be able to edit these to fit? Or is it embedded in such a way that nothing can be edited?

    1. Hi, Megan! I’m sorry, they are pdf files that are not editable. I can send you the original jpg files if you want to try and resize them! Just let me know which email address to send them to.

  6. Just found your printables when looking for tips on organizing recipes and LOVE your pages. Since Main Dishes is such a large category, would it be possible to have categories for Casseroles, Fish/Seafood, Poultry, Beef, Pork and Pasta? Thank you so very much for sharing these with all of us. xox

    1. Hi, Elizabeth!! I so wish I had time to do it!! I did share a blank page (decoration included, just no text), along with all of the colors and fonts I used. is a free online software where you can add text to images. Here’s a post that shows you how! xoxo

  7. Hi I’m all in favour of having some recipes and make a I can keep going back to see what my husband wants me to prepare for myself and him to eat. And prepare other meals for the food to be stored in the freezer.

  8. I just wanted to say Thank you for making this recipe book free and easily printable. I love the colors and choices.

  9. Thank you for the free printable recipe binder pages. I am making a recipe binder for my 9 year old granddaughter and can’t wait to surprise her with it.

    1. That’s a great suggestion, Carole, thank you! Keep an eye out…and if you’ll email me in a couple weeks, I can let you know when it’s posted.

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