Shut the front DOOR!

Who is ready to start making Christmas Gifts?

I’m showing you today  one of the many  Handmade Christmas Gifts to come in the next few weeks.

Check out this DIY Recipe Book… perfect to keep those favorite special Christmas Recipes in one place.

I made this Recipe Book with a cute Christmas touch since we are going to collect from now on our favorite

Christmas Recipes from the past and those that will become new favorite recipes for the future.

Here is a tutorial for you!


You’ll need a note book.

{ I love these two that I found at Target }

Wooden Spoon

{ You can find them at Wal-Mart in a package of five for 88 cents }

Ribbon or Bakers Twine.


Paint: I love Santa Red from DecoArt. This is the perfect red!

Punch Holder and Craft Paper.

Let’s make this Recipe Book together!

First we are going to give the wooden spoon some fun Santa Red design.

Get your tape and make the stripes as wide as you like.

Then paint them, pull the tape and let the red festive stripes dry!

While drying work on the book.

Punch some circles from your scrapbooking paper and fold them in half.

Divide your book in section for different types of recipes such as Main Dishes, Desserts, Soups, Salads and Side Dishes…

You get the point!

Then get each folded circle and glue it on the page to divide each section.

I added a little paper clip to each division because it is cute and you can even clip a little note to them…

Oh the details!

Now that  the inside of the book is done it is time to finish the outside.

Make two holes in the right side of your note book and thread a string of Bakers Twine through it.

I like to add some tape to the end of the twine so it is easier to thread.

Place the spoon in place and tie it with a little bow.

Make sure to knot the end of the twine so it doesn’t fray.

At this point it was super cute but the corner logo on the notebook was really bothering me.

Solution? I cut a piece of red vinyl and stuck it right on top of it.

To add a little more fun I punched a few white vinyl circles and I stuck them right on top of the red.

Fun, cute, useful and an affordable Christmas Handmade Gift Under 5 Dollar!

You can even make it double special if you add these

DIY Hot Pads that I made with a set of Hot Pads from the Dollar Store.

Make sure to check out the DIY Hot Pads Tutorial HERE.

For more gift ideas also take a look at my favorite list of

25 Handmade Gifts Under $5. These are awesome ideas!




Fun and Yummy Lunch Ideas!


26 Responses to DIY Recipe Book

  1. Joan says:

    This is very cute. I’m wanting to make one for my granddaughter for her graduation. Thank-you for a wonderful idea.

  2. Nancy says:

    How did you punch holes in the binder to attach the spoon? Thanks for this neat idea!

  3. Christi says:

    SUPER CUTE! This would be fun for my cookie exchange! Did you hand write the recipes in it? I don’t have pretty hand writing, and thinking they could be printed on the computer and glues/taped in. Wonder if I could find some cute duct tape that color coordinates for the tabs ….who knows, with all of the fun duct tape out these days, there might be some w/ a Christmas print on it!

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