How to Frame a Favorite Family Recipe

In just a few steps, turn a treasured family recipe into DIY decor for your kitchen or a sweet handmade gift for mom.

Charming Blue-and-White Cottage-Style Kitchen

Charming Blue-and-White Cottage-Style Kitchen

Give your kitchen a big boost of cozy cottage style by inexpensively lining the shelves with gingham shelf paper and framing family recipes and a hand-me-down tea towel as art.

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Materials Needed

  • frame (that's just a bit larger than the recipe card)
  • decorative paper
  • handwritten recipe card
  • glue stick
  • glass cleaner
  • scissors

Cut Paper Border

Remove glass from frame and use it as a template to mark the decorative paper that will border the recipe card. Cut out.

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Attach Recipe

Use a glue stick to cover the center of the decorative paper (Image 1), then attach recipe card (Image 2).

Clean Glass

Using window cleaner, clean the frame's glass, removing fingerprints and smudges then replace it in the frame.

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Place Recipe Card in Frame

Pop paper-backed recipe card in frame (Image 1). Replace the frame's backing and secure with included tabs (Image 2).

Display or Gift

Hang or set the framed card in your kitchen to put your family's culinary history on display (Image 1) or surprise your favorite home chef with a framed version of their 'famous' recipe as a birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day or Christmas gift. Alternative: For a larger framed recipe, old church or community cookbooks can be a treasure trove of your grandmother's go-to recipes (Image 2).

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