This free printable recipe binder makes organizing your recipes a breeze! Meal planning is so much easier now that you have all your recipes in one place!
By Megan Byrd, RD – Free Printable Recipe Binder post contains affiliate links. See full disclosure page for details.
I’m guessing that right now, your recipes are saved all over the place. On your phone, in a board on Pinterest, scattered in with the cook books, and even piled up in a kitchen cupboard.
I used to have the same problem. My recipes would always be shoved in a pile or on some random Pinterest board. I never remembered where I put certain recipes and I didn’t have them organized at all.
When the holidays came around, I couldn’t remember where that one really good cookie recipe was. Or how I made that amazing turkey brine that one year.
Weekly meal planning was difficult because I could never think of ideas and couldn’t remember what I had made before, what my husband had liked (or didn’t like), etc.
I had had enough, and just decided I didn’t have time to be on the struggle bus every weekend coming up with meal ideas. That’s when I started using a binder to organize the recipes I had saved and that were family-approved.
Why I use a recipe binder:
- All my recipes are in one place, making it easy for me to find them.
- It makes meal planning a breeze because I have a binder full of recipes my family has tried AND loved.
- No more clutter!
- The binder is easy to find when it’s time to actually make dinner.
A few weeks ago, I completely re-organized my entire recipe binder because it was a #mess. Ever since having little baby April, my organizational skills have got out the window. Mom brain is just so freaking real.
When I was searching for some free printables, I literally couldn’t find any that I liked. So I just said screw it, and made my own. And since I love the printables I made, I knew that you would, too!
So go ahead and grab them here —-> Free Recipe Binder Printables, and let’s get started.
DIY Recipe Binder:
1: Gather your supplies
- 3 ring binder (I’d go with at least 2 inches for room to grow and fill you binder)
- 3 hole punch
- The printables (grab them here)
- At least 12 protective sleeves (optional)
- Clear tape or a glue stick
2. Cut out the tab dividers
On the very last page of the free printables, you’ll see cute little fruit-themed tab dividers. Cut those out and have those ready to go.
3. Assemble your recipe binder
I had my printables printed on card stock for about $10 at Staples. If you don’t want to do that, you can print them out on regular printer paper at home, and slip them into protective sleeves.
Organize your binder with the 11 different recipe categories in whatever order you’d like. Next, simply tape the fruit-themed tab dividers onto the back of the corresponding recipe category pages (see photo below).
4. Fill with recipes
Now that you have your binder put together, it’s time to fill it with recipes! My binder has both printed recipes from other blogs, and hand-written recipes as well. You can use the provided blank recipe form in the free recipe binder printables download to use for your own recipes!
Putting together a recipe binder takes a little work up front, and I know you’re a busy mama. But once you have a nice, pretty, central place to organize your recipes, it saves you soooo much time in the long run. And time is one thing us mamas can’t be wasting.
Don’t forget to pin me for later!