DIY Frugal Gift Ideas: Framed Recipe Card Craft

Recipe Card


We’re all trying to spend less for the holidays, but I also really would like to focus on more thoughtful gifts that really reflect the recipient.  Why not take a beloved family recipe card(complete with burnt sugar stains and annotations from over the years), and frame it beautifully to make a lovely gift with a personal meaning?

The recipe I framed above is from a book that was my grandmother’s in the 1950’s. It is falling apart at the seams, so I carefully copied all the recipes, and framed this page to keep as a family heirloom. Every time I look at it, I’ll be reminded of holidays past and our favorite family recipes.

To make a DIY framed recipe card, you only need a few things:

  • page from recipe book or handwritten recipe card (free)
  • measuring tape or ruler (on hand)
  • frame with mat (approx $10 – you could get an inexpensive 8×10 frame at the dollar store and then jazz it up with a mat like this)
  • tape (on hand)

Simply measure the page or card you’d like to frame. In this case, my page was 6×9″. I bought an 8×12″ frame and a separate color-coordinated matte.

Trim the image so it fits inside the matte and tape it down.

Close up the frame and you’re all done! A personalized item your recipient will love.


You’re not limited to recipes!  Find some antique books – you can get them at antique stores or even at garage sales for less than $1.00 each, and do the same thing with selected pages.

For the book lover:

For the hobbyist:

The beauty of this idea is that you can tailor it to anyone’s tastes. And I guarantee that people will appreciate the time you took to acknowledge and recognize their passions!

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  1. oh what a great idea! I want to get better at doing personalized gifts this year! Thanks for the idea!

  2. This is a really great gift idea! So creative. I have family members that would love this! Thanks!


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