If some of you recall, many of my birthday gifts last April consisted of Macy's gift cards so that I could be let loose in this area of the store. Being the frugal and careful shopper that I am, it took me a couple months to spend my gifts. I would cruise the aisles waiting for something to tell my frugal heart that I could not live without a certain item. This is a very slow process and eventually I gave in and bought a recipe box at full price. I had been using vintage ones for the last decade and I figured it was time for a fresh start. The blue would match perfectly with my kitchen so I placed it down at the register next to my gift card and pushed away any retail guilt that tried to rear its inconvenient head my way.
Martha being as frugal as she is decided not to include sweet lined recipe cards with her tin. She luckily gave us dividers though so at least we had the start of a recipe box. I was stuck with finding my own cards. My vintage cards were half the size of the dividers so I had to start over again. Or maybe I wanted a fresh start since my vintage box was sorely neglected. I didn't have to wait long for an answer to my dilemma. I was doing some organizing in the craft room when I came across some lovely looking Christmas cards. I think I picked them up for .50 cents at a yard sale and stuck them on a shelf to relocate later to the attic. They barely have a holiday theme about them, only a tiny bit of hard to read, cursive writing that said, "happy holidays".
Not only were they blank inside but they gave me a front to write the name of the recipe, the right hand side to list the needed ingredients and the left side for the instructions. I could also add a loose piece of paper for an extra long recipe.
The writing is a wee messy as I was writing on my lap while watching Cerys at gymnastics. But you get the idea. This is a recipe from Martha Stewart Living. I decided rather than completely waste my money on my magazine obsession, I was going to try to get more out of each issue. This is a recipe for Yogurt Spiced Chicken.
I also keep a pen in the tin at all times. I'm a little particular about the type of pen I use. It has to feel good in my hand with a nice ink that writes smoothly on the paper. I'm seeking therapy for my pen issues as I type this. This is a scrapbook pen and works perfectly on the style of paper of these cards.
As I like an eclectic recipe box just to keep things entertaining, I have other ideas to reuse items for recipe cards.
I'm probably not the only one with moving cards that I didn't send to all my friends and family due to exhaustion after the move and instead sent a quick email with our new details. I found these unused cards in my stationary drawer.
The card on the left was free from our local Girls Night Out shopping evening. The one on the right is an unused library card holder. I have no idea where I picked it up but it most likely was thrifted. I trimmed some vintage office paper and popped it in.
There are lots of creative ways to make your recipe box fun and colorful. I did find these yesterday and nearly conceded and purchased them but I stayed true to my thrifty roots. They are adorable though and very tempting. What ideas do you have to make recipe cards from? Leave me your ideas and I'll put your name in a hat for the blank cards above plus a few more not shown.