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How to Make Recipe Cards on the Computer

Updated on July 20, 2012
You don't have to worry about handwriting recipe cards anymore, now you can write them on your computer!
You don't have to worry about handwriting recipe cards anymore, now you can write them on your computer! | Source

Do you have hundreds of recipe cut outs and photocopies that you've collected but rarely look at because they're so frustratingly disorganized? Or maybe these clippings just won't fit into a recipe file.

Organize your kitchen by creating recipe cards to store your own recipes or share with friends and family. Recipe cards also make a great addition to a gift for your favorite chef or a housewarming or bridal shower gift.

Thanks to technology, you can now create recipe cards on your computer which you can either print out or store in a digital file. First of all, you need to decide whether you'd like to use a pre-designed recipe card template or whether you want to design your own.

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Pre-made recipe card templates

If you're choosing to go with a pre-made template, there are many sites available which offer free recipe card templates which you can download or view as PDF and type your recipe into for printing. Just search for "free recipe card templates" online and you will find hundreds of different sites.

Some sites with free downloadable recipe card templates include:
- HP Create (shown as example)
- Microsoft
- Wilton
- Free Printable Recipe Cards

Create recipe cards using Microsoft Word templates

If you want to create recipe cards using templates from Microsoft, open up Microsoft word or publisher and follow these steps:

1. Open a new document
2. Search for "recipe cards" in templates
3. Choose your template, download and type in your recipes

Follow these steps to create a recipe card in Microsoft Word  (Click the image to see it larger)
Follow these steps to create a recipe card in Microsoft Word (Click the image to see it larger)

Creating a recipe card from scratch on Microsoft Word

If you want to use Microsoft word to create recipe cards from scratch (to fit a 4x6 recipe card), follow these steps:

1. Open a new document
2. Click onto page layout
3. Press size > more size options
4. Click onto the margins tab
5. Where it says "multiple pages" click the drop down menu and press "2 pages per sheet"

How do you keep your recipes?

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Once you have typed your recipes into your pre-made or scratch made templates be sure to save a copy of your recipe cards so you have them on file in case the printed ones get damaged or lost or you simply need another copy. Once you've saved them, you're ready to print them off!

Using your recipe cards

Recipe cards aren't only great for keeping your family favorite recipes safe or making it easier to try out those recipes you've been meaning to get around to but they're also great for sharing.

Keep your recipe cards on file so when Susie from down the road asks for your recipe for your famous chocolate cake, you can easily print of a copy for her!

Give recipe cards with gifts for friends, for example:

  • At a baby shower, add in some kid friendly recipes or make ahead meals that will come in handy for the new mum.
  • When making a dish for a new mum or sick friend, add in the recipe card for the dish you are giving them so that they can make it for themselves.
  • For a housewarming party or engagement/wedding gift throw in a couple of your tried and tested recipes for them to use for years to come.
  • When your kids are moving out, give them a recipe box filled with your family favorite recipes so that they will always be able to make them when they're missing home! (Plus when they can't make them as good as you, they might be more likely to come and visit!)

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      Kristy Sayer 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      You're welcome, Helena! How lovely that you have your grandmother's recipes!

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      Helena Ricketts 5 years ago from Indiana

      I had no idea that recipe cards could be printed off of the computer! This will be excellent for organizing all of my grandmother's recipes that she hand wrote years ago. Thank you for the info, this is excellent.

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      Kristy Sayer 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I've just redone my mums because it was all mismatched, falling apart and just plain gross looking - and no one used the recipes because of it! Now she's rediscovered old recipes she'd forgotten about!

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      woothie 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ooo, I need recipe cards! My folder/envelope/thingy is falling apart.