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Making A Vintage Recipe Card Clipboard

Recipe clipboard

I love vintage things.  We inherited two recipe boxes of recipes from my husbands mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  All in their own handwriting.  I wanted a way to display some of the them, so I thought what better way then to re-purpose a clipboard?

Some of the recipe names really show their age, like the one called "A Cheap Cake."  I can just imagine what life was like at the time.

Starting with a plastic clipboard.

I started with a plastic clipboard.  You could use any type you have.

I took a piece of 12x12" patterned scrapbook paper and cut it to the size of the clipboard.  I rounded the corners with a corner rounder punch and put liquid glue on the clipboard.

Clipboard with patterned scrapbook paper on it.

Lay the scrapbook paper on the clipboard and gently rub your hand over it to work out any air bubbles before the glue sets.

Once you've worked toward the top you'll need to cut around the metal clip with a craft knife.

Use craft paint to paint any areas not covered and/or the edges.

Add copies of photos of the people who wrote the recipes.

Use copies of vintage photos of the family members who have written the recipes.

I enlarged mine to 4x6 and cut them to fit across the board.

I used a dark brown piece of 12x12 cardstock to cut into strips to use above, below and between the photos to serve as a frame.

I cut scrap pieces of ribbon in brown tones to tie onto the clip portion of the board.

I copied some of the recipe cards, printed them into uniform 4x6" sizes, punched a  hole in the corner, stapled a scrap piece of ribbon to the right edge and used a ring (from an office supply store) to hold them together.

I tied the ring to the clip with one of the ribbon pieces.

All set to put in my kitchen.

2/13/2011 11:40:58 AM

Thanks to both of you. I too have enough cookbooks to try a new recipe a day and never run out. I'm working on whittling that "collection" down. Staci

cindy murphy
2/9/2011 8:34:13 AM

Beautiful, Staci - and it can be used to display a multitude of things, too, in addition to recipes. I think I have an idea of what to do now, with a few in the stack of clipboards I found while cleaning the basement (it's not wonder I could never find one when I needed it). Thanks for the idea.

nebraska dave
2/8/2011 8:33:21 PM

Staci, I'm afraid that I don't have any crafty in me unless it uses power tools. I do have a collection of cook books from all the churches that I have visited over the years. And you know how those church ladies can cook. I could possibly make a different meal every day for the rest of my life and never run out of recipes. My favorite cook book I recently aquired by winning a blog drawing a few weeks ago and has a story about the recipe for each one. It's a facinating read even if I never prepare any of the recipes. Have a great crafty day.