How to Make a Recipe Card Template

Written by deanne lachner
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Your grandmother's famous meat loaf. Your mother's snickerdoodles. These recipes are meant to be savoured, shared and preserved for future generations. Handwritten recipe cards often become smudged with food and end up in tatters before the next generation can appreciate them. Today, it is easier than ever to create a recipe card template that can be printed, filled in by hand and then laminated. Whether you use Word, Works or Open Office, creating the recipe card template is a process requiring a few steps before you're on your way to preserving your family recipes for your children and their children.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper, white or coloured
  • Colour ink cartridge (optional)
  • Laminating film and laminating machine (optional)

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  1. 1

    View recipe card templates online by visiting sites that offer free templates (see References and Resources). Find a template you like and make a note of the layout, the size, the type of information and the graphics or images.

  2. 2

    Open your word processing program. Create a single blank recipe card based on the specifications you chose in Step 1 and the steps below.

  3. 3

    Set the card margins as follows: top and bottom to 1 inch, and left and right to 1.25 inches. This setting allows for two cards per page.

  4. 4

    Create a border. Click "Insert" and then "Text Box." A box will appear in the middle of your document. Click and drag the borders until you have the size you'd like for your recipe card. Common recipe card sizes are 3 x 5 and 4 x 6 inches.

  5. 5

    Insert text and blank lines in the text box. You can type "Title" on the first line. Space down once and type "From the kitchen of." Space down once and insert blank lines throughout the rest of the text box. If you saw other items in the sample templates that you liked, insert them now (for example, a "Date" line, headings for "Ingredients" and "Directions" and a space for "Notes" at the bottom).

  6. 6

    Add a graphic to your recipe card template, if desired. With your cursor inside the text box, click "Insert" and then "Clipart." Choose an image, and the program will place it into the text box. Use the mouse to click and drag the borders of the image until you have the desired size. Click the image itself and drag it around your textbox until it is in the location you want.

  7. 7

    Copy the entire recipe, including the text box, space down twice on the document and paste the recipe again. This places two identical recipe cards on a single page. Print as many as you want.

  8. 8

    Save the template by clicking "Save as" and then "Template." Input the name you want to save the recipe card under and click "Save." To open and print the template again, click "Open," then "Template" and then click on the name of your saved template.

Tips and warnings

  • Highlight the entire recipe card, if desired, and select a different colour font. All of your lines and text in the text box will change colour. Try red for Christmas recipes and green for Easter.

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