Framed Recipes Kitchen Art | Family Gift Idea

LAST UPDATED: Jan 06, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 02, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

Create these simple and memorable framed recipes. Great for gift giving or as decor in your own home.

frame family recipes for beautiful kitchen art

Our original goal was to have our home completed before the holidays so that we could relax and enjoy the season without issue. Sometimes the best intentions just don’t quite come to fruition.

One delay led to another soon realizing it wasn’t going to be completed on time, and I, at least, wanted to start warming up her home by filling the walls with framed family recipes to make our house feel like home for the holidays.

The holidays bring such a feeling of intimacy and I like that to reflect in our home. We often spend more time indoors, cozied up, visiting with family and friends. It’s amazing how much more complete it feels with the addition these framed recipes.

frame recipes from family for instant kitchen art

I procrastinated projects that I had in mind for years because adding art with meaning like my family’s old recipes made me nervous that I was going to mess them up.

But with the house not being done for Christmas, I wanted to add hints of nostalgia and love. So I buckled down and decided to frame the recipes myself as a way to save on time.

frame recipes for instant kitchen art or a beautiful Christmas gift for family

Supplies to Frame a Recipe

Framing these recipes is a lot of measure twice cut once. To frame your own recipes, you’ll need

  • Picture frame
  • Mat Board. You can buy this from any craft store, but I got mine from Michaels.
  • Metal Ruler
  • Utility Knife
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • 3×5 recipe card you are framing
  • Flattened cardboard box to cut your mat board to protect the table or wherever you are cutting the mat board.

You can use frames you already have and paint them if desired. I bought new ones as I had a specific look and color I wanted in the kitchen.

How to Frame Recipes

  1. Measure and cut the mat to fit in the frame on the cardboard. I cut it a little bit bigger so that I could easily trim it to fit the frame.  
  2. Find the center of your mat by turning the mat over and drawing two diagonal lines to over cross each other with your metal ruler. Place your 3×5 card in the center of the diagonal lines and trace around the edges. Using your utility knife and metal ruler cut out the rectangle.
  3. Tape the back of index card. To do this, lay the front of the 3×5 card face down  and put a piece of tape over the top. You don’t want a lot of tape hanging off the edge.
  4. To attach the 3×5 card lay the mat face down. Turn the 3×5 recipe card over, and place it within the 3×5 opening on the mat. Once you have desired placement, press the card down with the tape to have it stick to the mat. 
  5. Place the mat with the attached recipe card in the fame. 
  6. Voila! You have a lovely framed recipe ready to be hung.

I am particularly excited about our kitchen wall art. I had my mom’s favorite pecan pie recipes framed, which includes one that my grandma had written. Adding these family heirlooms gives me the sense that I’m still baking with them, in heart.

I can’t help but smile every time I pass by our new kitchen art. Nothing fancy, just heirloom recipes passed from one friend or family member to another.

frame family recipes for beautiful kitchen art

frame family recipes for beautiful kitchen art

The framed recipes exceeded what I had initially envisioned 10 years ago when my mom passed away. They’re beautifully matted and perfectly paired with frames that highlight my family heirlooms.

frame recipes for instant kitchen art or a beautiful Christmas gift for family

Framed recipes not only make beautiful kitchen art, but a very thoughtful Christmas gift. They are a simple way to remember loved ones over the holidays and think of them. 

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How to Frame your Own Recipes

Create these simple and memorable framed recipes. Great for gift giving or as decor in your own home.
Course DIY
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Cost $10

Equipment

  • Metal Ruler
  • Utility Knife
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Flattened Cardboard

Ingredients

  • Picture Frame
  • Mat Board
  • 3x5 Recipe Card

Instructions

  • Measure and cut the mat to fit in the frame on the cardboard. I cut it a little bit bigger so that I could easily trim it to fit the frame.
  • Find the center of your mat by turning the mat over and drawing two diagonal lines to over cross each other with your metal ruler. Place your 3x5 card in the center of the diagonal lines and trace around the edges. Using your utility knife and metal ruler cut out the rectangle.
  • Tape the back of index card. To do this, lay the front of the 3x5 card face down  and put a piece of tape over the top. You don't want a lot of tape hanging off the edge.
  • To attach the 3x5 card lay the mat face down. Turn the 3x5 recipe card over, and place it within the 3x5 opening on the mat. Once you have desired placement, press the card down with the tape to have it stick to the mat. 
  • Place the mat with the attached recipe card in the frame.
  • Voila! You have a lovely framed recipe ready to be hung.

Notes

To make the recipe stand out you can also use thick mounting tape

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