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Easy Recipe Card Holder

It’s wedding season! I love going to bridal showers and seeing all the fun and creative gifts for the happy couple. If you’re looking for an inexpensive yet thoughtful shower gift, here’s one that costs only about $1 and takes less than 30 minutes to make! This over-sized paper clip keeps your recipe card up off the counter and safe from drips and splashes when you’re cooking. Pair this easy recipe holder with a stack of recipe cards (with or without favorite recipes on them) and you’ve got a useful and cute gift in no time flat.

giant clothes pin recipe card holder

Supplies for Recipe Card Holder:

  • Over-sized wooden clothes pin (I found mine at Michael’s for $1)
  • Patterned paper
  • Craft knife and cutting mat
  • Decoupage glue and foam brush
  • Sandpaper or sanding block
  • Coordinating embellishments and adhesive (optional)

1. Trace your clothes pin on your patterned paper and cut the pieces out.

2. Apply a layer of decoupage glue to the clip.

Place paper on clip and smooth out any air bubbles.

3. Place pin paper side down on a cutting mat. Using a craft knife, trim paper flush with the clip.

4. Sand the edges to make the paper become one with the clip.

5. Embellish with coordinating flowers, buttons, ribbon, etc.

That’s it! There are tons of free recipe card printables on the Internet, so find some that match the paper on your clip and you have a darling gift! I found these cards from The Messy Vegetarian.

Here’s another version with free recipe cards from Martha Stewart.



  1. I love these..but cldnt find pins at michaels or hobby lobby so i ordered them online…mine are 6″ jumbo pins looks huge in reality and am confused if they r too big help!!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! I bought several of these huge clothes pins last year to decorate and forgot about it. I think they would be a great gift for the ladies in my bible study to hold the weekly memory verse.

  3. You know, this would also be an amazingly neat thing on bedroom doors to hold notes to each other. :) In my household of me, hubby, mom, son, son’s gf, son’s son and my nephew communication is a real problem – except for the baby everyone’s an adult and always on the go. We’re always forgetting things…this would solve that!

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