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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

Easy 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)

Recipe Card Holder SuppliesInstructions:

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

 Holder Cloth Patterns

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

Clothes Pin Gluing

Place paper on clip and smooth out any air bubbles.

Cloth Pattern Application

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

Pattern Trimming

Holder Cleaned Up

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

Clothes Pin Sanding

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

Recipe Card Holder Decoration

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.

Card Holder Finished Product

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

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DIY Recipe Card Holder



  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. People love these at my craft fairs! I made some for Christmas last year and I couldn’t keep them on the table. I usually use the ones from AC Moore a crafty shop in New England they are unfinished wood but I love the blue color on this one! Great job! Here are some of mine:

  3. This is such a great idea! I am going to try to find some huge pegs so I can make some. Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. 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.

  5. 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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