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How to Create Free Recipe Cards With a Template

Making Recipe Cards Using Microsoft Word

Making your own recipe cards is quite easy to do using Microsoft Word. If it is not already installed within your Word program you can easily install it by going to Do a search for recipe cards once at the site. Simply download the template. You do have to use Internet Explorer, and you will need to enable cookies in your browser before you will be able to successfully complete a download from this site. Once it is downloaded your Word program will open and you'll be given instructions on how to use the template.

Recipe Theme Cards

There are many choices as far as templates go. If you're looking for something other than a plain recipe card you will find it here. There are themed templates such as:

  • Pumpkins for Halloween or Thanksgiving
  • Holiday recipe cards
  • Family Reunion cards
  • Personalized cards
  • And more

Template downloaded to my computer

Template downloaded to my computer

One of the many ways to format the card

Recipe card made using template

Recipe card made using template

Example: Recipe Card

This is what one of the recipe card templates will look like once it is downloaded onto your computer. You can then type in your recipe, save it, and print either onto plain paper or an Avery perforated card. This particular template comes in triplet, which could come in handy if you have more than one recipe you'd like to print out.

Formatting the Recipe Cards

To format the recipe cards there are several choices on the toolbar such as font, font size, and font color. You can add a fill color. Should you want to use a larger sized card you can change the size by selecting it in the labels and envelopes. In the example below I've chosen Avery US Letter under vendors, and then the Avery number 5388 index cards. These cards come perforated with 3 to a sheet.

Printing Recipe Cards

You can either print your recipe cards on an 8 x 10 sheet of paper or use the Avery index card sheets. These sheets go into your printer the exact same way that paper does.


Other online sites for downloading free recipe templates

At you can download free software that is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000. You must have Microsoft Office 2010, 2007, 2003, XP or 2000 installed on your computer to use this. This software will give you templates to use for recipes, business cards, name badges and more.

There are many online places you can download free templates. To be safe when downloading be sure to save the download to your desktop and do a virus scan before using.

Recipe Card Ideas

If you like to bake, and give baked goods at Christmastime, a recipe card would go very nicely with a can of cookies, a fruitcake, or perhaps a salad that you're taking to a potluck dinner.

When your children need to take cookies or muffins to school for a bake sale, it might be nice to add a recipe card to the wrapped goods. This will be welcomed to let people know what ingredients were used especially for anyone that is allergic to certain foods.

Starting up a new bakery business? Make up one of your recipes, include a recipe card that has your business name, price of the item that you're attaching the card to, and hand out several of these to local stores and restaurants. This would be a great way to introduce your new business into your community, and have the people sample what your baked goods taste like. Include a typed list of all the items that you make to sell.

Planning a shower for a new bride to be? Have everyone that will be attending the shower give you their favorite recipe. Type all the recipes up onto cards with each guests name on the card such as recipe by, from the kitchen of, and put the cards into a nice recipe box holder as a gift for the bride to be. Perhaps add a cookbook or set of pots to go along with the gift.

Storing printed recipe cards

Once your recipe cards are printed you may want to store them in a binder. To keep them from fading or getting dirty insert them into plastic sheet holders.


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2012:

TT and Suzie,

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Glad you liked the hub and thanks for the votes and shares.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 08, 2012:

What a ultra cool and useful piece of info! I will definitely check this out! Thanks for this great hub - voted up, useful and sharing on

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 08, 2012:

Great ideas, Susan! These will be great this holiday season for all the yummy home made goodies! Voted up and shared.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 30, 2012:

RH, I have a few binders and a really cool book I got as a wedding shower gift that I use to keep all my recipes in. Many of them are saved on my computer as well. Glad you liked this hub, and thanks.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 29, 2012:

Susan - now how in the world did I miss this one? Awesome! I really need to make recipe cards like this...I just keep them all loose in a notebook. I have a hard time finding specific ones at times and it is so annoying. Waste of time. Plus - I lost one that I knew I could never replace - for Vanilla Brownies - it was my ex-mother in laws - I found it like 10 years after I lost it! I lost it again...dam!

Loved the hub - it looks perfect!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 15, 2012:

Bill, Thanks. I am so bad at keeping up with reading all the hubs that people write. I think I need to take about a month and do nothing except read to catch up. No need for apologies. There are some of yours that I've yet to read, but I will get to them.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 15, 2012:

I'm not getting notified when you write a hub. I just realized it when you visited my last hug...I was thinking, "huh, how come Susan hasn't written in a long time."

Well, here I am now. I really don't care about recipe cards but I wanted you to know that I really do support you and I'm sorry I haven't been by lately.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 15, 2012:

Jimmy, Thanks for stopping by to read how to make recipe cards :)

Jimmy the jock from Scotland on May 14, 2012:

Inow have another use for my computer other than writing Hubs and playing games lol, thanks for this useful advice.....jimmy

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 14, 2012:

Ruby, Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 13, 2012:

This is great Susan. You always have the best ideas..Thank you..

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 13, 2012:

Thanks everyone for reading and for all of your great comments.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on May 13, 2012:

I have never made a recipe card before. This is a cool idea. Thanks for sharing this Susan, I didn't know about the template either.

Janis Goad on May 13, 2012:

Good hub, and an excellent suggestion for getting recipes organized. Mine are not. I rarely use them. I might enjoy cooking more if my recipes were organized like this.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on May 13, 2012:

How useful and I think I'll be able to do it! Great idea, nice for passing on recipes to my family, something more permanent and caring about a pretty card isn't there?

Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on May 13, 2012:

Very good advice. Recipe cards are great to pass on as gifts when attached to a jar of the dry ingredients :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 13, 2012:

Susan very useful :) thanks for the share

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 12, 2012:

I have gotten some cool recipe cards in the past, thanks for the reminder. I need to establish this idea within family and friends again. It is a great way to share!

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