Make Your Own Magnetic Recipe Holder

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 in Do It Yourself, Gift Ideas, Home Decor | 6 comments

I spend a lot of time in the Kitchen and this is one of my all time favorite pieces of kitchen decor.  This DIY recipe holder is as functional as it is beautiful.  Using an old picture frame, scrapbook paper, and sheet metal I put together a recipe holder to match our kitchen decor.  These are quick and easy to make and make fabulous gifts for any occasion.

There is just so much that I love about these recipe holders that I don’t know where to start.  I made one for my own kitchen and then managed to use every random frame in our house to make more for friends, family, and other rooms of our house.  These are versatile, beautiful and so easy to customize.  I keep one on the kitchen counter for daily recipes and one on top of the fridge for upcoming recipes for the week.  I have a friend that I gave one to who leaves her meal plan and little notes on it so her hubby knows what the plan is for dinner if he gets home first.

Because they are made from a standard picture frame (the kind with the stand on the back) the are great for any size recipe that you might have.  I Flip mine vertically or horizontally depending on which direction suits the recipe card I am using.

These are created in virtually the same way as the magnetic message board that I showed you earlier except the scrapbook paper is securely attached.

All you will need to make a Recipe Holder is:

  • A picture frame in the size of your choice (old or new)
  • Paint for your frame if you chose to change the color
  • sheet metal cut to fit into your frame
  • Scrapbook paper to fit in your frame and fit your decor
  • Magnets
  • Modge Podge
  • Cheap foam brush

I like to use 8 by 10 frames because then you know a standard sheet of 8 by 10 decorative scrapbook paper will fit just right.  This is a super easy and quick project if you choose a frame that doesn’t need to be painted.  If you do decide to paint the frame a simple can of spray paint can transform any old frame into the perfect color to fit your home.  I have created probably 15 of these so far, and I love to keep them simple black or white, with maybe some distressing here or there.

Here is the step by step process:

1. Choose a frame and dissemble it

2.  If necessary give it a good coat or two of paint

3. Cut a piece of sheet metal that will fit into your frame

4. Put a small amount of Modge Podge on your foam brush and spread it evenly onto one side of your sheet metal.  Do not use too much or your paper will wrinkle when you apply it.

5.  Lay your scrapbook paper onto of your Modge Podged sheet metal and carefully smooth it out.

6.  Let your Modge Podge and frame (if painted) dry completely

7.  Put a few drops of hot glue on the inside of the frame and then lay your paper covered sheet metal into place.

8.  Add magnets (I used river rocks glued to small black craft magnets) and enjoy your new piece of decor.

The possibility with these are absolutely endless.  Make it fun for a new bride, funky for a friend, pretty for your mom, shabby chick for a relative, or simple for anyone on your list.  I love to give these as housewarming gifts for friends and family that have a brand new kitchen to cook in.  I just match the style to their taste and personality.  They make the perfect gift for almost any occasion and cost very little to make.  If you don’t have picture frames on hand stop by your local thrift store or Goodwill store and pick some up for cheap.  This works great with brand new frames as well – I usually snatch some up if I spot them on clearance to make wedding, or housewarming gifts out of.

These recipe holders are not just for holding recipes in our house.  They pretty frames are the perfect way to display anything that you like.  They make adorable magnet picture frames and the perfect place to display your favorite quotes or inspiring words.

This is a “recipe holder” that I made and keep on the night stand next to our bed.  I change the quotes on it weekly so I have something that inspires me to start each and every day off right.  These can be hung on the wall in patterns, set on a nightstand, or end table in any room of your house.  I hope you give this a try and have as much fun with them as I do!


6 Comments

  1. love this idea and i love have that coffee can you.e. i have been looking for those every where for my kittchenlol

    • I found mine at Goodwill for $1! Good find for sure!

  2. These are so cute! Where do you get the sheet metal from?

    • Thank you! I use mine every day – they really are functional too. You can buy sheet metal at any hardware store in the duct work aisles. Home Depot, Menards, Lowes, Ace Hardware. You can certainly ask if they can cut it to the size you need for you – some places will and some won’t.

  3. How do you cut your sheet metal?

    • Tin snips from the hardware store ( I steal one from the hubby’s shop)!

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