Magnetic Recipe Holder

So I have been searching for a cool idea for a recipe holder, and there is no shortage of cute and innovative ideas out there.  The issue I take, though, is that supplies to make such cute and innovative things are all a little on the pricey side!  By the time I shell out $15 for supplies, I could have just bought a very cute, pre-made one.

But that’s not very fun for us DIY-mamas, is it?  In my browsing for inspiration, I found a lot of magnetic versions that required wood cutting, magnetic paint, sheet metal, etc. But when I saw that metal wall plaques were 50% off at Hobby Lobby last week, I spotted a great size sign and decided that just remaking it would be so much simpler.  The edges are finished, I don’t have to cut metal or paint, and it even has picture hooks on the back, so I have the option of hanging it right on the wall.

In fact, it was so easy, I feel like I can hardly call this a tutorial!  But I’ll still show you how I put it together. :)

Magnetic Recipe Holder

The hardest part was deciding what I wanted it to say. :)  I finally opted for our name – but not after mulling over a French cafe idea, an Italian cucina idea, or a playful print with sweets and goodies.

I bought a sheet of scrapbook paper that looked like burlap.  (I scanned it before printing on it, so I can print more anytime I like now.)  I trimmed it down to about 7×9″, the size of my sign.

Then I Mod-Podged it on.  Yep, that’s all.  I did also make some matching magnets that I printed from my printer  too (you can find my tutorial for tile magnets here!)  I made one that says “yummy” for when I’m working in the kitchen, and another with our names, in case we just want to pin up a photo or a note.

The best part is the price – the sign was $2.99, the scrapbook paper 44 cents, and I used my 40% off coupon on the display easel (which you may or may not want, depending on your kitchen layout) for an extra $1.79.  Of course I have Mod Podge on-hand all the time, and I’ve had so much fun playing with the glass tiles that I’m just searching for reasons to make more, so that part didn’t cost me anything extra.  Having a fun, personalized piece for about $5 makes my day – it doesn’t make sense if going the DIY-route breaks the bank, after all.

And bonus, my husband LOVED how it turned out.  He actually suggested this would make a nice shower gift for friends getting married!  He’s always smart enough to say the right things when I’m in craft-mode, but I love when he genuinely gets excited about things I make. :)

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~ Adrianne


  1. Kadie says

    This falls under the category of “Why didn't I think of that?” I have a recipe holder but it is so small. I like the size of this one. Genius to cover a metal plaque!

  2. Terry says

    What a smartie you are, copying the burlap paper so you can print it out at will later. Brilliant. I really like this idea. I was thinking that in a larger size, you could use it in an office. Love it.

  3. The Shady Porch says

    Great project! That was clever to copy the paper for future use! Your hubby is right this would make a great gift! I have a linky party going on now…would love to have you share this!

  4. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    Very fun idea! I love the burlap looking paper too :) Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  5. Leah Koenig says

    I know you might not have felt like it was worth explaining, but I would have never thought of this! Some days I feel like there isn't anything that I haven't tried to make, and I love being wrong. I have NEVER used Modge Podge. Can't wait to try!

    Found you on Days of Chalk and Chocolate
    Visiting from Well Rounded

  6. Kelly says

    This looks great. I love the idea of using a magnet to hold the recipe up. I'm usually flipping through the cookbook or searching on the computer for it. Thanks for linking up.

  7. Jill says

    That is a great idea!! I need to make me one for my recipes! Thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  8. The Shady Porch says

    I loved both of your projects! Pretty bracelet & loved the recipe holder too! Thanks for sharing at the Rock ‘N Share!

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