Handmade Recipe Books as Wedding Favors

I love the idea of giving recipe books filled with favorite recipes as wedding favors – especially paired with a favorite treat like homemade brownies or truffles. You might recall the simple but sweet handmade recipe books that Lauren and Andrew gave to their wedding guests.

Here’s a really great tutorial from Emmy over at The Natural Beauty Workshop on how to make your own recipe books. And make sure you check out her site for oodles of recipes on homemade bath and beauty products. (The Red Apple Scrub looks so yummy!)



Handmade Recipe Books

12″ x 12″ Card Stock
Newsprint Type Paper
1/4″ to 1/2″ Wide Ribbon

You Will Also Need
A Standard Sized Hole Punch
A Ruler
Scissors or a Paper Cutter

Begin with a 12″ x 12″ piece of card stock.  You can find an assortment of styles in the scrapbook section of most craft stores.  Using double sided card stock is optional, but a nice touch.  Trim any excess tags or salvages from your card stock, and carefully fold it in half.


Cut along the folded line, splitting the card stock in to two equal sized pieces.  Fold the two pieces in half again and then set them aside.


Next, take two piles of five pages of newsprint and stack them neatly.  If necessary, secure the stacks together with paperclips.  Carefully cut and measure the stacks of newsprint to create 5.5″ x 11″ rectangles.  After the stacks are cut, fold them in half.


Place the stacks of newsprint inside the folded card stock, keeping them as centered as possible.  Again, use some paperclips to keep the paper in place if you need to.  Using your hold punch, carefully punch two holes in the fold of each pile.  Make sure that you punch one hole straight through the entire stack of newsprint and card stock.  The holes will need to line up in order to be bound correctly.


Measure and cut two 18″ lengths of ribbon.  Thread the ribbon through the holes inside the books, and tie a knot and bow along the outside of the books folded edge.


Now fill your books with your favorite recipes!


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  1. Posted by Kerry McCullough on November 9th, 2009 at 8:51am

    I love this! I'm always looking for DIY wedding favor ideas and I haven't seen this yet. I love personal favors, like mix cds that have the wedding party's favorite songs, etc. I feel like people tend to leave favors behind, but something like this would definitely be a keepsake!
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