September 12, 2014

Giant Clothespin Recipe Card Holder Tutorial

I love these little recipe holders! They are super cute, but also serve a very functional purpose. Have you ever had your hands kneading a big bowl of dough only to find that your recipe card has found its way underneath another one of your ingredients? Now you're stuck, grabbing your nice recipe card with messy hands, trying to find a place for it that's both out of the way and accessible. Ugh. These keep your recipe out of the way and easy to see - no grubby fingerprints getting all over your copy of Grandma's Homemade Apple Crisp!

Another thing I love about this project is that there is a lot of creative freedom - you can use nearly any decoration or embellishment that you want!

Let's get started, shall we? First, here are the materials you will need:

1. Extra large clothespin (I found mine in the dollar section at Michael's - right by the cash register line)
2. Scrapbook paper
3. Mod Podge
4. Any embellishments or decorations of your choice (I'm using a flower with a crystal brad)
5. Glue gun
6. Recipe Cards
7. Twine or string

1. First, you will need to cut your paper to fit the clothespin. I like to keep a little of the clothespin showing so my cut is a bit shorter and narrower than the clothespin, but you can cover the entire front, if you prefer.

2. Time for Mod Podge! I put the Mod Podge directly onto the clothespin and then place the paper on top of it. You usually have about 5 seconds to make sure the paper is centered and where you want it. You are going to place your paper for each section of the clothespin. Give this time to dry to the touch before moving to the next step.

3. Once both pieces are placed, you will need to seal it with Mod Podge. I like to use 2 - 3 layers, especially since these will be in a messy environment. You want to be able to wipe off any mess without taking the paper off with it. When applying Mod Podge, place a very thin layer and allow it to fully dry before adding the next one! This is the gospel of Mod Podge! 
4. Now that your clothespin has been decorated with beautiful paper and is fully dry, it's time to embellish! I used some pretty flower embellishments with crystal brads. You can use whatever you want! In the past, I have decorated with everything from feathers and glitter to felt rosettes. Almost anything goes!

5. When I give this as a gift, I always make sure to include some cute blank recipe cards. Tip Junkie has a wonderful collection of free, printable, blank recipe cards - there are well over 200 of different designs and styles from which to choose.

6. For the finishing touch, place some ribbon or twine around the cards and place them into the clothespin. That's it! Super easy, right? Since you had so much fun, go make a bunch more!

As always, feel free to share my tutorials or add them on Pinterest - all I ask is that you credit back to my blog! If you have a question about this tutorial, feel free to contact me!

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1 comment:

  1. Easy to make and so easy to use. I would love to try and make these recipe card holder. Thanks for the instructions.


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