Perfect Mother-In-Law Gift! Recipe Cardholder DIY Project
What do you get a mother-in-law who has everything for her birthday? I was beginning to feel like a broken record of getting the usual tea with a new mug or gift card to get a new book. I swear the woman could host the entire country of England for tea or open her own library. I decided it was time to put my DIY thumb to work and get creative and to tap into her third favorite pastime, baking. After witnessing her struggle of making scotcheroos without getting sticky fingers on the recipe card, I thought this easy recipe cardholder would make the perfect gift!
I did some good old research to determine how best to go about making a recipe cardholder and found a few great tutorials. I actually combined two tutorials (tutorial one and tutorial two) that I stumbled across to come up with my own spin on this project.
- Wood Plank
- Scrap Book Paper or Fabric Remnant
- Clothes Pin (I used mini ones)
- Plastic Frame with Base
- Modge Podge
- Crafters Glue
- Sponge Brush
- Sand Paper
- Embellishment (optional)
- Great Recipe You’d Like To Share (optional)
What You Will Need To Do:
- Paint the wood plank the color of your choice, front and back. Paint the clothes pin the same color. I only did one coat, but if you want fuller coverage use as many coats as you needed.
- After the coat dries, take the sandpaper and rough up the edges allowing the natural wood color to poke through. One thing to remember is that aging never happens evenly so there is no need to fixate on making it perfect. The more sporadic the better! I roughed up the clothes pin as well.
- Cut the scrapbook paper to the size of the wood plank and then cut it down about ¼ inch on each side to leave a margin.
- Apply a coat of Modge Podge to the surface of the wood and then lay the scrapbook paper down. I applied another coat of Modge Podge over the top of the paper for complete coverage. Now, there maybe bubbles in the paper, but somehow during the drying process they work themselves out! Or at least they did for me!?
- Once the Modge Podge is dried, I applied a thin coat of varnish with a satin finish just to seal it.
- Cut another piece of the scrapbook paper to fit within the plastic frame. This is optional, but a nice finishing touch.
- Glue the plastic frame to the back of your wood plank using the crafters glue. Once dried, glue the clothes pin to the front.
- As a nice little added touch, I glued a crème rosette to the front. The scrapbook section of any craft store has great embellishments you could add.
- Go the extra mile and include a great recipe you’d like to share! It will serve as a great demo too so people won’t have to guess what the purpose of the gift is in case it isn’t so evident!
There you have it! The solution to mother-in-law-birthday-gift-giving boredom!