Recipe Holder from Upcycled Vintage Kitchen Tools

Recipe Holder from Upcycled Vintage Kitchen Tools

If you are like me, most of your recipes come in the form of ripped out magazine pages, print-outs from Food Network’s website, or just straight from your tablet/laptop screen from a bookmarked webpage. I hate to admit it, but the concept of handwritten recipe cards is a relic of kitchens past.

My mom is the keeper of all things recipe card…and has collected them from both my grandmothers, as well as her friends, colleagues, and neighbors. With personalized handwriting, kitschy designs, and stained from cooking attempts- sometimes successful, sometimes not- each recipe card is sentimental in its own way.

I wanted to do something to spotlight heirloom recipe cards. And since I absolutely adore old kitchen gadgets, why not combine the two by creating a recipe holder from upcycled kitchen tools This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Another bonus about this project? I can use up some of my vintage clothespins! Over the years, I’ve acquired a few…and while I’ve used them in other projects before, I still have WAY TOO MANY!

Weathered clothespins to attach to vintage kitchen tools to create an upcycled recipe holder for kitchen decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Time to use some of these up!

And no worries if you don’t have any older clothespins…the design hasn’t changed much over the years!

Anyway, back to the project. These are SUPER easy to make and truly something anyone can do. Gather some vintage kitchen tools that stand on their own (like a masher, meat hammer, or similar), your clothespins, and a hot glue gun.

Creating an upcycled recipe holder using vintage kitchen tools and weathered clothespins by Sadie Seasongoods /

Items assembled and ready to make (and then bake)!

So, here’s the one and only step of this craft: Using hot glue, attach the clothespin upside-down on the handles of your vintage kitchen tools, so that the clippy part is facing up.

Gluing weathered clothespins to upcycled kitchen tools to make a DIY recipe holder and kitchen decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Step 1 and done!

Since hot glue hardens almost immediately, you’re done! Now just clip in your recipe card and voila- a recipe holder from upcycled vintage kitchen tools!

How to make a DIY recipe holder from repurposed vintage kitchen tools and utensils by Sadie Seasongoods /

How easy was that?

Functional AND cute! Vintage kitchen tools are SO common at antique malls, and clothespins are easy to come by- so you’ll be able to make your own recipe holder from upcycled vintage kitchen tools in no time!

Baking or cooking something familiar from a card written by a loved one’s hand is wonderfully nostalgic and sentimental. Do you write out any recipe cards nowadays? I certainly cherish the ones I’ve got.

If you love vintage kitchen tools as much as I do, then you might appreciate this blog post I did on creating vintage French Farmhouse kitchen decor using all thrift store finds!Creating vintage French Farmhouse Decor look using thrift store cutting board, wooden spoon, pottery bowl, stoneware crock, and other secondhand pieces by Sadie Seasongoods /

Looking for more upcycled and repurposed projects using vintage items? You can scroll through my entire collection of inspiring ideas here before you go!

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  1. definitely cute 🙂 there will be a run at the yard sales and thrift stores looking for vintage cooking tools now!

  2. These are awesome! I love vintage things, especially for the kitchen:)

  3. These are great! Where did you find the vintage gadgets? I’d love to get me some!

  4. This is a really brilliant project! Of course, not entirely useful for me since I’m usually reading recipes off my phone – don’t even bother printing!

  5. Love this. I have had some gorgeous American friends over the years and the thing that they all have in common (apart from being warm, fun people) is that they have given me handwritten recipe cards, now here’s a thought… I could do this!
    Wren x

  6. Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee says

    What a neat project! I don’t have a lot of vintage recipes but it would be nice to use one of these to hold those printouts that I have.

  7. Love that these can be functional or decorative! I have a box of handwritten recipe cards, from my grandma, that I absolutely cherish. What better way to decorate than with a couple of these?! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  8. Thank you so much for dropping by #TheWeekendSocial ! I loved this blog post and can not wait to try it out!!!

  9. So cute! Just shared it on my fb page 🙂

  10. Thank you for sharing your fantastic blog post on #TheWeekendSocial! I adored it and hope to see you this Thursday at 9 Pm! I am excited to see what you will bring this time!!!

    Heidy L. McCallum

  11. What a clever idea!! I have some vintage cooking tools but have never found a good way to display them, stealing this idea! Thanks for sharing:-) Stopping by from Merry Monday where I will be Guest hosting for the next couple of weeks. This post will be one of my features this week.
    Shirley @Intelligent Domestications

  12. I love these! What a great way to make a vintage gadget functional again–and of course, beautiful! I’ve got a few of these put away in a storage bin with other decor I just never got around to unpacking. I think I will have to dig them out! Thank you so much for sharing! I will be featuring this post at the Merry Monday Link party tonight at 8 CST!

  13. This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Great idea! Very creative. Thanks for sharing!! Blessings
    Tayrina from TGAWrites

  15. Cydnee/Tampa Cake Girl says

    What a sweet way to see your recipe cards while you are cooking. Love vintage gadgets and I love your creative idea! Thank you for joking us at #purebloglove Pinterest Link Party. We enjoy having you every Thursday night at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  16. Way to cute for real. I love clipping old recipes from magazines and grocery items….but they tend to take up so much space because, let’s face it, there are a lot! That is a very great idea!!! Thank you for sharing with us at #homematters Linky party.

  17. swatkins827 says

    Great craft idea! Your creativity is endless. Thanks for sharing on Friday Favorites. Hope to see you this week. I also pinned your post!

  18. I love those old kitchen utensils, great idea. My recipe cards look a lot like yours – well used. I think its fun though because that shows the recipe must be really yummy! Or the cook is a little sloppy LOL I know I am


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