Mod Podge a DIY recipe holder

Mod Podge a DIY recipe holder

Man Podger David returns this week with a great gift idea for the person in your life who loves cooking – a DIY recipe holder. That would not be me. Ha! I’m not a baker or a chef, but you know what – I want to be one day. I do love traditional recipes though. My mom makes Swedish pancakes from my great-grandfather’s recipe, and I hope one day she shows me how to make them. When she does, I’ll use this recipe holder. Here’s how to do it.

I have a sweet tooth.

Well, to be honest, I only eat dinner to justify having dessert.

My mom is an excellent baker. She even makes donuts. SHE. MAKES. DONUTS. PEOPLE!!!!!  Seriously, you have no idea how good they are.

Mom has given me some favorite recipes carefully written out on index cards and, being me, I tend to send those flying into the sink or onto the floor whenever I use them.

So I came up with this little project to both honor my mom and keep the cards safe.  I realize not everyone will want to use their mom’s recipes for the design but this is a great project for using up any scraps of paper that appeal to you.

You will need:

A wooden base
A clothes pin – whatever size appeals
A scrap piece of wood for the stem, preferably the same width as your clothespin
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Rubber band
Glue (I used Gorilla Glue but any good, strong glue will do)
Two Screws
(If you’re curious about my paper – I just scanned a couple of my mom’s recipes, resized them a little,
printed them out, cut them up to make a “collage” and then re-scanned the whole thing and printed it

Step 1: Cut the Stem

Mark and cut 35 degree angle on your scrap piece of wood.

Then cut the piece so it measures 3 ¾” high.

Step 2: Sand and Paint

Lightly sand and then paint your base (I remembered this time!), stem and clothespin. You will need
to take the clothespin apart to do this and be sure to put the stupid little springy thing that holds it
together somewhere that you’ll remember. If you do this you will save time and be able to skip Step 8:
Where The Heck Did I Put That Stupid Little Springy Thing That Holds It Together.

I did not skip Step 8.

Step 3: Mod Podge!

Using Mod Podge attach your paper to the base and the top of the clothespin – use dampened fingers to
smooth out any bubbles. After they have dried I like to add a sealer coat of Mod Podge.

Step 4: Drill Pilot Holes

After your sealer coat has thoroughly dried center your stem on it and, using a pencil outline where the
stem will go.

Next drill two pilot holes by drilling down through your base.

Step 5: Attach the screws.

Drill your screws up and through the base – making sure that they are at approximately equal heights.

Step 6: Mark the Stem

Gently press the bottom of the stem into the screws to mark where the screws will go and then drill
shallow pilot holes there (you’re doing this because you’re drilling into the end of the wood and this will prevent the wood from splitting when you screw into it).

Step 7: Attach the Base to the Stem

Screw the base to the stem making sure that the heads of your screws are flush with the bottom of the
base (so it can sit flat).

Step 8 Where the Heck Did I Put That Stupid Little Springy Thing: reassemble the clothespin.

Step 9: Attach the Clothespin

Glue the clothespin to the stem and then use the rubber band to hold it in place to dry.

That’s it!

This is a versatile project. You can make it bigger or smaller depending on your need. You could Mod
Podge paper onto the stem as well if you liked. You could leave it unpainted for a more natural look.
If you don’t like using drills and such you can achieve the whole thing using just strong glue and a little patience while you hold it in place to dry.

I hope you enjoyed it and, as always, I will monitor the comments and if you have any questions or need any clarifications please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks David – love this project, even if I don’t cook (yet).  To all of you, don’t forget to visit David’s Etsy shop here!


  1. ⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing says

    Very cute idea Amy! I just did a lamp shade I would love for you to see when you get a moment. It was a bear to do, and I wonder if you could give me a tip or trick for next time. I basically cut all my strips and I actually dipped them in my mod podge bowl and then placed them on my shade….it was time consuming in that I kept having to paint over them and still they are not all flat. I did add some mod podge to the shade as well. In the end, it looks cool…check it out.

  2. Christine says

    How much do I love this? So much, that I found wood pieces to make my own. The spray paint is drying as I write this…Thanks!

  3. catnap says

    Love the project, and the story. Not sure who the “first person” is, thus whose mother makes donuts, but I’m VERY impressed. Anywho, I love the collage of Mom’s handwriting; really sweet. This would be useful in other rooms to hold all sorts of notes. I’m at a point in my life where, if it isn’t written down, it’s forgotten.

  4. Doreen says

    Very cool, and I see how adaptable it is for holding many things like notes, bills, a photo, and more. This is right up my crafty alley!

  5. Nancy says

    I love it because about 50 years ago (can’t believe it is that long ago) I made something like this for my mom at a girls’ club I was a part of. It had a long down and a smaller base with the clothes pin perched on the top at an angle. When Mom died I got it back and use it all the time. I think I will make these for my girls using my own recipes and handwriting. Thanks for the great idea.