How to Turn Old Recipe Cards into Beautiful Keepsakes

You love your Great Grandma’s pumpkin bread recipe! In fact, you’re so proud of it you wish you could find a unique way to display it, for it is more than a great tasting treat. Within the lines of that recipe are many memories of happy times. Times spent with family, all together for festive occasions, or with only one or two of you enjoying the peacefulness of a Sunday afternoon.

This holiday season why not try making a memory keeper for your guests. Whether you’re having a family dinner or entertaining a few friends, mark the occasion with a keepsake recipe card with a matching handmade ornament.

Are you going to serve Grandma’s pumpkin bread so other family members can reminisce with you? Or are you going to treat your friends to your famous berry pie? Whatever treat you choose to share, send them home with a lasting memory of the meal that can be displayed all year. Or make some of these for yourself so you can feel good just looking at Great Grandma’s recipe without having to take a bite!

To make a keepsake recipe card you will need:

1: 1, 5″x8″ index card
2: some homespun fabric (2, 1″x8″ pieces, and 2, 1″x5″ pieces)
3: a glue stick
4: an ultra-fine point permanent marker

Directions: Cover backs of fabric strips with glue and glue them to the borders of the index card. With the ultra-fine permanent marker, write the recipe and directions on the front of the card. Be sure to correctly judge the length of the recipe so you know how small or large you must write in order to fit it all on the card. If you desire to make the card more personal, you can write some special recipe info on the backside of the card, such as the date and the occasion or a special memory behind the recipe.

To make the matching ornaments you will need:
1: 2 cups of flour
2: 1/2 cup of salt
3: 3/4 cup of boiling water

Directions: Pour the boiling water over the salt in a bowl and stir until the salt is dissolved. Let cool. Add the flour to the saltwater and mix well. Form the dough into a ball and knead it until it is soft and workable. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface until it is 1/4″ thick. Trace or draw your shapes (ie: apple, pumpkin,etc.) onto the dough.

Cut out the shapes with a sharp knife and carefully put them onto a cookie sheet lined with foil. Using the end of a straw, poke holes into the tops of ornaments. Bake at 200 degrees until the ornaments are hard. After they have completely cooled, paint the shapes with acrylic paints. Let dry. When the paint is dry, spray with a clear coat. Attach a string, ribbon, or hanger as desired.

Once you make your first recipe card, you’ll see it is a keepsake you enjoy making as much as those you give them to enjoy receiving.

Once you make

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