Framed Family Recipes: A Kitchen Decor Idea

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Last Updated on March 15, 2024 by Share My Kitchen

When I was a kid, my mom used to frame her recipes in the kitchen. As I grew older, those framed family recipes became part of my personal history and family lore—a tangible representation of the love she put into them. Framing these little pieces of paper can be a significant gift for any family member that loves to cook. In this article, we’ll show you how easy it is to frame your favorite recipes at home! 

Framed Family Recipes: The Step-by-Step Guide

Gather the recipes.

It may seem obvious, but it’s essential to double-check before you frame your family’s recipes. Before you begin the framing process, make sure that you have permission to do so. Later on, you don’t want someone to come after you for copyright infringement later on!

  •  Is it a family heirloom or something passed down from your grandma? Who owns the recipe? If so, then who does it belong to? If it’s just an old recipe card from a cereal box (which isn’t unheard of), then getting permission is unnecessary! But if this is someone else’s recipe that has been passed down in your family and they didn’t give anyone special permission to use it, then maybe they will be upset when they find out.
  • Who owns the photos? Are these pictures taken by your photographer cousin, who loves taking pictures at holiday dinners every year, or are they just random photos someone took with their camera phone at Thanksgiving dinner last year? Either way, make sure everyone who appears in these photographs gives their consent before hanging them up in an art gallery where everyone can see them!
  • Remember copyright laws when framing food-related items like recipes or photos. If any party owns rights over these pieces, make sure everyone knows what those rights are. And know how much control each person has over using said pieces.

Prepare the recipes.

To prepare the framed family recipes, you’ll need to clean and dry them. We recommend using a lint roller to remove any dust. If there is any excess moisture in the recipe, use a soft cloth or paper towel to remove it.

Furthermore, we recommend using a frame with glass that is UV protected. It will help protect the content of your recipe from fading over time. Additionally, we recommend using archival acid-free matting to provide additional protection against UV rays so that they will maintain their longevity for years and years!

Choose your paper and font. 

This is the fun part! If your recipes are not handwritten and once you’ve chosen the right frame, it’s time to print out your recipes. If you have a printer that can handle inkjet photo paper, use that. You can also try using regular white printer paper cut into smaller sheets. The best paper for framed family recipes is acid-free paper. This type of paper has a neutral pH level that helps preserve the print and prevents it from fading over time. If you don’t have any acid-free paper on hand, try using old newspapers instead.

Choose a frame that fits your kitchen decor.

Once you’ve settled on the type of frame you want, it’s time to choose one that fits your kitchen decor. The beauty of framing your recipes is that you can do it in any style or color scheme, but if you’re looking for something particular, here are some tips:

  • When you have a lot of stainless steel appliances and fixtures in your kitchen, we recommend choosing a black frame for maximum contrast.
  • If your kitchen has many white cabinets and light-colored countertops, consider using a light wood frame with lots of character instead. Every recipe looks good when framed this way!

There are many other ways to ensure that every recipe looks great in its new home on the wall (or table). For example: If you’re framing a recipe with lots of intricate text, choose a frame that has plenty of space for the words to breathe. If you want to make sure every recipe looks good on its own or in groups, consider getting two frames that complement each other.

Attach your recipe to the frame. 

When your recipe is printed out, cut it into smaller pieces so that you can attach them to the glass in your frame using glue or tape. Use a glue stick or tape to attach your recipe to the glass. If you’re using tape, be sure to cover any part of the paper that will be visible in order to prevent it from peeling off over time. You can also use small push pins if you want your framed family recipes to look like an actual recipe book rather than just a piece of art.

Framed family recipes for loved ones are a great gift.

You can personalize framed family recipes by adding a small picture of the person or persons who inspired the recipe. You can also get creative and frame a group of recipes in the same style for a fun effect. The possibilities are endless!

It’s easy, inexpensive, and a great holiday gift idea. Framing recipes can also help preserve essential pieces of history lost in time.


Now that you have all the ingredients to create beautiful framed family recipes, it’s time to decorate and cook! This article has helped expand your knowledge about framing recipes for loved ones, and if not, then at least it makes you want to try it! Follow these steps, and you can make your recipe frames in no time.

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