Here’s a collection of recipe card templates I’ve gathered from around the web, all are free printables.
There are hundreds available online (thousands maybe?), but I think these are some of the best designs I’ve across and there should be something here for everyone.
This hand curated selection (freshly updated March, 2022) focuses on the following:
- Immediate, hassle-free downloads (no emails or memberships required)
- Lovely enough for gift-giving while also practical enough to contain all the info required
- Basic ink-savers (black & white templates) as well as richly designed, full color options included (and everything in-between)
- Variety of sizes to choose from (including 3×5; 4×6; full page)
- Print onto different colors of cardstock according to which food category the recipe belongs to (ie. Casseroles; Baking; Homemade Soups; Meat; etc.). You’ll be able to see at a glance where to find & file it.
- After filling out all the details, laminate them to extend their lifespan–they will last a good, long time (easy to wipe clean too).
Note: Nearly all the downloads offered are in pdf format but there are a few .doc and image files also (jpg, png, etc.). If any of the files are printing wonky, try downloading to your computer desktop first and then print from there.
Don’t Miss It: If your collection of recipes is getting too large and disorganized, here are some ideas for getting it all tidy and organized.
I’m frequently adding new goodies to this page so you may want to bookmark it for future reference. Now on to the goodies…Enjoy!
Free Recipe Card Printables & Templates
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Here’s another gorgeous set that has three different files to download:
- Recipes (Main Card)
Notice how charming they look when organized in a clear box!
Here’s a nice treat, the card is lovely on its own (two versions: a simple black & white design & the other has splashes of yellow).
Included is a quick DIY tutorial for making a fabric covered paper mache book box to hold all your cards.
There are two different downloads available, each folder with two files (.doc):
Lunch / Dinner
Dessert / Crock Pot
They are image based so not editable (meant to be filled by handwriting).
A sweet vintage look, three different versions available:
- Includes Titles: Ingredients; Directions
- Above removed, just has the Title, Serves, From
- No headings or titles (just ruled)
Mix & match according to your needs.
How’s this for a bright & cheery bunch! Ideal for bridal shower keepsake gifts, this 11 page pdf is packed with goodies:
- Main cover
- Tabbed dividers in an array of colors (greens; yellows; oranges; hot pink). Categories: Breakfast; Appetizers; Side Dishes; Soups & Salads; Entrees; Desserts; Cocktails
- Ruled cards featuring different citrus fruits: Lime; Lemon; Orange; Grapefruit.
I really like this set, basic yet elegant with a simple black & white design. The font used resembles handwriting.
Includes spaces for prep time & total time.
Double sided: ingredients are on front, directions & notes on back.
Colorful floral dividers are included, categories are:
- Breakfast & Bread
- Soup & Salad
Full page size in two formats (both pdf):
Editable (no lines as seen in image on the left) for Name; Ingredients; Instructions; Notes.
Non-editable ruled sections to keep handwritten details tidy.
Now here’s a clever project that includes the booklet template (prints 4 per page).
- Screwball key ring
- 4″ x 6″ vinyl covers
- 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
- One-hole punch
You could also just laminate them instead of buying the vinyl covers, but it would be permanent & you wouldn’t be able to update them or swap them out. This would be quite handy for regular go-to dishes.
I can’t find the original web page for this file so I’m linking directly to the pdf.
As you can see there are three different designs: Strawberries, Grapes, Spoon & Fork.
Fully ruled (one-sided), backs are blank.
This is a nice template, example shown at left is printed on a brown paper bag (tutorial is provided).
Template is mainly black & white but there are a couple teal decorative elements. Both sides of the card included (full back, ruled: “Directions continued…”).
The example shown is 1 of 6 vintage beauties available, 4 are ruled (white backgrounds), the other 2 are unruled.
Each features a center graphic and a brown aged paper look for the background.
There are two, two-sided layouts, with and without title and three versions of a single 4″ x 6″ card.
(Dividers) Two different sets available: 3×5 and 4×6 (pdf).
These are editable (the top tabs) so you can type the category headers you want to use.
Each set is assorted colors: Orange; Yellow (2); Red; Gold; Brown; Green; Blue.
How cute are these!
Perfect for gifts-in-a-jar and pantry mixes, these Mason Jar recipe cards (pdf) print two to a page (one “clear” and one “blue”).
Includes a section “From the Kitchen of” so the recipient will always have a convenient way to remember the source (sometimes clarification or advice is needed).
This is a fully customizable .doc template file that is designed especially for bakes sales & other promotions though its certainly lovely for home use too!
Nice! Two layouts provided:
Full Page with room for nutrition info (Calories; Carbs; Fat; etc.).
Two/Page: Ruled, Tips & Tricks section; Bullets for Ingredients list.
Fully editable template (pdf) in a nice variety of sizes. Spaces provided for prep & cooking times; oven temp; servings. The back is lined for notes.
Sizes available: 3″ x 5″; 4″ x 6″; 5″ x 8″; 6″ x 8″
A fun retro/mod design in blues & greens.
Comes with a matching Weekly Meal Planner (sidebar Shopping List) & Kitchen Labels (prints 6 per page).
Files are available in both pdf & image (png).
10 Beautiful Cards
There’s a lovely bunch here to choose from including vintage, florals, farmhouse rooster, baking, veggies, Spring, Summer, Fall (great for Thanksgiving recipes), Winter, Christmas.
More Freebies To Download
Quick Tip: If you’re giving away home baking or food items, attaching a pretty recipe card is a nice finishing touch (and they’re lovely for personal use too!).