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Recipe Card Sizes

Reasons for recipe card sizes to increase over the years:

  1. In the beginning, most recipe cards were used as “reminder” of a recipe and that is why sometimes you don’t see measurements as the home cook visually measured her ingredients.
  2. Once recipe cards became popular to trade with family, friends, and church groups the need to include more details about the recipe were needed.
  3. As time passed recipes have become more “complex” which more space is needed for the ingredient list and the method.

Below are the sizes:

  • 3″ x 5″ recipe cards: When recipe cards first started the boxes that were created to hold them were this size and is pretty much still the most popular recipe card standard that has been used for the past century.
  • 4″ x 6″ recipe cards: As time passed and homes grew larger so did the size of the recipe cards.
  • 5″ x 7″ recipe cards: And with more time passed and homes even bigger, the card expanded to keep up with the change. Though not as popular, you will find this size more popular today.

If you want to take a stab at creating your own, try using a free online tool PicMonkey. From cute to country to modern to vintage, use one of these recipe card templates for your next event.

Recipe cards might seem to be a bit dated to some but they are actually usual in today’s kitchen.

Why use recipe cards:

  • Protect your family’s past by protecting your old cherished recipe card by using recipe card covers, especially if you are using them in the kitchen.
  • Recipe Cards for Cookie Swaps – Do you participate in them during the holidays? If so, then using a recipe card is a fun way to share your recipe(s) with family and friends.
  • Recipe Cards for Host Dishes – Have you ever gone to a friend home with a dish and everyone raves about it? Whip out your recipe cards and be the hit of the party!
  • Recipe Cards for Gift Dishes – How about making a dish to take to a friend who might have just had a baby, is under the weather, or just because? A recipe card will help her {or her husband} know exactly how to prepare your dish so your hard work doesn’t go to waste.

Free Recipe Card Templates

Below you will find free printable recipe card templates that are blank for you to use for whatever your needs are and some of our favorites on Etsy. There are some adorable recipe cards on Amazon.

Typical sizes for a recipe card template is either:

  • 3″ x 5″ {288 px x 480 px)
  • 4″ x 6″ (384 px x 576 px)

Recipe Card Templates on Etsy

If you want some unique and creative recipe cards then Etsy might be the place for you.

These colorful recipe cards from InvitaPaper Studio were featured on Southern Living! Colorful graphics, rounded corners… what’s not to love about these!

JacquelynVaccaro shop has a few I really enjoy and you can click here to see all of her recipe cards. I love how simple yet elegant they are. They are a mom and daughter team who develops “craftworks in fiber and pulp.”

Allie from My Favorite Recipes has a large selection of recipe cards to choose from. Along with her very creative recipe cards, she also sells albums that would make a great gift for a friend or family member.

Fresh and Organized has a “fresh and organized” recipe card that are laid out very nice for the ingredients to be prominent and the ingredients too by separating them in their own little boxes. Cute eh?!

I think these are just adorbs if you can find the right paper to print them on to make them look like an old-fashioned recipe card. these retro recipe cards from MaBellePapaterie are currently on sale for 50% off!

Since I love all things retro you know I would love the retro kitchen recipe card from Retrofair Graphics. I wish she had more as these would be perfect for a retro cookie swap or party.



Do you use recipe cards? Do you have a favorite template that you use? Dish it up by commenting below!

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