Tired of old fashioned recipe cards scribbled on index cards or cut out of magazines? Create stunning designs on Canva in minutes.
Closely guarded, passed down from generation to generation, recipes are an amazing part of a family or even community’s culture. Make sure you preserve your recipes and even turn them into extra-special works of art by creating a DIY recipe design in Canva.
The beauty of it is, you won’t have to work on designing one for a long time. Just pick out any of the amazing, professionally-designed templates, move a few things around, change the text, fonts, images or colors and voila, you’ve got a perfect recipe card ready to be printed or shared with friends and family. Canva’s layouts and easy to use design tools will have you spending less time in front of the computer and more time in the kitchen doing what you really love.
Log into Canva or sign up using your Facebook or Google account. Go to the home page and search for the “Recipe card” design type. Start fresh or choose a template.
Need some inspiration? Browse ready-made, professionally designed recipe templates for every theme and cuisine. Find recipe cards for vegan meals, curries, soups, sandwiches, pizza, desserts and more. Click on the template you like to make it yours.
Drag and drop elements from Canva’s library onto your page. Choose from millions of stock photos, images, icons, illustrations and other graphics. Use the photo effects feature to apply filters.
Make your recipe card unique by uploading your own photos, images and artwork. Mix and match elements from different templates. Choose your own background, color scheme and font style.
Happy with your design? Share online with friends or download as print-ready PDFs. Receive high-quality prints of your design at home when you order through Canva Print. Go back and edit your recipe card any time.
Customization is comprehensive yet remains a breeze through Canva. In a few clicks, you can change your design’s colors using the color wheel tool, pick from over a hundred fonts, and move design elements like shapes, lines and images around to get them where you want them to be. You can save your card as a PDF, a JPEG or a PNG file. Any of them will give you crisp, easy to read copy.
Make it easy on yourself (or whoever you share your recipes with) to figure out what it is you’re making by including a photo or image of your dish. If you have ready photos, it’s a simple matter of uploading the image file from your computer and into Canva. It’s absolutely free and your image will remain inside your uploads folder, ready to be used for your next design. Otherwise, you can browse Canva’s amazing image library containing more than a million professional photos you can drag and drop into your recipe card. There are plenty of free images available but premium ones also only cost $1 each.
Sharing your design and your recipe is easy on Canva. With the click of the share button, you can send out a copy of your design via email or even share it on your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Want to get input and thoughts of your great Aunt May who makes a mean shepherd’s pie? Click the share button again, tick the box to give her editing access, and send her the link. She’ll be able to add her own edits to your design from any computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Recipe cards typically come in three sizes: 3 x 5 inches, which is old-fashioned style; 4 x6 inches for the standard style; and 5 x 7 inches for the oversized style. Consider the size of the box, file or folder where you’ll keep your cards to help you decide on your card size.
You can print your recipes on regular paper or cheap card stock. You can then cut out the recipes and tape or paste them to the cards. If your printer has an option to print on index cards, you can print directly onto the cards.
You can either handwrite your recipe cards for a more rustic look or type them up and print them onto your cards. If you are handwriting them, use a ruler and pencil to draw horizontal and vertical guidelines on the cards.