Golden Book Recipe Book

You’ve seen these Golden Books in our vintage store, but what to do with them? Aside, that is, from cuddling up in front of the Christmas tree and reading them to your kiddos or grandchildren.

My friends and I got together, and decided, what a neat base for an heirloom recipe book for our children! And so, with that in mind, we gently broke our books in half (GASP!) and re-bound them with a spiral using the Zutter Bind it All.  While binding, I also added extra sheets of cardstock  and inserted envelopes, and a Bingo card for extra interest.

Now the decorating! And, the decorating is simply a blast when using all of the fun vintage embellies-reflectors, vintage Christmas seals, gold tinsel, vintage snowflakes and the Christmas embellishment kit. And, lots of glitter, of course! I also accented Santa’s suit a bit with red flocking.

I lined the inside cover of the book with a sheet of music from the Vintage Firestone Songbook.  Once the book is filled, I’ll address the vintage label to one of my kiddos.

A vintage Christmas seal decorates the Bingo card, along with red and white festooning and holly and berries from the vintage embellishment kit.

A clear vintage snowflake simply embellishes this page. This glassine envelope will also be a great place to tuck in more recipes.

For even more recipe storage (hopefully my kiddos will add their own recipes to this book as time goes by) I added this red office envelope to the back cover.


Now what?

Now, I will hand write each traditional recipe we use and tuck them into the envelopes, or adhere to the cardstock pages. I will also supplement the book with photos of the kids helping me with holiday baking, etc. And a bit more embellishing as this is only a sampling of the book pages. Lots of fun to create, and a wonderful treasure to pass along!

What are some of your favorite holiday dishes?



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13 Responses to Golden Book Recipe Book

  1. Pam says:

    Cutest thing EVER!! Love the flocking! Love the red office envelope!
    So cute, Michelle!!

  2. Nancy Grant says:

    Oh my! So cute and clever! Santa can bring me one of these any day!

  3. Michelle P says:

    Dying over this-how adorable!

  4. Susan says:

    I am in love. This alteration is lovely. It’s so wonderful to bring the past to the present through our art. Thanks so much for sharing, I love the old Golden books. They bring back such pleasant memories.

    • vintagestreetmarket says:

      Thank you Susan-I think that’s why I enjoy working with vintage materials so much! Thank you for the comment and Merry Christmas!

  5. Oh, this is FABULOUS! I am so inspired to try this! Who doesn’t remember Little Golden Books?! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Vicki Chrisman says:

    O MY GOODNESS! This is absolutely AMAZING M! I LOVE IT!

  7. I just discovered this wonderful site through C. Dianne Zweig’s blog. I collect Little Golden Books from the 40’s-50’s and was wondering what to do with the duplicates that are not in such good condition. This is the perfect idea. Great, great idea!!!

  8. teresa says:

    adorable idea. My new sister in law would really appreciate this effort. She is from New York and my brother and I from Mississippi so I know she would like my traditional thanksgiving and Christmas dressing recipes. . Did you take the spiral binding from an old cookbook and put on the Christmas book? and if so, how did you accomplish it? I don’t remember seeing many golden books like that with a spiral. YOu did a great job and I adore the idea. I’m wondering if I have time to do this before Christmas. thanks! and I had these old books of my daughters, but I gave them away in an effort to NOT BE A HOARDER. (long story there) and lack of space. happy thanksgiving! Teresa

    • vintagestreetmarket says:

      Hi Teresa,
      Thank you! Putting together a recipe book for your sister would be a great idea! For this project, I gently broke the binding and separated the pages. Then, with a Zutter binding machine, I punched the holes, and wound the spiral through the pages and cover. But, you could also use a crop-a-dile and punch holes on the left side and tie with ribbon, or use binder rings (which might be best for having the book lay flat when open). Keep me posted if you make this project-would love to hear about it!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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