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Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning {Plus Tips for Combining Purchased Silhouette Store Shapes}


Do you ever get stuck in a dinner rut? We do all the time, in face if we don’t make a serious effort we end up eating spaghetti 4 out of 5 nights (yep, we are that bad). When the January theme of the Silhouette Challenge was revealed I knew what I wanted to do.Index Card Organizer - Recipe organizing for daily meal planningIt all started with this index card box; but that was just too plain for me so I added this little chick border.


  • Heavy card stock
  • Coordinating scrapbook paper
  • Glue stick
  • Spray glue (optional, you can use the glue stick here if you work fast)
  • Silhouette cutter
  • Index cards
  • Pens


Step 1

  1. Open the index card box file. Ungroup all the pieces, we’re going to cut them out of two different papers so we need to separate them. I decided not to put a top on my box so I deleted the pink shape. step 2
  2. Rearrange the two green shapes to fit on one 12*12 piece of heavy card stock, I used a piece of dark teal textured card stock. Cut and remove from the mat and fold on all the scored lines. Using a glue stick or double sided tape put the two boxes together. Don’t attach them just yet.step 3
  3. Pull up the blue shapes, they will get glued to the outside of the box (don’t mind that they magically changed color from dark blue to light blue). Open up your new decorative element. I wanted to use these chickies but they were a little too big. I didn’t want the seam where the two boxes were glue together to show so the birds got downsized.step-4
  4.   When you’re happy with the placement cut these shapes from the patterned paper, don’t forget to change your settings! Glue the small rectangles to the ends of the 2 boxes you made. You can do that afterwards but it’s easier to do it first.
  5. Glue to two boxes together. Use the spray glue to put the patterned paper on the front and back of the mega-box. Don’t forget to glue in any little pieces from the cut out. I used the chick shape cut out as a stencil to add the eyes with marker.Square
  6. Add the index cards and some pens and you’re ready to start organizing your recipes. You can write the name on one side and the recipe on the other (or figure out how to print on index cards.

Looking for More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!


  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids’ Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What’s Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue’s Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About




  1. The little chickadees are just perfect! I love that the box has room for pens too, so useful! The “Today’s special” clip board is just too cute as well. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love how your project fits with the name of your blog! Way to theme!

  3. That little box is so cute, and I love the personalized touches you added! I think I may need to make one of my own!
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  4. Such a cute idea! I need to try this instead of looking at the clock at 5 and wondering what I’m going to fix for dinner.

  5. Thanks for sharing such a fab idea and the free cut file. I NEVER know what to cook, if I had this at least that guess work would be done!! 🙂

  6. I love it! Thank you for the file and instructions!!

  7. The box is gorgeous with the little chicks.

    I really like your index card system – it’s something I need to use, I really need to menu plan more.
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  8. This is a great idea! specially for me that I don’t really like cooking, baking perhaps but not much of cooking LOL. Pinning!


  9. Nothing better than know what’s for dinner.

  10. I hate 5:00 for this reason! One of these would definitely be helpful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. This is so adorable! I desperately need to get some sort of meal planning and organization going in my home. I’m famous for not coming up with an idea for dinner until 6pm when we’re already all hungry and grumpy 🙂 2014 is the year!

  12. Aww, I love the little chickies for the organizer. Cute, cute! I like this way of doing the meal planning. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. I really like this idea. I use index cards all the time, and this would keep the blank ones easily at hand.

  14. Very cute! Found you via BYB!
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  15. I love this idea for organizing recipes! I’m like you, if I don’t plan, spaghetti is my go-to meal. While my small people could eat it every night, I think I would get tired of it after awhile. Stopping by from BYB.
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