In this post: Using Spoonflower we made my mom’s handwritten recipes into tea towels and also created a set of distressed knob hooks in the kitchen to hang them on.


When I moved out and married Dean almost 18 years ago, my mom gave me a wonderful collection of handwritten recipes. Some of the recipes were hers, some were classic church pot luck recipes and a few were recipes she’d been given by both my grandmothers (her own mother’s and her mother-in-law’s).

When I came across this post months ago, I though turning my mom’s handwritten recipes into tea towels would make a great gift for my sister – but don’t tell her, I haven’t given them to her yet!

handwritten recipe tea towel

I chose two favorites – apple crisp and peanut butter cookies. Yum!

The instructions are all here, so I won’t repost them, but I have to say it was a pretty simple project.

tea towels altogether

And when all was said and done, of course we needed somewhere to display these new lovelies…so Dean and I made a set of Distressed Knob Hooks.

knob hooks

Believe it or not the wood is actually a new piece of spruce that I picked up for another project that didn’t happen. To make it all distressed I took it outside and let our kids and a couple of neighbor kids beat on it (with safety glasses on). Then I just stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut (oil-based) stain.

To make the wood all distressed I took it outside and let our kids and a couple of neighbor kids beat on it (with safety glasses on). Then I just stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut (oil-based) stain.

Dean added the knobs (purchased at Pier 1 of all places) and some sawtooth hangers.

hooks and towel

Voila! An easy set of distressed knob hooks!

distressed knob hooks recipe tea towel

Do you have any handwritten recipes you’d love to preserve? How about some pretty knobs that you don’t know what to do with?

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home made lovely book on table with get it now text button

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  1. Your hooks look great!! LOVE the idea of preserving a recipe forever, I saved a recipe on a chalkboard using a white permanent marker – a wonderful keepsake! Anyways, back to your wall: it looks great and I was wondering where you got that great big clock from? I’m looking for a big (silent moving) clock like that one! Thanks you guys!