DIY Notebooks for back to school 2017



Hello everybody!

I know some of you might already have started school and other still have weeks to go, but I figured even in the middle of the school year new notebooks are always good. And even if you don't go to school anymore there's always something you could use a notebook for.

Today I'm showing 2 different ways to make cute notebooks really easily.


Scrapbook paper notebooks:


These first notebooks are really easy to make and you can easily make a bunch of them..


What you'll need:

  • 15 sheets of squared paper
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper
  • 2 individual staples
  • Scissors
  • Sharp needle


Step 1: cutting the paper.


Take your sheets, fold them double and cut off the binder holes. I recommend doing this with groups of two or three sheets to make the process faster. If you have a paper cutter I definitely recommend using that too.


Step 2: Dividing the paper into three groups.


Divide your sheets into three groups of 5 sheets each.


Step 3: marking the places for the staples


Take your staples and mark the places for your holes on the spine of your groups. I chose to mark the holes three squares from the outside.


Step 4: Poking the holes with your needle.


Poke holes at the marked spots with a sharp needle.


Step 5: Putting the notebook together


Put the staples through the holes you made. First put them through the front of one group and then add the other two groups.


Step 6: Adding the cover


Take your scrapbook paper, fold it double and poke holes with your needle for the staples.


Then place it onto the other groups.



Close the staples by using something to push them down. I used a nail file which worked really well.


That's it! I ended up making two of these because they are so cute and once you get the hang of it they are really easy to make.


Felt covered notebook:


This one is a bit harder to make but oh so cute. It's a great way to make a plain notebook look so much cooler.

What you'll need:

  • A boring notebook
  • Thin cardboard (cereal boxes work really well)
  • Felt
  • Sellotape
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Fabric stickers


Step 1: removing the cover from the notebook

You know these notebooks? They're just so bland and boring. We can make something much cooler out of this!


Start with opening the staples and removing the cover. You'll be left with just a packet of paper.




Step 2: Cutting the cardboard.


Don't throw away the cover just yet though. Trace it onto the cardboard to get exactly the right size. I used cardboard from an cereal box which worked really well. I used the fold in the box as my spine.



Step 3: Covering the cardboard with felt.


Trace the cardboard onto the felt leaving a margin of about a centimetre for folding the felt over.


Step 4: Sticking the felt to the cardboard


Fold over the edges of the felt and stick them down. I tried using glue for this step but it kept coming loose so I realised the easiest way to do this is to just sellotape the edges to the cardboard. Don't worry, we will cover it up later but this is just the easiest way to make sure it stays on.


Step 5: Sewing the notebook to the cover

Take your needle and thread and make a knot at the end. We're going to use the staple holes that are already in the notebook to sew it down.

Start with pulling your thread through the top hole and through the cover.


Pull it back through the second hole.

91dfecc6567b9c72fefe2012f6baf2bfSew through the third and fourth hole as shown above. Make sure you pull the thread tight before making a knot.




Step 6: Covering the insides

Use some glue to cover the insides of the cover with white paper.



Step 7: Decorating

This step is optional but I thought the notebook still looked a bit bland


So I decided to use this super cute pineapple sticker to brighten it up a bit. It was actually a iron-on sticker but I just used some glue to stick it to the front.



So that's it! 

I really like how all these notebooks turned out. I especially love the felt one. It's so soft and I really like the pineapple.

This must be one of my longest posts, I hope you didn't mind.


Which notebook do you like the best? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

See ya on Wednesday!

xxx, Yara



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