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




DIY Mini Pompon Notebook

Make a pompon notebook with materials you probably already have at home!



Hello everybody😊

I might be a bit obsessed with pompons lately…😳 But just look at how cute they are! 😍

I love them so much that this week I decided to make this little pompon notebook. I think it is adorable and you can make it with normal wool.

What you’ll need to make it:

  • 6 sheets of A4 paper
  • Thin cardboard
  • Wool in different colours of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Coloured/ scrapbook paper


Step 1: Cutting the paper


The first step is to take your 6 sheets of A4 paper and cut them all into 4 pieces.


Step 2: Making the groups

Then, fold all the smaller sheets double and divide them into 4 groups with 6 sheets each.


Step 3: Marking the spots for the holes


Mark spots for the holes on your paper with some dots. They should be 1,5 cm from the edge of the paper and 1 cm apart.


Step 4: The binding

Bind the groups into a book. I have already explained how to do this in an earlier post, so for a detailed tutorial on how to bind them see my post How to do simple bookbinding.

This is how it’ll look when you’re finished:


Step 5: Cutting the cardboard

Cut two pieces of thin cardboard the size of your pages. These will become the front- and back cover of you book.



Step 6: Making the pompons

This step is actually quite easy. Take some wool (I for example used wool scraps I had left from the DIY Pompon stool I made a few weeks ago).


Then, you proceed to pull the wool strands apart so they become thin and fluffy.

Then, you take a few of those strands and roll them into tiny balls with your fingers. To make it easier you can use a little bit of water. Try to make all the pompons about the same size.

Depending on how big you make them you’ll have to make 50-80. That seems like a lot,but it didn’t take a lot of time.



Step 7: Sticking the pompons to the front cover

Working from the inside to the outside, stick your pompons to one of the cardboard pieces, making sure not to leave any gaps between them.

The other cardboard piece you can cover with some coloured or scrapbook paper. I chose to just cover it with some pink paper.



Step 8: Sticking the covers to the book

Using glue, stick the cardboard pieces to the front and last page of your book.

(Tip: Make sure to protect the other pages from the glue with some old newspaper!)

Stick them like this to the book like this:


And that’s it!

This is how the inside will look:


I think it’s just a really cute way to make a small notebook. Of course, you could also make a bigger version by using a quarter or half of an A4 as pages, but you’ll have to make a lot of pompons.

The best thing about this technique is that you don’t have to buy any pompons (they can be quite expensive sometimes), but you can just use wool which you probably already have at home.

I hope you liked this tutorial. I you did, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me. ☺️ And follow me for a new DIY every Sunday!

See ya next week!

xxx, Yara

DIY Braided Notebook




I use this notebook to store all of my DIY ideas!


What you’ll need:

  • A piece of cardboard of the size of an A4 paper
  • Lined paper
  • Plain paper
  • 2 colours of coloured paper
  • 2 keychain rings


The photo shows 3 keyrings because that is what I originally planned, but I later decided to stick with 2

To start, cut your cardboard in 2 equal pieces and paint one side of them in a nice colourfullsizerender-8

I chose for blue


While that dries, you can start braiding. Cut your coloured paper into strokes of 1 cm in the lengt of your cardboard.


Now, stick two of them to your table with cellotape and keep adding more, sticking a stroke to the table every 4/5 strokes, until you’ve got a rectangle of the same size of your cardboard to create a cover.

Now carefully remove the cellotape and add glue to your cover and stick it to the unpainted side of one of your cardboard pieces.

Secure the edges by collating them to the cardboard


Add some coloured paper to your other piece of cardboard on the non-painted side. Now, punch holes with a hole puncher 2 inches from the sides of both cardboards and this is how your pieces should look:

Now for the paper:

Take your lined paper (about 20 sheets) and cut them along the lines shown in the photo:


Now punch holes 1,7 inches from the sides


if you want, you can also cut some plain paper in the same size


I also made some tabs for myself, but this is not necessary.


Now, line up both covers and your paper in the right order and shove the rings on the back cover.


Shove all the other papers through the rings too, one ring at a time


Finally, add the front cover and you’re done!




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