Make a cute Notebook (from a cereal box!)

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DIY notebook and travelling journal from a cereal box

If you’re like me, you always have a Notebook in your handbag. It’s like a little treasure that you carry where ever you go. I love writing journals, taking notes, writing down inspirational quotes or just a few “remember this later” notes. This is such an inexpensive and cute way to personalize your own Notebook.

I saw this DIY somewhere last year and it’s been on my to-do list for quite some time. So out came the craft box and a little step by step tutorial so you can also make your own!

Difficulty : Moderate

Time to make : 30 min time to make

What you’ll need :

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Box of cereals

Scissors

x-acto knife

Patterned or decorative paper – you can buy them at a local craft store or download this template and print on normal or adhesive sticker paper

Sheets of paper for the pages (I used white)

UHU liquid glue (or any other you may have)

Ruler

Pencil

Embroidery thread

Needle

Buttons

For the travelling journal:

Decorative elastic

Glue gun

Old map

Notebook (from a cereal box!) DIY

How to make it :

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

I used a box of Baby Cerelac 1kg (I have tons of those in the house). Use / recycle whatever you have and make the notebook any size you wish.

Cut out a cardboard rectangle from the cereal box. With each box I was able to make 2 notebooks, so I cut 2 rectangles as you can see in the picture. If you only want to make one, just cut one!

The front and back of the box where perfect for the size I wanted to make my notebooks: 9″ x 5,51″ ( 23cm x 14cm) each rectangle

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Fold the rectangle in half. The blank side will be your front and back cover.

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

To cover the drawings from the cereal box, take a sheet of paper, apply glue all the way around the inside of the cardboard and attach.

Fold the cardboard rectangle to make sure the paper reaches all the edges. Cut off the excess paper.

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Cut 30″ inches (76cm) of sewing thread. Sew on the button to the front cover of the notebook.

Leave a good amount of thread hanging because you’ll use to wrap around your notebook.

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Cut a good amount of your sheets of paper slightly smaller than the cardbox rectangle. About 1/4″ (0,6cm) less on each side

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Stitch the pages to the cardboard where it folds. This step needs a bit of patience, but worth it, of course.

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Take a sheet of your patterned or decorative paper and apply or glue to the front and back cover.

I used a template I made with several patterned papers and printed on adhesive sticker paper I bought at Staples

You can download the template here and print, for free, of course.

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

This one is done!

I made a TRAVELLING JOURNAL using the other cardboard rectangle and an elastic band instead of the button.

Here’s how to apply the elastic band:

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Decide where you want your elastic to go and make two cuts with a scissors one on top, one at the bottom. Make sure there is room for the elastic to slide in.

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Notebook from a cereal box tutorial

Insert one end of the elastic into the top cut on the cardboard. Secure in place by gluing with a hot glue gun.

Insert the other end on the bottom cut. Glue the tip to the inside of the notebook with the hot glue gun, just like you see in the picture above.

This replaces the use of the button in the first notebook. The rest is the same. To make it a traveling journal I used an old map for the cover and the back.

travelling journal from a cereal box tutorial

Loved the result!

make a notebook from a cereal box

These make such cute budget friendly gifts!

Sophia

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