Make a cute Notebook (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
What you’ll need :
Box of cereals
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)
For the travelling journal:
Notebook (from a cereal box!) DIY
How to make it :
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
Fold the rectangle in half. The blank side will be your front and back cover.
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.
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.
Cut a good amount of your sheets of paper slightly smaller than the cardbox rectangle. About 1/4″ (0,6cm) less on each side
Stitch the pages to the cardboard where it folds. This step needs a bit of patience, but worth it, of course.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Loved the result!
These make such cute budget friendly gifts!