Making an “Up-Cycled” Notebook in Five Easy Steps

Earth Day - Make a Notebook in 5 Easy Steps

We love giving found objects new life. Recently, our Green Team led an Earth Day craft project to reuse recycled paper from the office printers. Departments from around the building gathered to make notebooks — and many will use their chic recycled creations for future meetings, thus saving even more paper! Want to give it a try?

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 pieces of recycled cardboard
  • A pretty print for the front and back covers
  • Recycled paper for the pages
  • 2 or 3 metal binder rings
  • A pair of scissors
  • A hole punch
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Your imagination

Make a Notebook in Five Easy Steps

  1. Start by cutting paper and two cardboard covers to the size you want your notebook.
  2. Select a cover design. We used a bunch of old design printouts that were lying around the office. You can recycle wrapping paper, wallpaper remnants, or even pieces of fabric (you will need a really great hole punch).
  3. Fold the material to cover the cardboard panels, forming the front and back covers. Keep your print smooth, and anchor it with tape or glue on the inside to conceal seams.
  4. Next, punch holes in the paper and covers. Make sure that they align to keep the notebook looking neat and tidy.
  5. Sandwich the paper between the front and back covers and bind them with metal rings.

Voila! You have your own chic designer up-cycled notebook to jot down thoughts, doodle, write stories, and sketch! We love the thought of making these with kids before a big trip so that they can scrapbook and journal. They also make wonderful keepsake gifts for friends, and what a fun project for sleepovers and parties.

Try it out and tell us what you think. We’d love to hear your tips and unique twists on this project. There are so many uses for these craft-happy notebooks — how will you use yours?

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