DIY: Upcycled Notepad
I've been wanting to try my hand at creating a notepad, and because Spring is here I decided to make a Spring inspired one. I really liked the idea of creating my own notepad not only because they're cute, but functional. I set out by collecting all the necessary supplies, and stumbled upon a few items I could upcycle for this project, rather than throwing them away/collecting dust. The specific item I'm talking about is old planner of mine from a couple of years ago. If you wanna make your own here are the supplies you'll need, along with directions on how to construct the notepad.
* Old Planner
* Blank paper of any kind
(Computer, construction, lined, etc.)
* Pretty pictures/items of any kind
(Magazine photos, actual photos, whatever your heart desires!)
* Double Sided Tape + regular tape
Because the old planner backings were made of plastic I used double sided tape to adhere my pictures. I decided to use double sided tape instead of regular tape so I wouldn't have to roll the tape in order for the pictures to stick which would lead to bumps under my pictures,
* Clear Sheet Protectors
I happened to have these on hand as well, although I did contemplate just using clear duct tape to cover the notepad covers.
* Ribbon of some sort
* Threaded needle
* X-Acto Knife
* Hole Punch
- Grab your old planner + unhinge the plastic cover(s)
(depending on how many notepads you want to make, 1 cover = 1 notepad)
- Measure out + cut the plastic cover into 2 equal parts.
These are going to be your notepad covers so cut them as big/small as you want, you just want them equal.
- Decorate your covers with the pictures you've chosen using your double sided tape.
- Next grab a plastic sheet protector + put one of your covers in it, cut to size.
I then used my X-acto knife to clean up the edges of the plastic sheet protector because they were frazzled at the end.
- Tape up the open sides of the sheet protector using your regular tape, cut the excess using an X-acto knife.
- Now get your paper ready! Cut your paper to size.
- And now the fun part...BINDING!
Yes I'm being sarcastic, I'm not goin' lie this was my least favorite part of this project. The planner cover that I used had smaller holes (as I think many planner covers are) already punched in it, where I unhinged it. Because the holes were on the smaller side you can bet it was a pain to bind the covers together! Next time, I'm going to punch larger holes in the covers where the smaller holes already are to make the binding job a lot easier!!
- Once you've got your larger holes punched, you're going to take your threaded needle + sew together the covers weaving in + out of the holes you just punched.
- After take your ribbon and go through the holes with it to cover up the thread a bit. Cut off the excess and...YOU'RE DONE!! :)
I'm quite happy with my little Spring inspired notepad, and although I love it and want to keep it for myself I intended on abandoning it before I even began assembling it, so I've gotta stick with my guns and abandon away!
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