I print a lot of things: coupons, newsletters for school, pictures for The Girl to color, things for Scouts, etc. When I’m done with it I have a stack of paper that I keep either for table covering during art projects, or I put it in the recycling can. Anything important gets shredded or
filed put in a pile for later.
I have a sewing project in my head to make a travel doodle book for The Girl. I needed to figure out the paper to use for it. If it turns out good (fingers crossed!) it’ll be a part of my first craft show (Got about 7 months to prepare). I would hate to make something, and then you can’t ever refill it. Sure you can order anything online, but not everyone wants to do that.
The Hubs mentioned using scrap paper. I dismissed him (He’ll nod his head to this) briefly. After more thought that would be a great idea! As a frugal Mom myself this is something I should be doing already. Now I was on a mission to figure out how to make a recycled notebook as easily as possible.
Binding the notebook seemed like a daunting task at first. Looked online and saw mentions of glues and padding compound..who knew? Not me. If I was making this for me or a gift I might try that, but I’m making this for a 5 year old who flies through paper! I need fast and cheap! This could also be a good kid craft as well.
How to make a recycled notebook
Time: 10 minutes
What do you need?
Cutting device (roto, scissors, etc.)
Ruler (if you are using scissors)
pipe cleaner (ribbon, yarn, whatever you have)
If you use regular printer type paper it is easy to just cut it in half horizontally then you can trim the length how you chose. I like a 5×8 sized notebook like the small Steno ones you buy at Sam’s Club etc.
I like a cardboard backing. I originally made these to put in a fabric notebook/marker holder I was sewing. The cardboard would slide into the fabric pocket.
Start with your cardboard back first to get your size determined. Any light cardboard works. I always kept the cardboard inserts from my Fancy Feast boxes, but Poptart, cereal, fruit snacks, or any cardboard packaging should work. I did not use corrugated cardboard. It would be too thick for trying to put in the holder plus hole punching.
I drew a line about 1/4 inch down from the top. Pretty much you want enough room for the hole punch at top.
An 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper cut in half will give you two 5.5 x 8.5 pieces of paper. Just trim off the extra to easily get the 5×8 size, or leave it as is. Just use the cardboard to trace your paper for sizing.
Once you get enough paper cut and the card board cut to a matching size hole punch the top short edge of each piece (paper can be stacked to punch multiple pieces at a time).
Stack the paper and cardboard with holes matched up. Now get that pipe cleaner and “sew” it through the holes. Like I said this is an easy project a kid to do. Cut off excess and fold up the loose ends so that sharp points are tucked away. Or use yarn or ribbon!
Here you got a notebook made out things you have right at home!
Here it is in the Busy Book I made (perfect for packing along on outings)