I am still a fan of pen and paper when it comes to taking notes, making lists, and sketching out my crafty ideas. So, I usually have at least two mini notebooks in my purse at all times. I am also very picky when it comes to choosing the perfect notebook, and for those of you who are like me, I’ve got a solution for you! Recycled Cereal Box Notebooks created with some of my favorite decorative papers and fun buttons to create the perfect mini sketchbook to suit my style.
This week I am co-hosting Creative Crafts – Recycled Edition with my crafty friends Laura from Me and My Inklings and Meg from Makeable Crafts. Featuring eight recycled craft projects each day this week from some of the most talented designers we know. Check out my tutorial, then scroll to the bottom to see all the creativity AND stop back each day this week to what we recycle!
Create Mini Notebooks with a Recycled Cereal Box
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Here’s what you need to create mini-books from recycled cardboard:
- Cereal Box (1 cereal box makes 4 notebooks. You can also use cardboard, cardstock or gift boxes)
- Paper for the inside pages (I used 12 pieces of 8.5″ x 11″ grid paper, cut to size to create 24 pages)
- Decorative Scrapbook Papers – Four (to cover spine and inside cover)
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Paper Trimmer
- Bone Folder
- Awl, Paper Piercer or Craft Pick
- Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner (this is my favorite adhesive, it 5 times stronger than traditional tape runners)
- Needle and Embroidery Floss
- Buttons – Four (decorative with shank)
- Binder Clips – Four
STEP ONE – THE COVER
To begin the recycled cereal box notebook, cut out the front and back panels of the cereal box to create the covers for your notebooks. I cut four covers 7″ x 5 1/2″ for mine, but you can make yours as small or large as you wish.
Score and fold the cover in half so that the blank side is facing out.
Thread embroidery floss through the needle and sew on the button to the front of the notebook. Leave about 20″ of the thread hanging. This will be used to wrap around the notebook to close. To make the sewing easier, pierce holes with an awl.
To cover the images on the cereal box, apply Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to the inside of the notebook (make sure you get the corners!) and place a piece of decorative paper on top. Cut around the edges to remove any excess paper.
STEP TWO – THE INSIDE
Grab your paper for the inside pages and trim them down so they are slightly smaller than the notebook (about 1/4″ shorter on all sides). My pages are 6 3/4″ by 5 1/4″. I used dot grid paper, but you could use plain, lined, or graph paper.
Fold papers in half and stack 24 pages together to create the inside of the notebook.
Secure the inside pages to the cover with binder clips. Create holes along the spine with an awl.
With the needle and embroidery floss, stitch the paper to the notebook up and down the spine. Securing each end with knots.
STEP THREE – THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Apply Xtreme Permanent Adhesive to the decorative paper and attach it to the spine of the notebook. Mine measures 3″ by 5 1/2″ and matches the paper on the inside of the cover.
To finish the recycled cereal box notebook, tie a knot at the end of the floss. Wrap the 20″ length of embroidery floss around the notebook and then around the button to secure.
These were so easy and fun to make, I ended up making four…one for me and three for you, my friends. Just leave a comment below and I will select three lucky winners to send a Recycled Cereal Box Notebook and some crafty swag.
Now it’s time for some INSPIRATION! Below are even more upcycled and recycled projects created by some of my craftiest designer friends who are participating in the Creative Crafts – RECYCLED Edition. Scroll down to see all the goodness AND stop back by each day this week for all the super cool projects!
First up is our host Laura with Me and My Inklings created a Sewing Kit from a Mason Jar – so clever!
Meg at Makeable Crafts is our host this week and she has created the cutest Pedestal from Recycled Mardi Gras Beads – BRILLIANT!
Natalie with Doodlecraft created a stunning Recycled Hanging Scroll Art Frame
Chelly with We Can Make That upcycled a Vintage Picture Frame for Summer
Erica from 5 Little Monsters created an adorable Art Apron from Recycled Jeans!
Grab some “treasures” from your recycling bin and make your own personalized, budget-friendly pocket journal out of a cereal box.
Today is day three! So, stop back by each day this week for more inspiration. And check out the Day One Projects and Day Two Projects! And for the round-up of 31 of the BEST Recycled Crafts and Upcycled Inspiration click the link and save the pin!
Thanks for stopping by!