Recycled Cereal Box Notebooks a Step by Step DIY

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!

Four notebooks made from a recycled cereal box with colorful patterned paper and buttons #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

Create Mini Notebooks with a Recycled Cereal Box

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Here’s what you need to create mini-books from recycled cardboard:

Materials needed to create Four notebooks made from a recycled cereal box with colorful patterned paper and buttons #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled


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.

Four notebook covers seven inches by five and one half inches #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

Score and fold the cover in half so that the blank side is facing out.

Score cardboard notebook covers with a bone folder and ruler #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

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.

Sew a colorful button onto the front cover with a needle and embroidery floss #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

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.

Attach decorative paper to the printed side of the recycled cereal box #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled


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.

Cut inside pages of notebook one half inch smaller than cover #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

Fold papers in half and stack 24 pages together to create the inside of the notebook.

Fold all inside pages of notebook in half #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

Secure the inside pages to the cover with binder clips. Create holes along the spine with an awl.

Secure inside pages to recycled notebook cover with four binder clips #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

With the needle and embroidery floss, stitch the paper to the notebook up and down the spine. Securing each end with knots.

Pierce holes along spine of recycled cereal box notebook and secure pages to cover with embroidery floss #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled


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.

Cover spine of notebook with decorative paper and an adhesive runner #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

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.

Four notebooks made from a recycled cereal box with colorful patterned paper and buttons #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

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.

Four notebooks made from a recycled cereal box with colorful patterned paper and buttons #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

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.

Four notebooks made from a recycled cereal box with colorful patterned paper and buttons #creativelybeth #recycled #crafts #notebooks #journals #upcycled

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!

A collage of the 31 of the best recycled and upcycled crafts Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycledcrafts #upcycledcrafts #roundup

Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “Recycled Cereal Box Notebooks a Step by Step DIY

    • Thanks Caitlin! And they were super easy! 🙂


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