DIY Mini-Journals Make Sweet Stocking Stuffers!
I love a good notebook or journal! I keep them in stacks on my desk and in my handbag in case inspiration hits and I need to write something down. And I am notorious for writing things down; I make lists of my lists! These DIY mini-notebooks are very easy to make and are a perfect little gift to make ahead for stocking stuffers, as a gift for a friend or to stuff into your own purse!
recycled papers, old books
8 1/2 X 11 white copy paper
brown ink pad
washi tape or fabric tape
a sewing machine
images/artwork for the front of notebook
scissors (and paper cutter)
Begin by cutting all papers for the project. Cut the white copy paper into lengths measuring 4 1/4 X 5 1/2. You will need approximately 13 pieces of paper for each notebook, take this stack and fold in half.
Next, cut the cereal boxes down to 4 1/2 X 5 3/4. Fold these pieces in half (with the cereal box graphics on the inside and the brown on the outside) and crease.
Now, place the stack of cut copy paper on top of the folded cereal box and center it. Sew down the middle and cut the threads. Use the brown ink pad to distress the outer edges of the notebook.
Cut a piece of washi tape the length of the spine of the notebook and tape down the spine. Then, open the notebook and use pages from an old book or any recycled paper to glue to the inside front and back cover.
Cut a small graphic image for the front of the notebook and glue down with craft glue. And voila, cute little notebook for your handbag or your friends stocking!
I love these little handmade journals and I hope you do too! Be sure to stop back by Indoor Outdoor Space for many more upcycled seasonal gifts and decorations to whip up yourself on a shoe-string budget. Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest tutorials and freebies delivered to your inbox. You can find more upcycled and recycled paper decor at my own site, The Ragged Rose.
Until our next craft adventure,
DIY & Crafts Author at Indoor Outdoor Space