Kids' Craft: DIY Recycled Notebooks
It's back to school time, and that means it's for kids to replenish their stock of school supplies. Kids can add a little eco-friendly pizzazz to their supplies with this great DIY notebook idea from the folks at Minted.
First, assemble your materials. You'll need a cereal box (minus the cereal!), a hole puncher, a dull yarn needle, embroidery thread in your kid's favorite colors, and recycled paper or scratch paper left over from something else. Then follow these steps together with your kid:
- Start by cutting down a discarded cereal box and folding it to the size you want your notebook to be.
- Punch two holes along the spine.
- Now punch or poke holes in the cover of the notebook in whatever fashion you like. Have your child create their initial or just a grid of holes is a great way to encourage creativity in your little one.
- Thread a needle with colored embroidery thread and have your little one begin threading a design in and out of the punched holes.
- Continue until the design is complete. You can stick with one color or go crazy with a medley of colors.
- Now cut down sheets of paper for the interior of the notebook, about 1/8″ smaller than exterior on all sides. Fold and punch holes in the paper to match the holes along the exterior spine. Run embroidery thread through the spine of the notebook and papers. Tie off the thread in a knot.
- Your notebook is now complete!
- Have your little author/artist get straight to work creating keepsake masterpieces!
You’ll be surprised how many uses you and your little one find for these. For example, your kids might use them on a nature walk collecting and tracing leaves in as well as drawing up a storm of imaginary creatures. These are great for road trips, or just keep a few in your purse to pull out when waiting in the super long line at the post office. You might even want to make one for yourself!
Enjoy your new notebooks!