Back to School Series: DIY Journal

Have you ever found yourself in need of notebook that’s not thick like the composition books, but not as tiny as the mini ones? A journal is a great thing to have, whether for writing down assignments or recording events that happen in your day. And such a necessity is super easy to make! It’s also a great way to preserve paper in notebooks with covers that may be destroyed.


  • Filler paper (or paper you tore out from old notebooks)
  • Cereal box or other flat cardboard
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Glue
  • Decorations
  • Thimble (optional)

Sew the filler paper together as if it were fabric. Do so using even basting. It may be difficult to push the needle through, so you may want to use the thimble.

Make the cover from cardboard. Cut out the faces of the cardboard in the cereal box. The box should have a natural seam where there is a small fold which is glued onto the next piece. It’s best to separate the piece by pulling this, because it provides an easy spine. Glue the cardboard together.

Decorate your cover. Wrap the cover and decorate/personalize.

Glue the paper into the cover.

Congrats on your new journal! Comment and tell me what you used your journal for.






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