With Spring at the door, I find I am making a lot more lists than normal. I have yet to make a Spring cleaning one (that one will be like pulling teeth), but in general, I am a definite list-maker. It is the only way I can remember the things I need to get done; I have a horrible memory (blaming it on motherhood haha). So instead of buying hundreds of notepads, I make my own! This DIY notepad SO simple and practically free. If you are coming from Pinterest, this is a DIY that doesn’t cost you $100 dollars to make instead of buying it for $5! …just saying.
You most likely have all of the things you need in your home right now to make this and you will actually use it! … it doesn’t get much better than that!
Since I go through notepads like water, I figured I would keep this DIY notepad ‘springy’ & make a more summery one later…and I can’t be the only one obsessed with succulents right now!? They’ll make your desk so purdy 🙂
Here is what you’ll need
8.5 x 11 plain paper
Cardboard / chipboard / thick card stock
Notepad printables (download Notes here + To Do List here)
Here is how ya make it
1. Open the printables link (Notes & To Do List) & print in colour on plain 8.5 x 11 paper. *I suggest printing off a test paper to make sure everything looks good!
2. If you are happy with your test print, print off pages (really as many as you would like!). My notepads pictured are 20 pages, so I printed off 10 sheets of paper each.
3. Once all your pages are printed, cut on the lines I provided. It’s easiest with a paper cutter, or if you have a self-healing mat and a utility knife/rotary cutter that would work too! You will end up with 20 sheets that are 4.5″ x 8.5″.
4. Cut your cardboard pieces to this same dimension (4.5″ x 8.5″).
5. Stack your list sheets on top of the cardboard piece and align. It is important that the top edge of the list is perfectly flush than any other side. Clip a clothespin on either side of the list at the top, about 1/2″ down.
6. Glue the top edge, making sure to completely cover the entire top edge (this will ensure each page is stuck together). Spread lightly with the top of the glue tip or with your finger to make sure the glue is touch the entire edge. *Don’t put TOO much glue or the pages will start to ripple
7. Clip the remaining 2 clothespins on the top, closer to the middle of the list, making sure they aren’t coming in contact with the glue.
8. Let your notepad set for about 1.5-2 hours, keep checking it though, you don’t want to leave the clothespins on too long as they will start to make a dent. Once you don’t see the solid white of the glue anymore, it’s dry!
Wasn’t that easy?
You could even wrap some pretty pencils with it for a cute little gift, or glue a magnetic strip on the back to hang it on your fridge!
❤ Now go & make some lists!
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