We’re going to learn how to make a notepad!
Give a girl a stack of Astrobright papers and tell her to create something and you’ll see a giddy smile on her face! With school starting soon, I wanted to create something bright and cheery that I can make and give to my son’s teachers and something I could use at home. Since we’re talking middle school, I’d probably embarrass my son with some of the back to school elementary teacher gifts. I wanted to give them something simple, something they could use at home or at school. Everyone needs a notepad and once you learn how to make a notepad, you’ll never buy another one! Making your own note pad opens up creative possibilities for creating a custom design or adding a personal touch.
How To Make A Notepad
Supplies Needed to Make a Notepad
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- Astrobright Paper – regular white printer paper works too.
- 2 blocks of wood
- A Vice or strong clips – strong clips with thinner pieces of wood would work fine.
- Craft Glue – Elmers, Aleenes etc..
Everyone needs a “To Do Note pad”. Using my word program, I created a simple header. (If I already knew who my son’s teachers were, I’d use their name as the header. Another great idea for elementary is to scan a drawing from your child and use that as the design). To Do……….or not to do. I thought that was a catchy header.
You can print on plain white paper too.
How to Make a NotePad Directions
- I printed out about 50 sheets of the paper in all the colors. Who could resist not using ALL of them?
- I wanted my note pad to be long and narrow. I cut my paper to 5 x 11 inches. Using my husbands pretty orange vice thingy and 2 blocks of wood, I was able to squeeze the edges together tightly. C-Clamps work too. I followed the tutorial from Cindy on Skip to My Lou. Her’s is way prettier than mine.
- I applied craft glue with a brush at first and it worked pretty well.
- But then decided to just smear it on with my finger to make sure it was really thick.
- I left it alone for a couple of hours to dry.
- Once dry, it’s clear. Trim off any jagged edges to make it look nice, but be careful to not pull off the full strip of glue. Each page will peel off when you pull………just like a store bought notepad!
Now you know how to make custom note pads!
Super easy! This craft is easy enough for your children to help. If you’re working with a vice grip, you may want to assist them…….especially if it’s not mounted like mine.