Last month, I purchased my first ever subscription box. The first thing that caught my attention was the funky marble cardboard packaging! In fact, I thought it was soo beautiful that I should cut it up and make good use of it. I’ve never done a DIY on my blog before, but there’s a first for everything right. Since ‘back to school’ season has commenced, this DIY is for those of you that like to add a personal touch to your stationery.
Today, I will be showing you how to customise a plain notebook and pencils using printed paper/card (which happens to be recycled packaging in my case) and the washi tape that I received in my paper gang subscription box.
No, this blogpost is not sponsored by papergang.
Of course, you can substitute the print and washi tape I use for colours/designs that you prefer.
D.I.Y Notebook Cover
- a plain notebook (or cover a notebook with black card)
- pens/pencils/stationery of your choice
- a glass jar/glass mug (these are available at most kitchen/homeware stores and are very affordable)
4. Basic equipment to cut and stick (scissors, glue, a ruler and pencil)
To begin, you need to faintly line a large section of the card using a pencil and ruler (to ensure a straight edge) and cut the card along the pencil line.
Next, measure the length and width of the space you would like to cover.
Cut your desired shape (I kept mine as a long rectangle) and stick the card on to the notebook, like so –
You may choose to finish here and leave your notebook like this,
Roll out the washi tape and pull the tape along the length of the spiral/wire.
Once I completed the notebook cover, I was obsessed with how the copper foil effect came out and proceeded to add washi tape to the ends of my favourite black pen, pencil – and also along the length of my ruler.
TIP: Stick a small piece of card (left over from the material used to cover the notepad) at the end of your washi tape. This way, you wont ruin your tape whilst looking for the end the next time you use it.
Finally, I filled my gold – rimmed glass jar with pens.
I think the matching notebook and stationery are great accessories to go in your school bag, or to use as display on your desk.
If you liked my first minimal DIY and would like me to share more, let me know in the comments and if you try this yourself – I would love to see how yours turns out!
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