There’s few things better than a fresh new notebook, whether you’re getting prepared for a new school or college year, or just adding to your stationery hoard. Here’s some fun DIYs to try for a unique and creative option.
Twinkie Chan has the perfect solution for a shop-bought notebook that’s a little boring or has text or imagery you’re not keen on – cover it up with a crochet frog applique! The pattern is free and easy enough for beginners to have a go too.
An even easier option is a sticker but if you find it impossible to commit to using a sticker permanently, Mollie at Wild Olive has a simple and clever DIY to make removable stickers with shelf liner. She includes a free printable for the donut designs but you can use any printed paper or ephemera.
My personal stationery hang-up is never using all the cute washi tape I own but this notebook DIY from Lia Griffith is a great way to enjoy your favourites – and doesn’t use up too much! You can even make some matching pencils.
I also love this notebook design at Handmade Charlotte with pencils made of washi tape. The erasers are fingerprint painting but I think this would be cute with simple hand-drawn details too.
Covering a notebook with patterned paper is a classic option and using fabric is just as easy (try this simple DIY at Crazy Little Projects). If you have a sewing machine, you can make slip-on notebook covers that can be used again and again. How cute is this design with applique details by Polkadot Chair?
Mini notebooks make cute gifts and these Milk Carton & Cookie notebooks by Hello Origami just need paper – no glue, staples or stitching. If you can’t draw, you can always decorate these with stickers instead.
This DIY Shaker Notebook Cover by Amy Made looks so cool and fun to play with. It’s made with resin so not a quick or simple project but the results definitely look worth the effort.
We also have some DIYs and tutorials in our archive that are worth checking out.
- On-the-Go Stationery Storage Journal Tutorial
- SCK Tries… DIY Traveler’s Notebook Cover
- DIY Kawaii Planner Tassel Charm
- DIY Kawaii Cats Paper Craft Tutorial
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and the author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a flat full of kawaii, creating cute character goods as Asking For Trouble, working on endless craft projects and playing Nintendo.