How to Make a Spiral Notebook

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How to Make a Spiral Notebook
Customise a sprial notebook by creating a new cover using personal materials. (spiral notebook image by astoria from

Making notebooks at home allows students to create customised school supplies. These notebooks are a creative way for students to express themselves by recycling materials like VHS movie covers, postcards or photos. More delicate items like wallpaper, gift wrap or greeting cards can be glued to cardstock to make interesting notebook covers. Create these spiral notebooks for friends and family for a simple, thoughtful gift. Personalised school and office supplies help people keep track of their items throughout a busy, hectic day.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Spiral notebook with wire binding
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Postcards, photos, wallpaper, gift wrap or VHS covers
  • Craft glue (optional)
  • Card stock (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen
  • Clear contact paper (optional)
  • 1/8 inch hole punch

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  1. 1

    Use needle-nose pliers to unbend the ends of the wire binding on a spiral notebook. Untwist the wire from the notebook, separating the cover and the pages. Set the pages and the back cover aside.

  2. 2

    Gather together materials such as postcards, photos, wallpaper, gift wrap or other items to use for the cover. If using a delicate material, glue the item to card stock to provide a thicker backing for the cover.

  3. 3

    Place the original notebook cover over the new cover materials and cut the new materials to size. For delicate covers made from gluing items to card stock, use contact paper to make a durable cover. Use the original cover as a template and trace the placement of the original holes onto the new cover with a pencil.

  4. 4

    Use a 1/8 hole punch to punch holes in the new cover. Use the original cover as a guide because it is important the holes be placed exactly as they were on the original notebook cover.

  5. 5

    Stack the back cover, notebook pages and new cover together. Thread the wire binding through the holes to secure the pages. Bend the ends closed using needle-nose pliers.

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