How to Personalize a Spiral Notebook

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How to Personalize a Spiral Notebook
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A good way to get your children in the mood to go back to school is to let them decorate their new spiral notebooks. You can also use decorated notebooks to personalize a gift for friends. Either way, you'll just have fun being creative with these inexpensive materials.

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Things you need

  • Colored construction papers
  • Double-stick tape
  • Ribbon
  • Stencils
  • Pencil to trace designs
  • Scissors
  • Markers or gel pens
  • Sequins, glitter
  • Glue or glue gun

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  1. 1

    First remove the spiral binding from the notebook. Use pliers to bend the top spiral straight out, then twist to remove. Keep the inside paper neatly stacked to the side while you work on the covers.

  2. 2

    Use double-stick tape to attach the construction paper to the notebook cover. Trim the excess paper from around the edges of the cover.

  3. 3

    Use a pointed object, such as a sharpened pencil, to poke small holes through the paper where the original holes in the cover are so that it will be easier to get the spiral back on the notebook.

  4. 4

    Replace the spiral by twisting it back on the notebook from the bottom. Use pliers to bend the end of the spiral back into the shape it was so that it won't slide off.

  5. 5

    Decorate by tying a few ribbons onto some of the spirals. Be sure not to add too many or the notebook will be hard to open.

  6. 6

    Use stencils to trace out patterns and shapes onto colored paper. Or, draw your own figures and shapes by hand onto colored paper. You can also draw outlines of your favorite TV cartoon characters. Cut out the shapes with scissors.

  7. 7

    Embellish your cutouts with markers and gel pens.

  8. 8

    Arrange your cutouts on the cover, trying out different placements. When you like your layout, apply the cutouts with double-stick tape. Cut excess tape from around the edges of the cutouts before placing them on the cover.

  9. 9

    Add sequins and glitter with small amounts of glue. Use a glue gun for greater control of the glue or for small areas of coverage.

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