How to make a spiral bound notebook

Written by kelly sundstrom | 13/05/2017
How to make a spiral bound notebook
You can make your own spiral bound notebooks by hand. (notebook image by Marek Kosmal from

Spiral bound notebooks allow you to use and turn pages easily without bending the entire notebook. Although you can purchase spiral bound notebooks at any office supply store or supermarket, it can be more exciting to make your own spiral bound notebooks with a few simple materials. Once finished, you can decorate the cover of the notebook using coloured pencils or markers with any design or imagery that you want.

Measure along the edge of a sheet of 8 by 10 inch paper, and mark every 1/2 inch with a pencil.

Punch out a hole at each mark using a single hole punch.

Repeat this process with each sheet of paper you want in your notebook. Make at least 30 pages.

Cut out a rectangle from card stock that measures 8 by 10 inches.

Mark one long edge of the card stock as you did with the paper.

Punch out the marks on the card stock rectangle to match the holes in your paper.

Stack the paper on top of each other, lining up the holes.

Place the card stock on top of the stack of paper, lining up the holes.

Decorate the card stock with coloured pencils or markers with designs, patterns or drawings.

Loop a thin, plastic coated wire around and through the holes of the paper and card stock with needle-nosed pliers. This will effectively spiral them together.

Cut the ends of the wire off with wire cutters, and bend the ends into the spiral so that they do not poke out.

Things you need

  • Printer paper
  • Card stock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Single hole punch
  • Ruler
  • Thin plastic-coated wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Coloured pencils
  • Markers

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