How to Bind Papers Together

Updated April 04, 2017

When binding papers together you create a book or a pamphlet to showcase important documents and creative works. In addition, you save money binding papers yourself. You select several different techniques to bind personal or professional papers to keep them organised. You must figure out how many pages to include in your book to determine the best method for your binding needs. Blind your papers with budget friendly and readily available supplies you may already have in your home.

Use a three-hole punch to put holes in the top, middle and bottom of each page. You can punch several papers at the same time to ensure your holes line up. Ribbon is ideal for binding smaller paper projects.

Cut three pieces of ribbon long enough to go through each hole.

Thread the ribbon through each hole and tie each in a knot.

Stack the pages. Tap them on your table so they all align. Use bulldog clips to keep the papers in place. The glue method is ideal for binding large books.

Use a wet cloth to dampen the edge of the papers where you want them bound. Apply polyurethane glue, such as EXCEL or Gorilla, onto to the edge of the pages and then allow the stack to dry for 24 hours. Allow for 48 hours to dry if the stack is quite large.

Use one piece of card stock or poster board and bend it to cover the front, side and back of the stack. Trim the edges of the cover to fit the dimensions of your pages.

Apply glue to the side of the cover. Press the bound paper edges of stack into the glue. Sit the book up on its side for drying. Allow the book to dry for 24 to 48 hours as needed.


Be creative when binding papers together. Think of ordinary items you have around your house already, like screws and bolts.

Things You'll Need

  • Binder rings
  • Ribbon (colour of your choice)
  • Polyurethane glue
  • Hole punch
  • Card stock
  • Ruler
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Mary Corbin began her career writing for online and print media in Indianapolis. Since 2004, she has covered subjects such as home and family, technology and legal issues. Working in the broadcast industry, Corbin created articles for marketing, public relations and business matters. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.