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May 27, 2013
05:00 AM

Green Notebooks Made of Upcycled Cardboard Material

Kids can put DIY recycling in action by making this handy craft, perfect for writing down or drawing summer memories – that fits just right in a backpack or pocket

Green Notebooks Made of Upcycled Cardboard Material

We're big fans of giving old stuff a second life – and Whimseybox, a company that mails fresh crafty supplies every month via a subscription. So, when they recently sent us supplies to make our own book, we sniffed a fresh opportunity. If your family recycles, too, pull a couple lightweight boxes from the bin to create these small notebooks perfect for backpack pockets. Cereal, granola bar or, as we selected, smaller LEGO set boxes are all perfect picks for this fun project that's great for younger crafters.

Materials

  • Box paperboard
  • Scrap paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Baker's twine

Instructions

  1. Cut a piece of paperboard to 11.5-by-7.5 inches. You can change the size of the book whatever you'd like, keeping with rectangle- or square-sized shapes.
  2. Cut a stack of paper scraps to 11-by-5 inches. You can make the notebook as big or small as you like. If you recycle misprinted scrap paper or leftover fliers in your home, now's a good time to put them to use. Try lined or ruled paper, too.
  3. Position the paper on the paperboard, design facing out, and fold in half. With your hole puncher, punch two holes in the center of the book's spine. (Punch as far up as your stack of paper will fit.)
  4. Cut two pieces of baker's twine to bind the book together. Make the pieces long so you can either tie a bow on the outside of the book or secure with a strong knot.

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