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DIY Notebooks

Have you ever been wondering what to do with empty milk cartons? Use them to make cover for your own homemade notebooks.

1. Supplies needed: Milk carton, paper cutter, scissors, 10 sheets of paper, stapler and a rubber band. 2. Cut out a rectangular piece of the carton, including two sides and the fold in the middle. Cut out 10 sheets of paper slightly smaller than the carton piece. 3. Use a stapler to attach the sheets of paper to the carton. Make sure the staples are placed right on the fold. 4. Use something heavy to press the book together. 5. Use a rubber band to keep the book from opening itself.

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  1. fran fran

    how could i cut the paper neatly not using a paper cutter?

    • Erlend Erlend

      That is a good question Fran 🙂 One idea is to use a pair of scissors and cut the paper roughly first, then assemble the book and in the end you can go over the sides again with the scissors to make it look perfect.

    • Gabrielle Gabrielle

      You can also use a stanley knife and a steel ruler to cut neat straight lines

      • Erlend Erlend

        Steel ruler 🙂 Nice!

  2. very cute and creative.

    • Erlend Erlend


  3. Jessica Jessica

    Can you use any thing else besides a milk cartan?? Like card board??

    • Erlend Erlend

      Sure Jessica, you can use card board if you have a strong enough stapler that will go through. All kinds of paper, carton and carboard that will bend will do for a cover.

  4. Jean Jean

    Great idea! I’ve also seen similar books made with cereal boxes, Mac and cheese boxes, etc. There are so many variations!

  5. zankop zankop

    Wish I had so pretty milk cartons 🙂
    Great idea!

    • Erlend Erlend


  6. morguis morguis

    que bonitas las cajas de leche allá. aqui son muy feas XDD jajaja

    • Erlend Erlend

      Entiendo Morguis 🙂 ¿Como es las cajas de jugo?

  7. Marie Marie

    I love this idea…since I dont drink milk I will use Almond milk cartons. 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Sure you can 🙂

  8. Ely Ely

    ENGLISH/ INGLÉS: The milk´s cartons in Spain are very ugly! 🙂 But, the idea is fantastic! PDT: I love the blog! It is very original. (I do not know if I write well this).

    SPANISH/ ESPAÑOL: Los cartones de leche en España sin muy feos! 🙂 Pero, la idea es fantática! PDT: Me encanta el blog! Es muy original.

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thank you Ely, I’m so glad you stopped by!

  9. Rada Rada

    I wish to make a coloring book as a present … already have some printed images but I dont know how to make a book with them…how to transform that paper into a book
    also I had an a idea for cover – one photography stick up on the carton
    in one word…I need some instructions how to do that
    is it possible with carton and paper only ?

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