Make a stylish back-to-school return or even update your boring office notebook with this simple DIY leather notebook.
When I was in grade school, my favorite back to school activity was shopping for my school supplies and decorating my notebooks. I was obsessed with everything Hello Kitty and since we couldn’t afford getting 10 notebooks from Sanrio store, I used Hello Kitty wrapping paper to cover my ugly notebooks.
My taste in stationeries have matured since then but I still love collecting notebook especially made with buttery soft Japanese paper. I saw this leather-bound notebook from Anthropologie that I considered buying but I couldn’t bear using another notebook other than my Muji ones, which I stock up on.
But the clever Asian girl in me said ‘I’ll make my own DIY leather notebook’ and give my cardboard spiral notebook a makeover! Best.Idea.Ever.
The good thing was that I already have the rest of the materials at home so all I needed to do was to get leather fabric. A cost-effective and simple DIY leather notebook? I’m always done for that.
Scroll down for a step-by-step look at how to make this DIY leather notebook.
Step 1: Carefully open the spiral of the notebook, creating a gap big enough for the covers to slide off.
Step 2: Slide off both covers.
Step 3: Using one of the covers as a template, draw an outline of the notebook on the back side of the leather fabric and mark the holes.
Step 4: Cut the fabric following the marks created.
Step 5: Using a leather puncher, punch holes by following the outline making sure they are all aligned.
Step 6: Slide on the leather cover on both sides of the spiral notebook.
Step 8: Decorate the leather notebook by drawing dots all over the notebook. Let it dry before moving on to the other side.
And that’s it! This DIY project took 2 hours to make and it’s very simple.
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