Cereal Box Mini Note Pad

Cardboard Box Notepad

I can never have enough note pads around me for jotting down to do lists, shopping lists,  planning holidays, sketching,  you name it I use a note pad to write about it.  But it costs me a fortune to buy all the different sized notepads that I need , then I came across Natalie’s blog the other day called creme de la craft and she had a tutorial on how to make notebooks using recycled cereal boxes. I am now not only addicted to having loads of different note pads but making them too.

To make these notepads Natalie has a fantastic tutorial on her blog  which is well worth the look.  I have also summarized her instructions here.


You need a

  • Old Cereal box
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Embroidery thread & needle
  • Sewing cotton & needle
  • Button
  • Plain paper
  • Either wrapping paper or fabric
  • Glue

notebook instructions

  1. Cut your cardboard box into a rectangle 5.5 inches by 8 inches (you will be able to make 2 notebooks from one cereal box.) Then cut sheets of plain paper 5 inches by 7.5 inches.
  2. Sew your button on to the front of the notebook with embroidery thread. Leaving  approx 20 inches of thread trailing out the top of the button. (you will use that latter to close your notepad up with) Take your plan paper and sew down the center line of your cardboard using a running stitch.  (Please be careful of your figures at this stage.
  3. Cut either your fabric or wrapping paper to a size you like and stick down over your sewing on the cardboard.
  4. Wrap your embroidery thread that is trailing out your button around your notebook a few times and around the button to keep your notepad closed.


Here are a few of the notepads I have made

Happy notepad making



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