cute notepad

So I recently discovered these cute little key ring notepads and wanted to order one right away. But unfortunately the shipping was higher than the prize of 5 notepads. That’s why I decided to make my own. Here’s how I did it, so you can make your own little notepad as well! Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

  • hole puncher
  • set square
  • pen
  • scissors
  • rubber band
  • some sort of ring (which will hold your pages together)
  • paper
  • cardboard

Step 1
Fold the paper into a size you like. I folded it 4 times, using a A4-paper.
1st fold: halve the width of the paper
2nd fold: halve the width again of your now smaller paper
3rd & 4th fold: divide the remaining height into 3 equal-sized sections

Step 2
Cut or tear the paper along the folded lines to get the final format.
I teared the paper to get softer edges because I often cut myself on paper.

Step 3
Fold one of your little paper sheets in half & punch a hole centered on the folded mark.
I would also recommend to fixate the track that comes with the hole puncher, so that you can punch the hole exactly at the same place for every sheet. This is really important because this is why your little notepad will have all sheets above each other without anything sticking out. So, you only need to fold the first paper, all the others will have the fixed track already set.

Repeat Step 1 - 3 for as long as you are satisfied with the amount of paper sheets you got for your little notepad.

Step 4
Trace one sheet onto the cardboard and cut it out. Punch a hole in it using the fixed track on your hole puncher.
This is where you can get creative. You don’t have to use a simple cardboard as I did. Colored paper is also a great idea! If you don’t like the cardboard look but still also don’t have some pretty paper, you can also draw something on it or decorate it with stickers afterwards. So don’t worry! The most important thing is, that it protects your inner notepad sheets!

Step 5
Put it all together, using your key ring (or any other ring that you can open for adjustments later).
There we go! You can use a rubber band to keep the sheets all together or just use it without one. As with decoration, that’s totally up to your personal taste.

I hope you enjoyed this second little tutorial of mine. I tried to make it similar to the first one, but still make it feel like it’s its own thing. If you are interested in how I gave this little cactus a new home, the mini tutorial for it can be found here. Have a good day!