The pull-string toys were not of much use for this, so, I put them away and immediately set to work on making a recycled notebook using my old underwear as a cover (its clean, don't worry). I couldn't really remember how to make a book at first, having not done it in some years, but I managed to wing it.
This can be replicated in about 30 minutes and should cost about nothing to make.
Step 1: Go Get Stuff
- 20 sheets of scrap paper of about the same size
- old (clean) underwear
- a needle and thread
- craft glue
- a cutting tool
- some cardboard
Step 2: Fold the Paper
Step 3: Sew
Step 4: Prepare the Elastic
Any which way, I think I used to sew the elastic in place when I would do the last step. Like I said, I forget... so... in the next step I glued some on as an afterthought since the underwear had some for me to use. The elastic somehow keeps the book from getting ripped in half.
Cut your elastic out of your underwear and cut away any fabric still attached.
Step 5: Glue!
You need to glue the elastic onto each side of the outside signatures so that it is acting as a hinge. Add two hinges on each side.
Add a lot of glue onto one of the outside sheets of paper. Stick a piece of cardboard to it.
Do the same for the other.
Essentially, make it look like a book (see picture below if confused).
Step 6: Underwear Time!
Step 7: Glue the Cover
If you use a lot of craft glue, the glue will seep through the fabrics and leave nasty glue patterns on the outside of your cover.
Step 8: Let It Dry.
You can stick a heavy book on top of it to make sure that it dries flat.
After an hour or two you should have a new notebook.
It's not the best notebook, nor is it really even a good notebook, but it cost nothing to make, took less than a half an hour and is made out of old underwear. In my mind, that makes it superior to most other notebooks.