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Convert scrap paper into a handy notepad with tear-away sheets using duct tape instead of specialty binding glue.

What you'll need:

Scrap paper
Cereal box or other cardboard for backing
Duct tape
Binder clips or rubber bands
Glue stick
Paper cutter
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Step 1: Cut your paper and backing

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Using a paper cutter of your choice (swing arm, rotary, etc.) cut your scrap paper and backing to desired size. When you are stacking the paper after it is cut, be sure to stack so that the side to be bound consists of uncut edges. This step isn't absolutely necessary, but I have found that uncut edges are easier to align and adhere better.

I chose to make mostly 5.5" x 8.5" and 5.5" x 4.25" notepads. I also made one 4" by 2.5" mini notepad.

You can also leave the paper uncut if you prefer a full size scratch pad.

Step 2: Prep your pages

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Once all your pages and backings are cut, align the edge to be bound until it is as smooth as possible. Any pages that are not aligned correctly will not adhere to the tape.

Use binder clips or rubber bands to keep the pages and backing in place.

Apply a thin layer of glue using a glue stick to help keep pages together while you apply the duct tape and to add a little extra stickiness. Do not use liquid glue, it will create wrinkles and seep between the pages causing them to stick together.

Orngrimm3 years ago
I am baffled!
I experimented myself with many different glues (Made some myself with no good results BTW) and then "BAM"... Your instr comes in and i sit here and i look like an idiot to myself.
Of course! Ductape! One of the 2 things which ensures the universe to run (The other is WD40).

Thanks a LOT!

*wanders off and builds a ductape-notebook*
Thanks for posting this. I made several of these at work - we got so much fax-spam that would just go into the garbage until I started making these - unfortunately the place I worked was not very eco-conscious :( but everyone liked the scratch pads! :D
Oh yeah - when I made the pads, I would fold the front band of tape over a 1/2" strip of cardboard, instead of trimming it close to the pad. It made a flap that folded over the top bit of the pad and looked a bit more "professional" (and also kept the tape from sticking to stuff as the pad was depleted). It worked out pretty well!
Great idea!
tonyb2995 years ago
Many thanks.. very useful
craftydog5 years ago
You can use old calender pads for notes. They are already together and cut just go from back to from and you have 365 note sheets ready to go
Never tried it with duct tape. I've used Tacky Glue to make scratch pads. It is much easier to find than padding cement. I'll have to give tape a try.
So simple & great! - Here's an added idear, you can add a strip or two of magnet tape on the back of the cardboard and it can stick to your fridge. I also add some magnet tape to a pen/pencil that also hangs on my fridge for quick notes/messages/shopping lists.
Azayles5 years ago
This instructable really is a "wonderful one"! I've been wanting to make a pad of printed stock-take sheets for work, now I finally can! 5/5, excellent work :-D
OH MY GOSH! This is so simple yet, it's an awesome idea! I will be making a few of these...Thanks a bunch!
shyrell5 years ago
This is just way cool!
fossfor5 years ago
thanks for this, it looks like a really good way to make some sketchbooks from my mountain of spare paper
matthewruth5 years ago
i've just made a notepad using your idea, and thus far, it seems fantastic. I've been using scraps of paper cut to size for ages to scribble things on at work, and now, they are all nicely pad-erized into one book. Cheers for the idea
This is great. i really want to do this! Thanks.
eaglemikeo5 years ago
One additional step to consider, is after you use binder clips to hold the pad together, use sand paper and really smooth out the uncut edges. This would create a great surface for the glue and tape to adhere to, reducing the chance that papers wouldn't adhere properly. I'd try this in between step 2 and step 3. Great instructable, gonna try it this weekend, since the weather doesn't look to great here!
capricorn5 years ago
Easy, clean, intelligent and effective. A 5/5 ible, congrats , nice job :)
pingeee5 years ago
Good idea. How's the "sticky" degree compared with the normal notepad? Does the paper come off easier/harder with duct tape?
wonderfulone (author)  pingeee5 years ago
I'd say it's about the same. The first few sheets might come off a little too easily if you trim the tape too close. Shaking and fanning hasn't resulted in any fly aways for me yet. One good thing about the tape though, you aren't going to accidentally break the pad in half as I've had happen with normal notepads. The sheets would separate from the tape long before the tape could rip. And, if that did happen it is easy enough to replace the tape.
dilesbo5 years ago
I've been wondering what to do with all my scrap paper- I HATE trashing it. Its just been piling up so far. haha Thanks!
reedz dilesbo5 years ago
You could shred it and fill a bean-bag chair with it. It is actually quite comfortable
Really great. Thanks!