How to Make Post It Notes





Introduction: How to Make Post It Notes

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Post it notes are nice to have,  but in my opinion they are a luxury I do not want to spend money on.  I decided to make my own.  I remember seeing an article on yahoo or one of the news type web pages a few months ago about how to make your own.  When the Office Supply contest was posted,  I thought this might be a good thing to share.  I really wanted to make my own glue but could not find anything about how to make repositionable glue. This tutorial is how to make your own Post it pads.  

Step 1: Supplies

This is what you will need:
  • Scrap paper
  • Glue
  • Repositionable glue sticks by Elmer's
  • Cardboard scraps
  • Calendar or magazine pages
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Scissors  ( a paper cutter would be very helpful.) 
  • If you want a post it pad that will stick to a metal surface you could add a magnet to the back of the pad.

Step 2: Marking the Paper

  • Determine what size of post it notes you want.
  • Draw cutting lines.
  • Cut out the squares.
It makes the pad look much better if you trim the squares a couple at a time. The edges line up much better for a professional look. 

Step 3: Glue Pages Together

  • Apply the glue stick to one page you cut out  (at the top of the page.)
  • Line up another page apply the glue stick to the top of the page.
  •  Stick it on the previous page.
  • Repeat until all the pages form a post it pad.

It is important to line the pages up evenly for a professional look.  

Step 4: Marking and Cutting the Back

  • Mark your lines on the cardboard to go on the back of each post it note pads. 
  • I made 2 and 4 inch post it pads.

Step 5: Glue the Cardboard

  • Apply glue to the cardboard cutouts using the regular glue.
  • Stick the post it pad over the cardboard and press to stick.

Step 6: Embellishment

  • Cut out a page from the calendar or magazine for the top of the post it pads.
  • Apply the glue stick to the back of the picture at the top.
  • Stick it to the front of the post it pads.
  • Apply the glue stick to the back edge of all the pages.
This is just to decorate the pads for a gift or fun, it is not necessary though.  

Step 7:

I thought these turned out very nice.  I have a friend that exchanges gifts at her family reunion every year for Christmas and she is always trying to think of something to make for the guys. I think she will love this idea. Post it notes can be expensive over time.  Everyone needs scrap paper to write on. It will be useful to keep a glue stick at your desk so you can easily stick a piece of paper when ever you might need to.  

The most time consuming part of making these were cutting out the paper.  The rest did not take very long at all. Colored paper would have made them a little nicer in my opinion.  Brown paper would look awesome tied with a raffia bow or something.  When I was searching on how to make your own glue I found this article about spiders that I thought was interesting: . 

Thank you for stopping by and have a nice weekend!



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    Cool i dont have that glue and a couple of other things

    I'd rather just buy post it notes for writing notes, but this would be nice to post the pictures or other handouts on the wall. Thanks.

    Thanks sparky! I hope your day shines!

    Do you think Elmer's stick glue would work it is repositionable?

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    I have never used this brand so I would not know. You could try a few and see what happens. I think it would work though. Thanks for commenting and do have a great day.

    Hi, I tried to make post its and it didn't work. I used Scotch brand repositionable glue. Darn it.

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    I am so sorry it did not work for you. Mine were fine. Can you explain what happened? Thanks for commenting and have a great day!

    The papers stuck too much together. Not an easy pull apart and no longer sticky for the next stick. Does that make sense? Where did you et your glue? Thanks

    Right off hand I don't recall where I got the glue. I will try and think on this and I think what I will do is try making this again and see what happens. I will try to do this in the near future. I am currently working on some other ibles that I need to post by the weekend. I will keep in touch OK? Thanks so much for letting me know what happened! Have a great day!

    Congrats on having your ible featured on the home page!!

    Good job sunshiine. :D

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    You can never have enough post it notes. I always seem to be running out and they do seem to be way overpriced for what they are. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Thank you for commenting.

    you can never have enough post it notes it you have grandchildren. I have them stuck all over my house, but can never find a pad when I need even ONE. LOL

    Thanks for sharing. : )

    Thanks for commenting Imnopeas! Have a splendorous day!

    Thanks, there were a lot of fun to make.