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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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:

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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!


Destinyjanelle (author)2016-10-19

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

PatW31 (author)2016-02-27

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.

SparkySolar (author)2014-11-06

wicked cool

sunshiine (author)SparkySolar2014-12-02

Thanks sparky! I hope your day shines!

CrystalR (author)2014-08-06

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

sunshiine (author)CrystalR2014-08-06

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.

tylumo (author)2012-02-14

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

sunshiine (author)tylumo2012-02-14

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!

tylumo (author)sunshiine2012-02-15

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

sunshiine (author)tylumo2012-02-15

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!

tylumo (author)sunshiine2012-02-16


canucksgirl (author)2011-12-17

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

Good job sunshiine. :D

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2011-12-17


lmnopeas (author)2011-11-26

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.

sunshiine (author)lmnopeas2011-12-15

Thank you for commenting.

KittyF (author)lmnopeas2011-12-04

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

sunshiine (author)KittyF2011-12-04

Thanks for sharing. : )

sunshiine (author)lmnopeas2011-11-26

Thanks for commenting Imnopeas! Have a splendorous day!

canucksgirl (author)2011-12-14

Very cool. I didn't see this before.... cool :)

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2011-12-14

Thanks, there were a lot of fun to make.

lemonie (author)2011-11-26

I was mainly interested in the glue (nice article on spiders), VDW forces are all that hold e.g. polystyrene together...


rimar2000 (author)lemonie2011-11-26

Me too, lemonie. I want a soft adhesive to stick aluminized polyester or milar thin film to thick policarbonate, in order to make a new arrange for my equatorially mounted solar cooker. The last time I used glass mirrors, they are effective but too much heavy.

If you find a formula for soft adhesive, please PM me.

Sylvia (sunshiine) is an awesome person, do you think the same?

sunshiine (author)rimar20002011-11-26

Thanks rimar2000 for your comment and sweet words! I have searched for a recipe but have not found anything. I think I must go to sunshiine's lab and brainstorm! If I find a recipe I will share here on Instructables. I read an article about the 3m company not much interested in sharing a recipe. I forget where I found it, but thought it was rather humorous. Have a beeee u ti ful Day!

rimar2000 (author)sunshiine2011-11-27

Thanks but don't worry, Sylvia, anyway I have a lot of work dressing my workshop before I can deal with my solar cooker.

sunshiine (author)lemonie2011-11-26

Thanks for commenting L. I guess I will have to go to Sunshiine's lab and brainstorm! If I discover something I will share here on Instructables! I don't give up easily! Have a super day!

lemonie (author)sunshiine2011-11-26

My day has been good, and I just "silenced" Loud-Dave. Not much of an achievement but satisfying all the same.


sunshiine (author)lemonie2011-11-26

Your comment made me laugh even though I am in the dark about Loud- Dave.
Not sure if he is a member here or someone else. Glad you have had a good day!
May your wit continue to shiine.

lemonie (author)sunshiine2011-11-26

He suffers from what some people would call "verbal diahorrea" but I prefer to call "mental-vomit". That is he says things without thought. I just questioned one thing that he said until he told me "shut-up": after that the right/wrong aspect became clear and we had some peace.


sunshiine (author)lemonie2011-11-26

I would like to thank you again for your comment because I would have never re-experienced a day similar to yours had you not commented. Last year about this time I was in the company of 5 intelligent men. One left or at least he tried to leave but his car would not start. He was outside about 20 minutes trying to figure out what the problem was. I went outside and noticed that he was still there and asked all the other guys to go help him. Each one of them tried several times to start the car and looked under the hood. I tried one time with no success. After a while I said let me try it again. Varooooom! Started right up! Yep, it really made my day! Hope your Cheshire grin last for a week! Oh by the way if I had not started that car, no one would have ever figured it out! That is the part I so enjoyed!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-11-26

Cool! Very handy :)

Thanks Penolopy! Have a terrific day!

susanrm (author)2011-11-26

Nice instructable! You can make it even more green-friendly by taking paper that's been printed on one side and using the blank sides as the notes. My friend gets reams of it from a publishing company that only prints on one side. Schools can do this too - a great project for kids, and a great reuse as well. Colored paper can make them even more awesome, and recycled flyers work well for this.

sunshiine (author)susanrm2011-11-26

Thanks for sharing susanrm! A lot of great suggestions. Have a great day!

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