Introduction: How to Make a Notebook

For this book you will recycle cardboard and use other easy to find items to create a neat looking, usable notebook. *Thanks for the Vote*

Step 1: Materials

You will need to gather the following materials:

-Interesting cardboard box (cereal box, or like my example a Pocky biscuit stick box)
-10 sheets computer paper or what have you
-White glue
-Sharp craft knife or utility knife
-Steel ruler
-Thread and needle
-Cutting mat or appropriate surface
-Hockey tape or other strong fabric tape

Step 2: Create the Body of the Book

For this Instructable I have chosen to make a small book: 50mm square, with 42 pages.

Start by aligning 7 sheets of paper on the cutting mat.
On the mat you will need to cut 3 strips 60mm wide and 120mm long, using the ruler and sharp knife.
There should be three stacks of 7 sheets now.
*The entire book will be trimmed to size at the end*

Now fold each stack in the middle and crease it well.
Use the Needle to puncture 2 holes 15mm from each edge in the bottom of the crease.
Use two strands of thread to sew the book and tie a knot in the end.
Use 1 of the 2 holes and start threading through from the outside then back out.
Tie a stopper knot

Do this to all three stacks of paper then proceed to the next step!



Step 3: More Body...

You should have 3 small book like bundles. This step will tie them all together.

Cut another strip same width but 140mm long. This will connect everything together.
Mark the center of this longer strip and place a piece of hockey tape on center.

On the center line of the longer strip where the hockey tape is, place one of the bundles on the line.
You will thread this again, the same as the previous step, but this time through the hockey tape strip as well as the booklet.
Sew the other two booklets on either side of the centered one. Keep the books tight together when sewing.

Now all three booklets should be joined.

Step 4: The Cover

The book cover is the best part.

Take your cardboard of choice and cut it with the ruler and sharp knife, two strips 60mm X 120mm
Laminate these together using white glue. Keep in mind which side you want to face out.

After everything is dry enough( ten minutes or so) Mark the center line of the cover.
Measure the thickness of your 42 page booklet. It should be around 8mm, so draw lines 4mm off center. Use a butter knife to crease the cover along the lines.
Fold on the creases to form what looks like an empty book.

Step 5: Book to Cover

Attach the book to the cover.

Glue the outside of the book to the inside of the cover. When gluing leave a gap between the Spine of the cover and book.
make sure to glue everything square with each other.

Step 6: Trimming to Size

Once you are satisfied with how dry the glue is, it is time to trim it to size.

Use the ruler and knife again to trim the book by repeatedly cutting in the same line until cut all the way through.

Step 7: Use It

Comments

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gateon (author)2010-09-24

lol, I did this too, though I didnt know there was an instructable!

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EpicZombie (author)2010-04-18

Jude R. Watson? you are the maker of 39 clues 4!!

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JRWATSON (author)EpicZombie2010-05-24

Sadly I am not!

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EpicZombie (author)JRWATSON2010-07-09

awwww man

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EpicZombie (author)EpicZombie2010-05-16

or are you some one else...

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JRWATSON (author)2009-07-26

Make sure to vote, I would greatly appreciate it!!

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Paulnt (author)2009-07-03

This is awesome. I've made 4, and learnt mistakes from each one. I used the covers from university prospectuses as they had cool designs.

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pluie (author)2009-07-02

superb! even my brain could understand your instruction =D
perhaps I'm going to add a touch in the cover with some old photos in my drawer.

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makeme12 (author)2009-06-30

nice, i like this!

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blue is cool (author)2009-06-27

This is so cool! I must try. You are truly genius.

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StoryAddict (author)2009-06-22

Wow. Lovin' the Pocky Notebook ;)

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Emsaid (author)2009-06-22

I love Pocky!

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yourface101 (author)2009-06-21

hells yeah! pocky!

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Tape-structable (author)2009-06-21

Cool. is it durable enough to possible make a flipbook out of it? 4.5 stars.

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JRWATSON (author)Tape-structable2009-06-21

Yes, check step 7, I made a flip book movie.

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Tape-structable (author)JRWATSON2009-06-21

Oops. Sorry, didnt see it. :P

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Coliflower (author)2009-06-21

Pocky! (5 stars)

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stephenniall (author)2009-06-21

wow very nice Love how you didnt just use glue

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MrsPost (author)2009-06-21

Very nicely done! I like the stitched spine instead of the glued back so it has some more 'staying power'.

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