All you need is a few office supplies that are easily found in your school or public library:
Printed paper w/ at least one blank side (check the re-cycle bin)
Paper cutter or scissors
Three hole puncher or a single hand held hole puncher
Ruler, pencil or pen
Empty cereal box
Hemp cord or twine
*Note: I recently condensed the steps. The photos may differ slightly from the info, be sure to follow steps and use the images as a second guide.
Step 1: Deconstruct the Box
*This is the area where the box is glued together.
Step 2: Cut Off Excess Tabs
2. Cut the vertical excess tabs. This will most likely be the "nutritional facts" of the cereal box.
*Note: Always practice care and precision when using cutting devices!
Step 3: Create the Spine
2. Cut down the middle of the spine, making sure to align the cutter with your marks. If you are using scissors, connect these marks with a straight line to insure more precise cutting.
(* Please ignore the excess tab in the picture!)
Step 4: Punch Some Holes
2. Whole punch the back side of the notebook. Make sure the design is upright but facing down.
3. Hole punch the paper that will fill your notebook. If you are using collected paper that has been printed on one side, make sure the printed side is face down on all the paper you will use to fill the notebook.
*If you are using a single hand held hole puncher mark where your holes will go using a regular ruled writing paper. Punch holes in filler paper and cover following steps 1-2.
Step 5: Construct Your Notebook
2. Fill the notebook with paper, blank side facing up.
3. Use a pencil to align the filler paper and the outer casing of the notebook.
Step 6: Bind the Notebook Part I
2. Insert loose ends of cord through hole #1, back to front.
3. Remove the pencil/pen and pass the loose ends through the loop.
Step 7: Bind the Notebook Part II
2. Feed both loose ends back through hole #2 back to front.
3. Fashion a knot of some sort. Loop under, over and string through how ever you fancy