Upcycle a produce box from your local grocer into this nifty little notebook with a few household supplies in a matter of minutes. All you need is paper, a couple zip ties and a box with cool graphics. I made 30 of these for garden journals for my daughter's class and total cost was about $5! If you have zip ties and paper already, it's basically free! Easy enough project for kids to make themselves, as well.
Step 1: Assemble Your Supplies and Choose the Size for Your Book
Fold paper inserts into packets that will fit in your hole punch. Make as many packets as you want your book to be long.
Step 2: Adjust Your Hole Punch, Punch Paper Packets and Cut Covers
Adjust your hole punch to make evenly spaced holes in your paper packets. Punch packets. Cut two cover pieces from design-y parts of the box in a size slightly larger than the paper. Punch holes in covers to match holes in paper packets.
Step 3: Zip Tie Together
Assemble book and zip tie to secure. Don't pull zip ties tight, leave a loop for pages to turn easily. Trim excess tail off zip tie.
I made these for the kids in my daughter's class to use as garden journals. The supplies were really cheap and I made 30 journals in a couple hours. Endless options to personalize and customize...use wine/beer boxes for a different design theme, add interesting pages, glue an envelope on the back cover for seeds or mementoes, etc, etc!
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