Cereal Box Crafts: Notepads

Greeting friends today we are going to make cereal box notepads.  We are continuing on with our recycle theme in honor of Earth Day coming up next week (Friday, April 22nd). These are so fun to make and give and I think they would be a terrific addition to a birthday party goodie bag.  So go to your recycling bin and grab some fun boxes and lets get started.



cereal boxes or other cardboard

Mod podge (I used matte)

Wide thin paintbrush

2 large binder clips

2 paint stir sticks

Exacto Knife & ruler or Paper cutter


1.  First of all decide what size your notepad will be based on the paper you have.  You can use notecards, an existing notepad, binder paper or cut up some paper from an old composition book.  Using a paper cutter or an Exacto knife with a straight edge cut your paper the size you want it.

earth day craft

2.  Look through all of the boxes you have and then cut out the cardboard box to fit the same size as your paper you just cut.  Cut one for the front of your notepad and one for the back using a paper cuter or Exacto knife with a ruler.

cereal box craft

3.  Sandwich the paper in between your two cardboard cereal boxes you cut out.  Line them up all nicely shifting them in place until the top or side edge (depending on what side you plan on gluing) is even.

4. Place the paint stir stick on the front and back of your notepad and secure the binder clip on top.  This will hold the book in place while you bind the top with glue.

crafting with cereal boxes

5.  Remove one of the binder clips and apply an even medium coat of Mod Podge on the edge.  Move the binder clip to the side your just glued being careful to make sure the top is not touching your glue.  Do the other side.  Let it dry.  Repeat the process two more times for a total of three coats.

cereal box book

cereal box notepads

When dry remove clips and stir sticks and enjoy!  Give them as a gift or pop one in your purse for a handy way to jot down notes.  Give them to your child in a restaurant to doodle.cereal box crafts

If you would like to see this craft via video I went on my local lifestyle show Indy Style this morning.  Check it out.  Oooh they labeled me a “DIY Expert” {giggle}. Forgive the 14 second commercial…


For more Cereal Box Crafts…

Click here for Cereal Box Crafts: Postcards

Click here for Cereal Box Crafts: Kid’s Art Display

  • Stephanie

    Another fantastic idea. I think I will use blank pages and give them to the kids to create their own scrapbooks out of…I always wondered how to bind the pages in there.

  • http://www.serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Those would be such cute party favors!!! My girls love having their own notebooks to “write” in and put their stickers. Great idea, Beckie. :)

  • http://www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com Amanda

    Love it! I think I might make some using old Pokemon cards (doubles of course!) to hand out at Josh’s Bday party!

  • http://cinsarah.blogspot.com Cindy M.

    Very Cute!! Love the idea!!

  • http://www.creativeramblings345.blogspot.com Ann Marie lessner

    This is so neat. the next time my kids have off school we are making these

  • http://thriftyncrafty.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Nice! I’ve wondered how to make a notebook binding. Glue, of course!

  • http://allthingsbelle.blogspot.com Jennifer

    I love this idea for the kiddos! I can’t believe Mod Podge works.. I’ll have to get right on this :o)

  • http://www.strawberryskys.blogspot.com sarah

    wonderful! love it!

  • http://onecraftymomoftwo.blogspot.com/ Courtney Taylor

    It is awesome to watch the tv and say “I know her” :) Love the idea! Where do you buy your mod podge? On the mosaic clip board, did you use the matte and then go over with the gloss , or how did you make them stick before the clear gloss finish??? Way to go DIY EXPERT!!!!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      You will have to wait and see. I will post it on Thursday.

  • http://treasureandtranquility.blogspot.com Barbie

    These are awesome, and I can’t believe they are THAT simple! I’m going to highlight these on my blog next week!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Sweet thank you!

  • http://www.babesinhairland.com The Mom @ Babes in Hairland

    Awesome idea. I have so much random old letter head from my husbands old job lying around, I need to do this. You looked fab on your TV segment. You sound totally different than I thought you would – for some reason! LOL It’d be awesome to reinforce pictures of the kiddos on card stock or something & do this same thing – great idea for g-ma’s, etc. Thanks as always for your amazingly fun & creative ideas.

  • http://the-little-moments.blogspot.com Amy Jo Trager

    Cool segment on your local TV!!! That’s so awesome for you and great exposure. That poor newslady is so clueless about ModPodge….

    I didn’t know that MP would bind papers together like that. That’ll be a fun project to tackle!

  • http://www.scrappybeads.blogspot.com Deborah

    I ♥♥♥♥ to recycle… these are SO much fun to make… *Ãœ*!!
    Just poppin’ in to say “Hi”… and take a look around. My first time here and a new follower… *Ãœ*. I’m looking forward to visiting with you often. **Lots of Hugs** Deborah

  • http://www.akasarah.blogspot.com LacyHolly

    This is such an amazing idea! I can’t wait to try this!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Arielle

    Great job, Beckie! Love the ideas! And way to go on your second TV appearance, DIY Expert! Keep up the great work!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Hee Hee! Thank you. I am hoping to continue my home my skills. Doing a craft on TV is hard work?

  • http://www.almostneverclever.com Nat

    How are you reading my mind??? I’ve been trying to find a suitable way to make my own notebook recently (we lefties are high maintenance when searching for a usable notebook).

    Does it lay flat when opened or do you think it would mess up the binding?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I am a leftie too so I know your pain. It lays flat.

      • http://www.almostneverclever.com Nat

        Wooooo! Lefties unite!

  • http://www.modpodgerocksblog.com Mod Podge Amy

    GREAT idea! Love them and it would be cool to do it with shopping bags too so you could look really trendy. Ha!

  • http://lisaslittlerascals.blogspot.com lisa, too!

    ooh! aah! i never thought to use modge podge for this. i’d done it with a more expensive liquid red glue found YEARS ago in an office supply store. super kewl! thanks!

  • http://therapy4roses.blogspot.com/ Tara Rose

    What a great use of the boxes!! I just bought cereal last night, I will be keeping the boxes!! Thank you!

  • http://www.violette.ca violette

    What a fun project Becky……..loved the video too! I’ll have to do this with some of the teens i teach!


    Love, violette

  • http://mimishodgepodgelife.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    Super cute idea and great way to recycle/reuse/repurpose!

  • http://takeyourvitaminc.blogspot.com Vitamin C Kim

    Totally fab! I have a stack of old calendars with funny pics on them that I have been saving for something. I think this is it!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oohh that sounds fun!

  • http://thecreationzstudio.blogspot.com Monica

    OMGOSH! This is awesome, i’ve been wanting to make these but didn’t know I could use modge podge!!! Thank you for sharing this! :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you! I love mod podge. I use it on everything!

  • Helen E. Moss

    I have a lot of cardboard from Japanese food products. This is a great way to use them, too!!!


  • http://somewhatsimple.com Stephanie

    I love this! I will be featuring it on somewhatsimple.com next Tuesday! Thanks for the great idea!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks Steph!

  • http://www.usingmywords.com Brynn

    This is so great! I’m “craft challenged” and I think even I can handle this one. I’m thinking of using the boxes my Little Guy’s toys come in for the covers. Legos, especially. How cute would that be? Found you on Today’s Creative Blog. I’ll be following you now – so many great ideas! I’m sure I’ll have to try this and feature this on my blog soon! I’ll be sure to link back here!

  • Christina Reed

    Such a inexpensive and creative way to liven up notebooks and pads of paper. Thank you for sharing such an awesome project!

  • http://alittleofthis-emilyadamc.blogspot.com/ Emily Christensen

    This is such a cute and easy Idea. I love it :)

    I found you on Tip Junkie

  • Pingback: Earth Day Activities - Somewhat Simple

  • http://pascalea.com/blog/ PascaleA

    Neat idea! ~

  • http://stacinay.blogspot.com Staci@tales from the s*crap*room

    You are a diy expert. I love this idea. I have been making bookmarks from cereal boxes, but this is genius!! I want to dig through my pantry right now and get all the boxes in the recycle bin to start making these as gifts for my friends and family. Thanks for the awesome idea. You rock!!!

  • http://craftyhair.blogspot.com Jennifer

    This is amazingly cute!!

  • http://www.bigbearswife.com Angie–Bigbearswife

    what a cute idea!!! I love notebooks, and always have one in my purse! I am def making some of these!

  • Melanie Ledgerwood

    Hey guys,
    I’m always looking for gift and craft ideas that I can give to 30 adults with developmental disabilities. My adult daughter is mentally handicapped and they have lots of parties at her day program. Need tons of ideas for things to make (besides food) to contribute to the celebrations. please send me your ideas at [email protected]

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Unfortunately I can’t send you an email every time I have a gift idea that might work. But if you want to sign up to receive updates from me you can do so on the front page under “subscribe via email” and you will receive emails everytime I post.

  • http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com Melanie@Reasons to Skip the Housework

    I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Linky Party! The link is below!
    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party
    Link up Your Weekly Parties Here

  • http://recoveringcrafthoarder.blogspot.com Lyndee

    I’ve been saving my cereal box fronts and backs for a while now. Now I know what I can use them for. Wahoo! Hey, was that part of the Friend magazine I saw on your menu board? Love your creative geniusness!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      AAwww thanks Lyndee. I have no idea what I used. I actually made that quite a while ago.

  • http://thrifty101.blogspot.com/ Michelle @Thrifty 101

    I love this idea! SO CUTE!!!

    I’d love for you to link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ http://www.thrifty101.blogspot.com


  • http://simplegirlathome.blogspot.com/ Simple Girl

    I love recycled crafts! This one looks like it would be fun for the school’s Artist Market! Thanks for the great idea!

  • http://www.outofoffice.fedex.mediacdt.com/ Leah

    I love this project!

    We did something similar reusing and recycling paper scraps on our Out of Office blog: http://www.outofoffice.fedex.mediacdt.com/blog/recycle-reuse-repurpose

    Happy Earth Day!

  • http://christinlynn.blogspot.com christine

    Great idea here..thank you so much for sharing.

  • http://www.shemadeitcrafts.com Britany Betenson

    Love this! What a fabulous idea! I am totally gonna do this!

  • http://www.fisforfirstgrade.blogspot.com Melissa

    Fantastic! I’m a first grade teacher and my kids are bringing in cereal boxes next week for to reuse for some projects. I’ll definitely be making the post cards and notepads. We’ve also been saving leftover worksheets and copy paper that would otherwise be thrown away- so those will be the pages. Thanks for showing how easy it can be to reuse!


    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      You bet! I hope your kids have a blast!

  • http://alwaysinwonder.com Jennifer

    What a cool and simple idea. Never thought of making my own notebook before. :) Thanks for sharing this week.

  • http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com Felicia

    Love this! What a great way to recycle!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters, today!

  • http://thetatteredtag.blogspot.com Christina

    Such a nifty, thrifty idea, my kids would love for me to make some of these for them. :) I invite you to share your creativity with my followers too. Please link to my blog bash K.I.S.S. , also happy to be your latest & greatest follower!!

    Drop By The Tattered Tag

  • Pingback: What to do… « Measured by the Heart

  • Tawni

    I’m so excited to see you are from Indiana. lol. ME TOO! This is so cool. I need to invest in some Mod Podge. haha. :) Thanks.

  • Pingback: Christmas Gifts Quick, Tutorial #2 « Daily Doses of Hope

  • Pingback: Unicorn Bacon

  • Pingback: Girl’s Camp Crafts | My Little Window

  • Ginny

    Love it!!! Could you please tell me about how long it takes for the glue ‘layers’ to dry? I may try this at a girls camp, & we only have ~30 min to complete the project. Thanks!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      It is pretty quick. Probably less than 45 mins to dry.

  • Pingback: DYI: Cereal Box Note Pads | Saving in Sumner Co

  • Pingback: DIY Earth Day Gift Box |

  • Pingback: 19 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes | personal fincance

  • Pingback: Simple Handmade Gifts – Part One | One Good Thing by Jillee

  • Pingback: Greening Your Life: How to Reuse Your Recycling « Casa Diseño LLC

  • Pingback: Cereal Box Notepads « Do It And How

  • Pingback: Guest Post: 5 Fun and Simple DIY Ideas on the Cheap!

  • Pingback: Cereal Box Notepads

  • http://mainegreengirl.wordpress.com/ Marie

    Thanks so much for this idea – it’s adorable! I have a lot of cardboard from recycling and since I haven’t taken it to the bin in a while, I can sort through it to use for this craft. I have a lot of kids in mind who love little notebooks – these will make great gifts!

    I’ve shared this link via e-mail, other blog comments, etc and am thinking of doing a blog post about it. I’m not sure how that works (linking to this, etc) but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
    Again – thanks for a great idea!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Marie! Thanks so much! Just copy and past the url into your blog and it will show right up! Can’t wait to see how yours turn out :)

      • http://mainegreengirl.wordpress.com/ Marie

        Will it pingback to you or should I let you know when I post it? All this is new to me, lol.

        • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

          It should ping back if you link to me.

          • http://mainegreengirl.wordpress.com/ Marie

            Thanks Beckie! I’m not sure which day I’m doing this (still canning season!) but it will be soon.

          • http://mainegreengirl.wordpress.com/ Marie


            Posted this morning! Thanks SO much!

  • johannah

    I featured this on my blog here
    Wonderful idea tha tlove can’t wait to try

    Thank you Johannah

  • Pingback: New Idea for Upcyling Cardboard Boxes | MaineGreenGirl

  • Riversana

    I need to get some Mod Podge, I keep coming across fantastic crafts that you can use it on. Apparently MP is to crafting what white vinegar is to the natural household! Thank you for this!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Riversana, I love your comparsion!!! MP is AMZAING!

  • Pingback: Crafty Tutorial Link-Ups

  • iscout

    Girl Scout Cookie Boxes!! USE RESOURCES WISELY!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Girl Scout Cookie boxes would be a great idea. But I can’t buy them for sure. I can eat a whole box in one sitting.

  • Pingback: A Dozen Crafty Ways To Recycle Cereal Boxes :

  • Pingback: Friday Crafternoon- Cereal Box Notepads | New Brunswick Public Library Teens

  • Pingback: Girl Scout Ideas | Momcaster

  • Pingback: 8 Awesome Girl Scout Ideas - Craft Ideas Girl Scouts Will Love

  • Pingback: Simple activities to celebrate Earth Day with kids! - Right Start Blog

  • Pingback: 20 awesome Mod Podge recycled crafts. - Mod Podge Rocks

  • Pingback: 20 Crafts to do with Kids This Summer

  • Pingback: 21 Truly Awesome Ways to Upcycle A Cereal Box | Fox Rio 2 News RGV

  • Pingback: GeekMom Holiday Traditions: Handmade Gifts | GeekMomGeekMom

  • Melanie Bennett Stanley

    I’ve seen a recipe for homemade mod podge on Pinterest. Do you think that would work for this? Love this idea! Thanks for the beautiful, detailed tutorial.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I’m glad you like it, Melaine. As far as the homemade Mod Podge… I would think so, but I personally wouldn’t use homemade Mod Podge on anything that you need to preserve for years.

  • Pingback: DIY- Turn cereal boxes into No | Quotes ~ Word that Speaks