Looking for simple ideas on how to DIY some cute notebook covers? Here are 5 easy ideas that are perfect for crafters of all ages, from preschool to adults. They’re a great way to both express yourself and finally use all of those fun art supplies you’ve been saving. So pull out all the markers / stickers/ washi tape and let’s get started.

personalized brown kraft notebook cover with colorful paper hearts and doodles. Cute notebook covers DIY : simple ideas

Why Personalize Your Notebook Covers?

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE notebooks and journals. I keep one at work, one at home, and I always carry a small travelers notebook and crayons in my purse for my preschooler. Unfortunately though, the notebooks with the cute patterns and sayings aren’t cheap. A less expensive option is buying a bulk pack of plain notebooks and making your own covers.

First I’m going to show you how I created the book in the photo above. I made a dozen of these books as Galentine’s Day party favors for my friends. I asked each friend for her favorite color, so that’s the color that I used for the nameplate. Then I cut 12 stars in each of the different colors and randomly placed one on each book. It was a fun way to make a cohesive group of books, but still personalized for each individual friend.

Materials you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or double stick tape
  • Markers or pens
  • Scrapbook paper/ washi tape/ stencils/ whatever else you want to decorate your cover
  • Hole punch in fun shapes (optional)

How to DIY cute notebook covers:

Step 1: Measure and cut your scrapbook paper

Cut your scrapbook paper to the desired shapes. I used a heart shaped hole punch from Michaels to make this step easier, since I was making a bunch of books. I also wanted to put names on all of the books, but my handwriting is not the best. Instead I used a punch board from We R Memory Keepers, which was the coolest tool (not the cheapest, but I always use coupons for those types of purchases)

Step 2: Glue the scrapbook paper to the notebook cover

Next, apply glue stick or double-sided tape to the back of your scrapbook paper and carefully place it on the notebook cover, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles as you go.

Step 3: Decorate your notebook cover with markers, washi tape, paint, etc

Once your scrapbook paper is in place, it’s time to get creative! Use markers, washi tape, and paint to futher decorate your notebook cover. I looked at different scrapbook page layouts on Pinterest to get the ideas for the lines and stars.

If I did this project again, I would probably use a thicker marker, since the pen is a little too delicate. That’s the beauty of doing this kind of project – with each subsequent book you decorate, you can try a new idea or technique.

More simple DIY ideas for cute notebook covers

Create a bold pattern with washi tape

One of the easiest ways to add some personality to your notebook cover is to use washi tape to create a pattern. Use a ruler and light pencil to mark where your tape will go. Then, simply place the washi tape according to your pencil marks, and trim any excess tape. You can create stripes, polka dots, or even a chevron pattern!

Use stencils or stamps to create shapes and patterns

If you’re feeling artistic, you can use stencils to create shapes and patterns with paint. Simply place the stencil on your notebook cover and use a sponge brush to apply paint in your desired color. Or you can use stamps and colorful inks to create interesting layered patterns.

Add quotes and sayings with markers

Handwrite your favorite quote, a motivational saying, or even your name using a good quality marker. This is a great way to make your notebook cover truly unique and special.

Click here to see our post about free handlettering tutorials

Idea 4: Add instax photos

Glue a few Instax photos of memorable moments on your cover. If you’re using the book for a seasonal purpose, like a summer journal, some beach photos would be the perfect inspiration for your writing.

Personalizing your notebook covers is a fun and easy craft project that will make using your book that much more fun. So go ahead, grab your supplies and get creative! Your notebooks will thank you for it.

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