Spiral Notebook Make Over

I can hardly believe it’s about time for school to start up. My first reaction is “ugh”. Because this also means I’m back to work now. Yep. I had to go back to work this week. No more summer break. No more sleeping in until 6:30am (yep, that’s sleeping in for us.) No more crafts and fun and playing all week. It’s back to the grind. My second reaction is still “ugh!”

So we’ve been gathering all of our school supplies and trying to get in the last of the crafting before it’s back to our routine. And when I saw these great spiral notebook “make overs” I thought I would give them a try.

I’ll be honest with you. At first I thought “that might be kind of tricky bending the wire and removing it.” I hesitated a little bit but then thought “what the heck”. I’d give it a try.

This is what we started out with. Yep, just the normal old spiral notebooks. They are 25 cents right now. That’s pretty cheap.

I opened an empty cereal box. We’ve been saving our cereal boxes for awhile because I knew we were going to make these.

I measured the front of the spiral notebook and then cut the box down to size.
I carefully bent the metal wire so it was easier to remove from the notebook.
It was a piece of cake!
Then I removed the top cover and placed it on the cereal box so I could mark the holes.
Not too bad so far, right?
Then I used my hole punch and punched out the holes. I used my Cropodile (which is the best tool EVER!) But any hole punch will do.
Then run the wire back through the holes and bend the end so it won’t slip out. And there you have it.
Seeing all these next to each other like this I guess it’s no secret that we love cereal.
My kids are so excited to take these to school. Much cooler than the normal spiral notebook and there won’t be any mistaking which notebook is theirs!

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  1. What a fantastic idea. These are super cute!!!

  2. That is so cool! I’m going to try this with my son’s notebooks 🙂

  3. That is so cool-love them!

  4. So cute! I think I might have to make some of these for myself!

  5. Very cool… such patience to unscrew the wire.
    Have a great weekend.

  6. These are so cool! I wish my mom made me these when I was a kid. I like the variety of cereal you people eat.

  7. Love it! What a cool idea. I think it would be fun to collage a few too ;). Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love this idea! One-of-a-kind notebooks!

  9. These are so cute! I might have to try this myself with some Count Chocula or Franken Berry boxes. Way to reuse something I’d otherwise throw out!

  10. That is so cute! That wire sounds hard though but I want to try it! I can just imagine you picking out your cereal based on the cutest boxes!!

  11. Awwww, how fun! Now I feel like Evalynn is deprived.. all she gets is Mini wheats and life… haha! Maybe we’ll switch so we can do notebooks!

  12. These are so cool and fun! Thanks for such an encouraging tutorial, I feel like I could do this. And now I want a big bowl of cereal.

  13. Such a fun project. Your kids’ friends will all want one. Have a great school year! LA

  14. I adore this and no joke I just went to our recycle container and I am going to make them this instant!! LOVE IT!

  15. Ok I did what I said:

    YOu got all the credit!! I think I will make a LOT more!!

  16. love it!!!

  17. Love this idea! Not only is it a fun craft to keep the kiddies busy but something they would be thrilled to bring to school:)

  18. One of the cutest ideas ever! We eat a lot of cereal, too. I love a new way to recycle.

  19. You picked great cereals for the covers of the notebooks. My kids would be stuck with such boring ones (like bran flakes or crispy rice [not even the name brands])that they’d probably not want them. You are a great mom to spend all of that time with the wire!

  20. So cool! Must save cereal boxes and make mine some! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Fun idea, thanks for sharing!

    Happy Creating,


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  24. These are darn right adorable. Really I love them. Thanks for linking. Alos these would be fab. linked up to the BACK TO SCHOOL Challenge going on at the CSI Project blog. I am guest judging and the link party starts tomorrow. Thanks jen

  25. This is a very fun idea! Cheap and fabulous, perfect for all the challenges of back to school. Thanks so much…

  26. Oh my gosh! I just LOVE these!!! I’m adding it to my list!

  27. That is a super neat idea, how incredibly creative. Erin, you have such wonderful projects on here, and I love how they are totally kid oriented. I have to try this out, as my kids would surely love these too. Also just wanted to let you know that I have officially started a new party, so I would really LOVE it if you would share this with my readers. Stop by anytime to link up. Thanks again Erin!

  28. Ok, this is seriously weird…I was just about to comment on how cute these notebooks are when I noticed you’re from Oregon too! I also have a Codi (mine’s a girl) and it appears you and I started blogging at the same time. Spooky!

  29. This is SUCH a great idea!!! I would even love a tony the tiger notebook 😛 Thanks for sharing!

  30. Cute! I wonder how Honey Bunches of Oats would look…

  31. These are the cutest notebooks! I want one for myself LOL.

    I’m following you not from a blog hop but from another blog that linked to your post. Love how that works.


  32. Erin, you are so smart! How cute, I bet your kids loved these.

  33. Such a cute idea!!!

  34. Hah! How fun! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  35. So cute! My little guy is a little young for notebooks, but Mommy may have to have one of her own!

  36. oh.my.goodness. these are so cute! I want one for myself,too. I would NEVER have tried taking the wire out…until now. Thanks for the inspiration. : )

  37. This is such a cute idea.

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  39. You always have such cute projects! Thanks for sharing this with Sister Sister Sunday. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  40. Cute idea!
    Thanks for linking up!

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  42. Popped over from the CSI Project. These are really cool. What a great way to reuse something!

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  44. Oh and THANK YOU so much for linking up, please come back every week, I love your posts, they are awesome!!!!!

  45. Holly cow that is genius! I will have to keep this in mind when my kids get older!

  46. How cool!!! Love it.

  47. So glad you saw I tried and loved this! I tried to get on and let you know this morning…and my work blocks my comments sometimes…can you imagine? Thanks again for the tutorial!

  48. Oh my gosh, how fun!!!

    Thanks for linking up with For the Kids Fridays!!

  49. Love this idea and I am going to make a Peanut Butter Captain Crunch one for my daughter that is a freshman in college. That is her favorite cereal in the world. I can’t wait to see her face. This Amazing site keeps me coming back for more.

  50. My kids would love this (except we eat boring cereal so not as cute covers). Thanks for linking to the Kids Can Craft party:)

  51. such a fun idea! my son would love this.

  52. I’ve altered notebooks as well but instead of taking out the wire, I punched the holes and then put a slit in each one of them so I could slip the new cover over the wire, then I glued the new cover to the old cover and it stayed in place without removing the wire spine. I really like the cereal box cover better than the scrapbooking paper I used. May have to try a few more of these.

  53. upcycled, cute, fun…thank you for sharing

  54. What a fun idea! I bet all the other kids are going to be jealous!


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