By Noreen Doll.
Haunting Halloween notepads are a wonderful idea for a small Halloween gift!
Done in assembly line fashion, you can make a lot of them in a short time.
These Halloween notepads are perfect for Trick or Treat, small gifts for friends or co-workers, or for kids to make to give their friends.
Another great way to use them is as Halloween party or classroom favors. Or they could be a project for kids to make during a classroom or Halloween party.
Since my favorite way to craft is by recycling, you won’t need lots of expensive items to make these haunting halloween notepads.
I used cracker boxes for the covers. Cereal boxes would also work well, as would any light weight cardboard.
I cut up sheets of computer paper for the inside pages of the notepads.
I found the Halloween paper at the Dollar Spot in Target for $1.00. There were 12 sheets of 12 inch x 12 inch paper – which is enough to make a LOT of notepads.
What You Need
Cracker or Cereal Boxes, or other light weight cardboard
Decorative Paper in Halloween Colors
Rings, Ribbon, or Twine or a Twist Tie to Fasten the Notepad Together
Stickers or Embellishments for the Front Cover
What You Do
1. Gently pull the box apart at the seam and remove all the flaps.
2. Use a ruler and pencil to mark off 2 inch by 3 inch rectangles, making sure that you avoid the box folds. Using scissors, cut the rectangles out.
Or use a paper cutter to make them.
3. Cut decorative paper pieces just a little larger than 2 inches by 3 inches to allow for ease in gluing. It’s a good way to use up paper scraps.
Since I was using new decorative paper, I cut paper strips that were 12 inches by 3 1/4 inches.
4. Put glue on the colored side of the cardboard and place the glue side of the cardboard on the WRONG side of the decorative paper.
I put the cardboard right next to the edge on the paper so I could get as many cardboard pieces as possible on the strip of paper.
Rub firmly around the edges and all over the cover to make sure the paper adheres well.
5. I only covered the colored side of the cardboard, and left the brown side (inside) uncovered.
6. From the back side of the cover, trim off any excess paper all around.
7. Cut sheets of computer paper into 2 inch x 3 inch rectangles for the inside pages of the haunting Halloween notepads.
I put about 24 pages in each notepad, but you could add more or less.
8. Punch a hole in the upper left corner of each cover, and in one corner of all the filler pages.
Make sure you have the cover RIGHT SIDE UP before you punch the holes! Don’t ask me why I’m telling you this.
9. Assemble the haunting Halloween notepad from front to back, and then thread the holes with a ring, ribbon, yarn or twine to hold it all together.
If using ribbon or twine, tie with a square knot or bow.
10. Decorate the front of the notepad with foam or paper stickers or other embellishments to finish.
Instead of using one whole piece of paper for the cover, collage several small paper scraps on it.
Double sided tape could be used to adhere the decorative paper to the covers.
A really easy way for younger children to put the Halloween notepads together would be to thread a twist tie through the hole and twist it a little.
I used a Bind It All to put several of my notepads together because I love the way they look, and I love using my Bind It All!
You could punch 2 or 3 holes across the top of the pads, and tie a ribbon or twine in each hole.