DIY Hanging Notepad
When I organized our office a while ago, I found an unopened box of 6 receipt paper rolls that belong to an electric calculator my husband has never used.
It was too late to return them, so what to do with 6 rolls of receipt paper? I can't stand waste and really wanted to repurpose them for something. While spending time on Pinterest, I came across this post, which inspired me to make a hanging notepad. It's easy to make and would be a lovely gift as well if you don't want to use it yourself.
You need these supplies:
- piece of wood (see if you can get some scrap wood for free)
- receipt paper roll (need one? I have plenty!)
- ribbon or twine
- gift wrapping paper, wall paper, magazine page or similar
- paper clip
- rubber band (find a pretty one)
Hanging Notepad Tutorial:
- Put the wood piece on the backside of the paper and trace around it, adding 1+ inches. I would have covered the whole wood piece if mine wouldn't have had ridged edges on the top and bottom.
- I ended up using Mod Podge to secure the paper on the backside of the wood, but you could also use double-stick tape. The best option for securing the paper on the front is spray glue, but I didn't have that, so I just glued down the paper on the back to avoid wrinkles on the front.
- After the glue dries, take the ribbon or twine and thread it through the receipt paper roll. Tie the ends in a knot and cut the excess off so the knot can be hidden inside the receipt paper roll.
- Put the ribbon inside of the clip and clip it onto the top of the wood, making sure the paper dispenses flatly against the wood.
- Now put the rubber band around the bottom and thread the start of the paper roll under it.
- Add a pen or pencil to the notepad by putting it through the middle of the paper roll. You could also make a loop out of ribbon and glue it down on the back to make a pen holder.
And voila, you have a repurposed notepad that only took a few minutes to make, with a built-in hook thanks to the clip to hang it on the wall.
I'm glad I was able to find another use for those recipe paper rolls, but you could be even more green: make the whole notepad out of recycled materials. You could use short wood flooring piece or other leftover wood that would have otherwise been thrown out, and old calendar pages or any other paper that would have landed in the trash. The ribbon I used was a remnant I had held on to, thinking I'd find a use for it eventually.
Did this post inspire you to repurpose something? You might not have 6 receipt paper rolls, but I bet you have enough materials laying around you could repurpose into fun DIY projects.
Images via Dagmar Bleasdale