Ideas for Old Notebooks

Here are some ideas for using old notebooks you have lying around the house with some life left in them yet. You're going to love them!
Ideas for Old Notebooks

Last update: 16 September, 2018

Do you usually throw away old notebooks you find around the house? Did you know that you can still use the unused paper that’s still inside them?

In these environmentally sensitive times, it’s important to try to make the most of the materials you have, even if they wind up serving some other purpose.

While most people are used to buying new supplies at the start of each school year, people are more aware of recycling nowadays. If you’ve got some extra paper from the previous year or want to avoid having to buy all new supplies, a little recycling may be just the ticket.

In fact, this is a great way to save money and promote environmental awareness in your children. You don’t need to invest too much time, and it can even become a family activity.

Why not give it a try? You’ll love finding out how you can reuse anything – even old notebooks.

Make a Personalized School Yearbook

Who said that a school yearbook had to be the formal kind you purchase from the school? True, they do look nice and attract a lot of attention. However, alternative ideas are becoming more popular, especially in an effort to encourage recycling.

Those old notebooks with your class notes, drawings, and quizzes on the pages can be a great way to create a personalized yearbook.

  • Just add photographs of your child’s school year to each of the pages over his or her notes.
  • Use a good adhesive and decorate the borders with colored pens and pencils, if you like.

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Recipe book

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You don’t need to have a Rolodex for those recipes you cut out of newspapers and magazines. You can now take advantage of materials you haven’t used completely, such as old notebooks, recipe books, and other household items.

Sheets with text on them already can be used to paste the recipes you find from other sources. If the notebook has clean sheets of paper, you can write down something related to the recipes, such as personal tips, variations you’ve invented, and so on.

A scrapbook

Most old notebooks get left on the shelves around the house.

Why not propose you and your child make a scrapbook? It’s not expensive and it’s a fun activity to share with your kids and friends.

A scrapbook can be made in a variety of ways, depending on what you prefer.

  • You could gather the empty sheets from several unused notebooks and create a personalized mini book with memories, plans, fun ideas to share, and so on.
  • You could also just decorate the extra pages from notebooks with messages written by your closest friends. The result will be a collection of good wishes and funny phrases.

From old notebooks to new ones

old notebooks
You can turn your old notebooks into new ones in the blink of an eye. Because recycling paper is so important, there are multiple tutorials online to do this.

The idea is to gather the sheets of unused paper from several different notebooks and add them to a new binder.

If you use spiral-bound notebooks, it’s even easier. Remove the spiral, pull out the clean sheets, and store them in a new book (either another notebook itself or one you made at home using cardboard).

If the notebooks are stapled, carefully remove the clean sheets and attach them with a little thread or thin wire. The cover design is entirely up to your creativity.

Recycle paper at home

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Are both sides of a sheet of paper filled with your writing? Does it seem like there’s no way for you to reuse it? If the above ideas don’t appeal to you, try the following method to recycle paper at home.

  • Cut any sheets of paper you no longer need into small pieces and add them to a bowl of hot water.
  • Once they’re completely soaked, transfer them to a blender in small batches and blend until you get a smooth paste.
  • Pour the mixture in a rack to drain the excess water and transfer it to a cotton canvas once it dries.
  • The paper you get as a result won’t be completely white or smooth, but it will have an artisan look.
  • You can color the mixture with a few drops of vegetable dye.

Recycled paper at home is perfect for a wide array of crafts, and also ideal for smaller children to scribble on.

Do you have any other ideas for reusing old notebooks? We invite you to test out your imagination and creative skills to take advantage of items in your home that still have some useful life left. Good luck!

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