How to Create an Upcycled Sketchbook

Make a unique sketchbook out of materials found at home!

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How to Create an Upcycled Sketchbook
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Gather all materials.  I did not have a needle so I used a clay pointer tool instead.

Gather all materials. I did not have a needle so I used a clay pointer tool instead.

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Fold the paper hamburger style.

Fold the paper hamburger style.

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Measure the width and length of the paper.

Measure the width and length of the paper.

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Both the front and back should be the same size.  You could cut the cover to the exact size or 1/4 inch bigger.

Both the front and back should be the same size. You could cut the cover to the exact size or 1/4 inch bigger.

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Glue the covers onto one side of the drawing paper.  The back cover I glued on backwards so it would be brown.

Glue the covers onto one side of the drawing paper. The back cover I glued on backwards so it would be brown.

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Poke holes as a starter for the needle and thread.  Evenly space the holes.

Poke holes as a starter for the needle and thread. Evenly space the holes.

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Cut a string to the desired length.  I usually cut 3-4 inches longer than the actual book.

Cut a string to the desired length. I usually cut 3-4 inches longer than the actual book.

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I prefer the knots to be inside the book.  You could tie it like mine or add bows to the outside.  (may need extra string)

I prefer the knots to be inside the book. You could tie it like mine or add bows to the outside. (may need extra string)

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Weave the string over and under all the way down the spine of the book.

Weave the string over and under all the way down the spine of the book.

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Optional Step: Use a paper corner trimmer to add a more polished look to your sketchbook.

Optional Step: Use a paper corner trimmer to add a more polished look to your sketchbook.

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Add details to your liking.

Add details to your liking.

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Voila!

Voila!

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