How to Create an Upcycled Sketchbook

by Nicole Crawford

Make a unique sketchbook out of materials found at home!


  • Drawing paper
  • Cereal box
  • String
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Any craft materials: your choice
  • Corner Paper Trimmer
  • Instructions

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

    Fold the paper hamburger style.

    Step 3

    Measure the width and length of the paper.

    Step 4

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

    Step 5

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

    Step 6

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

    Step 7

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

    Step 8

    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)

    Step 9

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

    Step 10

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

    Step 11

    Add details to your liking.

    Step 12