Add pizzazz and style to boring notebooks with these five beautiful DIY notebook embellishment ideas! Transform plain notebook covers with unique paper, twine, ribbon and Washi tape accents. These updated notebooks make gorgeous handmade gift ideas your friends and family will love! Make up a stash to keep on hand for birthdays, Mother's day, bridesmaid gift ideas, teacher gifts, hostess gifts, thank you's, and holiday celebrations.

By Heather Luckhurst, Setting for Four
November 18, 2015
Image: Homey Oh My

Add some personality to plain notebooks with decorative paper and Washi tape! With all the Washi tape and paper designs to choose from, the looks you can create are endless! A quick and easy handmade gift idea, it's easy enough for the novice crafter.

Recipe Card Notebooks


Create these thoughtful Recipe Card Notebook Favors to send home with your holiday dinner guests! These beribboned do-it-yourself notebooks, with handmade labels, are filled with recipes from the holiday meal. They are the perfect 'thank you' favor idea to celebrate the warm memories you make with your special guests!

Homemade Journals


In an hour, you can create pretty DIY journals that resemble hand-bound books with just twine, a hole punch, and plain and decorative paper! Make several homemade journals to have on hand to give as adorable hostess, thank you, birthday and holiday gifts! You will never have to rush out to the store again to buy a last minute gift.

Stitched Notebooks

Circle-Stitched Notebook

Just like stitching on cloth, you can stitch on paper too! Add your favorite colors and designs to plain notebook covers using embroidery floss and a needle. Create interesting patterns of circles, squares or even straight lines. This circle stitched notebook project shows how you can make these DIY notebooks in no time!

Beribboned Notebooks

Covered notebooks embellished with ribbons

Beribbon the spine of a plain-Jane spiral notebook to give it color and style! This DIY Ribbon Notebook project is a creative way to use up leftover pieces of fabric and ribbon. It's a great way to display sports team colors too!


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