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Back To School Time DIY Craft – Redesigned Composition Notebook

Turn a standard composition notebook into a fun and unique school tool with this easy Redesigned Composition Notebook craft!

Redesigned Composition Notebook Craft

I can’t believe it’s Back to School time already! Seems like summer just started. I try to ease myself back into thinking “school” as I’m a teacher, and I also know my kids want to be home just having fun too!!

So, I got a couple of the plain black composition notebooks (scored by a friend at Target last year after back to school on clearance, for $0.10, that’s right, 10 cents each!!)

How cute is this Redesigned Composition Notebook?

Materials list:

Composition Notebook
Large envelope
2 pieces of school themed patterned paper 9 3/4 inches by 6 inches (measure the height of your book)
Scraps of school themed patterned paper
Letter stickers (if you want to personalize)

That’s it!!

It was so incredibly easy!! I took the plain composition notebook, and attached the 1 inch piece of paper up against the spine, then attached the book paper to the edge (it overlapped the letter paper a little bit)

Deconstructed Composition Notebook

I did the same thing for the back of the book:

Upcycled Composition Notebook

And, just to add a little “something” I adhered a large envelope to the inside of the back cover, it would be a great place to keep little papers that you don’t want to lose, or a pen/pencil!

Composition Notebook Craft

I took some letter stickers and a scrap piece from the papers and made the name tag for the front, and that was all there is to it!! I hope you’ll make some fun little notebooks for the back to schoolers in your life!

Julie Kelley is a mom, crafter, teacher and blogger at She loves to share her love of all things crafty, and co-owns a crafting crop spot where people can get together and craft at

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    • Kelsey says

      She just used her scrapbooking tape-runner (essentially two sided tape). And used a Scotch brand dispenser, but you could also use a liquid glue like Zip Dry. Whatever you have on hand would work!

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