How to Make a Hanging Notepad

Follow these steps for a simple but attractive way to repurpose receipt paper ends and flooring samples.

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Materials Needed:

  • cutting mat
  • utility knife
  • ruler
  • craft glue (I prefer PVA)
  • hammer
  • piece of wood – approx. 4" x 8" (use flooring samples if you can find them)
  • recycled or reclaimed paper (gift wrap works great)
  • ribbon, rope or shoelaces – approx. 16" long
  • receipt paper roll – approx. 2-1/2" width
  • flat thumbtack
  • piece of webbing/strapping – approx. 4" long
  • thick rubber band (try using the ones wrapped around your produce)
  • medium or large clip

Cut Paper and Cover Board

First, measure and cut paper to cover the surface of the wood board. Feel free to get creative in finding reused paper. How about the old calendar from 2011 or a map from road trips past? Evenly spread glue on the back of the paper and carefully attach it to the board.

Add Pen Holder

Flip the board over to attach the pen holder. Bend the piece of webbing in half and pierce the two halves with the thumbtack. Press the thumbtack through the webbing and into the back of the board along one edge. Once it's stable, use a hammer to push the tack all the way in.



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Attach Paper Roll

Thread the ribbon or rope through the middle of the receipt paper roll. Tie the ends together in a bow or knot. Make sure your loop has some extra space. Clip the loop onto the top of the board, checking to make sure the loose end of the paper roll is flat against the board.

Secure End of Paper

Gently pull the edge of the paper roll down and secure it in place with the rubber band. Voila! You now have a charming and sturdy hanging notepad, made from reused materials.

You can expand or alter the concept of this project to work with different materials or for a different function. Here is another notepad variation, plus a message board made with a wooden spool.

Recycled Hanging notepads

Recycled Hanging notepads

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