Composition Book Makeover

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned a little project my SIL made: turning composition books into journals.

Composition books are cheap any time of year, but right now you can find them for as low as 20 cents each, and with a simple makeover you have yourself a pretty notebook in no time.


Composition Book. Mod Podge. Paint Brush. Ribbon. Decorative Paper. Bone Folder. Spray Bottle with water. Scissors. 15 Minutes!


No.1 Lightly spritz paper with water, use a spray bottle or fingers if you don’t have one. This will help relax the paper.

No. 2 Use paint brush to brush Mod Podge all over the blank side of the decorative paper.

No. 3 Place on book, and use a bone folder to help smooth out bubbles.

No. 4 Trim paper to about 1″ bigger than book, then turn page over.

No.5 Cut slits at the corners (to help fold).

No. 6 Then glue the 1″ of access paper, and fold down.

No.7 Cut ribon to desired lenght, and paste 2″ of it on inside of cover.

No.8 Cut paper for inside of cover to desired size. (1/4″ smaller than cover is good). Glue, and paste in over the 2″ of ribbon (use bone folder to smooth).

No.9 Place something heavy over whole book (I used a jar of sugar) and leave for a couple of hours.

I hope I explained this well enough…sometimes it’s tricky to put actions into words!

3 Responses to “Composition Book Makeover”

  1. LB Says:

    I love to buy composition books, but I’m not always crazy about the cover. Thanks for the great DIY project!

  2. Bri Says:

    Very cute! Great way to use extra paper or even fabric. Thanks girls!

  3. Brittany @ The Aubergine Notebook Says:

    great DIY idea!