How to make DIY Heart Notebooks | Mum In The Madhouse

How to make DIY Heart Notebooks

How to Make DIY Heart Notebooks is a paid collaboration with Bostik. I am a massive stationery and notebook lover and any opportunity to get more is good in my opinion, so I was delighted at just how simple and beautiful these DIY heart notebooks were to make.

To make these Heart Notebooks I used the simplest form of Japanese bookbinding – saddle stitch. There are loads of tutorials out there showing you how, but I used this one.

DIY notebooks are one of the easiest Homemade gifts out there. They're easy to make and customise. We used Bostik Microdots to add hearts to ours.

Heart Notebooks


  • Cardboard for the cover
  • Paper
  • Thread – I used embroidery thread and then ran it through some wax
  • Large eye needle
  • Awl
  • Paper punch
  • Floral paper
  • Microdots (UK Link/US Link)

How to Make DIY Heart Notebooks

Take a piece of card and a few sheets of paper (I started with list four sheets, you can always build it up to more later) and fold in half.

Mark out where you want to make your holes. I did is first with a pencil before making them with an awl (please be careful as I stabbed myself and it wasnt nice).

A lot of the tutorials I read said you needed to use waxed thread, but I used embroidery thread as that is what I had, but I pulled it through some beeswax I had (thread coditioner would work too).

Then the fun – decorating the notebooks – I used some scraps of paper in a ditsy floral and paper pouches and my Bostik Microdots.

The microdots are perfect for sticking small and intricate items.

You don’t have to stick to decorating outside the cover, you can pop things inside too.

I love how these turned out – I can see me making lots and lots more of these.

These DIY Notebooks are fabulous homemade gifts, perfect for valentines or mothers day. Learn how to make fabulous DIY Notebooks using simple japanese book binding.

These would look fantastic personalised.

Learn how to make fabulous DIY Heart Notebooks using simple japensese book binding.  These Heart notebooks are perfect homemade gifts.