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Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Activities, Kids craft | 39 comments

DIY foam notebooks for kids

DIY foam notebooks for kids

Encouraging children to write can often be challenging. My children frequently like to try making their own books by sticking several sheets of paper together, which is great but it often falls apart, so we decided to make some DIY foam notebooks together.

There are several ways to make these foam notebooks.DIY foam notebooks

DIY Foam notebook with a loomband fasteningMake your own loom band fastening notebook

You need:

  • Foam sheet
  • Paper
  • Loomband bracelet
  • Scissors/craft knife/hole punch
  • Stickers to decorate

To make a foam notebook with a loomband fastening:

  • Ensure your sheets of paper are slightly smaller than the sheet of foam, cut if necessary.
  • Fold the papers in half so it’s like a book.
  • Using a paper hole punch, punch the holes in the papers.
  • Fold the foam sheet in half.
  • Place the papers on top of the folded foam sheet and mark with a pencil through the holes, this is where you then need to punch a hole through the foam sheet. You may need to use a bradle and craft knife for this.
  • Thread the loomband bracelet through the holes and fasten. This can be a bit fiddly so children may need help with this.
  • Decorate the front with stickers, or however you like.

DIY foam notebook with button fasteningsDIY foam notebook with button fastening

Follow the instructions as above, but instead of using a loomband to fasten the paper, thread a piece of elastic through two holes of a button, then through the foam book and out the back, then through two holes of a four hole button and back through the other two holes of the button. Tie it to secure.DIY foam notebook

DIY foam notebook coverDIY foam notebook cover

You need:

  • Piece of foam bigger than the notebook
  • Double sided tape or strong glue
  • Spiral notebook
  • Extra strip of foam
  • Velcro
  • Foam stickers to decorate

To make a DIY foam notebook cover:

  • Ensure your piece of foam is slightly bigger than your spiral notebook and 5/6cm longer.
  • Fold each end of foam in and stick it down with double sided tape, or strong glue.
  • Slot each end of the notebook into the folded foam.
  • Cut a strip of foam and glue it to the back of the foam book and stick a piece of velcro onto the front for fastening together.
  • Decorate the front as you like.DIY foam notebook covers

The children enjoyed making their notebooks, they are cheap to make and very personalised.Β DIY foam notebook cover making

I think these notebooks are fantastic for inspiring children to write and draw. My children really love their notebooks and BB is now writing a journal every night about his day, which is fantastic writing practice!

Mummy Alarm




  1. This is such a great idea! And the notebooks look so pretty – they would make good handmade gifts as well.

    • Thank you

  2. What a brilliant idea – these look great and such a good way of encouraging children with writing too πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, it has been great seeing BB write in his ‘journal’ every night, it really has inspired him!

  3. Little 1 loves showing off her new writing skills now that she is at school andloves little notebooks, she would love to make a cover for one herself, a great idea #minicreations

    • My children love them πŸ™‚

    • Thank you

  4. Lovely DIY idea for kids. Thanks for the tutorial.
    I shared this article on DIY best posts.

    • Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  5. This would be such a great idea for creating a writing journal for my eldest. Or a little drawing book for my middle daughter. Thanks.

    • It does make a great journal πŸ™‚

    • Thank you x

    • Thanks x

    • Thank you πŸ™‚

  6. These are lovely, what a great fun, and practical, idea! xx

    • Thank you x

  7. Grace says – These are soooooo AWESOME and right up my street. I love stationary and I cannot wait to personalise my own notebook. How cool is this?
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

    • Thank you, I hope you have fun x

  8. I’ve have to show my daughter the loom band one. There still seems to be loom bands around the house everywhere!

    • Haha, I know the feeling πŸ˜‰

  9. These are fab! O would love to decorate his own foam cover! πŸ™‚ x

    • Thanks, the children love them πŸ™‚

  10. They look great! Fantastic idea x

    • Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. These look fab! My 5 year old daughter actually loves to write, it’s reading she’s not too keen on. I’m sure she would love to have her own homemade notebook to write in!

    • Thanks, my son in particular likes to write in his notebook πŸ™‚

    • haha, yes, definitely a good way to use up loom bands!

  12. Great idea. This might work as a good motivator to get my boy to practice his writing more!

    • Thank you

    • Thank you

  13. These are so cute. I would have loved having my very own notebook when I was little. In fact, I’d love one of them now. So unique!

    • Thanks for linking up with our Parenting Pin It Party x

    • Thanks, I have really loved how they turned out and the children love them too.

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