DIY Customizable Notebooks for Back-to-School

decorated notebooks with cute washi tape labels!

By now you’re probably heading back to the classroom and prepping for a year of learning. It’s such an exciting time — you’ve decked out your locker, selected a brand new backpack, and are catching up with old pals. And here at The Stylehouse we think back to school is even more exciting when you can customize and decorate your school supplies to fit your own style. To help you personalize your gear we’ve teamed up with DIY extraordinaire, Amy of Homey Oh My! blog to create these darling little notebooks! Go ahead and kick off the new school year with these cute, decorated notebooks and easy DIY labels, here’s how…


  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Washi tape
  • Sharpie

notebooks and paper

tracing a notebook cover

Step 1: Trace the notebook cover onto the backside of your paper. If you are using a spiral notebook, make sure the paper is lined up with the edges of the little holes.

applying mod podge

Step 2: Using a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the notebook cover.

paper covered notebooks.  cute!

Step 3: Line up the corner of the paper with the corner of the notebook, then smooth the rest of the paper over the cover for adhesion.

applying washi tape

Step 4: Wrap the Washi tape over the top edge of the notebook and stick it down over the cover.

flag shaped washi tape label

Step 5: You can cut the Washi tape straight, or into a cute flag shape like this!

DIY washi tape notebook labels

Step 6: Use a thin Sharpie to write your notebook subject on the Washi tape.

DIY decorated notebooks with washi tape labels.  SO cute!

Get creative with the paper and tape designs you use and make a combination that’s uniquely you! Looking for more? Be sure to head over to Homey Oh My! to see more of Amy’s adorable DIY’s and How To’s!

Paper from Paper Source.

I have a question. Did you use a certain type of paper to cover the notebook? I want to print a certain design but it would be on regular paper? In order for it to have this finish does it have to be cover letter paper or a certain thickness?

Not sure what Amy would have to say, but in my experience Mod Podge works better with slightly thicker paper. Try printing your design on card stock or sketching/watercolor paper. You can cut it to the same size as standard printer paper and run it through a regular printer. I do that for free printables and it always looks really nice!

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