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DIY Harry Potter Notepads

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Create these fun pocket-sized Harry Potter notepads! Designed to fit a 3″ x 5″ notepad, these free printables feature all four Hogwarts houses. A great DIY Harry Potter project!

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Hello Crafty Friends! Today’s Harry Potter-themed craft is a great DIY that makes a wonderful gift for any Harry Potter fan! The best part – it’s a free printable!! I love making mini notepads and wanted to put a Harry Potter spin on them featuring the Hogwarts houses. There are free printables for Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. I even included two for Ravenclaw with both color schemes associated with the House – blue and bronze (books) and blue and silver (movies).

The printables are designed to fit around 3″ x 5″ notepads. They are a great way to show off your house pride! Below is the tutorial and you’ll find the link to the free printables at the end of this post!

Check out my Harry Potter DIY Crafts Page for cards, wreaths, party games, treat boxes and more!

A Slytherin notepad lays open with a fake snake near it.

DIY Harry Potter Notepads

Supplies Needed for DIY Harry Potter Notepads

Supplies including a ruler, paper trimmer, scoring board, chipboard, glue stick, notepad and printables.

Step by Step Tutorial

Step One: Print freebies and cut out all of the pieces.

Download and print the files for the house notepad you want to make. Remember to print the file at 100% so it will fit the 3″x 5″ notepad. Print on a white cardstock. I use 110lb paper but use whatever works well with your printer. Cut out all three pieces from the free printable. There is an argyle notepad cover, a notepad liner, and a notepad header with the house name on it.

Next, carefully cut out three pieces from tag board using a craft knife and self-healing mat. You’ll need two pieces that measure 3.25″ x 5.25″ and one that measures .25″ x 5.25″.

Rectangle shapes drawn on black chipboard using a ruler and pencil.

A thin rectangle cut with a ruler and craft knife.

Below are the three pieces of chipboard, three printable pieces and the notepad you will need for assembly. 

Three chipboard pieces, three printable pieces and a notepad lay on a white surface.

Step Two: Cover the outside of the notepad.

Prepare the argyle notepad cover with score lines. Score the tabs on all four sides as well as the notepad spine. To mark the spine, find the center of the notepad and score 3/16″ out from it on either side OR plan to score at 3 5/16″ and 3 11/16″ from the left edge of the paper.

Ruler is used to mark score lines for the spine on the back of the notepad cover.

Score lines for the notepad cover are highlighted in pink; they include the spine and the tabs on all four sides.

Fold along the score lines.

Notepad cover is folded along the score lines.

Glue the tag board pieces to the back of the argyle notepad cover. Start with the spine, centering it in the space you just scored for the spine.

The black chipboard spine is glued to the inside cover of the notepad with a glue stick.

Next, glue the two large tag board pieces to the argyle notepad cover. Leave a small space in between the covers and the spine so the notepad can close. Before the glue dries, practice closing the notepad a few times so you know it will close. If you do not leave a little gap, the notepad cover will tear when you close the notepad.

Three chipboard pieces are glued to the notepad cover; there are small gaps in between the three pieces.

Wrap the sides of the notepad cover around the tag board. Start with the short sides using the glue stick. Trim the corners of the top sides of the notepad corner at an angle.

Wrap the left and right side of the notepad cover to over the chipboard with glue.

Before gluing the top and bottom flaps, miter the corners by clipping off a small triangle from each corner. Make sure you aren’t clipping the triangle too close to the corner. I left a little gap.

Pink lines highlight where the corners should be trimmed at an angle.

Glue the flaps down and you will have nicely mitered corners!

The chipboard pieces are wrapped with the notepad cover.

Step Three: Add the notepad liner.

Add the notepad liner. Before gluing, center the liner on the notepad and mark the score lines. I was able to do this using my scoring tool and gently pressing into the liner along the gaps in the tag board.

The liner is glued to the inside of the notepad.

Once you do this, apply glue to the back of the liner. Then adhere in place. Let the notepad sit for a few minutes. Gently go over the score lines with the stylus and close the notepad. If the liner comes up when you close the notepad, press it back down and wait a little longer. The score lines will help the notepad close without the liner bubbling up.

The liner is glued to the inside of the notepad.

The notepad is slightly closed.

Step Four: Insert the 3″ x 5″ notepad.

Add the 3″ x 5″ notepad. The notepads I found were red at the top, so before covering them with the header I created, I colored the sides of the red paper with a black Sharpie.

A notepad with a red paper top; the edges have been colored black with Sharpie.

Score the header at 7/8″ and 1 1/8″. Fold along the score lines and glue to the top of the notepad.

The header lays on a scoring board; pink bubbles mark the score lines at 8/7" and 1 1/8".

Next, glue the notepad to the right side of the notepad cover. Before the glue dries, open and close the notepad so you know the notepad is positioned in the right spot!

The back of the notepad is covered in glue with a glue stick.

The notepad, topped with paper that reads Slytherin, is attached inside the notepad on the right side.

Finally, let the notepad sit under a few heavy books overnight and it’s finished!

The Slytherin notebook is closed sitting on a white surface.

A Slytherin notepad lays open with a fake snake near it.

The notepads are so fun and so useful! They are perfect for keeping at your desk, in your purse or in the car. I love the little quotes on the left and the worn, old-timey look of the printables.

Four notepads opened up to show the inside; there is one for each Hogwarts house.

A Gryffindor notepad with the Polyjuice potion written on a sheet of paper.

A Hufflepuff notepad opened on the table.

I’ll be back next week with more Harry Potter-themed crafts! This week was also the beginning of the Happy Harry Potter Series over at Rae Gun Ramblings. For two weeks, bloggers from all over the blogosphere share their Harry Potter crafts in this fun series.

How to Download the Free Notepad Files

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Happy Crafting! -Kim

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4 Comments

  1. Very cool! It probably sounds silly, but I’ve never thought to use one of those ball-headed tools with a scoring board. I have at least half a dozen of them, but I use them exclusively with polymer clay!

    1. Oh how funny! Yes I’d think the clay tools would work perfectly! It took me a long time to discover these embossing tools – before that I was using the end of a pen! Now they are one of my favorite crafting tools! :)

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