I’m always looking for a craft to do with the kiddos on the 4th. It helps give them something to do, while we cook, or if it rains it helps smooth over the lack of fireworks. This year we will be making small note books. I have tested this project with my children and they loved it. You may want to make a few notebooks in advance to give the kids a bit of inspiration. If the children completing the project are older (middle school or above) they can probably complete the project themselves, for younger children you may want to pre-cut the pieces and just let them assemble and decorate.
What you will need is: Decorative scrapbooking paper, scissors (or paper cutter), filler paper, ruler, stapler, wash tape (optional), glue (optional)
First: Measure the opening of your stapler. That measurement x2 is the limit of the width of your notebook paper cuts.
Then double that measurement and cut you filler paper to that size for the width. You can make the paper any size you choose for the height. (This is where paper cutters and precutting come in handy.)
Make sure to cut your decorative paper to the same size as well.
Now fold all the papers in half a few at a time.
Staple down the middle in a couple of places. If your stapler doesn’t reach the middle .line you cut your paper too wide. Just trim off a bit and you should be good to go.
Then you are done, but if you like you can take scrap papers and cut strips to cover the book binding. Try making notebooks of different heights, and with different types of filler paper.
Enjoy writing in your new little notebooks!