Wooden SketchPad and Notebook

WoodyThings Notebook DIY

We at WoodyThings are suckers for vintage and minimalistic designs. We enjoy clean lines, smooth edges, textured surfaces and a minimalistic appeal. This year we wanted to make a crafty Sketchpad for Angel’s brother as a birthday present, and of course, we wanted to incorporate a wood element to the notebook. We ARE WoodyThings after-all. 🙂

If you’re an artist, or have an artist in your life, they too may enjoy a nice canvass to sketch, paint, doodle, or capture their thoughts on. Do you know anyone in the market for a new, stylish journal or diary? This DIY blog has you covered!

This DIY post will show you how to make a Wooden Sketchpad that can be used for sketching, drawing, painting, writing, and so much more. This pad will measure 1″ tall, 5-1/2″ wide and 8-1/2″ long. If you want to make a different size, just swap the width and length for your preferred measurements.

Okay, lets get down to business. First, let’s go over the material list

  • Oak board measuring 1/2” x 5-1/2 x 8.5” (or find 1/4” x 5-1/2 x 8.5). You can find this at your local lumberyard, or frankly, many big-box home improvement stores.
  • Sketch paper (approximately 25 sheets or more. Purchase a good quality notebook and you will cut/trim the sheets to size). We found ours at Michaels, but you can find Sketch paper at Walmart, Staples, Joann Fabrics, or any similar store.
  • Twine (apprx 36”). Same as above.

Now that you have your materials, lets go over the tools needed

  • Table Saw (re-saw the wood into two separate pieces)Sketchpad Tools
  • Sander and sandpaper. I recommend 120-grit or higher
  • Stain of choice
  • Brushes to stain
  • Drill and 1/2″ drill bit (to make the holes and attach the covers and paper)
  • Ruler (to measure the twine)
  • Box cutter or scissors (to cut the twine and paper to size)
  • Hole puncher (to make holes on the paper)
  • Black electrical tape (to tape the twine ends)

Now that we got the administrative stuff out of the way, lets get to it!

Step 1, Make the Book Covers

a. Drill 4 holes on the left side of the oak board. This is where
yDrill Holesou’regoing to tie the notebook and create the ’spine’. I suggest spacing the holes approximately 1-3/4″ apart.






b. Re-saw (cut in half) the oak into two 1/4” pieces. Please follow safe equipment handling and operating procedures and use protective eye where and hearing protection.


c. Sand and stain the book covers.

Step 2, Cut the sheets

a. Measure the sheets with your ruler and cut the sketch paper to size. You can place the covers (once dried) over the paper, trace it and use it as a template to cut the sheets to size.
b. Place the book cover over the sketch paper, align it, and trace the holes.
c. Remove the covers, align the pages, and punch holes through the paper. Do a few sheets at a time.

Step 3, Prepare the Twine

a. Cut four strips of twine, 7-1/2 inches length each.Cut The Twine
b. Tape one end of each strip to allow for easy feeding through the sheets and book cover.
c. Read the Additional Finishing Options* at the end of this DIY before jumping to step 4.

Step 4, Assemble the Notebook

a. Align the sketch paper, sandwiched between both pieces of wood (ensure the stain dried!)

b. Feed the twine through the holes.

Feed the Holes


c. Tie a knot at the spline, but make sure you allow for 1/2” slack, allowing the notebook to be easily opened  and pages flipped. The more paper you use, the longer the twine will need to be cut.Tape the Edges

d. Once the knot is tied tight, wrap tape around the other string end and cut off the excess.

That’s it, get some pencils, markers or pens and get artsy!

*Additional Finishing Options:
Stain and SealBefore step 4, you may choose to add a creative design to your notebook cover. You can stencil your name

to the front, or wood burn it along with a special quote.

You can then apply a thin clear-coat of polyurethane finish on the wood and allow it to dry.





Your notebook should look something like this:

SketchPad Learn How To Make Your Own WOODEN Journal, Sketch Book, and Note Pad. Perfect for that Writer/Blogger/Artist In Your Life.If you’re interested in this WoodyThings Notebook, but would prefer we build this for you, click here to pick up your own set.

More of a do-it-yourself? check out our WoodyThings Notebook DIY Kit by clicking here . With this kit you receive two unfinished covers (front and back), four strips of twine, and 25 sheets of sketch paper or graphing paper. This makes a perfect gift for those that want to finish their own WoodyThings Notebook.


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