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DIY Composition Book Makeover

on August 11, 2013

Where did summer break go? It seems like it gets shorter every year! The time has come to trade in beach bags for backpacks, flip flops for tennis shoes, and swimsuits for uniforms. When I was a kid, the one thing that I liked the most about going back to school was shopping for my school supplies. Yes, my love of office supplies started at a very young age. I’ve come up with a super easy and extremely affordable way for your kids to personalize one of those must-have items: the composition book.

Composition Book Makeover

NOTE: Make sure you reference your school supply list and/or talk with your child’s teacher to make sure it’s okay before you start this project. The last thing I want any of you to have to do this time of year is go buy more supplies!


  • Composition Book
  • Cardstock (2 sheets)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Exacto Knife


Step One:

Using a foam brush, cover the front of the composition book with Mod Podge.

Step One A

Place 1 sheet of cardstock on top of it. I like to use the binding of the composition book as a guide for lining up my cardstock.

Step One B

Make sure that you press the cardstock down firmly on the composition book, and smooth out any bubbles. Don’t worry about the paper hanging over the edges. We’ll fix that later.

Step Two:

Flip the composition book over and repeat Step One.

Step Two

Step Three:

Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely. This shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Step Four:

Open the composition book, and trim away the excess cardstock using an Exacto knife. If you’re doing this project with the kids, you’ll probably want to do this step for them. Always remember to use your Exacto knife on top of a self-healing mat or surface that you don’t care about.

Step Four

When I make these, I also like to add a few, brightly-colored paperclips. You never know when you might need one.


Happy back to school craftiness!


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