3-Ring Binder Makeover

To makeover this mini 3-ring binder, I started out with a slightly banged up binder I found at a discount store.  The original price was $3 but it was marked down to .25 cents!  I didn’t have a purpose for it then but no way I could pass up that deal!  I got 2!  I’d like to send a gift to an Etsy customer/friend of mine. I decided to cover the outer binder with a black vinyl-like chalkboard fabric.  Not sure how practical it is to write on a binder with traditional chalk but I liked the looks of the material so I used it anyway.  Chalk markers would probably work better.


  1. I cut the fabric around the opened binder and left a 3/4″ border around the entire thing.
  2. I trimmed the corners and I adhered the fabric with spray craft glue.  I carefully folded the edges in.
  3. Then I cut two sheets of decorative scrapbook paper to size and glue them to the inside covers.
  4. This is for a male so I kept the decorating very low key by stamping the name of the company in silver across the front.  The chalkboard material did not allow it to dry so I sprayed it with some final fixative protector and that solved the problem.


Tom Riddle Diary Follow-along

This is another of my nephews.  He’s a little genius and reads very well.  His mom sent me this picture of  him reading Harry Potter for he first time. We were so so excited!  So I made him a Tom Riddle Diary of his own to write and draw in.  I followed along with this tutorial by Jennifer at Sea Lemon.

I added this tag I happened to come across somewhere. It was very easy to create with Word.

I folded sheets of paper in half and sewed them together to form a text block.  (learn how to do create a text block from Jennifer @SeaLemon).

Using my home-made book press (also learned from Jennifer @SeaLemon) I covered the edge with the stitching with PVA glue. (PVA glue happens to be flexible and is good for bookbinding).

Then I put some weak coffee in a spray bottle and sprayed each page individually.  Then I dried it with a hair dryer to make things move along faster.

I used a thin piece of vinyl that had similar texture to the real diary from the movie.

Then I took a piece of cardboard and cut the corners similar to the real diary from the movie.

I painted them antique gold and glued them to each of the 4 corners of the book.

Then I used alphabet stamps to add Tom Riddle’s Name on the back in gold.  That’s it!  And what a bonus…it smells like coffee.   Yum!