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How-Tuesday: Make a Hanging Notepad

Apr 19, 2011

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

This Friday, April 22, marks the 41st Earth Day. To help us celebrate, Eleanor Williams, program coordinator of SCRAP (a.k.a the School & Community Reuse Action Project) has created a How-Tuesday project centered around repurposing discarded bits and bops into a handy notepad — perfect for writing grocery lists, to-do lists, memos, and notes of all kinds.

SCRAP is a nonprofit organization located in Portland, Oregon that inspires creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing affordable materials and educational programs to the community. We accept donations of gently used art and craft materials. We then offer these materials to the public in our creative reuse retail store. As Program Coordinator at SCRAP, I am involved in volunteer coordinating, community engagement and finding artists for SCRAP’s Re:Vision Gallery.

With an amazingly diverse array of materials coming into SCRAP every day, our staff and volunteers are always coming up with new ways to utilize old stuff. SCRAP employee Stephanie Weber (from Pickle Things on Etsy) came up with this project — a simple but attractive way to repurpose receipt paper ends and flooring samples. The project is also reversible; it can be taken apart, allowing for more creative reuse. We hope to inspire Etsy folks across the world to reconsider their habits of consumption and disposal while being creative.

Supplies you’ll need:

    •    Cutting mat
•    Utility knife
•    Ruler
•    Craft glue (I prefer PVA)
•    Hammer
•    Piece of wood – approx. 4” x 8” (use flooring samples if you can find them)
•    Recycled or reclaimed paper (I recommend re-using gift wrap paper)
•    Ribbon or rope (shoelaces work great) – approx. 16” long
•    Receipt paper roll – approx. 2 ½” width
•    Flat thumbtack
•    Piece of webbing/strapping – approx. 4” long
•    Thick rubber band (try using the ones wrapped around your produce)
•    Medium or large clip


1. First, measure and cut paper to cover the surface of the wood board. I highly encourage you to get creative in finding reused paper. How about the old calendar from 2010 or a map from road trips past?

2. Evenly spread glue on the back of the paper and carefully glue it to the board.

3. Flip the board over to attach the pen holder. Bend the piece of webbing in half and pierce the two halves with the thumbtack. Press the thumbtack through the webbing and into the back of the board along one edge. Once it’s stable, use a hammer to push the tack all the way in.

4. Thread the ribbon or rope through the middle of the receipt paper roll. Tie the ends together in a bow or knot. Make sure your loop has some extra space.

5. Clip the loop onto the top of the board, checking to make sure the loose end of the paper roll is flat against the board.

6. Gently pull the edge of the paper roll down and secure it in place with the rubber band.

7. Voila! You now have a charming and sturdy hanging notepad, made from reused materials.

You can expand or alter the concept of this project to work with different materials or for a different function. Here is another notepad variation, plus a message board made with a wooden spool.

Thank you to Eleanor Williams, Keri Piehl (SCRAP Education coordinator), and photographer Kim Maruska  for sharing this project with us. For more about SCRAP, check out their website.

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  • sacredsuds

    sacredsuds said 9 years ago

    this is perfect!! I never have enough note pads, or I can never find them all.

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth said 9 years ago

    Love this! I am going to raid my supplies and make one of these. Being obsessed with all things French and romantic, I particularly like the message pad that says "Je t'aime." :)

  • MeShells108

    MeShells108 said 9 years ago

    I love this too!! Perfect me my house.

  • iowajewel

    iowajewel said 9 years ago

    so cute i want to make one too! thank you for the great instructions!!! and love the silverware chandelier!!!!!!

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 9 years ago

    ok, totally awesome :)

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 9 years ago

    GREAT project!! Edinburgh, Scotland had a 'bits and bobs' store but unfortunately they had to close down, lack of govt funding or something, which was a real pity as most of my fabric for my hares came from there! well done Scrap!

  • mystudio

    mystudio said 9 years ago

    What a great little project. I love finding new ways to be creative using repurposed stuff.

  • spiritfruits

    spiritfruits said 9 years ago

    I'm gonna make one! GREAT idea!

  • simplysimonsisters

    simplysimonsisters said 9 years ago

    so cute! I love this :)

  • BrandybuckClothiers

    BrandybuckClothiers said 9 years ago

    i have rolls of adding machine tape I will never use. this is the perfect project for me! Thanks

  • iWALLS

    iWALLS said 9 years ago

    This is AWESOME! Thank-you for another great project!

  • LittleBirdWallArt

    LittleBirdWallArt said 9 years ago

    So Adorable! I can hardly wait to show this to my kids! They will probably have the supplies out within minutes! Thanks! :)

  • ThimbleNest

    ThimbleNest said 9 years ago

    Fantastic project! Can't wait to try it!

  • laparisina

    laparisina said 9 years ago

    Love this project!!!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 9 years ago

    There is a non-profit in my community called Companies to Classrooms, where businesses donate unused office supplies, and then teachers can "shop" for free in their warehouse for materials for their classrooms. I'm teaching a drawing class this summer and this would be a really fun project to do with the kids!

  • Verluisant

    Verluisant said 9 years ago

    Génial ! Very great project : I must try it ! Thanks !

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Such a neat idea these are really cute! Will have to try it out, particularly like the spool one nice reuse!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial. It looks like so much fun.. I might do one for my office. That will be a neat handmade addition to my workspace.

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 9 years ago

    This is a pretty cool tutorial, thanks!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 9 years ago

    an awesome idea that celebrates the use of everyday items!

  • loadedhipspress

    loadedhipspress said 9 years ago

    Very cool. I LOVE SCRAP! I have many supplies to donate...

  • cjbcollectibles

    cjbcollectibles said 9 years ago

    Great idea for Earth Day. I go through notes pads so quickly. The role might last longer and be more environmentally friendly. Thanks.

  • Jadessugartree

    Jadessugartree said 9 years ago

    I Love it!!! I'm gonna make one for sure! Thank you!

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 9 years ago

    Love this! I think I will attach a few strong magnets to the back and put it on the side of my fridge :D

  • GordanasArt

    GordanasArt said 9 years ago

    Very useful! Thank you!

  • specimenboxshop

    specimenboxshop said 9 years ago

    Love this!!! I will make one for sure! Thanks!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Great project!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 9 years ago

    This is just up my street! Love it!!

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 9 years ago

    This project is awesome! Wish I had thought of something like this when I was working retail--we threw away so many almost-end-of-the-roll receipt tapes, which would have been perfect for this!

  • wearebandits

    wearebandits said 9 years ago

    i bet that lemon-apple pie tasted good (or tart)

  • wearebandits

    wearebandits said 9 years ago

    i bet that lemon-apple pie tasted good (or tart)

  • GoodNaturedByDani

    GoodNaturedByDani said 9 years ago

    Love this! I just made one! Thanks for sharing!

  • nonnicat

    nonnicat said 9 years ago

    love, love, love this! a perfect project for my eldest child and I to do this summer!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 9 years ago

    I so want to try this!!! I'm addicted to paper... blank paper always gets me dreaming of the pictures, the poems, the novels, the love letters that could be written on it...

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    Ahhhh!!!! A register receipt roll! That is brilliant. Great design idea!

  • providencevintage

    providencevintage said 9 years ago

    LOVE this! GREAT idea! :)

  • 5chancesstore

    5chancesstore said 9 years ago

    Very easy and unique all in one. Thanks for sharing this.

  • NavyBlueNotes

    NavyBlueNotes said 9 years ago

    The wheels are turning for a little one's Birthday party craft! This is perfect! Thanks!

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 9 years ago

    great idea!

  • designsbymarygrace

    designsbymarygrace said 9 years ago

    Super cute project!!

  • Gosia

    Gosia said 9 years ago

    My dad used to make super similar years ago, I think I was like 7 :) Nice memories..

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 9 years ago

    I love this upcycling project. It is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Jungle

    Jungle said 9 years ago

    These are totally cute

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 9 years ago

    It looks like we will be playing in the art box again today :) Just love this idea and the children can do it too. Thanks!!

  • starmekcreations

    starmekcreations said 9 years ago

    Very cute

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    love love love!!!

  • TheFabricVineyard

    TheFabricVineyard said 9 years ago

    Good idea. I could probably use some of my scrap fabric, too.

  • sockmonster

    sockmonster said 9 years ago

    I love this!!! thank you for always having such cool ideas. ~Rose <3

  • DeuxPetitesSouris

    DeuxPetitesSouris said 9 years ago

    i love this idea! i will be making it. i just happen to have a receipt paper roll lying around.

  • impressionsbyjanelle

    impressionsbyjanelle said 9 years ago

    Very clever! Love the sheet music!

  • LizzyLizano

    LizzyLizano said 9 years ago

    Very cool, thanks for sharing....I always have left over wrapping paper scraps, now I know how to use them! :) Lizzy

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 9 years ago

    Fantastic idea ! Off to make my new Hanging Notepad :))) Thank you !

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 9 years ago

    I love it! What a great idea!

  • bunnyandbirdie

    bunnyandbirdie said 9 years ago

    this is like something out of my grandmother's kitchen! super!

  • cherrycompote

    cherrycompote said 9 years ago

    This is great! I'm def gonna make one for myself! Gonna use it for shopping lists otherwise I always forget to put smth on my shopping list. Now, I can write down things I need when they come into my mind. Thank you for the great idea!

  • CourtneyGoromboly

    CourtneyGoromboly said 9 years ago

    Love the fact I can make this from things laying around the house! So useful! I see those paper rolls all the time at yard sales when I’m looking for supplies to make my journals!

  • MJSGems

    MJSGems said 9 years ago

    Cool! have to make some of these! Thanks

  • LoveStoneArts

    LoveStoneArts said 9 years ago

    This project makes me happy. My Grandma Elma had a tin version that hung in her kitchen. Thanks for making me smile.

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 9 years ago

    I LOVE this idea . It is so cool . Thanks for sharing can't wait to make one.

  • dabsh01

    dabsh01 said 9 years ago

    This project is a very beautiful project... in many ways happy EARTH DAY!

  • BornUgly

    BornUgly said 9 years ago

    Awesome idea!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 9 years ago

    So cool!! Thanks for sharing this great project!!

  • auctionjunkies

    auctionjunkies said 9 years ago

    I love it.

  • ingridArtStudio

    ingridArtStudio said 9 years ago

    great idea!

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 9 years ago

    Very cool!

  • NikTom

    NikTom said 9 years ago

    I love this idea. Thank you for sharing : )

  • penguinlover102370

    penguinlover102370 said 9 years ago

    Love this idea!! I am not very crafty but even I think that I could do this one!!! :) Thanks for sharing!

  • CronkandSchaefer

    CronkandSchaefer said 9 years ago


  • lbvcards

    lbvcards said 9 years ago

    Such a great idea! Useful, good-looking, and environmentally friendly. Perfect combination.

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry said 9 years ago

    Love this idea, I think I will make these with my kids!

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 9 years ago

    I have one of these on the wall by the telephone. It's been there for, like, decades. My family would be LOST without it. Ours has a metal band, instead of the rubber band, which makes it very easy to tear your note off--so handy! Thanks for sharing!

  • stonebridgeworks

    stonebridgeworks said 9 years ago

    41st Earth Day! I was 12 for the first one in 1970. Great project to celebrate a 41st anniversary--Go Earth Day!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    Lovin' that t-shirt rug!

  • sandragrafik

    sandragrafik said 9 years ago

    Love it!!! I will try these for sure!! ♥ ♥ ♥

  • vvoasis

    vvoasis said 9 years ago

    wonderful creations! love it so much!

  • cbbiggio

    cbbiggio said 9 years ago

    Love it!!!!....definitely, simplicity is the best way to be exclusive!!!!

  • AllureByU

    AllureByU said 9 years ago

    Simply awesome. Can't wait to make one.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    i love how tuesday

  • ethniquetrendy

    ethniquetrendy said 9 years ago


  • elmstreetmarket

    elmstreetmarket said 9 years ago

    What a neat, easy idea! I'm usually too easy to jot things down and then forget moments later or when I get to the store. This may be the solution... but I'm too lazy to make one right now.

  • soule

    soule said 9 years ago

    That is cool! Thanks for the post!

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit said 9 years ago

    Oh great idea! Thank you for sharing. I especially love those thread spool on the notebook :)

  • CabinLil

    CabinLil said 9 years ago

    I just saw a dozen or so adding machine paper rolls at my local thrift store. I will be heading back there first thing in the morning thanks to this great idea.

  • CraftedRoots

    CraftedRoots said 9 years ago

    LOVE it! Far too cool! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 9 years ago

    I really love this idea. I think I will go out to my boyfriends shop tomorrow for some scrap wood. Thank you for this tutorial.

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 9 years ago

    Oh ya this is a great idea! I must make one!

  • emwi

    emwi said 9 years ago

    This is adorable! I love this! So easy to make, too. Thanks! Great post!

  • maggiem09

    maggiem09 said 9 years ago

    Love this! Very cute!

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 9 years ago

    this is a brilliant idea thanks

  • DesignsbyLQ

    DesignsbyLQ said 9 years ago

    How creative is that!? A person could really run with this idea....Thanks! Love How-Tuesday!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks that would be good when you are working!

  • Sydneyanne

    Sydneyanne said 9 years ago

    That is so cute, I love it!

  • Tanith

    Tanith said 9 years ago

    Great project! I love making things out of reused materials.

  • deepbluemoon

    deepbluemoon said 9 years ago

    Great DIY! merci~

  • deepbluemoon

    deepbluemoon said 9 years ago

    Great DIY! merci~

  • alankarshilpa

    alankarshilpa said 9 years ago

    This is so cool. I am going to try it. You have such nice ideas. From the etsy video I learned how to make boxes and now I make my own hand made box to send my products. The other thing I learned from the Eco Etsy tutorial is how to use the same bubble wrap that you got from some one creatively. I put a contact paper on it and Voila! a nice gift wrapped bubble wrap envelope which is recycled and saves me money.

  • SoulBox

    SoulBox said 9 years ago

    I'll be moving to Paris next month and THIS is definately something to make! xx thanks for sharing :)

  • paperladder

    paperladder said 9 years ago

    wonderful project*

  • allwrappedupcoffee

    allwrappedupcoffee said 9 years ago

    This is too weird. I just made my first visit to SCRAP this past weekend as part of my birthday celebration (I know, I'm a nerd), and then today (my actual birthday) SCRAP is featured! Coolness!!!!

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 9 years ago

    Love this - thank you for putting this tutorial together!

  • 247ModernMom

    247ModernMom said 9 years ago

    I LOVE These - who do I ask to see if I can repost the idea and the pic on my site? (an online weekly events & parenting newsletter)

  • Rekhss

    Rekhss said 9 years ago

    Such a cool idea...thanks for sharing...

  • mygrandmotherssofa

    mygrandmotherssofa said 9 years ago

    Good idea, I´m going to try it!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 9 years ago

    I love this idea!!! Thank you so much for share :)

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 9 years ago

    I love this idea!!! Thank you so much for share :)

  • charlieparker

    charlieparker said 9 years ago

    Thanks very much ... a great easter holiday project !

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 9 years ago

    Tempted to make the woodbacked one for my studio space

  • beckygarratt

    beckygarratt said 9 years ago

    Wow, that's genius.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 9 years ago

    Everyone has made one sometime in their life...but this puts a whole new spin on note paper...adorable! Also, love the book planter..too cute! Aloha, Connie

  • BizimSupplies

    BizimSupplies said 9 years ago

    Cute and useful project.

  • julieincharge

    julieincharge said 9 years ago

    @247ModernMom -- you are welcome to post this project on your blog! Just be sure to link back here to this original post.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    This is now on my "to-do" list! Very Cool.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    So great! Who doesn't need at least one of these??

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 9 years ago

    What a cool idea!!

  • SeaSand

    SeaSand said 9 years ago

    This is amazing, love it!!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 9 years ago

    These are awesome! Great idea!

  • meganesass

    meganesass said 9 years ago

    Awesome!! I love this idea.... Must try this!!

  • paperpiper

    paperpiper said 9 years ago

    great diy project!!

  • EverydayCookies

    EverydayCookies said 9 years ago

    I love all crafts like this: useful and "green"! (Saves buring garbage out here in the country! Saves a trip to the landfill, too!)

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 9 years ago

    Very nice DIY! Would love to try it =)

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 9 years ago

    This is so great! Thanks for the lovely DIY idea!

  • EyePopArt

    EyePopArt said 9 years ago

    Awesome! I love SCRAP and the awesome gals who work there.

  • lulouandada

    lulouandada said 9 years ago

    What a fantastic idea! This would be a great gift for someone.

  • bluebirdheaven

    bluebirdheaven said 9 years ago

    Great creative reuse ideas! They all make me smile! So useful and functional!

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 9 years ago

    Love love this idea !!

  • oddlyeven

    oddlyeven said 9 years ago

    What a lovely and crafty way to have our to do's. I think I will make a grocery list for my ice box.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 9 years ago

    cutest little mini toilet paper holders ever!

  • FreeSpiritCraft

    FreeSpiritCraft said 9 years ago

    I think this is awesome! I am all about recycling things to make new ones :) check out this doll I made out of an old scarf and three buttons! It's not for sale because my mom claimed it first! :)

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 9 years ago

    Love this craft project!! Thank you!!

  • lilliprint

    lilliprint said 9 years ago


  • sinicism

    sinicism said 9 years ago

    interesting~! I am from china.

  • BilliesCraftRoom

    BilliesCraftRoom said 9 years ago

    What a brilliant idea, if you can't find till rolls bet it would look good with last few inches from a roll of ribbon put on to the cotton reel too. Great work, thanks Billie

  • ObeyMyBrain

    ObeyMyBrain said 9 years ago

    Be aware that a lot of receipt paper contains high levels of the chemical BPA the same stuff that's in plastic water bottles they warned you about. Some stores use BPA free paper but be careful.

  • kiwichris

    kiwichris said 9 years ago

    My friend has a miniture one in a plastic seal thru container with a lid on his motorbike and he uses it like a GPS, writes down the directions of where he is going and then scrolls thru it. It works really well.

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi said 9 years ago

    Cool! :]

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 9 years ago

    neat! thanks for sharing!

  • SilverTreeStudios

    SilverTreeStudios said 9 years ago

    Great idea! Would be perfect with some sort of recycled receipt roll.

  • madeitright

    madeitright said 9 years ago

    You could add the serrated edge from an old plastic wrap container as the bottom hold down so you have an easy tear off.

  • dslookkin

    dslookkin said 9 years ago

    This is so cool! I think I may have to make one... :) Thank you!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Super sweet :)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Super sweet :)

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 9 years ago

    How cute, perfect for a mother's day gift!!

  • himamma

    himamma said 9 years ago

    This is just too too cute. Thank you for sharing.

  • WoodenAle

    WoodenAle said 9 years ago

    stick a magnet on the back for a fridge notebook

  • DecoMundo

    DecoMundo said 9 years ago

    Wonderful idea!!! Thank You:)

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 9 years ago

    what a great idea

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie said 9 years ago

    Adorable!! What a great project idea.

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 9 years ago

    Love this project!! Thank you for sharing!! I'm going to make it!! :)

  • bluesunhine

    bluesunhine said 9 years ago

    thought this was good idea have scrap wood now i can use them up

  • vertini

    vertini said 9 years ago

    these are adorable! thanks for sharing :)

  • hoyby

    hoyby said 9 years ago


  • CanyonEmbroidery

    CanyonEmbroidery said 9 years ago

    Great Ideas!!

  • HiddenMeadows

    HiddenMeadows said 9 years ago

    Genius! I'll never loose my shopping list again!!

  • HiddenMeadows

    HiddenMeadows said 9 years ago

    Genius! I'll never loose my shopping list again!!

  • Irishgirl776

    Irishgirl776 said 9 years ago

    I LOVE this im goin to make one for me, my mom & my grandma. thanks sooo much!

  • intelcmdzhku

    intelcmdzhku said 9 years ago

  • cobblestoneblvd

    cobblestoneblvd said 9 years ago

    Oooohh I have lots of fabric scraps. I'll try that instead of paper.

  • Lilsugarskulls

    Lilsugarskulls said 9 years ago

    I love this idea! now I won't lose my note's anymore;);) yaay!

  • luvjoypeace

    luvjoypeace said 9 years ago

    is this a hard project ?????

  • CreativePaperCraftin

    CreativePaperCraftin said 9 years ago

    Ok so this has to be the easiest project that I have ever saw. Would you mind if I try this one on my own. I absolutely love it. Thank you.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    PinesVintageClothing said 9 years ago

    Fantastic!..just what I need for my entryway. Can't wait to try this


    TRULYTEXAN said 9 years ago

    Use a thin board and put magnet on the back.....perfect for the fridge. Maybe cut up some old rolls of wrapping paper to use. Possibilities abound.....

  • lorenzoferraris

    Lorenzo Ferraris said 7 years ago

    very nice! Look at mine, a little different but same idea, I improved it by adding a cutter on the bottom!

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    Yolanda Mergil said 5 years ago

    Had all the materials in hand ... came out beautiful! one in Kitchen now I need 1 in my office and in my bedroom. .... Thanks for sharing this awesome Idea....

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