DIY Sticky Notes

Make homemade sticky notes to adorn your office with a personalized look.

By: Nicolle Spitulnik

White or colored printer paper
Paper trimmer or sharp scissors
Glue stick
Thick card stock
All-purpose glue
Ribbon or other fun embellishments


  1. Determine the size of the sticky note you would like, and use a paper trimmer or sharp scissors to cut a stack of printer paper to the specified size*
  2. Apply glue along the top back edge of the first piece of paper in the pile. Line up the next sheet and apply a strip of glue in the same location as the prior sheet, then press down
  3. Continue until all the trimmed paper is used and a pad of stacked adhesive paper is created
  4. Leave the thick cardstock slightly bigger than the pad and affix with all-purpose glue to the last page to create a secure backing
  5. Have fun with the leftover area on your cardstock or clipboard. Add a small decorative ribbon above the sticky pad or embellish with stickers

*Tip: Cookie cutters work perfectly to create a standardized shape!

: As an alternative to thick cardstock, glue the pad to a mini clipboard. The hard back will provide a stable writing surface when you’re on the go.

Embellishment Ideas

  • For a personalized look, make the pad’s shape someone’s initial. Use geometric shapes for a modern look, or seasonal shapes to coordinate with the time of year.
  • Use different colors of paper and color-coordinate to perk up your desk or home organization area.
  • If you’re short on time, you can also use store-bought sticky pads and amp up the fun factor with your own trimming and decorations.
  • Attach a pen to the notepad by securing one end of a skinny ribbon to the clipboard or cardstock with glue or a staple. Tie the other end to a pen.
  • Incorporate homemade sticky notes into your desk and office supplies, or bundle them up as a gift for your favorite student.

Tip: Pens with a pocket clip or affixed clicking mechanism will help the ribbon stay attached better.

Nicolle Spitulnik is the founder of Libby Lane Press, an online paper design shop where sweet and whimsy meets bright and bold. Nicolle’s love of patterns, texture and color are not only showcased in her designs but also styled events. Libby Lane Press has been featured in Parenting Magazine and on Hostess with the Mostess, Project Nursery, Amy Atlas and other noteworthy industry blogs. In addition to design and styling, Nicolle acts as a freelance writer for Disney’s BabyZone and a contributing writer for Hostess with the Mostess.



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