How to Make Paper Tablets

Make your own writing tablets.
Make your own writing tablets. (Image: paper image by AGphotographer from

Though you can buy paper tablets to write on, with some common office supplies and a little time and effort, you can make your own. "Go green” by recycling the blank sides of old printer paper. Be creative and use colored paper, blank newsprint, handmade papers or any other kind of paper. Consider using your computer to generate specialty covers and printed sheets for notes and lists. Personalized, handmade writing tablets you designed yourself are creative and thoughtful gifts for friends and family.

Things You'll Need

  • ½-inch thick stack of paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Tacky glue
  • 2 wooden rulers
  • 2 extra-large binder clips

Choose a paper size, and cut enough sheets to make a stack of paper about 1/2-inch high. If you are adding a backing, such as cardboard, put it on the bottom of your stack. If you are adding a cover, put it on top.

Use a paper cutter to get straight edges.
Use a paper cutter to get straight edges. (Image: paper guillotine image by Alison Bowden from

Tap the sides of the stack firmly on a flat, hard surface to make sure the paper is evenly aligned on both sides. Tap the end you are going to apply the glue to with extra care to make sure all the sheets are flush with each other.

Even the edges of the paper.
Even the edges of the paper. (Image: stickies image by Anton Gvozdikov from

Place two wooden rulers with flat sides against the paper, so that one is under the stack and one is on top, about 1/2-inch back from the top.

Use rulers to hold the paper in place.
Use rulers to hold the paper in place. (Image: ruler image by AGphotographer from

Secure your rulers to the paper by placing binder clips sideways to the rulers and about 1/4 inch away from the sides of the paper, allowing the binder clip edges to close on the center of each ruler. Double check to see that the paper on the end to be glued is still flush and flat. If not, loosen the binder clips and readjust the paper.

Hold rulers together with binder clips.
Hold rulers together with binder clips. (Image: binder clips image by Aditia Patria Warman from

Squeeze some tacky glue onto the top edge of your stack of paper, and use your finger to spread a solid coating evenly, all the way to the edges. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes.

Spread on a second layer of tacky glue, and allow it to dry thoroughly. You will know it is dry when it is smooth and shiny, and not sticky to the touch.

Remove the binder clips and rulers.

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