Mini Recycle Bin Books



This is a great little book project to use up card stock weight paper scraps. As I accumulated my own collection of postcards, Print Gocco project leftovers, business cards and other various papers, I came up with this idea to turn them into something wonderful! I have been in need of a little “flash card” style book for memorizing Bible verses and foreign language words (I’m attempting to learn Swedish) and this little book fit the bill. I have a selection of these little books available for purchase on Etsy, and am also including basic instructions below for you to make your own, if you like.

Materials and Tools:

leftover book cover

miscellaneous card stock weight papers

cutting mat

metal ruler

box cutter (heavy-duty knife) and/or x-acto knife

hole punch


1. The first step is to cut your pages to size using the metal ruler and x-acto knife. I chose to make my pages the size of a business card (2″ x 3 1/2″). I suggest about 50 pages per book if you are using a 1″ book ring.

2. Use the heavy-duty knife and metal ruler to cut your front and back covers. The height of the covers will the be same as the inside pages, but the right edge should extend about 1/8″ beyond the pages. So, my cover is 2″ x 3 5/8″.

3. Create a template by punching a hole in the upper left corner of an extra page, about 1/4″ from the top and 1/4″ from the left side. Use this template to help you punch your holes in the same spot for the rest of the pages. You can use either a hand held hole punch or a hammer and punch for this step.

4. Use the page template for placing a hole in the covers as well. I suggest using a hammer and punch on a cutting mat for this step.

5. Thread the covers and pages onto the metal book ring, and voilá! You’re done!

21 Responses to “Mini Recycle Bin Books”

  1. julia Says:

    These are fantastic mini books! I’m always on the look out for a clever idea to put my scraps to good use!

  2. Heather V Says:

    Great idea to reuse scraps!!

  3. Renée Says:

    Wow! You have some really wonderful stuff here!
    Lycka till med att lära dig svenska :-)

  4. mrstjshelby Says:

    I just followed a link here from Ali Edwards and I can’t stop looking at everything! Your stuff is just so cool! Thanks for showing and sharing and inspiring! I’m itchin to buy some of your etsy stuff and am no pulling together some scraps for my daughter and i to make little recycle bin books – she’s going to love it! I wasn’t planning on doing creative projects today (my to-do list is way too long), but I can’t help myself!

  5. essensevibez Says:

    WOW…right up my alley…my friends call me the “mini-album queen”..and when i make a few of these, they may change my name…i’m a school librarian and i have 2 carts full of withdrawn i know what to do with some of them…instead of throwing them away..teachers will not take what will be good for the kids and thier classrooms…i’ll try to make good use of them…thanks for sharing this idea!…remain blessed!!!

  6. Miriam Says:

    Great idea! These would be a wonderful way to use up that stash growing in my closet and I’m sure my girls would love some sort of matching game. Thanks!

  7. Molly Says:

    adorable. do-able. wonderful. glad i found your lovely blog via Ali Edwards link today.

  8. Wendy Says:

    These are great! What a weird coincidence because I’ve been making my own notepads with cardstock covers and recycled printer paper (printed on one side, blank on the other) and I just put up a blog post about them this morning. ( I keep them in my purse and use them for grocery lists and something for my kid to color on when we’re at restaurants. The insides of your are much cuter though. I’ll definitely have to dig into my scrap stash to make some of these.

  9. Tanya Says:


    Love your site- so glad you had a “plug” from Ali Edwards’ site- I have added your blog to my favorites and will visit often!
    Your stuff is amazing! love-love-love it!

  10. alexandra Says:

    i also found your blog thanks to Ali Edwards and I’m glad I did!
    i really like what you did with these scraps and i often make projects recycling shopping bags:
    hope you get a chance to visit me there, i’ll be back on your blog!
    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  11. Jenny Says:

    Hi there! I have used something similar to memorize graphic design history and art history. Put the image on one side, and the information (title, designer/artist, date, country, etc) on the back. But I love how colorful and beautiful these are. :) Great work!

  12. Karla Says:

    WOW!!!!! Can I say that your everything I ever wished for? XD You are BEYOND amazing and totally sparked my love again for bookbinding. I attempted the buttonhole a while back and had a blast. You can view it here:

    I am so exited to do more and to grow!!!!

    Thanks sooooo much!!!!!

  13. Karla Says:

    I made another one!!!! I’m so glad I’m back to it again! Thanks so much honey!!!


  14. henny Says:

    Cool idea for bible verses! Thanks and God bless you.

  15. holly Says:

    I have gotten really inspired by your work-
    did a bookmaking class in college, loved it, occasionally made my own journal books but have recently stopped doing it. these books are Wonderful but i’m wondering where you find such gems for paper etc? any resources and suggestions for how to find paper to upcycle-without investing much money-would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks much!


  16. erinzam Says:

    Good suggestion Holly… this is a great idea for a new post. I’ll put something together!

  17. Pete Says:

    wonderful! I would like to share with my coworkers. awesome stuff. I can wait to see more of your stuffs

  18. Frever t. Says:

    Every time i come here I am not dissapointed, nice post

  19. Karin Says:

    I found your blog today and I’m so inspired right now!
    Greetings from Karin in Sweden =)

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