Hands On: Apple Notepad

Olivera Bratich
Basic supplies are all that's needed to craft this cute paper notebook.

It's apple harvest time and when you're not picking or eating them, you can be crafting them. This simple paper project is great for lists, notes or journaling activities with kids. And it can be repeated easily with other food shapes for endless DIY fun!


* Red paper and/or red patterned scrapbook paper

* Yarn or ribbon

* Scraps of green and brown paper

* Glue or tape

* Scissors

* Hole punch


1. Draw an apple shape and cut it out. Fold it in half lengthwise and trim off any uneven edges. This will be your template.

2. Trace your template onto red paper until you have four to six apple shapes. Cut them out and stack them together.

3. Fold the stack of apples in half lengthwise.

4. Unfold the top apple and use the hole punch to make two holes along the fold line.

5. Use those holes as a guide to punch matching holes in the other apples. When you are done, reshape the stack.

6. Cut a 12-inch piece of yarn or ribbon. Pull each end through the holes, from the bottom of the stack. At the top of the stack, tie the ends together in a double knot and cut off the excess yarn. (The knot should be on the inside of the book.)

7. Cut out a small stem and leaf from the brown and green scrap paper and glue or tape them to the bottom apple in the stack (inside the book's front or back cover).

8. Start jotting down notes!


OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.