Easily create a personalized to-do list notepad or any notepad with these easy steps!  They are great for gift giving and to keep things organized in your life!

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DIY Personalized To-Do List
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Remember like a million years ago I told you how I participated in C.R.A.F.T.’s Package Pals, and that I’d share my tutorial????  And I never did, because I had to go and move and Stuff???  I don’t like being a liar so today, I will share with you how I made the To-Do List that I sent Anna as part of her package!  My original inspiration came from Beckie at Infarrantly Creative!  She shared her tutorial at U-Create and I just adapted it from a grocery list to a To-Do list and adapted the hardware to what I had on hand.

Here is what I did and here is what you will need to do it too!

Supplies Needed for Personalized To-Do List Notepad:

  • Printer Paper (25 pages)
  • Printer (I use the HP All-in-one 5540)
  • 25 pages of the To-Do Printable (downloaded below)
  • Paper cutter/Ruler
  • Lightweight cardboard (cereal box thickness)
  • Xacto knife
  • 1/4” drill bit with drill
  • 2 paper clamps
  • (2) 1/4” flat edge bolts  (about 3/4” long)
  • (2) 1/4” nuts

1.  Start by downloading the printable below and personalize it!  Simply open the file in a Word Document and add your name to the top and anything you want at the bottom.  I uploaded a generic version below…not the one I made for Anna.  Change it to suit YOUR needs!

2.  Print off 25 copies.  I use the HP Envy 5540 Wireless All-In-One Printer and signed up for HP Instant Ink.
{I highly recommend the HP Instant Ink!    Never run out of ink at 11 pm when you have to print out your kids report! Or when you have to print these to-do lists out.  It will be hard to put “buy ink” on a to-do that you can’t make!}

Use a paper cutter to cut all the columns evenly so when they are stacked they are all the exact same size!  A ruler helps here!

DIY Personalized To-Do List
3.  Next cut your cardboard.  I cut a sheet the same size as my paper stack for the back of the notepad and then a sheet 1/3 of the large size for the front.

Parts needed for DIY Personalized To-Do List
I measured my paper stack thickness and then used an Xacto knife and ruler to score the cardboard to the width of my thickness. Scoring will help you when you fold the cardboard. Leave 1 inch in the front for the top of the pad.  Just make sure before you score it, you measure to make sure your front flap won’t cover up any of your wording.

Top cover for DIY Personalized To-Do List
4.  Next stack your paper stack on top of your back piece of cardboard, then wrap that with the small top piece of cardboard.  Like Beckie, I used paper clamps to hold it all in place.

5.  Drill 2 holes all the way through the top section of your note pad.  Note:  I found it best to drill halfway through from the front and then flip the notepad over and drill the rest of the way through from the back.  It kept the cardboard from splitting funny.  You might need your Xacto knife again to clean up the edges on the drilled holes.

Assembling the DIY Personalized To-Do List
6.  Fasten the nuts and bolts through the holes and tighten into place.

Fasteners for DIY Personalized To-Do List
7.  Optional, add magnets or a piece of twine or ribbon to hang.  Since this is a To-Do List versus a Grocery List, I left these off because my To-Do lists tend to move with me!  :)

DIY Personalized To-Do List
DIY Personalized To-Do List
You can also use some scrapbooking paper & Mod Podge if you want to make the cardboard you are using pretty!!  Pair it with some pretty markers and you are set!  This was really fun and I foresee a few more of these made in my near future.

DIY Personalized To-Do List
As always, this download is free for personal use only!   Happy To-Do Listing!

To download your own copy of the personalized to-do list notepad paper, simply sign up for my emails! After you confirm your subscription, the password for the printable library will be displayed on your web browser and emailed to you and you may download any and all of my free printables! If you are already a subscriber, don’t worry, you can find the password at the bottom of all emails sent!


Download the To-Do List HERE!

Check out my friend Heidi’s Brain Dump & So Much to Do Notepad’s too!  She uses padding compound for hers, I didn’t even know about that stuff and it’s awesome!


Also check out my personalized note cards, Daily To Do List, Personalized Notebooks and for the holidays, my Gift Giving List.

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