DIY Secret Diary

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Is your little girl as obsessed with secret diaries as mine is?  My little missy has several small notebooks that she likes to carry around and write her “secrets” in.  (Though they don’t stay secrets, since her brother keeps reading them and announcing them to the family…)

She asked me to get her a diary that locked.  I jumped on to Amazon.com to see what we could get immediately and stumbled across these adorable little locks.   A new craft project was born!  (Got to love that Amazon Prime-  if you don’t currently use Amazon Prime, you can try it out with a free 30 trial membership- read about it here.)

Make your own Secret Diary

The basic idea of this little diary is so simple and can be made so many different ways, depending on the material you decide to work with.   (Though I do recommend using a composition book w/out the rings.  It will look so much better without the spiral rings showing.)

To make a secret diary, you need:

  • material to cover the outside (fabric or scrapbook paper)
  • chipboard – like from a cereal box (optional, but if you use fabric, it will hide the fabric edges)
  • something to make the loops for the lock (ribbon, fabric, cording)
  • glue (modge pode if you use scrapbook paper and/or hot glue if using fabric)
  • Toy lock 


Measure and cut 2 pieces of chip board to fit over the front and back cover of the notebook.

Cut two pieces of cording, ribbon or fabric in 2 – 5 inch pieces.  (I folded two narrow strips of fabric like bias tape and sewed down the edge.)

Fold in half and pin or tape to the front and back of the notebook as a shown below:

Sew or hot glue into place.

(If you plan to add a title to the front fabric, do so now.  (I used the letter function on my sewing machine, but you could embroider a title or use a sharpie or fabric marker.)

Wrap fabric around both pieces of chipboard (tightly) and hot glue in place.

Hot glue the fabric covered chipboard onto the font and back covers of the notebook.  Work fast before the hot glue starts to cool.  (You can use the glue gun later to fill in any loose openings around the edges.)

Add a lock and you are done!

We even made an extra mini diary for her little friend she sits next to on the bus.  For this one, we just used scrapbook paper, stickers and ribbon.

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  1. Heyy♡ I found it SUPER HELPFUL ’cause i’ve always loved cute diaries with lock?. I just wanted to say that you’re a great mom❤ Oh, and by the way.. what’s the name of your lil missy?? I bet she’s adorable? Thanks!

    1. Thanks, although I don’t use her name on purpose, lol. It felt unnatural to give her a fake name for the blog, so I just call her my lil’ missy.

  2. The only part I used of this was the lock. I don't need the rest of that fancy stuff for my daughter.

  3. This is such a wonderful idea. I go through these things like crazy, well my daughter does. I'll be making a few for the Christmas stocking I think. Thank you. (Popping in from a Round tuit linky.)

    Anne xx

  4. So cute!! I remember having a diary that locked when I was young. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. Jill Shepherd says:

    This is awesome! I never thought to make one for my kids – thanks for the inspiration!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. What a neat idea and so cute!

  7. Diane VintageZest says:

    So cute! I always loved "locking" my diary when I was a kid. 🙂

    P.S. – I'm a new follower, and I'm so excited to read up on your old and new projects. 🙂

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

  8. Trine @ Creative Pink Butterfly says:

    Super cute! I would love to create something like this to write blogging stuff in.