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.)
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.)
- 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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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.