DIY Junk Journal

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DIY Junk Journal

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! In this fun DIY activity, explore how to make personalized Junk Journal from items around your house. You can create a Junk Journal that is personalized just for you including pages with pockets or pages that fold out to reveal a hidden message!  Our challenge to you is to use items around your house that you wouldn’t normally use as journal paper think, paper doilies, envelopes, or even postcards! 

Our friends at Spurs Give can give you a head start filling up your journal with The Spurs Give Summer What’cha Reading Challenge and their free virtual coding program, Coding with the Spurs ! Use your Junk Journal to write down your thoughts on the books you read this summer or to take notes as you take a basketball game from the court to the computer. No matter what your junk journal will hold it is sure to be one of a kind!

What You'll Need: 
  • Box (cereal box, crackers, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl (optional)
  • Sheets of paper
  • Glue
  • Scraps of paper (magazines, newspapers, etc.)
  • Paper clips
  • Needle & thread
  • Craft supplies (ribbons, Washi Tape, rhinestones, buttons, stickers)
  • Hot Glue Gun
Tips & Tricks: 
  • If you don’t have the materials to bind your journal, get creative with other ways of binding your journal such as rings, ribbons, etc.
  • Using a big thick needle is the best tool if you don’t have an awl – a pointy tool for piercing holes.
  • Try making a small single signature journal to test out the stitching.
  • Be creative with your journals: make one page a “collection page” were you can collect different things like fruit stickers, tea strings, or test page for your art supplies!
  • Add different textures to your journal to make it more interesting like pictures, magazine snippets, movie tickets, and pockets!

Ready to share your Junk Journal? Be sure to tag @TheDoSeum and use #DoSeumAtHome we love seeing all that you create!

Download DIY Junk Journal Instructions

  • 1st -  ELAR: 110.3 (1.1E) (1.2Ciii) (1.6E) (1.7A)
  • 2nd - ELAR: 110.4 (2.1E) (2.6E) (2.7A)
  • 3rd - ELAR: 110.5 (3.1E) (3.6E) (3.7A)
  • 4th -  ELAR: 110.6 (4.6E) (4.7A)
  • 5th - ELAR:  110.7 (5.6E) (5.7A)

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