Friday, February 11, 2011

Post It Note Holder in 5 Easy Steps

Post it note holders make great gifts and are very easy to make. I sell them at my Allied Arts booth in the fall and sell out every time. (shhh-I wouldn't want my customers to know how simple they are to make.) 

• Supply List •
4"x6" acrylic photo frame
2 - 4"x6" pieces of paper
scrap paper for embellishment
9.5" piece of ribbon
a clear barrel pen
3"x3" Post-It note pad
1 - 3"x3" piece of card stock
Double sided permanent adhesive tape
Glue Dots

First Step - the 4"x6" frame
I'm using a 4"x6" acrylic stand up frame from Walmart (if you use another brand the measurements are the same, but look at the back and make sure it goes to the bottom - not all of them do). These frames are meant to stand vertical - we're going to lay them down.  You can use other sizes or the horizontal frames, too, to fit the 3"x3" Post-It note pad.

Step Two - the paper
Cut 2 pieces of paper 4"x6" -- one for the front and one for the back

With wrong sides together - slip the paper into the frame.

Step Three - the embellishments
This is where you can be creative and do anything in this small space. For the sample I cut a piece of paper 4"x 1.5" and lined it with contrasting paper. Layering circles (2", 1.75", 1.5") I glued the three circles together.  If you want to add a ribbon - it's 9.5" long.  Since the embellishment base is only attached to the front of the frame, it's nice to attach a ribbon all around the frame, holding the frames front and back together -- but it's not a necessity.

Step Four - the pen
I use Z-Grip ball point pens - it has a nice clear barrel. Unscrew the tip, remove the ink cartridge and insert a 1"x3.25" slip of paper that you have first gently rolled around a small pencil to start the creases and then roll around the pens ink cartridge. This takes a little bit of patience and practice.

Step Five - Attaching your embellishment

Using double sided, permanent adhesive tape on the top and bottom of the paper, attach to the top of your frame. If you're using a ribbon wrap around to the back and securely attached (I like Zot Dot  - they're permanent and hold tight).  Using pop-up dots for a bit of dimension, attach the circle embellishment to the center.  I glue a 3"x3" piece of card stock to the back of the Post-It note pad for extra support and attach to the frame with double sided adhesive tape - one strip on the top and one on the bottom.  If this is a gift - everything will fit nicely back into the bag the frame came in.
You're Done!


  1. i took mine to work...pretty+useful :)

  2. I love love love this! I may have to make one for my new office... Hmmm. ;)

  3. What is a good price to put on these? No neat!

  4. can u change the note pad and if u can what do u use to put on the post it pads so u can change it to another one

  5. I was wondering about changing the post its out? I guess maybe using the glue dots will be best. (???) Is hate for them to use all of the post its and then throw the holder to the side because they can't "refill"