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How to make a notepad

Posted by  ·  September 9, 2009  ·  Last Updated: September 9, 2009

Here is a simple little project to turn that awesome Mom’s Got A Latte Do Today List into a magnetic notepad that would make a cute gift!  You can actually buy a special glue for making notepads called padding compound. I was not able to find it anywhere locally so I tried silicone sealant (found at Wal-Mart or a home improvement store) and had great results.

To make these fun notepads you will need:

two clamps

two pieces of wood

100% silicone sealant

cardboard for the backing (I used a cereal box)

paper for your notepad (I made 12 copies of the download so my pad had 24 sheets)


Cut the paper and cardboard to the desired size.  Line up paper sheets along with your cardboard backing and place between two pieces of wood (I used my child’s blocks). Place clamps on each side of the wood. Once everything is clamped, place the silicone along the edge.  Wet your finger and smooth a thin coat of silicone along the top.  Allow to dry and then add a second coat.


Once silicone is completely dry remove from clamps.  If you got some silicone on the wood make sure to remove the wood carefully. It might help to run a sharp knife along the edge to release the paper from the wood.


The sheets tear beautifully from the pad.


Add a magnet to the back of the notepad and you have a great magnetic notepad for your refrigerator.

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  1. Amy
    Friday, December 22nd, 2017
    Thanks for sharing this! It was exactly what I needed to bind my 365 days calendar for a friend.
  2. Shirlene
    Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
    couldn't you apply painters tape to the wood blocks, to help with the over flow of the sealant?
  3. Bernie
    Saturday, January 7th, 2012
    I love this easy answer!!! Thanks a million!!
  4. Friday, November 4th, 2011
    When I worked at Staples, we just used elmer's glue. ;) All you have to do is paint it on. I will run, but it works. Every year, I make a pad for each teacher so that they can write notes home to parents on.
  5. Saturday, June 11th, 2011
    Thanks for sharing this -- it worked really well!
  6. Billie Jackson
    Saturday, June 4th, 2011
    This is a great idea! I have another hint for padding: cover your wooden blocks with non-stick foil (non-stick side out, of course), and the silicone will not stick.
  7. Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
    MY HERO! I was looking for padding compound and couldn't find any locally and need it for TOMORROW. and literally, googled "alternative to padding compound for notepad making" and found this.

  8. Saturday, May 21st, 2011
    I was stumbling and came across this post. HOW have I not seen this?!! It's awesome!!
  9. MrFrankey
    Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
    Padding compound is so expensive, so I've been looking everywhere for an alternative. Silicon sealant is a brilliant idea!!!
  10. Thursday, December 30th, 2010
    Aha! Cool! I didn't think it was so easy to make a notepad! :D Tnx for sharing!
  11. Mary
    Thursday, December 9th, 2010
    Office supply stores have padding compound.
  12. Sunday, December 5th, 2010
    That is awesome! Padding compound has been on my "get around to buying it eventually" list for a while, but I already have silicone sealant. I'll have to give this a try. :)
  13. Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
    This is great!! Thank you for sharing!! I reposted this, I hope that's ok!! :)
  14. Thursday, November 25th, 2010
    Holy crap that's brilliant! Thank you :P
  15. Linda
    Saturday, November 6th, 2010
    I just found this blog, and I love it. As my little niece says "I love it like I
    am married to it" ... anyway I think of making these with each of my sisters names on them as part of a gift baggie for Christmas. Thank you!
  16. shivani
    Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
    i try to make it at home because i have need it and it is too expensive at stores that's why i check this site it is awesomee :)
  17. diane
    Monday, May 24th, 2010

    can i change the name to someone else if i want to customeize this?

  18. Ciel
    Thursday, May 6th, 2010
  19. Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
    Great tutorial! I'll be linking this tomorrow to my blog. Thanks!
  20. SU
    Friday, February 26th, 2010
    This is excellent!!! Thank you for sharing!!!
  21. Friday, January 29th, 2010
    you can also use regular ol' elmer's glue in thin layers in a pinch, and wooden laundry clips instead of the clamps so you can do a batch all at the same time....
    see a great video instruction here:
    i used these instruction to make photo journals for christmas gifts this year-but love the idea of tablets for todo lists etc for the fridge!
  22. Friday, December 18th, 2009
    Love that make your own pad idea - thanks! Found you on SITS!
  23. Monday, November 16th, 2009
    This is JUST what I was looking for! I save white paper that has only been used on one side but have never liked keeping it all loose. Thank You!
  24. Thursday, November 12th, 2009
    I used Shoe Goo instead of sealant, because it was what I had. It worked great!

  25. sweetgumgrovefarm
    Monday, November 9th, 2009
    I think that regular white craft glue will work!
  26. June
    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
    This is so great! I love gifts to do in advance to give to others! Thank you!
  27. Monday, September 14th, 2009
    That's it? That is so cool! Limitless possibilities. :)
  28. Monday, September 14th, 2009
    The "latte" is too catchy. I'm going to incorporate this into everything I say now.

    Just wondering, does the pad break apart too easily? If so, any tricks to stop this annoying problem?
  29. Angela
    Monday, September 14th, 2009
    I cover the edges of my press with blue painter's tape and it works great, then you don't need to worry about any mess.
  30. Saturday, September 12th, 2009
    This is FANTASTIC! I know so many people who have been wondering about this! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.
  31. Veronica
    Friday, September 11th, 2009
    I bought padding compound here: http://www.chicaandjo.com/ourstore/
    Scroll down a bit. It cost $7.00 (No shipping cost). This a great company and they have great customer service and they also have tutorials on projects. The bottle you get is a good size amount. I haven't used it yet, but after seeing this, I think I will make some grocery lists. Thanks for the inspiration!
  32. Thursday, September 10th, 2009
    I am absolutly going to make this! so so so cute
  33. Thursday, September 10th, 2009
    I have been trying to figure out how to do this for so long, thank you!
  34. Thursday, September 10th, 2009
    Thanks for that! I would have never thought of using the sealant. I probably have some in my garage right now!
  35. Thursday, September 10th, 2009
    I love the information on your blog, and I absolutely will be using this. I have some graphics I've been wanting to make into a pad and didn't know how it was done....thank you so much, can't wait to give it a try.
  36. Thursday, September 10th, 2009
    You know, that's very cute and at first I didn't save the download because I'm not a mom, but I just realized I have several friends who are! This could be a great gift along with a couple other items in a little gift tote! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  37. Thursday, September 10th, 2009
    Really cute idea!! Thanks!
  38. Debbie B.
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    you can get notepad adhesive at www.thecraftypc.com It comes in a little jar and only costs about $3, the website shows a high shipping rate, but when it never is as much as it originally states and there is a very quick turn around. that being said--these "latte" notepads are just too, too cute!
  39. Robin D
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    these are so cute. what size notepad did you make?
  40. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    Oh me likey. :) Great teacher's gift idea!
  41. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    That is the coolest idea ever!
  42. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    Wonderful idea! Now I don't have to go buy padding compound (which was on my list) and can buy something else instead! haha! Thank You!
  43. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    AWESOME tip! Thanks!!!
  44. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    You make this look so easy! I think I'll try it... thanks!
  45. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    I haven't been able to find padding compound either, so I think I might give the silicone sealant a try. I wonder how it would hold up with a thicker notepad. Have you tried?
  46. Alison
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    AMAZING! I cannot wait to try this. The possibilities are endless...

  47. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    I, too, was wondering how I could make this into a notepad - thanks for the tips!
  48. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    how ridiculous adorable is that?
  49. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    Love this a Latte!
  50. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    Ooooo... I see an awesome Christmas gift here!
  51. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
    Thanks for sharing this...I wondered how I could turn the cute freebies you offered into notepads. Love this. Thanks!