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. 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.


  2. I was stumbling and came across this post. HOW have I not seen this?!! It’s awesome!!

  3. Padding compound is so expensive, so I’ve been looking everywhere for an alternative. Silicon sealant is a brilliant idea!!!

  4. Aha! Cool! I didn’t think it was so easy to make a notepad! 😀 Tnx for sharing!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

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