DIY mini matchbook notepads

Hello, lovelies!

It’s Essie here, with a cute DIY project to share.

Today I want to show you how to make mini matchbook notepads.

I’m a bit obsessed with these at the moment because they make such cute little gifts.

They fit perfectly into a pocket letter, or can be tucked in with a traditional pen pal letter.

They can be gathered together in little bundles of three and given all tied up with twine or ribbon. And you can give them blank for the recipient to fill in, or write your own little notes and love letters inside!

In the video below, I’ll show you three ways to make them:


  • patterned paper from the ‘A Love Story‘ range (printed double sided on 200gsm white card)
  • plain white copy paper
  • a paper trimmer
  • scissors
  • baker’s twine
  • a crop-a-dile
  • a stapler
  • phrase stickers, or other narrow stickers
  • a piercing tool (or an awl or darning needle)
  • a foam mat (or piece of thick cardboard)
  • embroidery floss
  • a small button

Note that these are the materials I used to make all three variations. You won’t need all of these to make just one or two. This is clarified in the video, where you’ll see them all put to use.



The outside piece of card should measure 6.5” x 2.25”.

When folded, the top section should measure 1″, the middle section 3″, and the bottom section 2.5″

The ten pieces of paper inside should measure 2.75″ x 2″.

I hope you have stacks of fun making these little books for your friends and penpals. Don’t forget to tag Liz (@liztamanaha) and me (@essie.ruth) on instagram to show us your creations!

See you next month!



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