DIY How to Make Binder Divider Pages for Household Notebook or School Supplies

On Monday I will begin a series of posts on creating your own Household or Life Notebook aka Binder. I wanted to give you this quick tutorial on how to make your own divider pages in case you don’t want to buy them. I did buy some for my Life Notebook because I like the particular style of the ones I found at Target but I make these DIY divider pages for other binders that I use.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cardstock (solid or patterned) – 1 piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock for each page that you will be making
  • Cardstock (solid color – I prefer white)
  • Square or Circle Punch (I used 1 inch square)
  • 3 Hole Punch
  • Pencil
  • Spray Adhesive

First, use the 3 hole punch and punch one side of each piece of card stock you will use for a divider page. Be sure to line it up in the punch properly. You do that by inserting the side of the card stock into the punch and wiggling it down until it butts up against the bottom. Punch. Repeat on each piece.

Second, punch out enough squares or circles for the pages – 1 for each.

For the squares you will simply bend them in half and then use a bone folder or the edge of the punch to smooth it out flat. For the circle you will do the same but then cut it in half. There is actually another way to make the circle one without cutting it but without photos it is difficult to describe and I don’t want to confuse you. If you want a tutorial on it let me know.

* I did not have pics of the circle one. I just remembered as I was typing this out that I’ve done it that way before too and wanted to give you some options.

Next, spray the square (I use spray adhesive) then carefully place it on the edge of the card stock (opposite side of the 3 hole punches), leaving excess sticking out from the card stock and adhere.

For the circles you will spray each side and then place the straight edge on the edge of the card stock (opposite side of the 3 hole punches), leaving excess sticking out from the card stock and adhere. Do the same for the second half of the circle.

Finally, write the subject or topic on your tab! I use a pencil just because I may want to reuse it for something else later.

You can also decorate these and add pockets. I’m not sure how interested you are in these things so I didn’t spend too much time creating the tutorial but if you are interested in seeing various styles made all cutesie and pretty then I can certainly create more. Just let me know in the comments!


  1. I will post an easier and prettier way on pintrest

  2. tell me a vebsite i can go on to do this :l

  3. Great idea! Much cheaper for creating over 100 of these for my student’s classroom journals!

  4. It’s rather a creative one and I am soooo grateful as I am motivated to get organised !:)

  5. Amy,
    Thank you for sharing this with us! i love the ideas! i would like to see the pocket type. i am always in need of pockets! 🙂
    Thank you!

    • All u do is get a piece of construction paper in half and glue it on there… then for th sides you can glue those down but.just a little bit.of the sides

  6. Looks great! I love tutorials like this. 🙂

  7. Great idea Amy! I am really looking forward to your series, as creating a Legacy Binder (based on Dave R Legacy Drawer) is on my to do list, and this is motivating for me!!! Thanks!

  8. Amy, I like your tutorial on diy divider pages! I would be very interested in a tutorial on making them “cutesie & pretty”. Thank you for showing me how to make divider pages; I’m a binder nut and this is very helpful.

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