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If you're anything like me, then you're always out of notepaper.... no matter where I place it, someone always takes my notepaper, carries it off to make notes or draw superhero pictures and never returns it, so whenever I am in need of paper to scribble something on, it's nowhere to be found. So I decided to make a big notepad that can be located in the same spot in the kitchen for whenever anyone needs to write a note... or it can be taken on road trips to play word games, draw on your lap and stay creatively entertained. I think you'll love it too. It's a favorite kids party project!

Let's create another one. Together.

rustic wood and recycled paper notepad by


  • 1/4" wood 8x16" with 2 big and 2 small holes

  • 1/4" wood 1.75x8" with 2 small holes

  • reclaimed paper roll 6"

  • 1 threaded zinc bolt 8"

  • 1 large zinc nut to fit on bolt

  • 2 zinc eye bolts

  • 4 medium nuts

  • 2 flat washers

  • 2 small bolts

  • 2 small nuts

  • 1 self-adhesive wood name/ word (if requested)

  • 2 paint colors

  • 1 re-usable sponge brush


Paint the base and cross bar any colors you choose on the top surface only.

Do not use water.

Play around with fun techniques, like ombre, stripes with masking tape or dots with a Q-tip!

Dry fully.

Start the assembly at the base of your project.

Push the small bolts through the small holes, from behind, so that the threaded bolt ends sticks up towards you.

Top view:

Place the small washers over the small bolts. (these will allow the paper to pass through between the base and the cross bar!)

Repeat on the second side.

Place the painted cross bar over the bolts, pushing their ends upwards through the small holes.

Secure the cross bar in place with the nuts.

Now for the top:

This is why they're called eyebolts:

Screw a medium sized nut about a third of the way up each eyebolt.

Push the eyebolts through the big holes, so that the 'eyes' are face-up on surface.

Secure into place from behind, by screwing on a second medium sized nut.

Straighten the 'eyes'.

Thread the large zinc bolt through 1 'eye', through the paper roll and then through the second 'eye'.

Secure by screwing the large hex-nut onto the end of the large bolt.

Make sure your paper roll threads from beneath, not over the top.

Fold the end of your paper roll into a point. This makes it easier to thread under the crossbar!

Thread the paper under the cross bar. Do this every time you tear it off!

The cross bar keeps your page in place, while you write on it and it a handy ruler for tearing your paper when you're done with it.

You are now ready to write, create, make lists and imagine!

When your paper runs out, just replace it, buy unscrewing the large nut.

Write many fun things on your new rustic notepad! It's great for inspirational sayings, notes, lists, designs, drawings, menus, things you need to remember ... it truly is a wonderful addition to the home and all road trips, because of the solid base.

How will you use yours? Share your creations with me at or by adding the tag #threeandme on social media. See what others have done:

Enjoy it and write on it often and be inspired!


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Created. Enjoyed. Reviewed ...

Had the most fun tonight with an amazing instructor and many wonderful friends! Three & Me out did themselves with beautiful presentation and amazing craft that I am excited to display in my home! I look forward to another opportunity to craft with Three & Me in the future!

Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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