How To Make A Handmade Journal Gift

Make a cute and unique handmade journal that is perfect to jot down your notes and ideas. You can easily personalize these journals to make great gifts!

How to make a book at home does not have to be difficult, book binding can be easy! A handmade journal (that can be easily personalized!) would make a great handmade gift idea for your family, friends or school teachers.

making a journal as a gift

Handmade Journal YouTube Video

Creating something unique and beautiful from just paper and twine always amazes me. These handmade journals turned out super cute and you can watch my Making a Handmade Journal Video where I walk you through the steps.

Handmade Journal Tutorial:

Personalized DIY gifts

Since the binding on these handmade journals is simplistic, I added colorful flowers and gold embossed words to decorate them. That Gold embossing has some sparkle to it that is so cool!


I really like how the hand lettered “ideas” word turned out here! I used a silver embossing powder which had some sparkle to it.

handmade journal
handmade journal

To gift these, I simply added a big bow onto the handmade journal and I also made a matching personalized tag. You could easily add the gold embossed name onto the journal itself to make the gift even more special.

handmade journal
Handmade Journal Gift

Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you learnt something from this tutorial, do share this post with a friend or on social media! Tag me @smithakatti #smithakatti I’d love to see what you create!


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  1. What a great idea to give to my kids’ teachers, and my older kids would definitely be able to help make them.

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