Recycled Tea Box Notepads

For those of us that drink lots of tea, here is an awesome way to recycle the boxes as well as our scrap paper! This is such a fun and easy craft project for both adults and kids!

tea box notepad

tea box notepad

What you will need:

tea box

stack of scrap paper

stapler (for thicker notepads you may need a heavy duty stapler)


Begin by breaking down your tea box, being careful not to rip it.

tea box

broken down tea box

Next, using the photo below as a guide, cut out the top flap and back side of your tea box.

cut tea box

Using your cut (and folded) tea box, measure out the size of your paper for the notepad.  You will want the paper to be a little bit smaller than the size of the box so that the back flap closes. Cut the paper to fit.

measuring the paper

notepad paper

Once you have all the notepad paper cut (my stapler will only allow for a stack of 12 pieces of paper plus the cardboard so my notepads are thin), slip the stack of paper in the small flap of your tea box.

putting the paper in

I stapled the notepad from the front to the back but you could staple it either way. This is where the tea box normally closes so it already has a natural flap. Put two staples about half way up the flap. Space them out so that they are even when measured from each side.

staple the flap

That’s it! Now you can “close” your notepad by slipping the one side of the cardboard tea box into the flap that you just stapled.


closing your notepad

Pretty awesome! I love these as they are small enough to stick in your purse, anywhere in your car, and also make neat stocking stuffer or small “thank you” gifts! Easy, cheap and so cute! Everyone loves these when I give them out!

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