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30 Fun and Effective Ways to Use a Blank Notebook

Have a ton of empty journals lying around? Don’t waste them! You can use a blank notebook to bullet journal, track your habits, plan your life, or do just about anything. Below are 30 fun & effective ways to put those extra blank and half-used notebooks to use!

Journal Hoarding is Real

Getting a brand new blank notebook is one of the most exciting sensations. There is so much potential, so much freedom! The feeling of cracking open the front cover, the texture of the paper in your hands… it can be intoxicating. But it can also be quite intimidating! Sometimes the blankness of the first page can be overwhelming and make you feel like you’ll surely ruin this beautiful thing.

You might be tempted to put this gorgeous blank notebook on your shelf (with the other empty journals you’ve collected). I know what it’s like to have a vast collection of underused journals and the unique frustration that comes along with it.

Thankfully, after a few years of journal exploration, I’ve found dozens of ways to put beautiful blank notebooks to good use. If you are ready to feel inspired to take on your journal collection, then grab your favorite pen and let’s jump in!

30 Ways to Use a Blank Notebook

1. Hobby Journal

Are you an avid hobbyist? Then keep a journal for all your hobby-related projects and purchases! Sketch out rough ideas of your plans, measure for projects, and jot down items you need or want to grab in the future. That way you have a record of all the work you’ve done so you don’t forget key details.

2. Lists of 100

I’m personally a huge fan of the List of 100, which is a method I pull from Kathleen Adams’s Journal to the Self. Keep a journal just for this amazing exercise and see what insights you can find!

3. Dream Diary

Are you interested in the meaning of your dreams? Trying to learn how to lucid dream? Then a dream diary is a must! Keep a journal by your bed and jot down your nighttime adventures when you wake up.

4. Sketchbook

If you have a blank notebook with no lines or grids, then it’s a great candidate for a sketchbook! You don’t need fancy paper to doodle or jot down your rough ideas.

5. Daily Events

Some people prefer to keep a personal record of their daily activities, and a blank notebook is perfect for just that. Write down a few sentences about what you do each day – who you saw, what you ate, what you worked on, etc. Over time, you can see some patterns of your life and gain some great insights!

6. Lettering Practice Book

Interested in hand lettering? You know you need to practice in order to improve, so why not use one of your blank notebooks? Pull out your Tombows or your Faber-Castels and go nuts practicing! 

Brush lettering is an amazing skill that isn’t hard to pick up – the only thing you need is the right resource to learn the right way. If you’re wanting to get into lettering, check out my free email course, and get started today!

7.

Time Tracker

When you work for yourself or you simply want to keep better track of your schedule, then a time tracker is a fantastic tool. Keep a notebook next to your desk and simply scribble down the time when you switch tasks so you can review your time usage later.

If you’re a procrastinator, this might be just the method to help you see where you get stuck so you can correct. It’s super easy to set up, but you can always add a bit of fun and flair with time tracker stickers!

8. Plan a Wedding or Party

Planning parties can be fun or it can be stressful. Keep all your ducks in a row by dedicating one blank notebook exclusively to your planning! This is especially handy if you’re engaged and you’re planning out your wedding. One journal can be the central location of all color swatches, appointments, music playlists, registry information, and more so you don’t lose your head.

9. Vision Journal

Ever heard of a vision board? Imagine that, but in a journal! Write out your wildest fantasy of your best life. Cut out pictures from magazines, paste in pictures of yourself, and let yourself dream without limits. Don’t know where to get started on this fun project? Try this exercise for page one!

10. Health Log

If you have any type of medical or mental condition, then keeping a health log might be your new favorite thing. You can track all your symptoms, triggers, medications, and any other information that is relevant to your condition.

That way you can see the overarching patterns and better handle your situation! And an added bonus is that you can discuss your health log with your doctor and have a better dialogue about steps moving forward.

11. Food Journal

Health is a super important part of life, so dedicate a blank notebook to the cause! Keep a log of everything you eat, how much water you drink, and even write down a permanent grocery list to take with you to the store. If you are into calorie counting, keep that information in your food journal too. It’s the perfect way to watch what you eat!

12. Gardening Journal

A gardening journal is wonderful for folks who have a green thumb. Keep a detailed list of your houseplants, patio plants, or food garden plants. Create a schedule so you know exactly when your monstera was last watered or when your string of pearls was fertilized. If you want to keep your green babies healthy and happy, a gardening journal is an excellent choice.

13. Memory Book

Use a blank notebook to write down notable events in your life and embellish them with photos or drawings. Treat it like an informal scrapbook and document big life events, vacations, and other treasured memories. This can be for you to keep or it can be given to someone you love, like your children.

Grab an instant camera and make a habit of snapping impromptu photos for your memory book. Be as creative as you want with it! Just make sure you have fun making awesome memories 🙂

14.

Habit Tracker

As I’m sure you can tell by now, I’m a big fan of logs and trackers. My favorite tracker of all is my habit tracker! This one lives in my watercolor planner, but it could easily be moved to its own journal. You pick certain habits (good or bad) that you want to track, then simply mark whether you did that habit each day. Over time, you can see your habitual routines and patterns pop up, which means you can tackle any habit changes you want to make!

15. Mutual Love Note

This one goes out to all you lovebirds out there. Keep a single journal (maybe a nice leather journal like this) and use it as a place to keep love notes. Write out your sappiest feelings and address it to your sweetheart. When he or she picks it up to write their own heartfelt message, your note will be waiting. You can collect some beautiful memories over the years and create a cherished keepsake to enjoy for years to come.

16. Morning Pages

If you’ve ever struggled to keep a dedicated journal, then I’d highly suggest you try writing Morning Pages! After years of trying to write regularly, the Morning Pages helped me turn journal writing into a daily habit – one I’ve kept for a couple years now!

This method is from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, and it’s hands down one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read.

17. Bullet Journal

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the bullet journal! This is an excellent planning/journaling system to help you dive into organization. You can make it as fun or as frilly as you want, and it’s perfect for any old blank notebook that you have lying around. Read my ultimate bullet journal cheat sheet to get started!

18. Spiritual Journal

Whatever your spiritual journey, you can track and plan it all in one journal. Write down prayers, meditations, Tarot card spreads, hymns, holiday plans – you name it. This is perfect for any notebook that you feel especially drawn to!

19. Affirmations

Affirmations are an incredible tool to help you change your thoughts and attitude to be more positive. And an affirmations journal is an awesome way to help you develop that habit!

20. Book/TV Show/Restaurant List

This journal would be the place you jot down all those things you have been meaning to try but always forget. Get a recommendation to try a new restaurant? Write it down! Have someone suggest a book? Write it down!

That way, when you’re looking for something to eat or a new book to read, you can flip open this journal and have your pick of the litter. Someone suggested Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert to me and it took me ages and ages to finally read it using Audible (spoiler alert: it’s amazing). If you want to try out Audible, you can get two free audiobooks with a free month-long trial and see for yourself.

21. Recipe Book

If you want to kick up your cooking game, then try starting a recipe book! Think of it as a log of all the recipes you try, along with notes about what you thought about that meal. Writing it all down can help you develop your skills in the kitchen and be more conscious about your food choices.

You can also add recipes you want to try down the road by creating a recipe bank!

22. Gratitude Journal

We could all use more gratitude in our lives, right? Make it happen by starting a gratitude log in a new journal! Counting your blessings is good for the soul and incredibly easy to do.

23. Blog Log

Have a blog? Make plans and track your success in a notebook! It’s a fantastic way to stay on track and keep yourself organized. In fact, I have a whole post about how to use a pen and paper notebook to plan for your blog! 

Don’t have a blog yet but interested in starting one? Check out my free blogging quick start guide!

24. Exercise Journal

Whether you want to lose weight, gain mass, or maintain a healthy body, an exercise journal is a great way to do it. Write down your goals, inspiration, and exercises. Create an exercise schedule for yourself, and make sure to track your progress! It’s perfect if you’re training for a marathon or participating in some kind of program, like the Couch to 5k.

25. Expenses Tracker

If you want to have a better handle on your finances, then why not keep a financial planner? Focus on your goals of paying off student loan debt, creating an emergency fund, or saving up for your dream vacation. Track your monthly expenses and watch how your spending habits develop.

26. Six Word Story

Every day come up with a six-word story – it’s that simple! This is a fun challenge from Page Flutter to get the creative juices flowing and it’s a great exercise for aspiring writers and poets.

27. Bucket List

This is a great opportunity for you to think up all the wild and incredible things you want to do in your life. They can be grand, expensive, once-in-a-lifetime events – or they can be seasonal activities that you love and enjoy.

I’ve made seasonal bucket lists for both summer and autumn, and they made me bask in the glory of each season even more!

28. Travel Journal

I don’t know about you, but every time I travel, I get so wrapped up in the experience that I never think to document it in any way. That means that days full of rich exploration and fun get lost to memory, and I only remember highlights. That’s why I want to start a travel journal to capture all the magic of travel so I can enjoy it for years to come. If you love to travel, then you should start one, too!

29. Unsent Letters

When you are angry or upset with someone in your life, sometimes the best thing to do is write an Unsent Letter. This technique from Journal to the Self by Kathleen Adams is a powerful way to pour your feelings onto paper and process heavy emotions.

You can let out all your pain, anger, and sorrow. Then you can keep it tucked away, safe and sound. Just make sure this one stays away from prying eyes!

30. Nature Journal

If you enjoy nature walks, you might enjoy taking up the hobby of nature journaling. A book I particularly enjoy on the subject is A Trail Through Leaves by Hannah Hinchman!

Observe your local wildlife as the seasons change and you’ll be amazed of all the natural beauty you’ll capture. I enjoy bringing my Pentel Aquash Brushes and Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils with me so I can sketch on the go.

Literally Limitless

While this list covers 30 great ways to use your journal, there are no limits to what you can do! The blank page offers you complete freedom to do whatever you want. And don’t feel that you must keep a notebook committed to only a single purpose!

Mix and match whatever you fancy to suit your needs and help you get the maximum enjoyment out of your paper pal. If you are nervous about writing on that first intimidating page, check out this post on perfection and getting past the first hurdle to using a blank notebook. So take your pen in your hand and write out whatever feels right to you. Now go out there and make something fantastic!

Looking for more resources?

If you’re on the hunt for free planner printables or lettering worksheets, be sure to check out the Fox Den Resource Library. The library is packed with over 100 pages of printables and worksheets.

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41 Ways To Fill Blank Notebooks or Journals

Are you like me? Do you love hoarding notebooks and journals, having no clue about how you will fill them? You’re not alone.

I used to think I’m the only weird one who collects notebooks until I saw people flaunting their stationery collections on Instagram. And since you clicked on this post, I’m sure that you, too, must be having a collection of notebooks, no matter how big or small, that you don’t know how to put to use.

A few of you have hoarded journals because of me… sorry, not sorry. It’s just so peaceful to buy new notebooks, but trust me, it’s even more satisfying to see them filled.

In this post, I am going to list 41 ways to fill your empty notebooks. If any of these ideas rings, just grab one of your blank notebooks and start using them.

  • Creative Writing: We can also call it ‘writer’s notebook’. It’s a notebook of your poems, stories, short stories, character sketches, and even important notes regarding your books or work in progress if you’re a writer. You don’t have to be a professional writer to keep a creative journal. Each one of us is a creative person. Each of us has many stories and poems to write.

  • Art Journal: Again, a creative journal but this one to bring out the doodler, painter, and sketcher in you. Fill it with all the colours you can think of or none at all (I mean, use just pencil or black markers)… create the magic in it with the dance of your ink and wrist on paper.

  • Bullet Journal: Bullet Journal, one of the most common forms of journaling, is used to track your past and plan your future. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a dot-grid or square-grid journal. You can turn absolutely any notebook with sufficient pages into a bullet journal. Here’s a BuJo guide for beginners. (And here you can find Affordable BuJos in India).
  • Commonplace Journal or simply a Journal: It’s a journal where you pour everything that you want on paper. It isn’t assigned a specific purpose or theme or subject. You may check out here what’s in my commonplace journal.
  • Gratitude Journaling: I cannot recommend this form of journaling enough. Gratitude journaling is a practice of writing things you’re grateful for every day after waking up or before going to bed. Read my post here about how it changed my life.
  • Collection/List Journal: A collection or list journal is a notebook of your list of favourites (movies, shows, books, places, food, absolutely anything), your bucket list, or things you wish to buy… the list of lists is endless. Some people add the lists in their Bullet Journal itself but it’s better to have a separate journal so that you don’t have to re-make it each year with BuJo.

  • Ideas Notebook: Ideas notebook is a notebook where you add your blog ideas, gift ideas, DIY ideas, gift ideas, party ideas, social media content ideas, etc.

  • 5 Year Journal: Q & A a day is a journal where you answer one question each day of the year for five consecutive years. For example, if the question on 1st of Jan is what you ate today, you’ll answer the same question on 1st of Jan for the coming 5 years. It helps you see how you grow over 5 years. The journal becomes interesting after one year is completed and you step into the second year. Now, you don’t need to buy an expensive Q&A a day journal to do that. Just grab a notebook with 400 pages and write a question on each page (365 questions in total). Leave space for three or five years or make a weekly journal with 52 questions in a journal with lesser pages.

    A Page from QnA a day journal
  • One Sentence A Day Journal: Alternatively, you can totally skip writing questions and make a “One Line A Day” journal where you write one line each day for 5 consecutive years just like Q & A (except for questions). It can be anything that strikes your mind while writing: a sentence that describes the day or a quote or something nice someone said to you… anything.

    Likewise, you can do it for Q & A. Just add a question below each date.
  • Quotes Journal: It’s a journal where you note down things you read or hear from books, TV, people around you, podcasts that you wish to remember and go back to in future. Over time, you’ll have a great collection of quotes to live by.

  • Letters To Self: It’s a great way to interact with your younger or higher self… by writing letters to them. One often finds clarity while doing this practice.

  • Travel Journal: It’s a journal that you dedicate to your travels and the planning and memories (photographs, keepsakes like tickets, passes, bills, etc) related to it.

  • Scrapbook: Scrapbook or junk journal is a journal where you use junk paper or scraps to decorate the pages of your blank journal. It’s a beautiful use of papers that are of no use to you and are so pretty that you can’t throw them.

  • Fitness/Health Journal: A journal to track your health and fitness goals, and also to track your healthy habits like water and food intake, medicines, vitamins, etc.

  • Content Planner: If you’re a blog or social media influencer, you so need a journal to keep all your ideas and content plots in one place. It helps you look at the structure of your posts before you start creating them. I always draft my blog posts in a notebook before typing them.

  • Doodle Journal: you don’t need a sketchbook to turn it into a doodle journal. Any notebook, a pencil, and some fine-liners, and you’re ready to create the cutest, strangest doodles in your notebook. Doodling is often meditative, especially if you’re creating mandalas.

  • Morning Pages: Also called the stream of consciousness journaling is a free-writing for 3 pages where you just let the pen flow in sync with your mind on paper. Don’t think much about what you’re writing. The whole purpose is to look at what thoughts keep going on our mind and often go unnoticed. Here’s a great guide for the practice of Morning Pages.
  • Faith Journal: For faith journal, I have a Letters To God journal. You may write questions you want to ask God, quotes about God, excerpts from spiritual books, prayers, lessons learned, or like me, letters to God.
  • Dream Journal: I hardly ever remember my dreams so I never thought of keeping a dream journal, but many people say it’s beneficial to keep one beside your bed when you sleep so that you can write parts of your dream in it as soon as you wake up. Of course, it’s hard to remember dreams but it’s more about noting down symbols and meanings and moments that you can recall from the dream.

  • Budget Journal: If you struggle with keeping a track of your finances, this can be a great aid to your trouble.

  • Scripting Journal: How many of you know about scripting for manifesting your dreams? It’s a form of journaling where you write in a journal the story of your life from the perspective of your future-self who already has the thing you now desire. It’s a method to reprogram your subconscious mind.

  • Random Thoughts Journal: my writing journey began when I had started keeping a random thoughts journal. I used to note down every thought that occurred in my mind by observing people and circumstances. I, later, turned them into pieces of poems or posted them on Instagram as they had appeared in my mind. A thought once lost is often lost forever. So, note down in time.

  • Memories Journal: It’s the most beautiful ways to capture your memories. I have a habit of writing a detailed description of the days when something special happens with me. You can also add photographs and describe the moments in a few words. Or just add day and date to it.

  • Reading Journal: This one is to track your reading habit and plan your TBR list. A journal for your reading list, reading log, notes, quotes, lessons, and book reviews.

  • Gardening Journal: Do you love gardening? If yes, it’s a must-have for you. Some plants need special conditions and care to grow, you can track the progress and requirements of your plants in this journal.

  • Bucket list journal: you can include your bucket list in your BuJo or your list journal but dreams are never-ending. Why not have a whole journal dedicated to your bucket list? You can even describe your wishes in details in this one rather than just listing them.

  • New words/Vocabulary journal: If you love learning new words, you might as well love keeping them in a notebook for quick reference to that word and its meaning.

  • Language journal: This is for taking notes and practising the new language if you’re learning it.

  • Online course journal: Why not keep a separate notebook to make the notes of the online courses you take for quick and easy reference whenever you need it?

  • Music Journal: If you’re learning a musical instrument or already play one, it’s a journal to keep your notes in it. You can also write new songs in this journal. You can also write favourite songs, their lyrics, and even create your playlist.

  • Pregnancy Journal: if you’re expecting a baby, you can keep a track of your pregnancy, health, and your baby’s growth in a journal. You can also create a journal full of your baby’s initial years’ memories and gift them when they grow up.

  • Current Events Journal: Would be useful if you’re preparing for competitive exams but if you’re interested in history anyway, you can create a book of historical events (for future) yourself by mentioning current events in a journal.

  • Affirmations Journal: Affirmations are also a tool to reprogram your subconscious mind. They are short, powerful, positive sentences that you write or speak to yourself. You may find some examples here. You can also make it a Future-self journal.
  • Hand-lettering Journal: Who doesn’t love experimenting with brush pens and calligraphy pens? So, you can keep a separate notebook to practice this beautiful art of hand-lettering.

  • Reviews Journal: Do you love writing your opinion about movies, books, shows, series, etc? This journal is your space to write your reviews.

  • Recipes Journal: Whether you cook regularly or rarely, it’s fun to have your recipes in one place.

  • Pros & Cons Journal: Having trouble making a decision? Grab this journal and write the pros and cons of both the situations that you’re facing indecisiveness in. You can then make a logical decision.

  • Swatches Journal: Love buying crafts material? Why not have a swatches journal to make a catalogue of your collection? Swatch your pens, markers, washi tapes, laces, brush pens, paints, and so much more.

  • Unsent Letters Journal: Do you face situations where you wish to tell someone something but cannot? Well, write a letter to them in this journal. No, it won’t reach them (you never know, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before), but it sure would remove the burden from your heart and make it lighter.

  • Journaling Prompts Journal: This is one of my favourite kinds. Just look up on Google for journaling prompts and you will find an ocean of journaling prompts. Download a list of the prompts you like and get writing.

  • So, this was it. Hope your blank journals would find themselves in your hands now, being put to use. Let me know which is your favourite among these.

    35 Things To Do With Your Blank Notebook

    Are you a notebook addict? You know… you fall in love with notebooks, buy them, and then have no idea what to write in them? Join the club.

    Opening a blank notebook to write in can be awfully exciting.

    And after a couple of minutes, increasingly frustrating as you don’t know what to write in it. Many people love Moleskine notebooks.

    They are not only comfortable to write in but are also portable and have a little pouch to put in all your little bits of paper you don’t want to get lost.

    If you can’t decide on what to write in your notebook, here are 35 ideas that will get your creative juices flowing!

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    1. Journalling

    This is by far the most popular thing people do when they get a notebook.

    Life can be really stressful. And it’s a great way to reflect on life when you get home. Just take a couple of minutes to yourself and write down what you did that day.

    It will make a great difference. 

    And you get to keep a little memory of that day for the rest of your life.

    I usually record whatever I’ve done during the day in my Journal. And it’s really helped me remember events, people, and things.

    Check out this post if you’d like to see the most beautiful illustrated books that teach you how to journal!

    2. Brain Storming

    If your work involves a lot of creativity, like mine, where you constantly need to develop unique ideas to make your daily project stand out (e.g., if you’re in advertising, writing, or designing), you can’t predict what will inspire you.

    Maybe a dream at 3:o0am  in the morning?

    Or a display in a store window.

    And if you’re not carrying a notebook with you at that time, it could mean the loss of a precious tidbit of inspiration required to finish that banner you’re designing or that last chapter you couldn’t think the perfect ending to.

    So make sure you have your notebook with you all the time so you can jot down your ideas quickly to save them.

    3. Lists

    Are you one of those people who love writing lists?

    Like the “Top 10 Things to do when bored” or “Top ten countries to visit in this lifetime”?

    Use your notebook to enhance your creativity and kill your boredom with this idea.

    4. Movie Reviews

    If you love watching movies and have a horrible memory (like me) to remember the names of the movies you’ve watched, you can write down the name of each movie you watch.

    You can mention the actors, give it a 1-5 star rating, and write down the plot or your favorite bits of the movie.

    Here’s a movie journal for all movie buffs!

    5. Passwords

    If you’re anything like me and love creating accounts on any website you join but can’t remember the password the next time you have to log in, note down the accounts and passwords.

    Would you please make sure you remember which page you write it down on?

    For easy reference, you can stick post-it notes or use the last few pages.

    6. Doodle

    This is the prettiest and most fun way to record your emotions and what you did that day.

    When you have a boring class or are just in a mood to scribble away, open a blank page and let your pen/pencil flow freely to transfer your quirky imagination to the paper.

    If you like journaling, you will definitely love this class. You will learn everything you need to know about bullet journaling.

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    7.

    Short Story

    This is a great way to improve your writing skills or cure a couple of hours of boredom.

    Come up with a great story and out-of-the-world characters. It will help you brush up on your vocabulary, and you get to work on your spelling.

    8. Songs

    You can write the lyrics to songs you cannot do without or songs you’ve always wanted to interpret. You can come up with amazing interpretations and then look them up to see how many wonderful alternatives are there online.

    It’s a great way to bond with music lovers and also is lovely to read. 

    9. Special Memories

    There are certain memories we have from our childhood that we never want to forget. Write them down to keep them in your heart, forever.

    10. Playlists

    If you’re on a bus and have all your songs in one folder on your i-pod, you could list categories or make funky names for playlists to enjoy your music more.

    11. Draw

    A lot of people draw everything they see. If they are in the park, they draw pigeons, or when they are at the beach, they draw people around them. It’s a great way of recording events visually. You can read this detailed post on how I became an Illustrator. 

    This Domestika Class (use my coupon STRAYCURLS-10 to get an additional 10% off) really helped me become a better artist and illustrator.


    READ MORE: 10 SIGNS YOU ARE A NATURAL-BORN ARTIST


    12. Record your dreams

    If you love keeping track of your dreams or want to remember how weird they got, keep a book and pen and next to you while you sleep.

    You can record your nightmares and your funny dreams. It’s also a delve into your subconscious mind.

    13. Recipes

    This is a great way to keep track of all the new recipes you’ve learned.

    It can be a recipe you’ve just inherited from your grandmother or something you’ve concocted in the kitchen at the last minute that your family couldn’t get enough of.

    14. New Words

    If you’ve learned a new word that day, write it down and conjure up a couple of sentences so you can improve your vocabulary.

    15. Goals for the Day/To-Do List

    If you’re one of those people that have extremely hectic lives and can’t keep track of things you have to do every day, make checklists. It’s a great way to be punctual, and nothing will ever catch you off guard.


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    16. Inspirational Quotes

    These are definitely fun to read and can brighten your day when you’re just not in the mood to step out of the house, or you’re having an unproductive evening.

    17. Free Writing in your notebook

    Set an alarm clock for 15 minutes and write anything that pops into your head. Don’t stop. You will be amazed at how fast your brain works and what is dwelling in your thoughts. You can come up with great ideas and self inspect.

    Here are a few posts you might enjoy reading:

    18. Poems

    If you love writing poetry or want to start, a new notebook is a fun way to get started. Make sure you have a thesaurus with you, and you’re good to go!

    19. Books you’ve just read or want to read

    You can write a little summary of the last book you’ve read. It’s a wonderful way of remembering the story so that you can narrate it to your friends or loved ones.

    20. Wishlist

    If you suddenly remember something you want to buy for yourself a couple of months from now, write it down, so you remember.

    You can also write down great gift ideas for your family and friends.

    21. Write down your encounters in your notebook

    You could write down the encounters you’ve had that day. This way, you get to remember whom you’ve met and what conversation was pursued. It will help you keep track of your life.

    22. Letters

    You can write down letters to friends and family as practice before sending them out.

    Or you could start writing letters to your future self! I started this recently, and it’s been such an amazing experience.

    23. Things to lookup

    Has a question ever crossed your mind, and you decide to look it up, but when you get home, you can’t remember what it was?

    Make it a point to write it down, so you keep your thirst for knowledge alive.

    24. Grocery List

    Stick a couple of sticky notes on the fridge, so you can write down whatever supplies you’re running out of. That way, you don’t have to scratch your head at the grocery store trying to remember what you need.

    25. Make a scrapbook out of that notebook

    You can always stick a couple of photos in your notebook to make it more personal. This guarantees a smile every time you open it.

    26.

    Secrets

    If you’re not into gossip and but at the same time need to disclose your deepest, darkest secrets – write it down.

    But make sure you keep your book in a safe place or get a book with a lock to make sure your secrets remain secret.

    27. News Headlines

    Every day, write down a headline that you find most interesting. After a couple of years, you can read through it, and it will feel like you’re going back in time.

    28. Your ambitions

    Suppose you want to progress in your career or achieve something that will take a lot of work, write it down. Write down goals you need to accomplish so you can achieve your ambition.

    This will help create a positive approach towards life and help you acquire your dream job much faster!

    29. Stick things in it

    Paste tickets, wrappers, photos, pictures, magazine cutouts, anything that will enhance your journaling experience and make your book feel more like yours.

    30. A positive habit

    Write down a positive habit you’d like to implement in your life. It could be something simple like drinking more water every day, or something life-altering, like deciding to work on your anger. Either way, it’s a great way to track your progress and help you get the habits you desire.

    31. Mindmapping

    Doing this once a week is a great way to organize your thoughts or see how deep your thinking can go. For more information, click here.

    I also use my notebook for mind mapping blog post ideas!

    32. Pros and Cons

    If you have trouble making decisions, write down the pros and cons. Write the expected outcome of your decisions and where you see yourself a few months from now.

    33. New Languages

    Start a language journal.

    This can be really helpful if you’re beginning to learn a new language. You can write down grammar rules, vocabulary, errors you make so you can correct them, etc.

    34. Travel Journal

    Write down all that happened when you visited a new city or country. You can even stick mementos like stamps or brochures.

    35. Trip Planning

    Write down ideas of places you’d like to visit. And make sure you do plenty of research. This will save you plenty of time later when it’s time to go on your vacation.

    I know this is supposed to be the end of the list, but I’m adding two more uses that I recently started trying.

    36. Make your own comic book

    I recently found this book with comic book templates. And it’s absolutely wonderful if you’re an aspiring comic artist or want to make your own comic!

    37. Record your expenses

    I recently started using a notebook to do this! You can separate your expenses based on categories and even make a pie chart at the end of the month. This is a great way to watch your finances.

    I hope this article helped you decide what you’re going to write in your book. Here are a few more posts that you might enjoy:

    What do you use your notebook for? I’d absolutely love to know! We can be notebook buddies!

    Amazon Sellers Are Self-Publishing ‘Blank’ Books

    Rob Cubbon has roughly 1,800 books listed on Amazon, but you’ve probably never heard of him. No, he’s not James Patterson in disguise — as a low- and no-content publisher, there’s one simple reason why Cubbon is so prolific.

    His books don’t really have words in them.

    See, in Cubbon’s universe, words aren’t a prerequisite for a book. Neither is storing inventory or talking to customers. Thanks to the Kindle Direct Publishing program, Cubbon can make and sell planners, sketchbooks and journals to customers all over the world, no writing experience or capital necessary.

    They’re similar to the notebooks you see lining shelves at Barnes & Noble. Using software like Adobe Illustrator, Cubbon creates an interior with digitally drawn lines, dates and inspirational quotes. He works up a cover with freely available art, a keyword-optimized title and a fun font — think “Nature Walks Journal” printed on a green-tinged illustration of leaves, “Blue Dinosaur Notebook” superimposed over smiling reptiles or “The Little Notebook of Big Ideas” in red-and-white block letters. He fills out some data on the back end, and boom. The book is up.

    Though the barrier to entry is low and the earnings potential is high, KDP isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. Amazon is notoriously fickle, and the number of competitors grows every day. But with a lot of research and a little artistry, sellers like Cubbon can generate significant passive income like they might with a rental property or stocks. In 2018, over a thousand people pocketed more than $100,000 in KDP royalties.

    Just look at Cubbon, a 51-year-old Brit who lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and earns up to $3,700 a month selling books without (many) words in them.

    “I couldn’t believe that people would spend $6. 99 on a hundred-paged blank paperback,” he says on his website. “But they do.”

    Printing Paperbacks — and Cash — on Demand

    Anyone who’s been anywhere near the internet in the past couple of years knows Amazon is no longer just a bookstore. Far from being the tiny operation Jeff Bezos started in his garage in 1994, the modern Amazon provides on-demand movies, web-hosting services, grocery delivery, cloud storage, streaming music, facial recognition and more.

    It also serves as a springboard for digital entrepreneurs. For a cut of their profits, Amazon gives small business owners access to its services and a seemingly infinite number of shoppers. Two of its popular programs are Fulfillment By Amazon, where ordinary people source name-brand items to ship to Amazon warehouses, and Merch By Amazon, where they design T-shirts that get manufactured by the company.

    And then there’s KDP. Launched with the Kindle in 2007, KDP started out as a self-publishing system for authors. If a person had a completed manuscript but couldn’t or didn’t want to link up with a major publisher, they could release it themselves using Amazon’s resources. All they had to do to was upload a file in a certain format.

    That’s how 38-year-old Kelli Roberts first waded into the trade. An experienced eBay seller who’d used the auction site to generate grocery money during college, Roberts wanted to make money with KDP but didn’t have the desire to pen her own e-books. So she, and others, began hiring ghostwriters.

    As time passed, though, her initial suspicion was confirmed: Writing books wasn’t her passion. Then, in late 2015, Roberts stumbled upon a webinar on low- and no-content publishing.

    KDP soon expanded into paperbacks. It later merged with CreateSpace and built out its print-on-demand system, where a book got printed when an order came in, eliminating the need for warehouses full of boxes or covers collecting dust. Products could live on Amazon, and therefore sell on Amazon, basically forever. Sellers got a 60% royalty rate on paperback sales.

    Once Roberts decided to test it out, KDP quickly consumed her life.

    Roberts now has 6,000 books under her belt. She makes a lot of gifts and work-humor-themed products because they sell particularly well. She’s also experimenting with puzzle books and mazes.

    In December 2017 alone, she made $18,902 from KDP.

    “This method allowed me not to buy ramen noodles at the store, to not eat rice and beans all the time,” she adds. “I was obsessive.”

    From Keyword to Best-Seller

    Because there’s no investment needed, pretty much anyone can join KDP. But like with other passive income ventures, low- and no-content publishing requires some serious strategy. KDP sellers like Rachel Harrison-Sund are always hunting for niches, or narrow areas with few purchase options but a lot of interest, to exploit.

    “From the outside, it can seem like I’m just going to slap a bunch of books together, throw them up and I’m going to be earning thousands of dollars,” 39-year-old Harrison-Sund says. “The reality is a lot of your effort has to go into your research stage.”

    Experts find niches by doing extensive keyword research, which often begins on Amazon.com itself. Sellers will pull up the website, type in the word “journal” plus a descriptor and see what sorts of suggestions automatically pop up. From there, they’ll try to drill down on a target, like “chicken coops,” “magic tricks” or “volleyball.”

    There are also sneakier ways to figure out whether there’s a market for a low- or no-content book. One is by checking the best-seller rank, or BSR, of similar products. (Harrison-Sund recommends looking for a BSR below 100,000, but lower is usually better.)

    Another is by browsing the reviews of existing books and fulfilling customers’ demands. If someone complains a certain diary is too big, for example, a smart KDP seller will make a smaller version. (Blatant copyright infringement is never OK.)

    According to Harrison-Sund, the goal is “to create a book you know people are already searching for.”

    “I’m not going to sit here and go, ‘I like gardening, so I’m going to create a gardening book’ and hope for the best,” she adds. “Do you know people are looking for books about gardening?”

    Only after a seller has determined their keywords will they put virtual pen to paper. At first, Harrison-Sund would spend three hours on research before ever entering the creation stage for a single product. She’s faster now and has templates to fall back on, but back then the design process could then take as long as 10 hours for a planner.

    “You’re front-loading the work,” Harrison-Sund says. “Once that book is published, you’ve got a passive-income-generating asset as long as that book remains in demand and for sale.

    With roughly 800 books on Amazon, she earned about $140,000 last year.

    The Risks of Relying on Amazon

    Every day, Roberts wakes up by 5:30 a.m. and heads to the office: the living room of her 550-square-foot apartment in downtown Columbus, Ohio. With the help of tools like Photoshop, Keynote and Publisher Rocket, she researches, creates and uploads books to Amazon. Sometimes, she takes a break to go to a coffee shop or play tennis; on Tuesdays at noon, she hosts a YouTube live stream about self-publishing.

    KDP allows her to make her own schedule and her own business decisions. Nobody tells her when to work or what to make.

    That flexibility is a big draw for Roberts, as is the money. But many Amazon sellers warn against over-relying on KDP as a primary source of income. Cubbon, the seller with 1,800 books, is particularly wary. KDP and other online businesses have made it possible for him to travel the world, but he realizes Amazon could make everything disappear tomorrow without explanation.

    “They always win in the end,” he adds.

    December is historically a huge month for Amazon sellers because of the holidays. But given KDP’s unpredictability, Cubbon is building up an email list of customers he can market to without a middle man. He has a thriving web and graphic design business he considers his main venture, and he teaches a $199 course for people wanting to join the low- and no-content publishing industry.

    For now, KDP is a fun side hustle. Cubbon is constantly searching for “diamonds in the rough,” like a recent book he made that declared “It’s Gin o’Clock.” Now, he’s considering an entire drink-themed line, including a margarita-themed planner for 2020.

    “Amazon’s a huge, great playground with a load of kids playing in it,” he says. “[But] it’s their playground, and they can tell you to go anytime.”

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    What to do with Blank Notebooks

    Blank notebooks are my favorites. You know the ones—the hardcover ones, the leather ones, the ones that cost an arm and a leg in Barnes & Noble but have the prettiest covers and come with little red ribbons attached to the spine to use for bookmarks. Ever since my family and friends figured out that I liked writing and reading (so a long time ago), I’ve been getting blank notebooks as gifts. And to be fair, I’ve also been buying them for myself. I walk into A.C. Moore and stop dead in my tracks to pick out like four blank notebooks when they have a sale.

    Now, I don’t have a bullet journal. I’ve thought about it, but have never made it work for me. I also do most of my writing on my laptop. (This may or may not have led to years of tendonitis in my wrists, but I work with what I’ve got). So my eternal question has been how do I use this extensive collection of blank notebooks?

        1. I keep a diary. It’s sporadic. But it’s taken care of a solid 15 blank notebooks so far.
        2. Idea journals, specifically for ideas for writing stories and Book Riot articles.
        3. Fifteen-minute writing prompts—yes, I have a journal that is only for this, and it must be separate from the idea journal notebook.
        4. A way to keep track of the books I’ve read—I like GoodReads, but I also like to jot down mostly incomprehensible notes about the books I’ve read recently.
        5. Notes (this feels obvious).
        6. Writing the next great American novel—but then forgetting about it. I have notebooks that I’ve used up like three pages of, and then I don’t know what else to do with it.
        7. You could probably put pictures in them, or use them as memory books in some way.
        8. You can copy poems or passages of things into them.
        9. Commonpiece books—on a similar note, Commonpiece books are specifically for quotes, recipes, pictures, and a hodgepodge of different things.
        10. Or nothing at all! They’re pretty and great for display.

    How to Break in a Blank Journal

    This is a guest post from the lovely Melissa Donovan, founder of writingforward.com. We’re not related, but we should be! Melissa has some fabulous tips on how to overcome that blankaphobia that can plague us with a new journal. Thanks so much to Melissa for contributing this helpful post. Read on! ~Kristin

    The blank page is legendary among writers. Some of us embrace it and the infinite possibilities that it holds. That blank page is ours for the taking, and we look forward to filling it with our wonderful, magical words.

    But there are a lot of us who dread the blank page and even fear it. How can we turn it into something beautiful or worthwhile?

    And if a single, blank page is frightening, then a blank journal must be downright terrifying: a whole book full of blank pages! And we’re supposed to fill it up with wit and wonder? It doesn’t seem possible.

    But it is.

    A new journal is an opportunity that we give ourselves. It’s a chance to create, explore, and discover. It’s a place where we can learn and dream. We get to fill the pages with our ideas and reflections.

    Our journals are a safe place where we can just be ourselves. Nobody’s going to judge us or grade us. There’s nobody to impress.

    Still, a new journal can be intimidating. When I first started journaling, I couldn’t wait to get my pen on a blank sheet of paper. I had so much to say that I didn’t have time to be cautious.

    Then, I realized that I wanted to be a profound writer, and I went through several years during which blank pages and empty notebooks brought on a catatonic state. I would stare at them for hours, waiting for an enlightening thought that I could write down.

    In time, I learned to tame my expectations. I didn’t have to be profound or enlightened all the time. But if I kept on writing, eventually, little bits of wisdom would appear. I also found that I could befriend a blank journal, make it mine, and make it less intimidating by breaking it in.

    Making Friends with the Blank Page

    A few years ago, when it was time to start a new journal, I found myself in that catatonic state. I was handling the book, a beautiful and pristine hardcover artist’s sketchbook, and I thought about the journals I had filled with my creative writing and realized that over time, they had become comfortable and familiar, like friends.

    So, I decided to make friends with this new journal before I started writing in it.

    I started a new tradition. I branded my journal. I got out some colored pens and began what would become my new-journal ritual. Here’s what I did:

    The Christening

    I had noticed a trend in which people were choosing a “word of the year.” Sometimes these were words that defined the past year but usually they were words that were meant to energize the year to come.

    I didn’t choose a word of the year, but I did choose a word for my new journal: “Transformation.”

    Later, I would christen another new journal with the word “Manifest.” For some reason, the mere act of writing this word in big, bold script on the title page fostered a sense of comfort and the blank journal was suddenly far less frightening.

    Plant Some Quotes

    You can write a favorite quote on the cover (front or back), on the first page, or choose several of your favorite quotes and either write them on random pages or write the quotes on the first few pages, so they aren’t blank anymore.

    Your new journal will no longer be blank and you’ll have interesting slices of wisdom that may inspire you as you continue adding journal entries.

    Draw Symbols and Doodles

    I like to doodle and draw simple symbols and images in my journal. Sometimes I get obsessed with a particular symbol, which is why my journal from the late 90s has ankhs all over it.

    Sketching stars, moons, stick figures, and flowers throughout a new journal helps break it in and leads to fun discoveries later when you find these little treasures deep in its pages.

    Make a Collage

    If drawing and doodling isn’t your thing but you love imagery, then turn to the art of cut-and-paste, kindergarten style. Lots of journalers use collage to decorate the outside of their journals, but what about the inside?

    A couple of well placed photos or pieces of art (Picasso, for example) can bring warmth, inspiration, and familiarity to a blank first page.

    I know many journalers use these techniques throughout their journaling process, so that their journal becomes something between a journal and a scrapbook.

    My approach is a little less complicated. I like to mark up my journal just enough to give it a little personality, leaving enough white space so that there is plenty of room for discovery.

    The next time you’re faced with starting a new, blank journal and find yourself procrastinating, staring off into space, or totally avoiding it, try breaking it in with words, quotes, and pictures.

    Give your journal a little personality so it feels friendly instead of unfamiliar. And then, write.

    About the Author: Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She is also the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with tips for better writing and creative writing ideas.

    Do-it-yourself coffee table from scrap materials. DIY coffee table. Front door coffee table

    Coffee table – at first glance, not the most necessary furniture. Therefore, its acquisition is indefinitely postponed. But it is precisely such items that make the interior truly cozy and comfortable. Therefore, we are sharing ideas that will tell you how to make a stylish coffee table with your own hands and not go broke.

    1. Democratic and affordable

    To make such a table, you will need a pair of metal or plastic boxes and two large boards.Do not forget to securely fasten the structure.

    2. For the smartest

    Books with beautiful covers and a small glass for the table top – that’s all the materials for such a coffee table. The books must be glued together, and the glass on them can be fixed with silicone glue, which becomes transparent after drying.

    3. Orderly chaos

    A coffee table made of flat elements, fastened together in a chaotic manner – an idea that is easy to implement.Wooden cuts, pieces of boards, large books will do.

    4. Industrial style

    The reel for industrial cables is a thing that cannot be found on every corner. But if you are still lucky enough to become the owner of this item, you can make an excellent coffee table out of it.

    5. Side table for motorists

    A coffee table made of a car tire will serve for many years. But it is advisable to use the tire without damage.It remains only to paint it, fix the table top and legs.

    6. Wooden table almost free

    Ordinary pallets, which can be purchased for a penny, are an excellent material for making furniture. A bit of imagination and a wooden coffee table is ready.

    7. The second life of old boxes

    Another way to become the owner of a coffee table made of natural wood is to use old boxes as a material for making it.Four large drawers stapled together form a stylish table.

    8. Extravagant chic

    Especially original, but at the same time luxurious, looks like a coffee table with asymmetrical legs. The table top is made from a thick board or a wooden saw cut.

    9. From the dacha to the living room

    A large wooden barrel easily turns into a coffee table. It must be cut into two parts, and then a tabletop and legs must be attached to one of them.

    10. Spacious and functional table out of the box

    A plastic or wood utility box can also be used as a coffee table. To make the table mobile, you can fix small wheels on its bottom.

    11. Warm table

    An old heating radiator is a reliable basis that will help you make a coffee table with your own hands. You just need to paint it in the desired color, attach the wheels and put thick glass on top.

    12. From the interior door

    The interior door, which has served its time, becomes a material for making a coffee table with your own hands. It must be cut into several parts and fastened together.

    13. If it’s a pity to leave, and it’s hard to carry.

    An old suitcase can become an original table top for a coffee table. You just need to attach legs to it.

    14. Brutal elegance

    An affordable option for making coffee table legs is ordinary plastic or metal pipes connected by fittings.Such furniture will perfectly fit into a loft-style interior.

    15. From an ordinary wooden bar

    A wooden bar, folded in a checkerboard pattern, will become a table top for a homemade coffee table. The legs can be made from thick metal wire.

    To make the interior look harmonious, it is necessary to take care not only of the details, but also of the decoration of the room. Continuing the theme –

    Making furniture with your own hands is not only a way to save money, but also an exciting business.You can bring the most daring ideas to life, for example, create a coffee table. After all, this is not only a stylish accent in the interior, but also a functional element of the room.

    The procedure for making a table at home is as follows:

    • We take a bar with a section of 5×10 cm, cut it into three parts, several pieces each. For example: the length of the first part is 130 cm, you need to cut 9 pieces of beams with this length. The length of the second part is 21 cm – 12 pieces. The length of the third part is 34 cm – 2 pieces. You can first make a drawing of the table.
    • The bar is placed in three rows. At this stage, you need to leave a small gap so that the legs of the table can then be placed there.
    • Remove the two rows from above. We begin to move the rest of the beam. This will give the table an original look. Then we make markings for the transverse parts.
    • Place the outermost bars of the second row and mark the cuts. The cuts can be made with a hacksaw or a saw. Then we fix the bars with screws.
    • We proceed to the third row.Shift the details a little and fix them.
    • Empty spaces have appeared under the worktop. They are for the legs.
    • The table must be treated with a protective compound.

    Original coffee tables

    Everyone wants to have an unusual table in their apartment so that it fits into the interior of the room and pleases the eye. This piece of furniture can be made of any material: wood, chipboard, boxes, etc. Let us examine several of these options.

    Waste paper table

    If there are old magazines and newspapers in the house, do not rush to throw them away – perhaps they will serve you as material for the table. True, the interior design should be appropriate. Making furniture in this way, you can choose the desired and convenient table height for you. process for making a table from old newspapers and magazines p
    height:

    • We take the waste paper and roll it up into a tube, fix it with money rubber bands.
    • We dilute the water-polymer emulsion. And put the rolled paper in it for 2-7 minutes.
    • Then dry the paper.
    • We glue a bunch of curbstones with glue, you can take PVA. We dry in an upright position, securing in advance with a thread.
    • Make stripes and cut them.
    • Glue the glass worktop. The glass should be 12 mm thick.

    Gallery: coffee table (25 photos)

    Stylish log table

    This method is more complicated in terms of the level of performance than the previous one.The main elements for creating a table will be logs
    . A wooden box is taken as a basis, preferably on wheels. After that, it must be furnished with logs. A homemade thickness gauge is also used for marking. After sawing off all unnecessary elements, there is no need to throw away the sawdust. It is better to collect them in any pallet. After that, the round pieces are glued to the surface. Sawdust must be mixed on liquid nails. The mixture should resemble plasticine
    . Using a spatula, it is necessary to wipe all the cracks between the rounds.Then, the product must be removed from all sawdust and dirt, sanded and varnished.

    DIY coffee table (video)

    Creative curved table

    It will be difficult to make such a table on your own, but it is still possible
    . The main thing is to follow the manufacturing rules. For the design, it is necessary to take any type of wood. You choose the height yourself. The basis is taken such a property of wood as softening with dry heating. After which the form is saved.Production details:

    This version of the table is for those who love functionality and beauty in one piece. With the help of simple manipulations, he is able to change the height and appearance
    .

    When assembled, this is a normal table for various waste paper. One has only to lift two sides with legs, as it changes its usual size and turns into a dining room.

    Another transforming system is based on metal pedestal frames.They are attached to the table top. In their usual position, that is, assembled, they lie horizontally, it is necessary to change the size, then the lid rises and turns on hinges and becomes vertical.

    When unfolded, the size of the structure is 73 cm. This height is acceptable for a computer desk. Before making a transformer, you need to make a drawing.

    DIY coffee table

    To make a coffee table, you need to take a chipboard sheet.Its thickness is 16 mm. They make a markup: find the center at the intersection of two diagonals. A nail is driven into the center, for which a thread with a pencil is tied. With it, you can draw a circle. If you want to make a table of a different shape, then draw the curves. After that, cut out the shape with a jigsaw. The edges must be sanded.

    The table legs are fixed with screws. Paint the countertop itself in the color you need.

    Trolley

    If you have never made tables with your own hands, then you can try the easiest option
    .Consider making a model from chipboard. To make it, you do not need a lot of knowledge and skills and expensive materials.

    Cutting of laminated chipboard can be ordered.

    For the manufacture of the structure you will need: table top, strips, shelf, bottom, wheels, plastic corners, screws, confirmations. When you have all the necessary materials, you can start assembling:

    • First you need to make a shelf.
    • Connect the worktop and the strips to the plastic corners.The result is vertical strips, on which it is necessary to attach the shelf with the help of a confirmation. In order for her to hold on tight. the same must be done with the bottom.
    • Fix the wheels with screws.
    • At the very end, the attachment points must be sealed with self-adhesive.

    As we have already found out, making a coffee table at home is not difficult. The article presents options that everyone can handle. Over time, you will be able to create the most original designs.

    The height of the coffee table according to GOST should not exceed 50 cm, but no one forbids adjusting it for yourself. For example, the height of the transformer can be 73 cm. It is also worth noting that the table should fit your interior. Making such a piece of furniture yourself is a fun process that will also save you money. A little imagination – and you already have an original product ready.

    A coffee table cannot be called essential furniture, but it does not take the last place in the arrangement of a living room or bedroom.Modern tables are endowed with a lot of functions, representing a storage system not only for the press, but also for other useful gizmos. Many models are equipped with spacious drawers and compartments, a transforming system that turns into a large dining table. Among other things, the coffee table acts as a significant element of the decor, which successfully complements the stylish design. It is quite possible to make such a thing with your own hands, if you apply a share of imagination and patience, and our article will provide interesting ideas for home design of a coffee table.

    Materials for production

    Many different materials are used in the manufacture of modern coffee tables. Unlike earlier times, when standard rectangular MDF structures were stamped, today’s models surprise with their diversity. One of the most expensive options is wooden tables made of natural solid wood. Such a little thing will decorate any interior, it will always look chic and respectable. There are a wide variety of designs – from austere, rude tables in the Scandinavian style to classic ones, decorated with forging or carved decorations.

    Since wood is quite expensive, chipboard and MDF boards help replace it. If we talk about durability, they, of course, are inferior to wooden ones, but they look no worse. Compensation for the simplicity of the material allows design tricks, for example, transforming tabletops, built-in sockets, etc.

    Metal is also involved in the design of coffee tables. Frames are formed from metal pipes, then complementing them with countertops made of other materials.The graceful curls of forged elements with glass countertops look very beautiful. Sometimes you can find design developments in which the table is entirely made of metal.

    In modern furniture production, you can increasingly find glass interior items that bring a certain lightness and airiness to the atmosphere. Products are made of heavy-duty tempered glass, resistant to all kinds of influences, so there is no need to be afraid that such a piece of furniture will break or deform under the influence of high temperatures.In some models, only the surface of the table top is decorated with glass.

    Plastic is used much less often, since it does not have high strength, but it has a large color palette and low cost. Most often it is found as a component of a wooden or metal structure.

    In the home production of original coffee tables, the choice of material increases significantly, since, in addition to traditional materials, various improvised means are used.

    How to make a coffee table: beautiful ideas

    For the manufacture of do-it-yourself coffee tables, plywood is most often used, which is relatively inexpensive and easy to process. You can also use various materials at hand and build the most bizarre structures. More complex parts, such as curly handles, legs, wheels, fittings and other decorative items, can be purchased at a furniture store.

    Contemporary plywood coffee table

    Making such an original coffee table will not take much time, but the product will take its rightful place in any interior with a touch of minimalism. To work, you need to purchase a sheet of plywood, three legs with fasteners, a thick thread, a pencil, a centimeter, a jigsaw and paint (preferably white or black).

    So, the first step is to cut the tabletop. On the back of the sheet, select a point that will be the center, drive in a small carnation.Cut off a piece of thread with a length of the radius of the future table. We attach one end of it to the hammered nail, and to the other we attach a pencil and, pulling the structure, draw a round shape of the table top. Then you can dream up and give the canvas a more original shape. It is noteworthy that drawings and measurements are not required at all for the manufacture of such a table. Cut out the drawn figure of the tabletop with a jigsaw, grind and paint. When the structure is completely dry, we fix the legs. The table is ready.

    Coffee table made of pallets (pallets)

    This original design will perfectly “fit” into many styles.It will most successfully complement a daring loft or a natural eco-style. It is not difficult to design such an exclusive table: to work, you need to get a pallet, metal legs or wheels (at your discretion). Also, you cannot do without self-tapping screws and a screwdriver, a saw, paint or varnish with a brush.

    Step by step, all work on the design of the table will take place in the following order:

    1. Mark the dimensions of the table on the pallet and saw off the excess part.
    2. We take the planks from the remnants and cover the gaps in the main structure with them to get a solid surface, fix them with self-tapping screws.
    3. Turn over and form five transverse slats: two on the sides (legs will be attached to them) and one in the center for stability.
    4. We mount the supports and open the structure with varnish or paint.

    Tire coffee table

    An old, worn out tire can be a good base for a great home coffee table. Additionally, you need to prepare plywood. Before starting the design, you must thoroughly wash and dry the tire.Next, you need to measure the diameter of the tire and cut two circles out of plywood: one – the table top – should correspond to the diameter of the tire, and the other – the base – should be a few centimeters smaller. You can immediately attach legs, wheels to the base, or leave it without supports at your discretion. We fasten round sheets of plywood to the bus using self-tapping screws or put them on construction glue – the base is ready.

    Next, we choose one of two ways: we wrap with a rope either the entire structure completely, or only the sides.In the first option, you need to think about how to process the countertop – perhaps paint it or cover it with a shiny varnish.

    Wrap should be started from the center: we fix the end of the rope with a self-tapping screw or a glue gun and start moving with winding circles, gradually moving to the sides. There is no point in wrapping the base, unless you decide to make the table half two-color. At the end of the winding, the entire structure should be covered with a transparent varnish in order to extend the service life.

    Coffee table from drawers

    If there are wooden boxes of vegetables lying around in your household, do not rush to throw them away. Only four such containers can turn into a beautiful and useful piece of the living room interior. If you do not have the boxes, the most difficult thing in making a table will be to get them. Then everything is simple: the boxes need to be sanded, painted and folded, as shown in the photo. We use a sheet of plywood, which must be screwed on the underside of the structure so that it does not fall apart.So our coffee table is ready. The advantage of this design will be the organization of capacious storage places for various magazines, books and other gizmos.

    Coffee table for travel lovers

    In our time, travel to different countries has become available to many. But there is a special category of people who simply cannot live without constant trips to distant corners. They will surely like the coffee table, reminiscent of certain pleasant voyages.Any old suitcase with hard walls that is not suitable for use for its intended purpose is suitable for manufacturing. You will also need a sheet of thick plywood, a screwdriver with screws, paints and, if desired, legs or wheels.

    Cut out two sheets of plywood with an area equal to the base of the suitcase, attach them from the inside to the base and lid. We fasten the legs or wheels. Next, you need to decorate the table – for this, different methods are used. One of the simplest options is to paint it white, and when the structure is dry, use sandpaper to make abrasions indicating the age of the item.Such a product will adequately decorate the living room in the shabby chic style. The black color of such a table will harmoniously fit into the loft living room, and the decoupage decoration will become a real masterpiece of Provencal design.

    Coffee table made of driftwood

    The uniqueness of the furniture made of stumps and snags lies in its uniqueness – what is created by nature itself does not have similar patterns and textures. Such products always attract the eye with their bends and weaves.In addition, it is not so difficult to get the source material – it can be found in the forest, on the shore of the reservoir. The driftwood must be washed, cleaned of bark, and rotten bends removed. Next, you need to correct, align the shape under the countertop and base and let the workpiece dry thoroughly (if there are large holes in the wood, it can be putty).

    The dried snag is carefully sanded, covered with a stain (you can choose your favorite shade) and varnish. The base is ready. The tabletop can be attached using construction glue or self-tapping screws (depending on what it is made of).Glass countertops are very popular nowadays, through which the winding wooden branches are clearly visible.

    Do-it-yourself coffee tables – photo ideas

    We have considered only some options for making coffee tables with our own hands. Much more information and photos of finished products will be provided by our gallery, where you can get a lot of interesting ideas. Happy viewing!

    A table is the second object after a stool that every novice amateur furniture maker should be able to do.The table can be created from different materials and have unique characteristics. It is a great intention for you to want to make your own piece of wood.

    A table made of wood is quite easy to create with your own hands, it is enough to have minimal skills in working with carpentry tools. And the cost of the material will be significantly less than the cost of a table using metal, glass or plastic.

    A piece of furniture made by your own hands will correspond as closely as possible to the wishes of the happy owner, and it will delight the eye incomparably more than what was acquired.And most importantly, when creating a table with your own hands, you acquire important skills in working with the material, which will make the restoration of operational defects much easier.

    What makes a good table

    A particularly beautiful tabletop can be made from cheap non-varietal pine boards, knotty and twisted (without falling out knots, rot, fungus, wormholes), which, when well processed, give a wonderful pattern, to achieve which, when working with an expensive tree, you need to apply much higher costs and efforts.

    When choosing a material, it is important to take care of the strength of the future product. To do this, you should pay attention to the density of the wood.

    Soft (spruce, pine, chestnut, dogwood) is easily damaged during operation, which negatively affects the durability of the table. But scratches and dents can be hidden, although the restoration process will be quite frequent.

    Hardwoods (beech, ash, maple, oak, walnut, fruit species, elm) are quite difficult to handle on their own.And you may have to look for masters to work with them. But provide the product with durability.

    External characteristics

    It is very important to determine in advance for yourself the appearance of your future product. The basic rule of a good table is considered if the structure fits well into the space allotted for it and leaves a lot of free space for those sitting.

    It is also important to consider that a table with a rectangular top will accommodate fewer people than a table with a round or oval shape with the same area.And the table for guests will be more expedient to be made in a folding version, which unfolds for big holidays, but in everyday life it is folded. Also, such a folding table will be convenient in the backyard.

    Most often you need to choose a kitchen table. It should be roomy and pleasing to the eye, to facilitate the process of working with him. But it should not interfere with movement in the room and in no way interfere with the process of culinary creativity.

    Based on this, it is absolutely clear that the size of the table is chosen depending on the area of ​​the room. Also, soft wood cannot be used for the kitchen table due to its use in “extreme” conditions.

    The choice of the external characteristics of the product is a responsible process, therefore, before starting the formation of a table for a summer residence with your own hand, it is extremely necessary to carefully assess the needs for which this table is made.

    Transferring an idea to paper

    When creating a structure that is the fruit of your imagination, you will have to develop a diagram and drawings of your table with your own hands.For which there is a huge variety of electronic programs.

    After a thorough development process, it is imperative to transfer the result to paper. For fast and quality work, it is very important to use this manual constantly.

    Creative process

    Preparation of drawings is the last preparatory stage. Then you can start the most important part of the work – the manufacture of parts. Do-it-yourself wooden tables are much easier to create if the drawings and diagrams are as informative as possible.This reduces the likelihood of errors to a minimum.

    You can make yourself personally as a desk, as well as a magazine or children’s version. With a certain skill, it is realistic to create a computer desk. And also a dining or country model. Each of the options is fairly easy to implement.

    The blade for the table top and the board with the beams, from which the rest of the parts will be formed, are processed with the available tool or, at worst, coarse-grained emery paper to remove the existing defects in the form of irregularities and protruding knots.

    Boards are sanded from all sides, including sides and corners. If you create a canvas from wood cuts, you need to make sure that they are dry enough, and also repair small cracks found after visual inspection. And it is better to groove them. To get a more reliable adhesion of the web and save time for assembling the elements.

    Transfer the scheme to the finished canvas. The main elements are cut out with a jigsaw and, if necessary, the sections are ground.The protruding support elements are trimmed by about 3 centimeters. Horizontal cuts are made on both sides of the supports (legs).

    The workpieces are coated with a preparation that prevents the ingress of moisture and pests, and only after final drying is it allowed to resume the process of creating the table with your own hands.

    Putting the parts together

    After making all the necessary parts, you can proceed to the sacred service. Namely, to put the desired masterpiece together.And this can be either a round table or any other selected product.

    First, you need to assemble the support structure using screws and glue (first, thin channels are drilled with a drill to the length of the screw, otherwise there is a possibility of the part splitting). For the connection, you can use galvanized screws, as they do not rust, and for wood products this is very important. Or wood glue.

    According to the basic rules, the frame in length and width should be 30-25 cm less than the countertop.

    From the sides you need to attach additional boards to give rigidity and to hide the place of attachment of the legs. Cut off the chamfers in the places where the legs are installed.

    Then the table leg is secured in place with clamps, and bolt holes are drilled in the frame. Place the supporting elements in their places and fix them with stoppers. Reinforce the structure with wood glue. Then install the tabletop in place for which furniture corners are used.At the very end, all visible screws are hidden with wood-colored plugs.

    Final stage. Finishing

    A photo of the completed table can be seen below. This is surprisingly easy to achieve. Optionally, you can round either only the corners, or completely the butt, depending on the type of table. It will be nice to make chamfers on the edges of the countertop.

    Irregularities are grinded throughout the structure, mistakes are hidden with the help of putty. To extend the service life of a self-assembled table, it is necessary to cover it with several layers of varnish or stain.

    Thus, making a beautiful wooden table with your own hands is quite a simple pastime. And easy to do. The guarantee of extracting a solid, ideal in size and aesthetic result according to its drawings is: exact adherence to the manual, error-free execution and weighed selected material. And the resulting table will harmoniously fit into the exterior.

    Photo of tables with your own hands

    Many things can be done by hand.It is difficult in most cases, only at first glance. The new review collected examples of unique and amazing coffee tables that craftsmen made with their own hands.

    1. Old suitcase

    Old suitcases are real finds for designers and outside the box. Through simple manipulations, suitcases are transformed into unique furniture and decor items. For example, you can turn an unnecessary suitcase into an original coffee table by simply screwing the legs to it.Such a table will add charm to both a bachelor apartment and a classic-style family living room.

    2. Boards

    Instead of going to a furniture store and buying a finished product, get creative and go to the construction site for wooden blocks and metal legs. Next, you should connect the boards to each other and screw the boards to them. A hand-made table is a unique and versatile thing, as wooden furniture fits perfectly into any interior.

    3. Battery

    Have you got new batteries? However, do not rush to throw away the old cast iron radiator. Buy a piece of glass and turn an old battery into an original coffee table that you will definitely not see either in the store or at your friends’ place.

    4. Window in a frame

    An old window in a frame is a wonderful material for creating a charming coffee table in the living room. Screw the legs wrapped in coarse ropes to the frame and decorate the tabletop with beads and shells.

    5. Logs

    A stunning low table can be made from small logs. First you need to assemble the base of the table from plywood, glue wooden beams around the perimeter, and close the middle with a plywood lid. Next, you need to glue thin wooden cuts on the plywood cover so that it seems as if the table is made entirely of logs, screw the legs and carefully cover up all the cracks.

    6. Wooden cuts

    Large wood cuts are an amazing material for creating a beautiful and original table that will become a real highlight of the living room and will last for many years.Making such a table is as easy as shelling pears. It is necessary to carefully process the wood and fasten the two cuts together, glue a wide wooden leg-block in the center and open the surface with varnish.

    7. Pallet

    Wooden pallets are an excellent material for creating a variety of furniture: sofas, beds, chairs and, of course, tables. To begin with, you need to get a pallet, carefully clean it and paint it in the desired color. There is nothing left to do – screw the legs and put the glass tabletop on top.

    8. Wire spool

    The large wooden wire spool is a practical ready-made coffee table. Of course, getting it is not so easy, but if, nevertheless, you are lucky, you know what to do with it.

    9. Tire

    There are many ideas for creating original furniture from unnecessary car tires. For example, you can make a charming table out of a tire, a piece of plywood, a few pieces of wood, and rough rope.

    10. Glass

    A budgetary and very original table for a modern living room, for the creation of which you will need square-shaped glass and low legs-wheels.

    11. Glass and books

    The original idea of ​​recycling unnecessary books. Of course, we are not talking about fiction and the works of the classics, but old textbooks that are gathering dust idle on the shelves. In addition to books, you will also need a small piece of glass and a frame. Insert the glass into the pre-painted frame and attach the finished structure to the posts from the books.

    12. Chest

    Table made of wood and a basin.

    Sometimes, even a broken trough can do a good job. For example, it is useful for creating a coffee table. In addition to a metal dish that acts as a leg, you will also need a round table top made of chipboard or wood.

    15. Old table

    An old coffee table can be an excellent material for creating a new table. You just need to paint the legs and cover the table with the fabric of the desired color.

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    News | RC Severny Kvartal

    14 January 2019

    When decorating an apartment, it is difficult to find the right balance between functionality, comfort and style.Rooms always lack something, and as a result, they do not at all resemble the ideal apartments that we imagine or see in various magazines.

    1. The apartment starts from the front door
    Do not forget the door, even if you live in an apartment building, as it is this door that creates the first impression of your apartment. Take care of it in the same way as for the interior doors. Place some flower pots, hang a seasonal wreath or decorations, update your license plate, or paint your door a bright color.

    2. Arrange items according to the rule of “three”
    As with many fields and disciplines, the threesome rule is used extensively in decoration and styling. The trio of items looks more visually appealing and more balanced, especially when it comes to dimensions, heights and materials.

    3. Add houseplants
    Plants not only bring freshness and color to the room, but are also an important decorative element. Place them near large pieces of furniture, or use them to fill in empty corners.Small plants can be mixed in a composition, guided by the “three” rule.

    4. Keep a small blanket on the sofa
    A lightweight duvet not only creates coziness, but also allows you to add texture and color to a fairly flat or neutral room. If you only want to add one bright touch, make sure that the blanket is not folded neatly, but casually thrown over the back.

    5. Hang things on walls or even ceilings
    Many people avoid decorating walls because they don’t have enough funds for expensive art.But you don’t need fancy pictures, because anything can be art as long as it awakens feelings in you. Hang magazine pages, photographs, and your own drawings in a chaotic manner to add speakers to the wall. From time to time, change the images to update the interior a little.

    6. Use unnecessary things in unexpected ways
    Whether it’s a fireplace, an old piano, large furniture, appliances, empty corners … Place books, vases, plants there, and unnecessary items will instantly turn into stylish interior elements.

    7. Let your home reflect your personality and hobbies
    Most of the stylish homes are adorned with photographs of their tenants. But houses from real life, in which interesting personalities live, are filled with things that the owners like. Musical instruments, books, old cassettes … After all, the easiest and most reliable way to make your home more stylish is to add more information about who you are and what you like.

    Take your time and turn your apartment from the developer into not only a stylish, but also the most beloved place on Earth!