I absolutely love stationery. Nothing makes me happier than a cute notebook and a fancy fine-line pen set – in fact, one of my old blogs was mainly known for my bullet journalling content.
(Although where I found the concentration for that I will never know. 18-year-old me had her shit together; 23-year-old-me has 3 sets of keys and somehow can still never find them. Q: What’s the opposite of progress? A: Hi, my name is Mia.)
While I have moved away from drawing my planners from scratch, the love of organizational tools has never left my heart. Buying a new planner and calendar is part of my annual ritual to kick off each year on the right foot – and, with 2023 ’round the corner, I’m sure a lot of you guys are also thinking about getting organized.
Well. Do I have just the thing for you! I’m going to share 4 super cute – and, better yet, practical – DIY stationery projects that will help you finish this year on a high note! All of these projects are free printables if you want to recreate them exactly.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Watch This Post In Video Format!
- 2 Free Printables
- 3 1. Improve Your Art With A Handmade Tear-Off Sketchbook
- 4 2. Use My Free Printable To Create A Tear-Off Daily Planner
- 5 3. Gift Or Keep This Aesthetic Printable DIY 2023 Calendar
- 6 4. Get Organised With A Handmade Weekly Meal Planner!
Watch This Post In Video Format!
- Project 1 – DIY Sketchbook
- Project 2 – Tear-Off Daily Planner
- Project 3 – DIY 2023 Calendar
- Project 4 – Weekly Meal Planner
My Current Stationery Wishlist . . .
1. Improve Your Art With A Handmade Tear-Off Sketchbook
If you add guys have been following me over the past few months, you may know that I’m trying to become a tattoo artist! To overcome my fear of needles – and get some practice in – I’ve been doing stick and pokes while I build up my sketchbook. And it’s been a great time!
My most recent self-tattoo is a little daisy chain knee cuff and she is adorable. You can see her in action in my TikTok video below:
@miasdiyprojects #stickandpoke #stickandpoketattoo #fy #fyp #diy #stickandpokeideas ♬ Oblivion – Grimes
As much as I love art, though, there is something so daunting about a large blank sketchbook page. (Plus, when I remove my pages and scan them to make tattoo stencils, I tend to lose them… ADHD you’re nothing if not consistent.)
So I decided to make myself a DIY sketchbook that suited my needs better! The paper size is way smaller and has a dot grid pattern to help with symmetrical designs . . . but the real winning feature? It has inspirational images on each page.
Perfect for when I need to practice my art skills but don’t necessarily have a set idea to start from!
2. Use My Free Printable To Create A Tear-Off Daily Planner
If you’re like me and you find consistently using a planner challenging, a tear-off daily planner might work for you! On days that you need a little structure, you can use the planner . . . and, when you forget about it for weeks at a time, who’s gonna know anyway?
Another fun thing about this craft is that you can personalize your daily planner to suit your needs! As I mentioned above, I need to practice drawing more, so I left myself a small doodle section – but you could include a habit more relevant to your goals.
Naturally, you can also use my free printable if you want the same planner design as me.
Some ideas for items to add to your DIY daily planner:
- Blank habit tracker
- Daily water intake tracker
- Idea dump
- Daily self-care
- Social media content
How to make:
Check out my TikTok tutorial below:
@miasdiyprojects I loveeee these bc I’m never 100% consistent with planners & it just doesnt matter. if I need to organise, it’s there- and there’s no record of the 3 weeks I ignored it beforehand 😅 #diy #diyplanner #adhdtips #adhd #diyproject #fy #fyp ♬ Forget – XXKATUSJINSUX
3. Gift Or Keep This Aesthetic Printable DIY 2023 Calendar
Oof, I am obsessed with how this gorgeous calendar came out! Not only is the design super pretty – but I think the cardboard backing actually matches the vibe really well.
This would make an adorable gift (especially if you got it printed onto card paper!) or look really cute in your home office. If I were gifting it, a DIY pressed flower ornament gift topper would fit the vibe perfectly too . . .
4. Get Organised With A Handmade Weekly Meal Planner!
Our last DIY stationery project is actually something I made as a little present for my boyfriend. It’s a useful weekly meal planner, with space to plan out our dinners and grocery list. Very boring and adult, indeed, but wonderfully useful!
Alright, my friends, we shall end at the end! I hope you enjoyed these stationery projects – since I learned how to make tear-off sheets with PVA glue, I’ve just wanted to make all the things.
Make sure you’re subscribed to me over on Youtube too and let me know what you thought of the video! Which project was your favourite? Let me know in the comments down below – and share it to Pinterest for good karma points!
Beautiful projects! Your tattoo is cute!
These are lovely DIYs! I love how your tattoo turned out!
Ooooooh we could use this weekly meal planner 😀
Her Digital Coffee says
I’m obsessed with everything on this list! I love that you include a “sketch a space” for the daily planner. I’m glad to hear you want to pursue tattooing, you’re so talented with your work!
I’m obsessed with that aesthetic calendar too! It’s just so pretty!
Eileen | yesmissy.com
I love stationery! These are some really cute ideas! Thank you for sharing your printable(s)!
Love this! Such a special personal touch it has too 🙂
Julie Ann Lozada says
super cute DIY stationaries. will make one for my office, too.
JULIE ANN LOZADA BLOG
I love this list. Especially the Calendar. Thanks for sharing.
Annies Food Diary
A Sustainably Simple Life says
Stationary is my weakness lol. I love the way you’ve got the planner on the cardboard. I think that would make such a gorgeous gift! And totally agree that meal planners are really useful. I created a meal plan section in my current calendar, so love that your planner can be made to fit everyone’s needs!
Lisa's Notebook says
I’ve never thought about making my own stationery but this is a brilliant idea – I especially love your planner, Mia, thank you for setting off a whole train of ideas now!
SO creative! What a great way to personalize your stationary!
Can’t decide which one is my favourite, everything is so beautiful! <3
I love stationery too! Though don’t use it as much as I use to. These projects look super fun and not too hard to do.
Mariann Yip says
I absolutely love stationary so thanks for sharing these!! It came at the perfect time too 🙂
These are great, thanks! I often design & print my own greeting cards.
Omg, I love the planner! So cute!
Lots of love,
Krissi of the marquise diamond
This very cool! Love this. Have you ever thought of designing for Minted.com?
I love the printable calendar the most! So stunning!
Omg so cool that you’re trying to become a tattoo artist. Good luck!
Danielle Beautyblog says
Such cute ideas! xx
Danielle’s Beauty Blog
Beautiful, love these projects! I want to be more creative and artsy this year and might try something like this out 🙂 Great tips!
have an awesome weekend,
These are fantastic stationery projects! I especially love the daily planner, and I would find it useful on the days I’m especially busy. Also, I would keep the 2023 calendar for myself as it is so pretty plus useful!