personalized notepadsMy dad recently moved into a new office and I’ve been thinking about getting him some stationery for his table. So, with Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to get started! First up, I’m going to make personalized notepads that he can use for short messages, reminders and more. My father loves stripes, so this DIY notepad is going to be based around that. Also while I’m at it, why not try out some other simple custom notepad designs? Here they are!

Time taken: 20 minutes

Budget: Low


  • Wooden square coaster
  • Plain post its / square notes
  • Paint
  • Gold paint
  • Gold pen (optional)
  • Paint brush
  • Glue

You’ll also need a pencil with a rubber end, if you’re making polka dots. Or, you can use magic tape to make the stripes.

DIY Notepads

Start by painting the coaster in a block color. I feel like bold colors highlight the gold a lot. So, I went with the basic ones – blue, red and green.

blue notepad with golden dots

If you would like to make polka dots,

  1. Make small markings over the painted coaster.
  2. Dip the rubber end of a pencil in paint and tap the pencil against a surface to take off the excess.
  3. Hold your pencil vertically and press it over the markings. Repeat the process for all the markings.

For the best possible effect, you want to use a new pencil (with the flat rubber). But, if you’re using a blunt one like me, then rotate the pencil slightly when you’re placing the pencil on the coaster. This will help make a perfect circle.

stips custom notepad

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know how to paint straight lines! All you need to do is:

  1. Paste equidistant strips of magic tape over the painted surface (if the paint is dry, then it wont peel off)
  2. Paint between the lines and let it dry completely.
  3. Carefully peel back the tape to reveal perfectly straight lines.

You could actually use this in a whole bunch of ways and make different patterns. But, keep in mind, that most of the base is going to get covered with the notepad, so you dont want to spend a lot of time, making something intricate.

red and golden DIY notepad

Lastly, you can also paint brushstrokes on the lower half of the coaster. This looks great once the post its have been placed on it. Plus, it’s the easiest way to decorate the notepad. Just dip your brush in some paint and lightly brush it over the edge.

Handmade Father's Day notepads

This is completely optional: you can take a gold pen and brush it along the sides. It’s just a nice detail to match the notepad! I also added some simple text instead of making a cover.

Once the base has been painted, leaving a little space from the top, make a small marking on the coaster.  Paste the bottom of your post its or square notes over the marking. And, you’re all done!

notepads for fathers day

You can also upgrade this custom notepad easily into a magnetic one! All you need to do is, paste a magnet on the back of the notepad. Pretty simple, right?

Handmade notepads

How did you like our DIY on how to make mini personalized notepads &  what design would you like to make? Let me know in the comments below!