Family Project – Wooden Scrap Book

by Ashley Horne

With Christmas right around the corner, there’s no better time to create a scrapbooking treasure that will last a lifetime. Perfect for holding memories from camping, hiking, biking, parties, vacation, or any other fun event is the wooden covered scrap book. For this project you will need the following materials:


  • Two wooden boards – (1/4” thick)
  • A circular saw to cut the boards
  • Safety Glasses
  • Sandpaper
  • A drill and drill bit
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Paper hole punch
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Markers, paint, paintbrush (any other items that can be used for decorating)
  • Wood burning kit (for older kids) – optional
  • Photos, letters, other keepsakes
  1. First, you will need to use your saw to cut the two boards to size. 8 ½” x 5 ½” works well, but the finished product can truly be whatever size you desire. Don’t forget to wear your safety glasses.
  2. These boards are the front and back covers of your scrapbook. You will use your drill and drill bit to make two small holes at one end of each board. Be sure the holes from the first board are in line with the holes from the second board.
  3. Using one of the boards lay a sheet of paper underneath. Use your pencil to mark off where you will need to hole punch your paper by making pencil circles on the paper through the holes of the first board.
  4. Line the holes on your hole punch up with your markings so that all the following papers will be punched correctly.
  5. After punching out your paper (use as many sheets as you want) you will use your ribbon or twine to string on one board, then all the paper, and then finally the other board. Tie the string or twine securely.
  6. At this point all that is left to do is decorating your scrapbook. Older kids can use a wood burning kit to add unique designs while younger kids can use paint, markers, or any other decorative item to make their scrapbooks their own. Photos, letters, leaves, shells, collected sand, etc. can be added using glue.

This book is also great for journaling adventures as well. You can used lined instead of un-ruled paper if you desire. Makes a great Christmas gift!

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