Coaster Post-it Note Holder

So have I told you all that I have a thing for office supplies? I just love walking into Staples or Office Depot and wandering through the aisles looking at all the pens and markers and most of all.... post-it notes. It's the next best thing to walking into a craft store. I've seen several different kinds of post-it note holders, but I've always had a problem with them. They're all made of card stock and seem to get beat up and there's that mitred corner thing that never works for me and the card stock doesn't stay no matter how much ModgePodge I use, etc.

So tonight I set out to make something that's both sturdy and beautiful. So out came my square coasters, my crop-a-dile and my UHU All Purpose Twist & Glue.

The stamp is A Muse A True Friend, stamped in Chocolate Chip ink so it meets Challenge #2 of A-muse-a-palooza. The patterned paper is My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie, the flowers are Prima Forever Flowers Hydrangea No. 5 and the brad is from JoAnn's. A little Diamond Stickles and some American Crafts ribbon finish it off. Here's a mini tutorial (sorry I didn't take pics until after I was done) on how I made them.

Supplies Needed:

Two 4" square coasters
Four 4" x 4" squares of patterned card stock (double-sided or 2 patterns)
One 4" x 3" piece of patterned card stock
1 4" x 1.5" strip of patterned card stock
Crop-a-dile (or hole punch strong enough to punch through chipboard)
Approximately 18" of ribbon
Basic Grey magnets
Terrifically Tacky Tape
All purpose glue or adhesive
Pop dots
Post-it Note pad

Step 1: Cover both sides of two coasters with 4" x 4" pieces of card stock. Trim corners and lightly sand just the corners to keep the rounded look.

Step 2: Stack coasters together and use Crop-a-dile to punch holes through both coasters at 1" intervals 1/4" from the edge.

Step 3: Place coasters on either side of 4" x 1.5" strip (do not glue yet) to mark where holes should go and punch corresponding holes on either side of the paper to line up with the holes on the coasters.

Step 4: Glue the strip to the front and back coaster, lining up the holes. Lay flat to dry.

Step 5: Lay down 1/4" strips of Terrifically Tacky Tape on the 3 non-punched sides of the inside coaster. Do not glue the middle, this is where the post-it note back will slide into place.

Step 6: Place + magnet on inside coaster edge near the middle. Layer - magnet on top (magnetic sides together) and place a pop dot on top of the adhesive side of the -magnet and close the cover. Make sure to get a good seal on the pop dot. If you have thicker post it notes, you may need to put a pop dot on both magnets.

Step 7: Lace ribbon through punched holes. Start on the inside corner and tie a knot, then lace across the spine and back through the inside, then go up the side and back out and across the spine. Repeat until the last hole is laced, then tied a knot and trim ends.

Step 8: Decorate front as desired. Slip post it note pad into place.


  1. wow, that's beautiful work! Great job!!

  2. Adorable! I have a ton of those coasters, so have something new to use them for! TFS!!!

  3. Julee, this is adorable! Love it!!! That paper is to die for.

  4. What a great idea to use the coasters for a post it note holder! Great tutorial and gorgeous project!!!

  5. It's just beautiful! I'm going to have to get me some of those coasters! :)

  6. Thank you thank you thank you...I have coasters coming out of my I know what I can do with them! Great project! (I have another friend who we call the office supply the stuff)

  7. What a great tutorial! I'll have to try this! Love your project too! Just beautiful!

  8. Splendiferous!!! This is WAY COOL!
    I love love love it!! Did I mention I looooooooooooove it?!?!?

  9. wow! what a great idea! beautiful job!

  10. Great tutorial! I need to save this so I can try it when I finally get some of those coasters! Love it!

  11. love the tutorial!

    you are my hero!

  12. How STINKIN CUTE is this???!!!!

    Another use for my drawer full of coasters! WOO HOO!

    Oh, and DH and I can spend an hour wandering around OfficeMax/Depot or Staples too.....

  13. Great projest and excellent directions. Thanks for sharing them.

  14. beautiful note holder. thanks for the tutorial.

  15. Julee,

    I love this project, it's so pretty and useful too!! Thanks

    grace from Chicago

  16. This looks like lots of fun to make. I may CASE this for the stamping retreat I have at our summer place each summer. Thank you.

  17. This is gorgeous!!! One of these days I will have to print the directions and try it :)

  18. Love it Julia! Looks like the perfect little book to carry around with you.

    Linda (LSN on SCS)

  19. Yiphee! I was on of the lucky ladies to get one of these:) Julee made these for my swap I hosted on SCS. It was a Do Anything Coaster Swap.:) I love mine. I have had so many comments on it:)
    Thanks Julee!


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