DIY Faux Bois Notebook

Posted by Meghan Quinones

Do you know what Faux Bois is? It is French for false wood and refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various media. I don't care which language the word is derived from, because I am in love!

Before we talk about how I achieved the faux bois look, let's talk about the notebook itself. My notebook cover was made using items I already had on hand (even better, right?). First off, the cover is made out of a cereal box. Clever, huh?? Now, I can't own this brilliant idea, because I have actually seen this before. However, I will own the idea of giving the brown cover a faux wood look. ;) The other main component of my notebook are the actually papers inside to write on, which I grabbed out of our printer. I love when I am able to pull together a project with supplies I already have!

Okay, now back to the faux bois technique...

Getting the look of faux wood on my cover was super easy. I paired my brown cardboard with the Plaid Faux Bois Stencil and white paint (I told you it was easy!). There is no way I would have achieved this look if I had attempted it free-hand. To make my fuax bois notebook look official, it only made sense to add a "carved out" heart on the front. Instead of adding initials (like in a real tree), I added the word 'Noteworthy'. I mean, it is in fact a notebook!

Check out my full tutorial below to see how I turned a cereal box into a wood grained notebook and make sure you grab your Plaid Faux Bois Stencil to give everything in your home a faux wood finish!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Cereal Box
  • Plaid Faux Bois Stencil
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Stencil Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • X-Cut Heart Nesting Dies
  • Black and White Cardstock
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • White Printer Paper (I used 10 sheets)
  • Floss and Needle
  • Poking Tool (or Awl)
  • Cutting Mat
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic Block and Ink Pad
  • Simple Stories - SNAP Studio Collection Clear Stamps
  • Glue

Let's get crafty!

Cut out the front of your cereal box and fold it in half. Place your cardboard over your scrapbook paper and trace around it. Cut out your scrapbook paper and glue it the inside of your cereal box so you are covering up the design on the front.

Place your stencil on the front of your notebook (I sprayed my stencil with adhesive - this is optional). Begin painting over your stencil with your brush. I let me first coat of paint dry, then went back over it with another coat of paint. Remove your stencil when you are finished. Once your paint has dried, place your heart die on top of your cover (I positioned mine on the bottom right). Trace your heart and then cut it out.

Place your cutting mat under your heart and begin punch holes around it with your poker (or awl). You will go around your entire heart. Trim your paper down so it is 1/4 inch smaller than your cover. I cut my paper so it was 6x11. Fold your paper in half and place it on the inside of your cover. I used clothespins to hold my papers in place. Lay your notebook over your cutting mat so it is facedown. Grab your poker again and begin punch holes in the spine of your notebook. I spaced my holes about 1/4 inch apart.

Cut a long piece of floss (cut about a yard and a half) and tie a knot at the end. Start stitching your notebook at the top. Go up the first hole, and down the second hole. You will then go up the third hole and then back down the second hole, creating a back stitch. Continue this stitch until you get to the center of your notebook. When you get to the center, go down the center hole and tie a knot on the inside. Then, go back up through the center hole. Repeat this process starting at the bottom of your notebook. When you are finished, you will have two strings sticking out of the middle of your notebook. These will be wrapped around your notebook and then tied.

I die cut my largest heart on black paper and my smaller heart on white paper. I stamped 'noteworthy' on my white heart. I glued my white heart inside of my black heart. I then glued my hearts to the first page in my notebook, using the heart cutout on the front to properly align my heart. Then, I used my white floss to stitch the holes i created around my heart. That's it!