Our tween has one request for her upcoming birthday: a locking diary. So this week my husband and I perused the stores looking for one. We found a few, but nothing we fell in love with. We then decided to look in the “adult” section of the store where the prettier journals are, and found a beautiful one, only it didn’t have a lock. Jim turned to me and said “you could totally make this into a locking diary“. And you know what? I did! Smart Man. And what’s more, I came up with a tutorial for how to transform a journal into a locking diary, so you can make one, too.
This is a super quick project (the longest part is waiting for the glue to dry- literally).
First, gather a few supplies:
- strong glue (I used E6000 and went outside to use it with gloves on)
- lock and key (I wish we would have seen this one first!)
- d-ring hangers (we used these)
- *optional* small buttons or gems (these look fun) to cover the holes
Line up the d-ring so that the ring is hanging off the edge of the book (the hinge should allow the ring to swing down against the pages). Glue in place. Because some of the glue was coming through the hole, I also stuck the button on at the same time. Allow it to dry.
Flip it over and repeat, making sure to line it up with the one on the front.
When it is completely dry, you are done! Seriously, the most simple project ever.
It is now ready for someone to write down all the secrets of their heart.
Put the lock on, and don’t forget where you put the key! If your lock comes with an extra key, you may want to hold on to it, just in case your child loses things, like mine does.
I am considering making a necklace for our girl to wear hers on.
Who will YOU make one for?