Save Money, Color Happy: How to Create a DIY Reusable Coloring Book

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DIY Reusable Coloring Book

At two, my son loves to color. However, at this point in life, coloring means a few scribbles on a page and then he’s on to the next one. So much wasted paper hurts my soul- and my wallet. Coloring books add up after a while! So, as I do with pretty much everything these days, I decided to invent a solution. Meet the DIY Reusable Coloring Book- Now you can save money and color happy!

The entire project cost me $0 because I used materials I already had. It took about 15 minutes to put together and literally anyone could make it beacause it is super easy.


Printed coloring sheets, plastic sheet protectors, yarn, non-toxic dry erase markers, printer, computer paper or cardstock

DIY Coloring Book Instructions:

Step 1: Choose your coloring sheets. I just googled “free printable coloring sheets” and of course a million options came up. No worries, I sifted through them and picked out the best ones for you already.

  1. Coloring Pages for Kids
  2. Crayola Free Coloring Pages
  3. Hello Kids

Since I am a sucker for all things pretty, I also made this coloring book cover page that you can customize with your child’s name and picture. If you would like a copy, you can download it for free by entering your email below!


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Step 2: Print your coloring sheets.

I used regular paper but if you want your coloring sheets to be sturdier, you could use card stock. My child’s obsessions change frequently enough that I didn’t want to waste fancy paper on an image he might not be into tomorrow.

Step 3: Place two sheets back to back inside a plastic sheet protector (so that you have a coloring sheet on each side).

If you just so happen to have a laminating machine you could also use that instead of sheet protectors. However, laminating coloring sheets makes your coloring book a little more permanent. I stuck with sheet protectors so that I could change things up.

Step 4: Tie all of the sheets together. The first time we made this, I just used regular yarn. It started to fray after a while. For take two, I decided to dip the ends in glue and let it dry first. So far, that seems to be holding up a little better. You could also use this pre-bound book of sheet protectors and skip this step altogether.

Step 5: Color! Take out your non-toxic dry erase markers and go crazy! After you finish coloring a page, you just wipe it off with a baby wipe or paper towel and it’s like new once again.

Wasn’t that so easy?

You just made a 100% customizable, reusable coloring book in less than 15 minutes with things you more than likely already had at home. Go you!

We took this with us on the plane to visit Gigi (my mom’s too cool to be Grandma ;)) this weekend and it was a lifesaver. It is about 50 times thinner than a regular coloring book and it held his interest for almost half the plane ride. That’s a win in my book!

I hope this reusable coloring book works just as wonderfully for you as it has for us. If you try it out, let me know how it goes in the comments below!


Author: Vanessa

I am a free spirit who learned to use creativity as a key to success in chasing after debt freedom. I am a mom, lover of all things DIY, a little bit of a treehugger and modern-day hippy and an encourager to the core. If you need a little inspiration for your debt free journey, you’ve come to the right place.

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