Make Your Own Coupon Book – A FUN, Easy and Thoughtful Craft!
Make your own coupon book! Have you ever had one of these, by chance? They have discounts for percents off fun stuff, bo-gos (buy one get ones) and some of them unexpected things you looked forward to partake in when you wouldn’t normally, like movies, activity places, etc.
I remember the Select Chorus at school having to sell these coupon books to raise money for trips and such, but I digress. So do you think you’d like to make your own coupon books for fun, and you can “redeem” them with family, friends, and your better half?
How about occasions like Valentine’s Day, birthdays or anniversaries? If you secretly hate shopping, this might be your answer! Something different like this will be something treasured, because you went to the trouble with just your ideas.
Ideas and Images Credit: A special thank you to Whitney from Siege Media for this idea….a suggestion for a post. Love this!
And for these awesome printable coupon ideas which you can download to get started!
To get started you’ll need something for the coupons themselves, cardstock would be great,it will be sturdier. Ultimately choose a lighter color like white, light pink, light yellow, etc., so the writing on them will show up.
You’ll need access to a software program if you are more inclined towards working on the computer. I recommend Picmonkey – it’s a cloud-based program with lots of design options ; and Access to a printer to print out your coupons
If you’re not as software oriented, that’s OK, you can use the equivalent of 3 by 5 index cards (plain – no ruling) and use gel pens, or fine line pens and markers to write your coupon messages and add flourishes to them.
Special Occasion Coupon Book Ideas
First thing you’ll need to do is brainstorm for ideas for what the coupons should be “redeemed” for. For Valentine’s Day, all kinds of special date night ideas may come to mind. Bed and Breakfast? Movie Night? Dinner For Two at X Place?
What about Family Night? Doesn’t that sound like a creative way to get more positive family togethertime? Or birthdays and anniversaries? Also great occasions for coupons – after all, these are tunes when you want to celebrate.
Make Your Coupon Book Ideas Funny Too!
Or you can add a fun twist on the ideas and come up with something along the lines of “No Chores For Today” “A Day in Which I Get to Be Pampered” stuff like that…very open-ended. If you think you just need some time off, this is a great way to do it through a hilarious coupon in which you “cash it in” for time off .
Coupon Books Are Great For Kids Too!
Why not enlist your kids to come up with some fun coupon ideas of their own? You never know what they might come up with when given the chance! A day of being exempt from homework, a certain chore, free hug, free ice cream, all great starters 😏
How To Make These Books Look GOOD!
If you’re more computer-oriented, you can use your favorite software program, or graphics tool to create your coupon book. I use Picmonkey to do all my images and creative designs…there are SO many cool layouts and templates to work with you can’t go wrong. ✏️
How big to make your coupons is up to you; a good size is in the neighborhood of 3″ by 5″. Use your favorite fonts and colors to make the messages on them stand out. Add cute images to them too to make them really pop.
These are my favorite graphics tools…they both would work great for this project!
Option 2 is through other mediums, like the use of gel pens to write your messages and decorate them. You may need a paper cutter to be sure all of your coupons will line up nicely and be the same size, if you aren’t using the kind of cardstock that has perforated edges.
Putting Your Book Together
If you have some experience with binding books on your own, you may want to do that with your coupon book. Anything like glue can get messy though… You can collate it with a plastic casing, but an easier way would be to use a hole punch tool and punch a couple of holes along the edges.
OR you can get a creative design punch with hearts, stars, etc., and punch them that way, and then get yourself a length of ribbon or string, and tie them all together that way – nice!
Gift Them…and Redeem!
These handmade coupon books will make such fun gifts! 🎁 The recipient will really appreciate the time you took to put them together. Heck, she or he will probably want to use one on the spot! Happy Couponing!!