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.
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 cardstock sheets; it will be sturdier than regular weight paper. If you can find a set of cardstock that has perforated sections, that will be a big help, as you won’t have to have the added issue of figuring out where to cut them out neatly.
I found these perforated cards by Avery, which is one of the most reputable brands when it comes to printable cardstock weight paper for cards, and they have perforation guidelines too so you don’t have the guess work of figuring out how they should line up.
They are a good size too, just right for something like this.
You’ll need access to a software program to design your coupons💻. It can be from software or cloud-based.
Lastly…and Access to a printer to print out your coupons!!
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!
Using your favorite software program, or graphics tool to create your coupon book; and your idea list, you can choose to work with a template or start a design from scratch.. 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!
How Do You Make the Binding?
This. This is what I call the tricky part. Your coupon book, like all other books out there, needs a binding. Book binding involves a process, right? A very strategic one…from what I remember observing,t here were two main ways to do so…glue binding, and collating.
These two ways would be difficult for a coupon book (well, a special one like THIS!) When I was in school, we were expected to sell these “entertainer” coupon books for whatever reason, I know I digress…but they were not fancy and had glue bindings…you’d pretty much just choose the one you wanted out of there and pull it out by the perforated edge.
But I had one of those “happy accidents” recently when I found something that made me stop in my tracks and update this post 😁
Just out of the blue I was browsing on Scrapbook.com …I stumbled across a tutorial for a special Valentine’s Day coupon book.
How to Make a Valentine’s Day Coupon Book
The author/crafter, Jana Eubank, used a special “accordion fold” technique to create the binding….it’s very elaborate, but the end result is SO much better than messy glue or having to collate the edge📙 .
She also shows all the materials you need to put it together too! You will save a lot of unnecessary headaches if you follow her instructions – they are very detailed with no stone unturned ❤️️
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!!
Post Updated: May 23rd, 2019