Field Notes are great little notebooks. You can throw them in your pocket keep, them in your car, the opportunities are limitless.

Sometimes you just want the usefulness of them but in a different cover and here is a quick way of using a 12 pack box to accomplish that and make your own little travelers notebook style.


  • Cardboard from a 12 Pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Field Notes Notebook
  • 2 Rubber Bands
  • Mustache (not required)

Step 1. Cut off all the sides of the 12 pack.

Step 2. Lay the field notes notebook on top and measure about 1/4 inch longer. Then cut it out.

Step 3. Lay the notebook inside, find the center where the staples are and use a rubber band to hold it together.

Step 4. Fold it in half and then place another rubber band vertical to hold it closed.

That’s it. Now you have a custom Travelers Notebook style Field Notes cover made from a 12 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Here is the photo gallery of the finished product:


  • Why did you do this?
    I had a box to dispose of and thought to myself, surely we could make something with it.
  • Does this have a real use case?
    Meh, probably not.
  • Why didn’t you use {otherbeer}?
    Because this is the box I had.
  • This is a dumb idea
    Well, that’s not really a question so your opinion is invalid.
  • Seriously, why did you do this?
    Because I can, but the bigger question is why are you even still reading this?

One thought on “ DIY: Field Notes Cover ”

  1. Hello. This article is very helpful. I have two packs of 3 field notes sized notebooks that I bought at the dollar store recently, and I was wondering, would the DIY cover be able to hold all three notebooks? Or would it be better to keep just one in the DIY cover, and continue to switch it out when the notebook is complete?

    Thank you again for this article. 🙂


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