Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Step By Step Instructions For DIY Daily Planner Coil Clips

I need to add a few pretty cards to my daily life planner. Because this planner is coil spiral bound, you can not add pages to your planner. When I searched for ideas on how to attempt this project, all of the videos for this tutorial required an Erin Condren ruler. I do not own that specific ruler, so, I designed my own coil clips.

My step by step instructions on how to create your own DIY coil clips for your daily life planner.

step by step instructions for diy coil clips

You will need:
A pencil 
Scotch tape
A 1/8 hole punch
Post it repositionable tabs
Any pretty card or picture

planner coil clips

First, peel off one of the repositionable labels and place the tab on the coil ring. The Post it tabs are thin enough to see through. To hold the tab in place, attach the tab to the coil with the Scotch tape.

coil clips

With your pencil, place a pencil mark on the spiral rings that show through the tabs.

Use your hole punch and punch holes where you placed the marks with your pencil. (I found my hole punch at Joann Fabrics.)

I could not see where to punch the holes, so I pulled the cover of the hole punch.

Once the holes are punched out, cut slits from the end of the tab to the punched hole.

Attach the tab to your picture. I cut the adhesive end in half, but you do not need to cut the tab in half, especially if your card is significantly heavier. I chose to use the repositionable tabs. They are very user friendly.

The end of the tab was a tad long for the space between the coils. Because of this, I trimmed down that section of the tab.

Now, not only do I have a working coil clip, but I also have a template to create many more.

Place your new coil clip on top of a new tab. Position the holes where you want the holes to be punched on the tab. Follow the steps, listed above, needed to create a new coil clip. I cut off the yellow strip on the tab, this color does not match the color scheme of my planner page. I also cut only one slit in the tab from the end of the tab to the punched hole.

Here is the completed coil clip. I prefer the way this clip fits in the planner. 

"For me, every day is a new thing. I approach each project with a new insecurity, almost like the first project I ever did. And I get the sweats. I go in and start working, I'm not sure where I'm going. If I knew where I was going I wouldn't do it." Frank Gehry
The total cost of the project was less that $5.00. The 1/8 hole punch was originally $4.99. The punch was on sale for $3.49. Plus, I had a coupon for 20% off the total purchase. The Post it tabs were $2.79.
I would like to add that because the tabs are thin, the added picture or card with the tab does not make your planner too bulky.
I hope this project helped you get an idea of how to create your own coil clips for your planners.
Now to you-

Please share with us any of your diy accessories for daily planners.


  1. Just found this through Pinterest; BRILLIANT!!!!!

  2. Hey! I love this DIY I am passing it on to a reader of mine :)

    1. Thank you very much for the share Jen. It is greatly appreciated! :)

  3. Thanks for this tutorial, it's amazing! Just the idea itself of coil clips is brilliant!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment and for stopping by!
      Have a great day!
      xo Kathy

  4. I wonder if I could use this idea to repair a page in a spiral bound book that is partially ripped out?
    Thank you for the tip.

    1. I am sure that this idea would help to repair a ripped page in a spiral bound book.
      Thank you for stopping by!


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