How to Make Your Own Planner Covers

I’m always switching out my planner covers. I love to switch them out for holidays that are coming up, for a different season or just because I want to change the cover. If you plan and use an Erin Condren planner or a Happy Planner, you can follow this tutorial to make your own planner covers. It’s actually a lot easier to make your own planner covers than you may think. We offer lots of printable planner covers so that you can download and easily make your own planner covers. Our printables are editable. You’ll be able to edit the name on the cover. The files also include the cover for the back of the planner.

Tools & Materials Needed to Make Your Own Planner Covers

Steps to Make Erin Condren Planner Covers

If you are making a Happy Planner cover you can scroll down to find that tutorial below.

Turn on your laminator and pre-heat it to 330 degrees fahrenheit.

How to Make Your Own Planner Covers

Edit our printable planner covers file by typing in your own text. Once you’ve edited it, download the file.

How to Make Your Own Planner Covers

 

Print the files on cardstock paper. (A note about printing: The files are designed to be printed professionally in high resolution for the Happy Planner so you will need adjust the print settings so that they print at the correct size. When I print through Preview (a program on a Mac), I set my settings to scale to 22%. This will scale it to print around 7″x9″ on an 8.5″x11″ sheet.)

Trim the excess paper off the sides. I use my paper trimmer for this. You can also trim it with scissors if you don’t have a trimmer.

Put the printed cover in the laminating pouch. I use 10 mil laminating pouches. The thickness of the laminating pouch matters. It’s best to use a thicker pouch (like 10 mil) so that your cover doesn’t easily fall off the coil. You can use thinner pouches, but the cover won’t last as long and will fall off the coils easier.

Put the laminating pouch inside of the pouch carrier and run it through the laminator.  (Laminating tip: At 330 degrees fahrenheit, I run the sheet back and forth in the laminator 3 times to make sure that the lamination is melted thoroughly.)

Once cooled down, remove the lamination pouch from the carrier. Trim the lamination down on each side. Be sure to leave a little room around the sheet with the lamination. For the side that will clip into the coils make sure you leave a half inch of lamination.

Use the original cover as a template to make dots down the side where you are going to punch holes.

Punch holes on the dots.

Use the scissors to cut a slit from the side to each hole.

Repeat the steps for the back cover.

That’s it! Once you’ve completed your covers, snap them onto the coil of your planner.

Steps to Make Happy Planner Covers

Turn on your laminator and pre-heat it to 330 degrees fahrenheit.

Edit our printable planner covers file by typing in your own text. Once you’ve edited it, download the file.

How to Make Your Own Planner Covers

Print the files on cardstock paper. (A note about printing: The files are designed to be printed professionally in high resolution so you will need adjust the print settings so that they print at the correct size. When I print through Preview (a program on a Mac), I set my settings to scale to 24%. This will scale it to print 7.5″x9.5″ on an 8.5″x11″ sheet.)

How to Make Your Own Planner Covers

Trim the excess paper off the sides. I use my paper trimmer for this. You can also trim it with scissors if you don’t have a trimmer.

Punch the printed sheet with the Happy Planner punch. It’s important to do this prior to laminating as the Happy Planner punch cannot punch it once it’s laminated due to the thickness of the paper and lamination.

How to Make Your Own Planner Covers

Punch the side of the lamination pouch with the Happy Planner punch. You can punch the lamination pouch prior to running it through the laminator without issue. Once it’s laminated it becomes too hard and thick for the planner punch to be able to punch it. I use 10 mil laminating pouches. The thickness of the laminating pouch matters. It’s best to use a thicker pouch (like 10 mil) so that your cover doesn’t easily fall off the rings. You can use thinner pouches, but the cover won’t last as long and will fall off the rings easier.

Put the printed cover in the laminating pouch. Make sure you line up the holes on the lamination sheet and the printed sheet.

Put the laminating pouch inside of the pouch carrier and run it through the laminator.  (Laminating tip: At 330 degrees fahrenheit, I run the sheet back and forth in the laminator 3 times to make sure that the lamination is melted thoroughly.)

Trim the lamination down. Be sure to leave a little room around the sheet with the lamination.

Repeat the steps for the back cover.

That’s it! Once you’ve completed your covers, snap them onto the rings of your planner.

A couple of notes about making planner covers:

  • I haven’t been able to find a punch that will punch through thick lamination. If you’ve found one, I’d love to know about it. I’ve tested a bunch of different punching methods and punches. I’ve found the way that I’ve described to be the best way to make covers without having a punch that will punch through thick lamination.
  • I’ve had my laminator for 5 years and it’s still working great. I haven’t tested other laminators as this one has worked great for me for 5 years and will work with thick 10 mil laminating pouches.

Do you like to switch out your planner covers? I’d love to see your planners! If you make a cover with one of our printables, be sure to tag us on social media so that I can see them.

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7 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Planner Covers”

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  2. I know this is a few years old, but I am going to ask anyway! 🙂 Are you saying that the MAMBA punch WILL punch the pouches BEFORE they are run through the machine? If so, I think that is a GENIUS idea you have! I watched another video where someone didn’t recommend using the punch because it could break it….but this was all done AFTER it was laminated. The person used her punch, anyway, but did a ton of measuring and ended up with punching by using her foot. That scares me because I don’t want to end up with a broken punch, but if you are saying it WILL punch prior to lamination, that is a game-changer right there!!!

    1. Hello,
      I punched the pouches before running through the laminator. I had no issue doing this. I couldn’t punch them after lamination because the lamination is too thick after. The punch is not sturdy enough to handle the lamination after it’s run through the laminator. It would absolutely break the punch after it’s run through the laminator.
      Thanks!

      1. Hello, I have been trying to figure out how to do this myself and after reading this… Oh boy, my new laminator arrives tomorrow. I cannot wait to break it in 🙂

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