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The Best DIY Planner Supplies to Make Your Own Planner

The Best DIY Planner Supplies to Make Your Own Planner

The Best DIY Planner Supplies to Make Your Own Planner

When it comes to getting things done, we trust our planners to hold every to-do list, habit tracker, and deadline along the way to fulfilling our goals. Planners are as personal as your style, and we’ve covered all kinds of planners in our search for the perfect one. But if the way you plan defies pre-printed options, a DIY custom planner could be the answer to your troubles.

A DIY planner is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a planner that you make yourself. Whether you want a planner to double as a journal, have dozens of tasks to complete in a day, or simply want to use up your stash of notebooks, a DIY planner lets you include everything that might not have a place in a premade planner. Read on to see our favorite DIY planning tools, including stamps, washi tapes, and more.

Why Make Your Own Planner?
1. Use the space exactly how you see fit.

A pre-printed planner might dedicate too many pages to something you won’t use, like a yearly index or hourly tracker. By making your own custom planner, you can make sure every spread stays flexible and pages won’t go to waste. You can create a personal planner that works exactly the way you like to schedule your days.

2. Exercise your creativity more freely.

If you want to use your planner as a space to be more creative, adding a sticker here or there might not be enough to scratch the itch. Making your own planner lets you use washi tapes, stickers, stamps, and more to create every page that you will be using. Not only will you be able to express your creativity, you’ll have a planner that fits your aesthetic.

DIY Planning Tools
Best Stamping Supplies for DIY Planners

Stamps are an excellent way to add repeating details throughout your planner. If you find yourself drawing a schedule or habit tracker over and over again, use a stamp instead to save time. To ink our picks, we recommend Tsukineko VersaMagic Dew Drop Ink Pads.

BGM Clear Stamps
This BGM Clear Stamp includes a checklist and other fun details.
If you’ve never tried clear stamps before, you’ll wonder how you ever used anything else. Each set of BGM Clear Stamps includes a variety of handy designs that can be used to add task lists, schedules, and more to each page.

To use these stamps, mount them to an acrylic block (sold separately). The stamps cling securely to the block but can be easily peeled off afterwards. The stamps and block are clear, so you can position each stamp exactly where you want it. Plus, unlike bulky rubber stamps that come attached to a block, the clear stamps have slim profiles which make them a cinch to store.

MU My Icon Clear Stamps
MU My Icon Clear Stamps lend classy detail to a spread.
MU My Icon Clear Stamps are another great clear stamp option for planners. In addition to delicate decorative designs, they offer basics that are perfect for planner layouts. Months, days of the week, and day numbers are all available in a classic serif font. Combined with the texture of stamped ink, they create a vintage effect that’s still clear and readable.

This line of stamps also includes acrylic cylinders in addition to typical square blocks. These cylinders can be held like the handles of some traditional stamps. For small designs like individual numbers, they enable perfect placement.

We love the no-nonsense, minimalist look of Mizushima stamps. Whether you want to add habit trackers, timelines, or to-do lists to your notebook, these stamps can be easily incorporated into the way you plan.
C. Ching Stationery Rubber Date Stamps
The C. Ching Stationery Rubber Date Stamp lets you add a useful statement.
The C. Ching Rubber Date Stamp has a large handle for a comfortable grip. This vintage-inspired stamp lets you change the date by turning the ridged wheels to the sides of the days, months, and years. Twist the knob on the side to add a statement like “Good Luck!” or even a line of bunting.
Midori Paintable Stamps - Pre-Inked
Midori Pre-Inked Paintable Stamps require no additional inking.
A convenient alternative to traditional stamps, Midori Paintable Stamps come pre-inked. Their black oil-based ink resists smudging from water-based pens and markers. Designs range from the practical, like habit trackers and calendars, to the adorable (yet still useful for page organization). Before you use them in your planner, we recommend testing these stamps on scrap paper to figure out the right level of pressure for a clean mark.
Best Stickers & Sticky Notes for DIY Planners

Sticky notes and some stickers are removable, so you can move them from one page to another. Sticky notes are especially handy if you have tentative plans or repeating tasks—rather than spending time rewriting, you can simply move a sticky note where you want it.

Most stickers tend to be decorative rather than functional, but in this section we recommend some useful stickers we like to use in our planners.

Midori Journal Sticky Notes are a handy way to add to-do lists and events to your planner. We especially enjoy using the Habit Tracker sticky notes on daily pages. Rather than flipping to a specific page to track our habits, we can move the monthly sticky note from one spread to the next.
Midori Planner Stickers
These adorable Midori Planner Stickers let us keep track of weather, dining, and trips.
Who said adorable stickers couldn’t be functional? Midori Planner Stickers are a great way to add fun designs to your planner while also letting you keep track of moods, achievements, and more. Some of these stickers are removable, so you can reuse them or move them from one page to another.
Stalogy Removable Calendar Stickers
A Stalogy Removable Calendar Sticker makes it easy to plan for the month.
These Stalogy Calendar Stickers help save time while making monthly overview pages. Each sticker covers an entire sheet and has gridded space for notes. Plus, the stickers are removable, so if you use multiple notebooks throughout the year you won’t have to fill out a new month. Just move a sticker you’ve already filled out to its new location.

If you prefer using fountain pens and other inky pens in your notebook, try the Midori MD Diary Stickers. They’re made from the same fountain pen friendly, cream colored paper as Midori’s MD notebooks. There’s even a dated version so you won’t have to write in every day of the month.

Stalogy Circular Washi Tape Patches are made from the same paper and glue as washi tape, making them easy to remove and reposition. They can also be written on with most pens. Use them for bullet points, checklist markers, habit tracking, or cheerful decoration.
Dailylike Diary Removable Stickers
Dailylike Diary Removable Stickers jazz up a wide variety of events.
Another surprisingly practical pick, Dailylike Diary Removable Stickers will brighten up your planner pages. Their designs are slightly larger than Midori Planner Stickers, and every sheet is removable and repositionable. Unique stickers like skincare animals and aerobics bears will add impeccable charm to your habit trackers, or you can use cafe stickers to highlight plans with friends.
Best Washi Tapes for DIY Planners

Washi tapes are especially useful for filling in repetitive information, like quickly listing all of the days of the week at once. Because they’re slightly translucent, washi tapes with white backgrounds will blend into the color of the paper for a seamless look. They’re removable too, so if you make a mistake you can always shift a piece of tape afterwards.

Mark’s Maste Perforated Washi Tapes for Diary
The Mark’s Maste Perforated Washi Tapes for Diary are perforated between each Date and Title design.
These Mark’s Maste Perforated Washi Tapes are a bold way to create daily or weekly spreads. The tapes are perforated between each design so you can use them like stickers—just tear off the pieces you want to use and stick them to the page. The rolls come in coordinating Date and Title versions so you can mix and match to your heart’s content.
JetPens Kanso Writable Washi Tapes
JetPens Kanso Writable Washi Tapes are minimalist and practical.
With features carefully chosen by JetPens’ in-house designers, the JetPens Kanso Writable Washi Tapes are a no-nonsense addition to any collection of planning tools. Unlike most washi tapes, you can write over them with your favorite pens. Inks dry quickly and don’t rub off. Our favorite designs are the checkboxes and the abbreviated days of the week. The translucent background of the tapes nearly vanishes on the page, leaving only crisp, clean markings.
Livework Washi Tapes
Livework Washi Tapes create colorful organizational touches.
Livework Washi Tapes add retro flair to a planner spread. With designs including numbers that count from 1 to 31, months, and even weather choices, they’ll make creating a spread quick and easy. We like that they’re colorful without being cutesy, perfect for when you want a simple spread that’s still fun.
mt Slim Washi Tapes
mt Slim Washi Tapes are skinny and stylish.
Narrow mt Slim Washi Tapes can divide a page without eating up valuable planning space. Whether you feel festive or minimalist, your spreads will end up neatly organized. These tapes come in sets of three, so you’ll have plenty of options to decorate your pages with right off the bat.
Bande Washi Tape Sticker Rolls
Bande Washi Tape Sticker Rolls add a pop of color to a page.
Whimsical Bande Washi Tape Sticker Rolls have all the charm of stickers rolled into a convenient, portable format. Each roll contains several variations of a sticker theme, so every new sticker is a little surprise. You can use them to emphasize big events and decorate headers, or treat them as prizes for finishing to-do tasks. Since they’re made with the same repositionable adhesive as regular washi tapes, they can be removed and rearranged with no damage to your planner.
Best Accessories for DIY Planners

There are a variety of tools that can make setting up your DIY planner a breeze. We recommend items that are also slim enough to carry in a pencil case so you can plan on the go.

Midori Chiratto Index Tabs
We used the Color version of the Midori Chiratto Index Tabs to keep track of important pages.
Midori Chiratto Index Tabs let you locate specific pages or organize your planner by month. The colored tabs are designed to stick out 2.5 millimeters from the edge of the page so they’re protected by most notebook covers while still being easy to grip.

If colorful tabs don’t quite fit your aesthetic, the Midori Chiratto Index Clips are an upgraded option in two classy metal shades.

Midori Multi Rulers
This Midori Multi Ruler is clear so you can see exactly where you're drawing lines.
It’s important to keep a ruler on hand when you’re drawing layouts in your DIY planner, and the Midori Multi Ruler is a compact option that you can carry everywhere. It can be used while folded to measure up to 15 centimeters or extended to a full 30 centimeters. The rotating hinge has degree markings so you can use it as a protractor. It’s available in two materials: colorful plastic and sturdy aluminum.
Midori Clip Bookmarkers
We used this set of Midori Clip Bookmarkers to stencil a book in our planner.
These Midori Clip Bookmarkers are sure to make your planner a little more fancy. The clips hold tightly to the page without making creases or marks, and can be moved where you need them. The bookmarks feature special designs that can be stenciled, like lunar phases or weather icons. In a pinch, you can use the edges of the bookmarks as straightedges.

If you’re looking for a bookmark that can do double duty, check out the Nakabayashi Magnetic Bookmark Ruler. This flexible ruler is made from a magnetic strip so you can fold it over the page.

Kokuyo Dual Head Keshipita Correction Tapes
We matched the 6 mm version of the Kokuyo Dual Head Keshipita Correction Tape.
Fix miscounted squares and typos with Kokuyo Dual Head Keshipita Correction Tapes. The movable head flexes gently so it stays flush against the page, preventing torn correction tape. We especially like that the Keshipita comes in three tape widths, so you can match it to the size of your writing or notebook ruling.
Kyoei Orions Shitajiki Writing Boards
Kyoei Orions Shitajiki Writing Boards protect thin paper from dents.
Some writers around the JetPens office have handwriting as delicate as a gentle spring breeze. Everyone else appreciates writing boards. A shitajiki stops a pen wielded in a heavy hand from denting the pages underneath. Furthermore, if you have pages in your planner you often flip back to, such as yearly overviews, writing boards give you a smooth writing surface even if other pages are crammed with stickers and scraps. They’re especially helpful for delicate paper like the pages of the Maruman Croquis Diary Sketchbook or the Stalogy Editor's Series 365Days Notebook.

Now that you have all your DIY planner supplies, you’ll need somewhere to use them! The most exciting part of DIY planning is that you can use any of the supplies you already enjoy using. If you have a specific notebook and pen combination in mind, you don’t need to compromise on any of the features you like. For DIY planner newbies, we’ve gathered some of our favorite notebooks and pens below.

Best Notebooks for DIY Planners

We suggest using notebooks with 5 mm line spacing so there’s enough room for you to write without feeling cramped. If you will be drawing a lot of layouts (such as for making monthly calendars or weekly spreads), dot grid or graph paper makes it easier to draw straight lines. Otherwise, standard horizontal ruling in any line spacing works well for simple task lists.

When it comes to notebook sizes, be sure to pick one that fits your lifestyle. If you travel often or plan on the go, an A6 or B6 notebook is compact and fits easily in small bags. A desk planner can be larger (such as A5 or B5), so you have plenty of space for planning and note-taking.

Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks
Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks have many useful features, like an elastic closure.
Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks are one of the most popular options for DIY planning, and for good reason. The off-white paper works well with a variety of writing instruments, including gel pens and water-based markers. Each notebook has numbered pages, an elastic closure, bookmark, and back pocket.
Rhodia Goalbooks
Rhodia Goalbooks are durable companions.
Rhodia Goalbooks are filled with 90 gsm fountain pen friendly paper in soothing cream. Their dot grid page style helps planner enthusiasts create neat layouts, and year-at-a-glance and index pages at the start of the notebooks help you stay organized. They offer a whole rainbow of cover colors, all of which are held closed with an elastic band in Rhodia orange.
Midori MD Notebooks
The cream-colored paper in Midori MD Notebooks is a joy to write on.
Midori MD Notebooks were practically made for the minimalist. The clean aesthetic of the notebooks is accented by mindful textural and visual details, like cheesecloth binding tape and a debossed logo on the front. The paper performs well with gel pens, fountain pens, and more. You can pair the notebooks with covers to protect them from accidental spills or creases.

If Midori MD Notebooks are a little too freeform, the Stalogy Editor's Series 365Days Notebook balances functionality with simplicity. Each off-white page is printed with a vertical hourly tracker and perpetual calendar in an unobtrusive gray. You can ignore the features or incorporate them into your planning style as you like.

Maruman Croquis Diary Sketchbooks
Maruman Croquis Diary Sketchbooks include blank monthly calendar pages.
Maruman Croquis Diary Sketchbooks combine organization with a blank canvas for creativity. They open with undated calendars, then provide plenty of empty pages. The subtle grid texture of their woven paper helps keep writing neat and place straight washi tape dividers. If you incorporate art into your planning, we recommend these sketchbooks for dry media, light washes of wet media, or collaging.
Leuchtturm1917 Softcover Pocket Notebooks
Leuchtturm1917 Softcover Pocket Notebooks slip easily into compact spaces.
Leuchtturm1917 Softcover Pocket Notebooks have the great paper quality and organizational details of full-size Leuchtturm1917s shrunk into a sleek and portable size. You might not be able to fit a whole week on a spread, but you can take these notebooks everywhere with you without inconvenient bulk.
Best Pens for DIY Planners

Choosing the right pen could be the difference between neat plans and a smudged mess. For example, those who jot down tasks on the go should pick a fine-tipped pen that dries quickly, like a ballpoint pen. Planner users who have multiple ongoing projects might feel the need to color-code with the wide variety of hues that gel pens come in. If you're not sure what the difference is between ballpoint and gel pens, check out our guide to learn more.

Uni Jetstream Ballpoint Pens
The Uni Jetstream Ballpoint Pen has ink that dries quickly.
The Uni Jetstream is one of our favorite ballpoint pens. The low-viscosity ink has the flow of a gel pen but dries almost instantaneously. It’s an excellent pick for those who plan on the go, as you can close your notebook without worrying about ink transfer.
Zebra Sarasa Gel Pens
The Zebra Sarasa Clip Gel Pen lets you pick your favorite colors and tip sizes.
The Zebra Sarasa Clip Gel Pen boasts a huge variety of tip sizes and vibrant colors, so it’s perfect for color-coding text or the occasional doodle. It even comes in specially formulated options: the Sarasa Mark On resists smudging under highlighters, while the Sarasa Dry is smear-free in seconds.
Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens
The Staedtler Pigment Liner Pen is filled with rich, archival quality ink.
If you need a pen that is sure to pass the test of time, reach for the Staedtler Pigment Liner Pen. The ink is archival quality, fade resistant, and waterproof. The long metal tip makes it easy to see exactly where you’re drawing when paired with a ruler or template.
Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Dot Double-Sided Markers
Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Dot Double-Sided Markers make perfect circles every time.
To add some cheerful color to your planner, we recommend the Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Dot Double-Sided Markers. They’re designed with a fine bullet tip on one end and a wide, squishy dot tip on the other. Stamping them right down on the page is deeply satisfying. One of our favorite uses for them is marking days on a habit tracker, but you may also find that they unlock your inner pointillist artist.

We must warn you that when you apply pressure to create a broader line or larger dot, the ink of the Kuretake Dot can bleed through a page to the other side. If you want to “highlight” text or create bold calligraphy, we recommend Tombow Dual Brush Pens instead. As you decorate, be aware that both of these options are water-based and will smudge most gel pens.

Zebra Justfit Mojini Line Highlighters
The Zebra Justfit Mojini Line Highlighter only smudged the Staedtler Pigment Liner slightly.
Highlighters are a useful way to draw attention to important events, but not all highlighters work well with different writing supplies. The Zebra Justfit Mojini Line Highlighter takes away the guesswork with a specially formulated ink that greatly reduces the chance of smudging water-based ink (such as gel pen ink). The special chisel tip flexes against the page for neat lines.
How to Make Your Own Planner
Make a weekly spread with stamps and sticky notes.
Make a weekly spread with stamps and sticky notes.
We used Nombre Mizushima Stamps (Page Head - Schedule, To Do, & Task - Week) to create this five-day spread in a Stalogy Editor's Series 365Days Notebook. You can use masking tape to cover portions of a stamp—for example, we removed two of the checkboxes on the To Do stamp. To differentiate between work and personal items, we used two different colors of Tsukineko VersaMagic Dew Drop Ink Pads.
Lay out a minimalist future planner.
Lay out a minimalist future planner.
We used JetPens Kanso Writable Washi Tape to lay out upcoming months in a sturdy Rhodia Goalbook that’s sure to be a reliable companion. Color-coding with Kuretake ZIG Clean Color Dot Markers keeps us focused on important events.
Stickers and sticky notes make a weekly spread lively and fun.
Stickers and sticky notes make a weekly spread lively and fun.
We used the Date and Title Mark's Maste Perforated Washi Tape for Diary to divide up the page and add visual interest to special lists. Midori Journal Sticky Notes let us add habit trackers that we can follow through the month. A set of Midori Chiratto Index Tabs makes it easy to flip to other pages that we visit often.
Art challenges encourage daily creativity.
Art challenges encourage daily creativity.
We used mt Slim Washi Tapes to create a neat layout on this page, framing and emphasizing the art challenge of the week. The bright colors of Zebra Sarasa Clip Gel Pens easily transition from drawing to writing.
Create a compact pocket planner.
Create a compact pocket planner.
We used a Midori Paintable Stamp to quickly add habit trackers to this month start page. They’re the perfect size to fill up the page of a pocket planner. Dailylike Diary Removable Stickers make the purpose of each habit tracker instantly recognizable.
Make Your Plans

A DIY planner lets you use your favorite pens and notebooks to craft a planner that works best for you. Have you made a DIY planner? Let us know in the comments below.

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