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How to bind a book at home

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Spiral binding is an excellent way to create professional-looking books, reports, or notebooks right from the comfort of your home. Whether you are a student looking to bind your project, an aspiring author self-publishing your work, or simply someone who loves DIY projects, spiral binding offers a cost-effective and customizable solution. In this article, we will walk you through the steps to spiral bind a book at home.

Materials Needed:

  1. Your printed pages
  2. Spiral coils
  3. A paper cutter or guillotine
  4. A hole punch
  5. A ruler
  6. Pencil
  7. Scissors
  8. Cutting mat (optional)
  9. Front and back cover (if desired)

Step-by-Step Guide to Spiral Binding a Book at Home:

  1. Prepare Your Document:
  • Start by printing your document, ensuring that the margins and layout are correct.
  • If you wish to have a front and back cover, print them separately and set them aside.
  1. Trim Your Pages:
  • Use a paper cutter or guillotine to trim the edges of your printed pages, making sure they are uniform and clean.
  1. Mark Hole Placement:
  • Measure and mark where you want the holes for binding to be on the left side of your pages.
  • Popular spacing is typically 4:1 pitch (four holes per inch).
  1. Punch Holes:
  • Using a hole punch, carefully punch holes at the marked spots. Ensure that the holes are consistent across all pages.
  1. Prepare the Spiral Coil:
  • Select an appropriately sized spiral coil that matches the length of your document.
  • If the coil is too long, you can trim it using scissors (plastic) or wire cutters (aluminum, wire) to the correct length.
  1. Thread the Spiral Coil:
  • Thread spiral through the holes in your document, starting from the one end and working your way through
  1. Close the Coil:
  • Use needle nose pliers to give the end of the spiral a 90 degree bend/turn.
  1. Finish and Check:
  • Ensure that the coil is securely closed, and all pages are bound together neatly.
  • Flip through the pages to check for any misalignment or loose ends.
  1. Optional Finishing Touches:
  • You can use a clear cover or plastic sheet to protect the front cover and create a more professional look.


Spiral binding a book at home is a satisfying and cost-effective way to create your own customized documents. With the right tools and careful attention to detail, you can achieve professional-looking results. Whether you are binding school projects, reports, or even your own novel, this DIY process allows you to take control of your bookbinding needs. Happy binding!

Categories Aluminum Spiral Coils

How To Bind a Planner

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Binding a planner typically involves assembling the pages of your planner into a cohesive and organized format, often using binding methods like spiral binding, ring binding, or bookbinding. Here are the general steps to bind a planner:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Planner Pages: Gather all the pages of your planner in the desired order. Ensure they are printed and trimmed to the correct size.
  2. Cover: You can use a cardstock or a thicker material for the cover. It should be the same size as your planner pages, possibly with a slight overhang for protection.
  3. Binding Method: Choose a binding method that suits your needs. Common options include:
    • Spiral Binding: Requires a coil or spiral wire.
    • Ring Binding: Requires binder rings or discs.
    • Bookbinding: Requires glue, thread, or other binding materials.

Steps to Bind Your Planner:

  1. Prepare Your Pages:
    • Make sure all your planner pages are properly organized and in the correct order.
    • Punch holes or create notches along the edge where you plan to bind your pages. The hole placement will depend on your chosen binding method.
  2. Create the Cover:
    • Design or decorate your planner cover if desired.
    • Make holes or notches in the cover to align with the holes or notches in your planner pages.
  3. Choose Your Binding Method:
    • Here’s how to bind using the most common methods:
    • Spiral Binding:
      • Take your planner pages and cover to a print or office supply store with spiral binding equipment.
      • They will use a machine to insert a spiral wire through the holes or notches, securing your pages and cover together.
    • Ring Binding:
      • Purchase binder rings or discs in the size you need.
      • Align your pages and cover with the holes or notches.
      • Thread the rings or discs through the holes, and secure them.
    • Bookbinding:
      • You can use various bookbinding techniques like perfect binding (gluing the spine), saddle stitching (stapling along the spine), or sewing (using thread to bind the pages).
      • Depending on the method, you’ll need glue, a stapler, or a needle and thread.
  4. Finishing Touches:
    • Trim any excess wire or thread.
    • Ensure that your planner pages are securely bound, and the cover is attached.
  5. Customize and Organize:
    • Personalize your planner by adding tabs, dividers, stickers, or any other decorations.
    • Organize your planner pages according to your needs, such as monthly calendars, weekly spreads, to-do lists, and notes sections.
  6. Test the Planner:
    • Flip through the planner to make sure all the pages are secure and in the correct order.
  7. Use and Enjoy:
    • Your bound planner is now ready to use and enjoy. Write down your plans, tasks, and notes to stay organized.

Remember to choose a binding method that suits your preferences and the purpose of your planner. Each method has its advantages and may require different tools and skills.

Categories General Information

New client spotlight

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In the fast-paced world we live in, staying organized is key to success. That’s why we are excited to introduce our latest client, By When? Planner Co., a rising new company in the planner industry. With the help of our premium Aluminum Spiral Coils, this emerging company is set to revolutionize the way we plan and organize people’s lives.

At PEL, we take pride in collaborating with innovative brands that share our commitment to quality and functionality. By When? Planner Co. perfectly aligns with our values, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of their journey.

The Journey Begins

Though relatively new to the scene, By When? Planner Co. is wasting no time in leaving a lasting impression. With only a few months in operation, they’ve already captured the attention of planners and organization enthusiasts alike. Their dedication to providing superior planning solutions sets them apart in an increasingly crowded market.

Aluminum Spiral Coils: The Perfect Match

Central to By When? Planner Co.’s success is the choice of materials. The Aluminum Spiral Coils provided by PEL perfectly complement the elegance and functionality of their planners. Crafted with precision and durability in mind, these coils ensure that each planner’s pages are securely bound, allowing users to confidently plan their days, weeks, and months ahead.

Distinctive Planning Styles

One of the factors that sets By When? Planner Co. apart is their innovative approach to planning. Their planners cater to various planning styles, whether you’re a visual thinker, a detail-oriented organizer, or a goal-driven go-getter. From minimalist designs to vibrant layouts, By When? Planner Co. offers options that cater to individual preferences, making planning a truly personal experience.

Discover By When? Planner Co.

Curious to learn more? We invite you to explore the world of By When? Planner Co. by visiting their website at http://www.bywhen.,com. Immerse yourself in their range of planners designed to help you stay on top of your goals, appointments, and aspirations.

Join the Journey

At PEL, we’re honored to partner with By When? Planner Co. as they redefine the art of planning. With our Aluminum Spiral Coils binding their vision, we’re confident that their planners will continue to inspire and empower individuals on their journey towards productivity and success.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates from By When? Planner Co. and PEL. Together, we’re shaping the future of planning, one coil at a time.

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Categories General Information

What is the largest spiral coil available?

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Most vendors will say the largest spiral coil available is 2” (50mm). This may be the case for many, but that is incorrect. There are larger spiral coils available in the market, the largest being made out of aluminum or wire. In plastic, the largest spiral coil is 3.5” (88.9mm), and in aluminum or wire the largest spiral coil is 4.5” (114.3mm).

Larger diameter spiral coils can be manufactured in various pitches (holes per inch), but it is recommend to use either a 2.5:1 or a 2:1 pitch. By having less holes per inch, it will be easier to insert the spiral, and less material would be used.



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What makes a planner?

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Some say accessories are the most important part of an outfit. A purse, a belt, a scarf, or anything else you may think of.

So, what is the most important part of your planner? Stickers, font, layout, type of paper? Yes, all those are VERY important, but do they make your planner?

I say the binding is what makes a planner, and the type of binding makes a difference too.

What Makes A Planner
You can always use this, but is this the product you want put out there?
Other alternatives are imported spirals, yes, they are cheaper than a PEL spiral. And less expensive too! But again, is that the product you want to put out there?
What Makes A Planner
2023 Planner, using PEL Solid Spiral
Yes, we could be bragging about our own product, but it is not a coincidence ALL major planner companies use PEL Spirals…….