How I Bind Our Homeschool Printables

by | Feb 21, 2021 | Homeschool, Homeschool 101, Our Homeschool | 0 comments

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Are you a printables junkie like me? Man, I am a sucker for them, especially if they are FREE! 😄

Every now and then, I get asked, “Shirley, with all these printables that you are printing, how do you keep them organized?”

That’s a good question, my friend. Let me introduce you to my binding machine, Fellowes Star 150, and how I bind all of our homeschool printables.

Binding Machine

I bought the Fellowes Star 150 binding machine off our previous FB neighborhood page for like $20 and it even came with the plastic combs, SCORE!

If you are looking for a binding machine, I highly recommend checking your local Facebook Marketplace or a homeschool resale page first and see if anyone is getting rid of theirs to save some money.

Think of this binding machine as a big ‘ol paper hole puncher. Here are the steps to bind them (or you can watch the video above).

Homeschool Binding Machine

Steps to Bind Printables

STEP 1: Line up your printables and hole punch them. There are guides on the machine to help you, but make sure the papers are ALL THE WAY DOWN.

STEP 2: Line up the covers and hole punch them just like your printables.

STEP 3: Organize the front cover, printables, and back cover and make sure they are in order.

STEP 4: Place your plastic comb so you can spread it open.

STEP 5: Slide your front cover, printables, and back cover through the comb.

STEP 6: Close the plastic comb. Lift the whole thing up and you are done!

How to use Fellowes star 150

Binding Combs & Covers

The plastic binding combs I use are the 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch. The 1/2 in. can bind approximately less than 50 pages, and anything more than 50-100 pages I use the 3/4 inch plastic combs.

Fellowes 1/2 inch binding combs

Fellowes 3/4 inch binding combs

For the cover, I use the Fellowes clear covers from Amazon. I put one cover in the front and one in the back, sandwiching the printables.

Binding homeschool printables

Best Homeschool Printer

For all my homeschool (and home office) printing needs, I use my beloved Epson ET-2750 EcoTank. Any of the EcoTank series is good. The one I have can scan, photocopy, print front & back, and prints in black & white and color.

I bought this over 2 years ago and STILL have not had to change the ink (although it is getting low right about now).

I’ve printed SO many printables, like the Good and the Beautiful Book List (almost 150 pages), this awesome Critical Thinking Coloring Book, and this Marine Biology Unit Study for K-8. All those printables are FREE by the way. 😉

Just those 3 printables alone, I am looking at over 300 pages. With my old printer (Canon Pixma), there’s no way, I would be buying ink cartridges left and right.

With the Epson EcoTank series, they use an ink bottle, not cartridge. It’s not as messy as you think. Setup was easy peasy.

If you are looking for a new homeschool printer, look no further. Get the Epson EcoTank. It’s an investment to start for sure, but it will serve you well over a long period of time.

I should really do a blog post/video just on this printer. I am serious, lol.

Epson ET 2750 Eco Tank

Wrapping Up

Alright, that’s all for now.

Are you a printable junkie like me? Let me know in the comment section below! 😄

Shirley Nozawa

Shirley Nozawa

Homeschooling mom of 2

Hi! Welcome to my blog! I am so glad you are here. I share our homeschooling journey, family routines and finances, and random motherhood ramblings.

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