How to Unbind Spiral Binding

Notebooks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with different types of bindings. A common binding for a notebook is a spiral binding. This is a commonly used binding because it allows the notebook to open fully and lay flat on a table for easy access to both pages. Once the binding is not needed, it is easy to unbind a spiral binding.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Metal cutters

Using a pair of needle nose pliers, hold the end of the wire metal spiral binding on the top end of the notebook, and straighten the end.

Hold the straight end of the piece of metal and cut off the straight portion of the metal wire with a pair of wire cutters.

Determine the direction in which the spiral binding runs through the bound notebook.

Hold the wire at the bottom end of the notebook and begin to twist the metal wire in the opposite direction it runs through the notebook.

Continue twisting the wire until the entire piece has been removed from the notebook.


  • Be careful and keep your fingers out of the path of the metal cutters.

    Be careful not to poke your fingers with the metal wire.


About the Author

Virgil Dudley is an artist, designer, and urban theorist who has written, researched and designed projects in the fields of art, architecture, fashion, and design since 2001. She has written for websites such as eHow. She holds a B.F.A. in ceramics and art history and a M.Sc. in architectural history and theory and is co-owner of an environmentally responsible clothing line.