Office supplies can be expensive, so save money by making your own folders out of construction paper. Whether you need something to keep all of your paperwork organised or you are looking for a creative way to store and display your photos, crafts for making your own folders are an excellent solution. When making your own folders, you can make them as simple and functional or as detailed and decorative as you want. Incorporate some photos, colour and decorations into your handmade folder for use in a scrapbook or to simply customise your folder for your own enjoyment.
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Things you need
- Construction or printer paper
- 3 sheets of card stock, 8 1/2-by-11 inches
- Scrap paper
- Craft glue
Lay two sheets of construction paper or printer paper on top of each other and staple them together around the edges on three sides, one short end and the two long sides, leaving the top open. Repeat this process with a second set of two pieces of paper.
Fold another piece of paper in half horizontally and staple the open sides of the folded paper together using the fold as the bottom and leaving the top open. Repeat this process with a second piece of paper. When you are finished with this step, you will have two half-sheet folder pockets.
Staple one half-sheet pocket to each of the larger pockets you stapled together earlier to create the two halves of your folder. To attach the half-sheet pockets, lay each one on top of the larger pocket, lining up the sides and the bottom edge, and staple them together along the bottom and the sides.
Lay the two halves of the folder on top of each other with the half-sheet pockets inside, and staple the left edge together to complete the folder.
How to Make a Simple Stapled Folder
Cut one sheet of card stock in half horizontally to create two halves measuring 8 1/2-by-5 1/2 inches.
Attach one half sheet of card stock to each of the remaining full sheets of card stock along the bottom edge and both sides. To attach the half sheets, apply craft glue to the edges of both sheets of paper then lay the half sheet on top of the full sheet and press down firmly. For a more decorative look, you can sew the sheets of card stock together on a sewing machine using straight long stitch or a decorative zigzag stitch.
Cut a 1-by-11-inch strip of scrap paper. For a cohesive design, the scrap paper should be the same colour or pattern as the card stock used for the folder.
Use the piece of scrap paper to attach the two halves of the folder. Lay the piece of scrap paper flat and coat it with glue. Place the edges of the two halves of the folder, pocket sides up, on top of the glue and press down firmly. To centre the scrap paper, each half of the folder should overlap the scrap paper by about 1/2 inch.
Decorate the folder with your favourite photos or sew an ornamental border using a decorative stitch on the sewing machine. To use your folder, crease the scrap paper strip down the middle so you can open and close your folder easily.
How to Make a Decorative Folder
Tips and warnings
- Customise your folders by using colourful construction paper or scrapbooking paper. Once your folder is finished, you can add decorative designs using markers, stickers and glitter.
- If you choose to sew your decorative folder together using a sewing machine, do so slowly so you do not tear the paper.
- Use caution when operating a stapler. Only use staplers on a flat, hard surface and keep your fingers away from the stapling edge to avoid pinching yourself.
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