Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY hanging folder organizer - Tutorial

So, I REALLY needed something to organize my mail and/or things that I use regularly in my living room, but needed it to be out of kid-reach. I saw a few different tutorials for file holders on Pinterest, but I didn't like them, so I made one up on my own that is quick and easy, yet very functional!

Here is what you need:
  • File folders
  • Glue
  • Staples
  • Scissors (or paper cutter)
  • hole punch
  • string/yarn to hang
1. Take your file folders and cut them down to 8" tall. Keep the scraps!
2. Crease your folder bottoms. I did mine at 1/4", or two creases away from the bottom.
3. Take the scraps and cut TWO 2.5 inch thick strips. Longer is better!
4. Fold the strips in half with the color inside, then back to make the shape shown. Make sure the folds are as wide as the bottom of your folder.
5. Glue the strips to the FRONT of the folder first. Then glue it to the back, making sure the sides are even. Secure the side piece with staples to ensure no accidents happen.
6. Repeat for however many number of folders you want your organizer to be!
7. Space the folders about 3 inches apart and staple them together. I did two staples on each side, and should have done one more above the side piece to keep it flat. (as you can tell in the picture, mine look like they're falling apart - this staple should prevent that!)
8. Hole punch the tops and tie the string and hang where you are in need of paper organization!!

Link to your finished products so I can see!!