DIY Decorative File Folders

I'm on a pre-spring clean up mission, which included reorganizing the family command center.
I was off to a good start...but those bins still looked messy!
I checked out decorative file folders on line, but decided to make my own with some leftover gift wrap.
Using spray adhesive, I covered plain manilla file folders with the gift wrap.
I added packing tape to the top centers (front and back) to reinforce them before punching a hole about .75 inch below the top edge (again, on both the front and back).
I added a button to the front, securing the wire on the back with packing tape...
and added an elastic tie to the back...
Next, tie the elastic loop around the button...leaving a little play to make it easy to open and close.
And viola: A much tidier command center that fits all of the family's user requirements!
For more details and additional photos, check out the link below. :)

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1 question
  • Flossie
    on Feb 26, 2016

    Hello The files look fabulous. May I ask where you bought your wrapping paper? Is it MC? A great result. Thank you Flossie

    • EmDirr @
      on Feb 27, 2016

      Hi, Flossie! Yep! It is MC. We passed through Aurora on the way to a swim meet and I picked up a pack of paper. I've used the paper (and napkins, too) for several Mack-Chi inspired projects...a good investment!

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