Wall Pockets From 3 Ring Binders

Wall mounted file pockets are expensive. We’ll, we’ve found a way to make super cheap & creative wall mounted holders using 3 ring binders! The pockets can be used to organize or hold all types of things but we created 7 DIFFERENT PRINTABLES so they can be used as a homework helper. COMPLETE DETAILS, PHOTOS & PRINTABLES ON OUR SITE HERE
1″ 3 ring binders with insertable covers
1″ x 9″ or longer paint sticks
Saw for cutting paint sticks
Glue gun (E6000 for a much stronger hold)
Command Strips
Wet Erase Markers
Basic supplies needed.
The first thing you need to do is remove the metal ring strip from each of the binders. This can be a little tricky depending on the type, but generally you can carefully pry them off using screwdriver and pliers. We insert a large flat screwdriver next to where it was attached and then twisted the screwdriver to help pull the metal up.
Cut your paint sticks to about 8.5″ or 9″. These will fall about an inch below the top so that there is a little give when placing items in the pouches.
Paint the sticks.
Start by gluing along one side of the binder as far up as the stick will go. (You could also glue directly onto the stick. Place the stick in place quickly. Do this for both sides of the binder. Make sure to keep the sticks at the edge of the binder. You don't want to place them too far in!
You will then Place a line of glue on the tops of the sticks and fold the opposite side of your binder over onto the wood strips being careful to line them up correctly. *** MORE DETAILS ON OUR SITE***
Insert your covers of choice.
Completed wall pouches! They hang easily on the wall using Command Strips!
For the charts you can write directly on the front of the binders with q WET ERASE marker!

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  • Vicki
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Love these! How did you attach them to the wall?

  • Karen Stripling
    on Aug 13, 2016

    Great idea I'm going to share at work as a project for the kids on our annual Earth Day celebration at my agency. We have tons of binders and many the rings don't close properly, so we get rid of them. Question: can you open from the side or do you pull items out from the top? Thanks so much for the awesome idea!

  • Christy Roppel
    on Aug 16, 2016

    Hi! Love the idea, but it seems like when you would put pressure (as in writing or pulling items out) on them, they would come apart. The side of the paint stick is so narrow that unless the glue was extremely durable, it would come apart or the stick would break. What is your thought/history on this?

    • That's a good point. These are mainly to just slip papers in and out of. As long as they are not pulled on they should holdup fine. I should have clarified that on my main post and I'll go back and do that. Now there are a couple other options. You can use E6000 for an incredibly stronger hold. I was wanting something quick dry so hence the hot glue. I also did something on one of them that I didn't mention in the post. I tacked them in place with the glue gun then I went back with my manual staple/mini brad gun and used small single tiny brads. I did struggled to make sure they hit the board as it’s so thin so that's why I didn't show that photo. Thanks for the comment. Sometimes I miss clarifying things until someone mentions them!

    • Gail Bertiaux Milligan
      on Aug 18, 2016

      You could double or triple the paint stick or use a slightly thicker board to begin with.

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