Saturday, July 14, 2012

DIY Hanging File Folders

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DIY Hanging File Folders can be used for many different items, and can be expanded or shortened to fit your needs! Have individual pockets for make up work, turned in work, graded work, etc! Customize with scrapbook paper to match your classroom theme. 

Items to Gather:

  • Manila file folders
  • Stapler
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon



    For the purpose I'm using my hanging file folder for (Make up Work), here are the directions. I have six classes, so I need six manila file folders.

    Step 1
    : Layer the folders, leaving about six inches in between the tops of each folder. 

    Step 2:
    Staple down the sides of the file folders, stapling them to each other and closing the sides.

    Step 3:
    Trim the paper to fit the file folder. Cover each file folder with the paper, adhering with glue.

    Step 4: Laminate the entire set of folders.

    Step 5: Take a pair of scissors and slice through the laminate at the top of each folder, opening up the slit in the folders.

    Step 6: Cut two pieces of ribbon. The length is up to you. Hot glue one end of each ribbon to the back of the folders.

    Step 7: Tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow.

    Step 8: Hang!

    Other Tips/Suggestions:

    Make sure the laminator stays hot the entire time, so take your time with this set.  (Having done this 3 times, I tried to laminate too fast the first set and it didn't laminate very well).  It has to be hot glue. I tried super glue, but it doesn't adhere very well to slick surface of the laminate.

    Hope you find this useful in your classroom!


    1. Can you laminate over staples??? Ii didn't think you could???

      1. It worked fine for me. But if you are worried about it, you could hot glue the folders then laminate.

    2. Love these folders. I made something like this. It's funny because you can take the same project and find so many different ways to do something. I did it differently and saw a pin with a different way. Love it.
      Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

      1. Thank you! You are right; they are very versatile.

    3. this is so cute! looking forward to making some!

    4. Love this fact, I purchased file folders in the tiny teacher section at Wal-Mart. There are 3 in a pack and decorated with apples/ books/ pencils....many themes, many colors..cute, cute, cute. This would eliminate the decorating step.
      Did I mention that they are only .88 per pack?
      Thanks again for the idea..........:-)

      1. Oh man! That would make that even easier to complete :)

    5. Such good material on here. I cannot wait to start teaching this fall!

      1. Good luck! Feel free to follow my blog if you are entering into middle school and/or Language Arts!

    6. Loving this - I feel this could be my next pinterest-saved DIY projects. Happy to have found your blog & to be your newest follower. Check out my blog when you have a chance and enter to win my sunflower life cycle giveaway - wishing you & I the best WINNING luck!

      :) Antonia

    7. Love, love, love this idea! Making my shopping list now!

    8. How sturdy would it be - being held by the ribbon ? Just curious because if you have very many papers in just one file it could get pretty heavy pretty fast.


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