DIY Hanging File Folders

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!

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