Make your own decorative file folders

Hallmark Designer Lauren H. has the best ideas—like her No Sew Bags! When she came to us with the notion of making cute file folders to brighten up your workspace, we said, “Yes, please!” Follow along for a fun and easy craft.

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The way you decorate your space makes it yours. It’s what give you those homey feelings when you walk through the door. Unfortunately our workspaces don’t always get as much personal attention as our dwellings. So if you’re feeling a little manila and your desk is more bland than brilliant, let the workshop below inspire you to get crafty and remake your space.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECORATIVE FILE FOLDERS

Decorative File Folders | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Decorative File Folders | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sturdy colored paper
  • Paints and paint brushes
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Standard file folders
  • A pencil

Decorative File Folders | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Directions:

STEP 1: Decorate your paper.

I armed my fellow Hallmarkers with lots of colored paper and a variety of paints and markers. Then we all went to work creating patterns and fun surface designs. Some people used paintbrushes while others got creative with stamping. You can decorate your paper with dots, stripes, dashes and geometric shapes. Just be sure that your pattern covers the entire surface of your paper.

STEP 2: Let your patterned creations dry.

STEP 3: Open up the file folders and place them on top of your decorative paper. Trace around the edges with a pencil and then cut out the shape with scissors. Now fold the piece of patterned paper in half to create your custom designed file folder.

Decorative File Folders | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Decorative File Folders | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Decorative File Folders | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Tip: You can use leftover scraps of paper to decorate magazine holders, binders and pencil cups. This is a fun and inexpensive way to update your office supplies and create a workspace bursting with personality.

Decorative File Folders | thinkmakeshareblog.com

Decorative File Folders | thinkmakeshareblog.com

We would love to see how you brighten your workspace. Share pics with us on Instagram—tag us @think.make.share! For more craft ideas, visit our friends at Hallmark.com.

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  1. 9.16.16 | Reply
    Lindsay T. wrote:

    I just looooove these! <3 So simple and useful!

  2. 4.19.17 | Reply
    Olivia wrote:

    The school year is almost over, but I am definitely going to try this! For too long my desk has been too cluttered and boring. Great inspiration!