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Embellished Accordian File Folders

Basic accordion folders take on a cheerfully brilliant disguise, one that should help you distinguish files from one another, to boot.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2015

Introduction

Follow this how-to to make a set of accordian folders: you just might find yourself more motivated to tackle some paperwork.

materials

  • Accordion file folder or expanding wallet

  • Text-weight colored paper

  • Spray adhesive

  • Craft knife

  • Elastic cord

  • Alphabet punch (optional)

  • Découpage medium and paintbrush

  • Sources: Accordion wallet, from $5, staples.com

    Super 77 spray adhesive, by 3M, $11, homedepot.com
    Elastic cord, by Sulyn Clubhouse Crafts, $4, joann.com
    Durable découpage finish, $10 for 8 oz.; and alphabet punch, $30, by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com

steps

  1. Trace folder onto paper; cut out.

  2. Remove elastic band from folder; discard. Spray paper with adhesive and smooth onto folder.

  3. With craft knife, puncture paper, aligning with folder’s hole. Knot elastic cord from behind folder flap.

  4. If desired, create a monogram from colored paper with punch; glue onto folder.

  5. Brush on a layer of découpage medium; let dry.

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