DIY Wallpaper Folders15:00
So it seems it's already the start of 'back to school' season, when all the shops are stocked up with uniforms and stationary. Though I've got a good 4 or 5 weeks before I head back to college, I decided to get all my stuff ready way before so nothing is forgotten and also so its cleared from my mind.
Folders is one thing I hate buying because I want nice unique, quirky patterns and I don't always find ones I like in shops. When I do however, they usually are quite expensive and the plain ones just don't do it for me. So I've resorted once again this year to covering plain, boring folders with wallpaper. Yes, once again the trusty free wallpaper samples are of use.
This DIY is cheap, simple and because you made it yourself - unique, so you won't have t worry about matching with someone else. Also, I found that by doing this last year as well, the folders where more durable and didn't get them annoying, flappy, split corners.
You will need :
- Wallpaper sample(s)
- Hot glue gun
- Something to protect your work surface - newspaper, art mat etc
1. Whilst your hot glue gun is heating up, start off by drawing around your folder. Make sure to leave enough excess room around the folder. Doing this will make it easier to place when gluing - so you aren't short of paper.
2. If your wallpaper is on the thicker side, lightly score it being careful not to cut through the paper. This will make an easier, cleaner fold around the folder.
3. Now, working side by side, you can begin gluing the folder to your paper. Make sure to firmly press the folder down allowing time for the glue to set (only a few seconds).
4. Once the folder is fully stuck down, begin drawing lines on the folder's crease's.
5. Cut the line and cut the tab smaller. I found without doing this the paper began to crease up of peel off when in use.
6. Stick the tabs down.
7. Again draw a line and snip up it - on the edge of the folder.
8. Then proceed to stick each of them tabs down, not forgetting to firmly press them down. You should be left with something like this.
9. Oh look the ruler and pencil and returned once again. I decided to cut this part on an angle to make it look a bit neater.
10. Voilá, it's complete! If you aren't happy with how the inside looks here are some ideas you could glue down to cover it:
- A thin whiteboard (or make your own by laminating some paper)
- Left over wallpaper or other decorative paper
- Paper Folder (to store loose sheets)
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