A Little Bit of Organization

May 30, 2012 § 2 Comments

Whether you are going through final exam week or trying to find different ways to organize your office space. This budget friendly craft may be just the right one for you! At school, my folders and notebooks usually end up all over my room  making it difficult to find materials when I was in a rush. This craft is a simple way to organize your things with a personalized touch!

First here are the materials you will need…

Cereal Box                                $FREE

Knife                                          $FREE

Mod Podge                               $10  (Once you buy mod podge it will help with all different types of crafts in the future!)

Scrapbooking Paper               $1-2 a sheet (12×12) You will need two pieces per cereal box.

Ruler                                          $FREE ($1 at the dollar store or Walmart)

Sharpie/Marker                      $1.50

Paint Brush                              $1.00

Now you will have to use the sharpie and the ruler to mark the place where you would like to cut on the cereal box. I found it easiest to use a knife but if you have a box cutter that would work too. Scissors weren’t sharp enough to cut the cardboard evenly! I left about a half an inch from the top and extended that about 5 inches. After I extended the line I drew an angled line down to where I wanted the opening of the file holder to start.

Next, use the same measurements and mark the scrapbooking paper. TIP! Make sure that you leave a little extra (1/2) along the top edges of the paper so it can be wrapped around the cereal box.

Cut the other piece of paper the opposite way. Remember that the pieces will be on the different sides of the cereal box so they match up when they are glued on. Now, use the paint brush to bruch the mod podge onto the cereal box. I recommend working on one side at a time. TIP! Make sure you but a little bit of mod podge on the inside of the cereal box so the extra scrapbook paper has something to glue it down.

After you complete this step your file holders should be completed. If you would like you could paint the inside or line the inside to make it look more presentable. I plan on labeling the back of each of my file holders and have them sit on a shelf so there is no need to make the inside look pretty because no one will see them! You can also mix and match patterns if you make more than one file holder!

The total cost of this project is about $5 but that price can change depending on the materials you already own. Not to bad when file holders are priced anywhere from $10 – $30. You save $5 – $25 by recreating this craft instead of buying it in the store!

What would you use the file holders for? Would you change anything about this craft?

Make sure to keep checking my blog over summer for more updates on budget friendly, crafty collegiate crafts!

Happy Crafting!

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