Easy DIY Files for Kids

Today, to avoid laundry add a little more organization to our new house, I decided to take charge of our overwhelming paper trail stemming from daily lessons. Lessons = GREAT! Amount of paper {recycled as it is already} = MESS!

While I was sorting my office desk, I happened upon a box which included some of my scrapbook paper and a light bulb went off! If I staple two pieces of paper together, I can have files at my finger tips! So, I went to work. In my efforts, I learned that using two 12″ x 12″ scrapbook pages work best. Here’s the quick and easy way to file your minions’ work in a creative way.

{I had the idea to document this after completing my children’s files, so the tutorial is much less fancy 🙂 }

Supplies needed

  • 2 pieces of scrapbook paper {Mix and match}
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Punch-out letters {or a marker to simply label it}


  1. Fold one of the pieces of paper from edge to edge about 2″ in.
  2. Place the unfolded piece into the folded piece.
  3. Staple the two pieces of paper together with the sharp part of the staples in the back.
  4. Place & glue your letters onto your paper. TIP! Start with the middle letter as this will ensure balance on both sides of the paper.
  5. Put your files in and enjoy!

Here is how ours turned out. Notice that our little man’s paper is smaller. It still works, but I couldn’t fold the paper around for more security as I could with the girls’.


I bought this wire magazine holder last year for the purpose of having a paper place for each child. I couldn’t figure out a great way to do it without it being overwhelmed until now. The tightness of the file folders require us to go through these regularly to recycle old papers and keep only what we really want.


I hope you like my little afternoon project and were perhaps inspired to do something similar! This was a $0 cost project since I had all the materials at my fingertips 🙂

Have a great day!!!





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