How to Make Pretty File Folders From One Sheet of Paper

by Annette Green

Liven up boring file folders while using up extra scrapbook paper.


  • 12" x 12" decorative paper
  • Regular manila file folder
  • Adhesive
  • Distress ink, optional
  • Scissors
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cut a 12" x 12" piece of decorative paper into two pieces: 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" and 3 1/2" x 11 1/2".

    Step 2

    Place the largest piece inside a manila folder (there should be space on the left and right edge) and trace top edge with a pencil.

    Step 3

    Cut 1/8" in from your traced pencil line.

    Step 4

    I'd desired, ink distress the edges with a blending tool or sponge.

    Step 5

    Use glue stick or strong tape runner adhesive to adhere paper to front of folder.

    Step 6

    Now trace the back flap of the folder onto the smaller paper.

    Step 7

    Cut 1/8" from traced line.

    Step 8

    Ink edges, if desired, and adhere to inside of folder.

    Step 9

    Add a label to your pretty folder.

    Step 10

    This is a great way to use up extra scrapbook paper and to liven up the office! For more ideas and inspiration visit my blog at