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File Folder Make-over


File Folder Mekeover


Hello to all of you May Arts fans, I’m Andrea. It tickles me pink to be a part of the May Arts Design Team and I love sharing my ideas with all of you. I don’t know about you, but I know I have a few hot spots (problem areas) in my house that I’m in the process of trying to find a simple and useful solution to fix the problem.  One of my hot spots is in the kitchen where I always seem to have piles of mail, notes from school, invitations, etc.


I started thinking about how I could solve this hot spot that drives me completely bonkers to say the least. I do have a file box by the computer in the family-room. However, it’s used more for bills, taxes and business stuff. Besides it’s just your ordinary box with file folders, boring. I wanted something quick, simple, and decorative.  Something my kids would also like to use and get in the habit of putting papers somewhere besides piles.


This is how I came up with my file folder make-over. Here is the list of supplies I used and the companies that deserve the credit for their talent in making wonderful products.


365 series 2” color 10 (black/ivory stripes)

379 series 1.5” color 10 (black satin pleats)

RG33 1.5” (brown/ivory stripes)

360-38-32  3/8" (antique gold, scalloped trim)

363-33 (brown twisted burlap)


Glue glider pro, I love this nifty tape runner.

Ribbon adhesive, also an awesome product.

             Extreme adhesive squares, fabulous.


Embellished butterflies

Sew on buttons


Paper flowers


  • Martha Stewart Crafts

Self adhesive labels


Mementos metal embellishments


  • Scrapbook paper
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Lighter (to seal ribbon ends)
  • Ruler
  • File folders


Step one:   Use your glue glider pro and apply to all edges on the front of the file folder.


Step two: Place you paper aligning the bottom edge of the paper with the folder and press down.  There is no need to cut the paper before.


Step three: You will cut the excess paper off following the edge of the folder.  Easy peasy!


Step four: My paper was double sided so I then cut a piece of the excess paper and again used my glue glider pro to attach it to the inside of the folder.  Cut off the excess following folder edge.


Now for the fun part, adding your ribbon and embellishments.

  • Cut the ribbon with enough excess to fold and glue around edges. Always seal the ends of your ribbon.
  • Measure and cut Glue Arts ribbon adhesive.  Place the adhesive on your ribbon.  Hold the ribbon and run your finger down the ribbon adhesive strip pressing firmly.
  • Simply pull protective plastic off and attach to your folder.


On the smaller more delicate ribbons like the 360 series scalloped trim, use your Glue Arts extreme adhesive squares.   These are so awesome.


Doesn’t it look great?  Here are more pictures of the other file folders I completed.  I have a folder for each individual: Mom, Dad, Dakotah, Makayla, Makinley, and other optional folders like coupons and mail.  When I bring in the mail I sort it between mine, my husbands and the left over in the mail folder if I don’t have time to sit and open it all.  Things I put in the kids folders are homework project papers and other important papers to keep track of them, etc.


It’s not just functional, it adds pizzazz to the kitchen and keeps the piles off the counters. 


What are the hot spots in your house?  I hope this inspires your mind to help you think of creative solutions of your own that are not just functional but have beauty and class.  I hope you stop by again soon.  We love having you join us.  Ta-tah for now.

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Blog Posted By: Andrea Miller

  1. Donna

    Such a great way to spice up a drab office or work area, will have to do this in mine!! Some bright and cheery paper and of course RIBBON!!

    Thanks for the great idea.

  2. jen shears

    What a pretty way to organize!!!

  3. Jennifer H.

    I have file folders on my kitchen counters too but they sure don’t like look like this! I so need to revamp mine so they look pretty. And yes, my trouble spots are still my counters. LOL

  4. Vicki

    I absolutely love these. My husband has his own business and he is forever throwing his receipts on the island in the kitchen. Decorative folders to hide his receipts till I can file them properly.

  5. Jenny McGee

    Love, love love these file folders. How creative for all that Stuff that piles up everywhere. Gotta do this. Thanks .

  6. Charlene

    Adorable and practical…gotta love it.

  7. Shelly

    Love the file folders! What a practical and pretty idea. I love all your designs.

  8. DeniseB

    Great idea to dress up the file folders! My favorite is the butterfly one!

  9. Pam Loris

    What a wonderful way to spruce up those boring folders!!

  10. Karen K

    Those are by far the cutest file folders ever.

  11. Pam Spradlin

    These file folders are way too cute. It also seems like a nice way to use up your scraps of paper.

  12. conniemelancon

    my hot spot is my kitchen bar. this is a great idea. thanks for the tutorial.

  13. Patty B

    I never thought about revamping my file folders…this is great!

  14. Bonnie

    very cool idea. I have lots of folders that could use some sprucin’ up

  15. Courtney Lee

    Fantastic idea and beautifully done!

  16. Nina

    Very neat idea! Thanks

  17. HollyMira

    What a great idea. These would look great sitting on my desk at work.


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