Small Projects

Easy DIY Folder Dividers

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Back to school? Need to organise your work? Jazz up your folder with these quick and easy to make folder dividers!

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What you’ll need for this project:

  • A4 coloured card
  • Hole punch
  • Shoelaces
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • A5 folder

Okay, so let’s get started!

Fold your coloured card in half horizontally (I chose pink and blue card for mine) and draw on the shape that you want on the front using a pencil. For my own dividers, I have drawn a sloping curve about a 1/4 the way down.

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Once you are happy with your shape, cut it out but only on the front so the pocket you’ll create will have a higher back. This will give you room to add any decoration or labels that you may want to add.

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To actually make the pocket, we need to join the two halves of the card together. To make the pocket more secure, you can glue around the bottom edges first and then map out where the holes will go. Using your pencil and ruler, evenly space out dots along the glued edges. When you are happy with your spacing, use the hole punch to cut out the dots. Also at this stage, hole punch the side that will clip into your folder.

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Now for the weaving part. Poke your shoelace through the first hole in the bottom left hand corner and pull the shoelace through (make sure there is an even amount of shoelace on both sides).

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To create the cross pattern, bring the half of the shoelace that is round the back to the front and poke through the next hole. Then bring the shoelace that is still in the first hole to the back and poke it though the second hole too.

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Continue this process all the way along the bottom edge and up the right side of the card. You should have a small amount of shoelace left at the end which you can either knot or tie into a bow (I went for the bow!).

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And we have made a folder divider with a pocket! Not only will it organise your paperwork but it will also look good. I hope you enjoy making these! And you’re done! If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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