Are you looking for a cheaper way to organize your daily teaching materials? If so, I have a great homemade solution for you!
Last year I kept noticing how all the teachers had these awesome plastic tubs that they used for organizing their daily materials. For example, in the Monday tub you put all your items for Monday’s lessons. It seemed like a great way to stay organized and help plan ahead. So I went online to find me some tubs… Here are the ones sold by Lakeshore:
They look so great, don’t they? The folders come color-coded and everything! I was going to get myself a set– until I saw the price. $49.99??? That can’t be right…
That’s when I went on Pinterest–And I saw these:
All I did was print off the FREE labels (mentioned above), and then used Mod Podge to stick on scrapbook paper. It was really easy and fast!
To make the folders I tried a variety of methods. Of course, you need file folders and scrapbook paper. Here is some good news– if you have OLD file folders this project will still work for them because you’re just covering up the folder.
I tried at least 4 different types of adhesives. Here is what I found:
1. Glue sticks work– but it’s hard to get the paper on before the glue dries.
2. Liquid white glue works– but it tends to wrinkle the folder and warp it.
3. The adhesive squares (pictured above) were my favorite thing to use because I could really take my time and line everything up.
4. The adhesive spray is very quick and easy to use– but make sure you use it on a covered surface– like newspaper.
To make scrapbook covered folders, simply apply the adhesive of your choice– then trim the paper to fit the folder. I covered one side at a time. Here is my Monday folder– I made the back of it red so I could easily match it to its tub! You can cover the insides too, I just didn’t care to go that far– so I tried to only over the inside tab.
|Back side view|
I had a lot of fun making these– scrapbook paper is endless and has tons of amazing designs. You could really go all out!
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