Introduction: Hard Back Book Folder

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Using a cheap hardback book to make an expanding file is a fun way to store those little bits of paper we always have lying around.

Step 1: Remove the Book Pages

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Cut out the pages of your chosen book using a craft knife, so you just have the hard cover.

Step 2: Making the Concertina File

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Cut two pieces of thick paper.
Mine were the length of an A3 piece of paper and had the same width as the book cover, which was 15.5cm

Fold the pieces of paper concertina style, making sure the folds are all the same size.
Mine were 1cm.

Step 3: Add Ribbon

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Attach some ribbon to the inside of the book cover along the middle using strong glue.

The ribbon will be tied to keep the file together.

Step 4: Assemble the Folder

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Glue the folded paper to the edges of the inside of the book cover.
Add a piece of paper on top, over the ribbon, to keep things neat.
Do this for both sides of the book cover.

Step 5: Add the Dividers

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Cut rectangles of paper, mine were 15.5x23cm, to be the dividers in the folder and glue them in place.

I put mine in every other fold, though you could put more or less depending on how many sections you would like.

Step 6: Finished

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Your folder is read to fill up.

I filled mine with photos, leaflets and general life ephemera.
And because I used the book Miles To Go by Miley Cyrus, I call this creation the Miley Filey System.


Forn Man made it! (author)2014-06-03

My school district requires students to keep a "Reader/Writer Notebook" in my class. The yearbook teacher is next door, and she gave me these old yearbooks for them to make into book folders. The kids loved it! We've kept them in class and filled them with work.

The students discovered that the file partitions worked better for this project if they weren't glued to the accordion folded pieces, but just were sitting loosely in the folder. That way, they didn't have any limitations on the sizes of the individual compartments.

I'm giving the students a choice at the end of the year: Bring me another large book that a future student can use for their folder, or let me keep their folder from this year. Thanks for the idea! John

thecraftartykid (author)Forn Man2014-06-03

That's so awesome! I'm glad my project was useful to you. Thanks for sharing what the kids came up with, they look great.

3366carlos (author)2016-01-18

u r d best!

Book Girl (author)2015-05-15

wonderful idea!

porcupinemamma (author)2012-06-25

Brilliant! I'm following you mwah hah ha ;0)


dremmettbrown (author)2013-12-07

Miley Cyrus

dremmettbrown (author)2013-12-07


shazni (author)2012-06-24

This is great! well done

scoochmaroo (author)2012-06-24

Awesome! What a clever idea.

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