I made a larger portfolio but also wanted to make a smaller one to hold Zentangle art or paper cutouts made on an Ellison Die Cut press.
These directions will also work for a large size poster board.
Step 1: Supplies
Thicker magazine pages, magazine covers, or thinner cardboard
optional: markers or other supplies to decorate
(Can also decorate before folding)
Thinner cardboard for liner for folder
Step 2: Fold
Fold magazine pages or covers accordion style, like you would fold a paper fan.
Step 3: Attatch a "fan" to Each Side With Staples. This Will Keep Your Art Inside.
MAY BE EASIER TO TRIM EXCESS PAPER BEFORE ATTACHING FAN TO OTHER SIDE.
Line fan up with other side and staple so flat side of staples are on the outside.
Step 4: Trim and Decorate
Place portfolio under heavy books if needed to flatten.
Optional: apply thin piece of tape to cover the bottom side of staples.
Optional: pinch it closed and do one punch with a hole punch near the top center of the poster board. Thread ribbon through and tie.
Step 5: Make It Stronger
Paper for fans was trimmed before it was folded and stapled to poster board.
Optional: Do not staple the inner liner to poster board so that it could be removable.
Step 6: Add Ribbon
Remember that I only stapled my cardboard liner on the sides, not the top. This leaves small pockets on the inside of your portfolio. You can tuck the ends of the ribbon inside the pockets when it is not tied.
Step 7: Other Ideas
This would also be a perfect holder for holiday cards- the outside could be decorated with wrapping paper.
It could be an organizer for mail.
Add some tissue paper and it could hold a small gift.
I hope that you enjoy this craft.