7.02.2012

Monday Made It


I am loving summer!!!  
However, I can't believe it's halfway over. :(  

I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!  I feel like I've finally done something productive this summer.  Every other day has been spent lounging in pajamas, reading, watching TV, reading blogs, checking Pinterest, watching TV, reading blogs, checking Pinterest, ...............

I was planning on buying a hanging file organizer this month.  So glad I found this great idea HERE  I made my own! :)  I made mine a little bit different since I don't have a sewing machine.  Duct tape to the rescue! 

I used six file folders, tape, zebra duct tape, and stickers.  
I'm going to use this for the things that were always on my teacher table or bookcase last year:  various papers that need to put in the right place, extra stuff (newsletters, behavior calendars, etc.), clinic passes, counselor passes, and Box Top sheets.


Happy Monday! :)


***Several bloggers have asked me to post instructions.  Here are the steps I used.  I basically followed the directions from the link I posted above where I found this idea.  

1. Each file folder has a front and a back.  

2. The front and back both have an inside and an outside.
  
3. The inside is where your papers would go if you were using the folder the regular way.  

4. Fold down the tab edge of each folder to the outside of the front of the file folder. 

5. Glue the inside of the back side of one folder to the outside of the back side of the folder that will be above it. (I know this sounds confusing, but you'll get it! :) )  The folders will be nesting inside of each other.

6. I then used duct tape on the edges to secure the folders.  Then I added a little strip to kind of separate each folder.

7.  Once you put the duct tape on the edges you may need to cut little slits on each side where the folder opens so that your papers will fit in smoothly.  (The folders are not going to open up very far, but I don't plan on putting much in each pocket at one time.)

I hope these instructions are helpful!! :)

Click below to link up!




54 comments:

Tara said...

Oh wow!!!! I LOVE this!!! Such a cute idea. I totally know what you're saying about the papers laying all over but where they should be:) Thanks so much for linking up and hope you come back:)))

4th Grade Frolics

Nicole said...

ooh I love this!! I'm your newest follower!
Nicole
Rowdy in Room 300

M.E. Hall said...

This will be very handy will all those papers! Cute colors too!

Brandi said...

Super cute and functional! Love it!

Brandi
Success in Second Grade

Lisa R. said...

That is a great idea! I'm trying to organize more so I love this! :)

Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Emily said...

I love this! I'm going to have to pin this to remember to make one myself!

Emily
I Love My Classroom
www.ilovemyclassroom.blogspot.com

April Kreitzer Wolfe said...

Looks great!!

April

Wolfelicious

Becky said...

Oh cute! I don't sew either but LOVE this idea. Thank goodness for duct tape, right? Great idea! - Becky
www.dots-n-spots.com

Katie said...

love love love this idea!!!!! I'm such a fan of all the colorful duct tape :) I'm a new follower!

Katie
Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

Sophia said...

So cute! Great job!
How Cute Is This!

Bernita said...

What a great idea! Could you tell me how you put it together?

Bernita

~DeAnne~ said...

Very cute!! I found you through pinterest!! New follower!! (I'm a Davis too!) ;)

ღDeAnne
First Grade and Fabulous

Miss Red Head said...

OO I love this! So going to make a few of these!

I'm your newest follower.

Miss Red Head

Colleen Moore said...

Yes, instructions would be WONDERFUL!!! :)

Anonymous said...

So creative! Would you mind posting instructions?

Anonymous said...

I too would love to know how you put this together!

Theresa said...

I agree with Bernita. Directions PLEASE! =)

Anonymous said...

Love this idea! Where are the instructions? I want to make this ASAP!

Anonymous said...

How did you put it all together? Usually I am pretty good at figuring things out but not this one.

Tamera said...

I love it! How creative!
I also teach first grade and I am your newest follower.
Stop by sometime.
:)
Tamera
http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

You did a great, great job! I love it. It is amazing what you did with duct tape!

Delighted in Second
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Lisa said...

Wow! So cool and I love how it really pops! Great color!

Firstgradebloomabilities

Anonymous said...

Click on the word HERE above for the link. Directions are there, but they still look a little difficult.

Anonymous said...

Too cute!
I agree instructions please.

Stephanie Jacobs said...

Just made one for my classroom! However, it doesn't look nearly as good as yours. Would it be okay if I included a link to your blog on my post? I think it would be good for others to see several examples of a finished project.

www.mrsjacobsclassroom@blogspot.com

Madame Aiello said...

I'm totally going to try this for my own room. Will the folders still hold full-sized papers, or should I limit its use to half-sheets?
Mme Aiello @ Teaching FSL

tiffany said...

I made one of these today... it was super easy! I took some pictures and posted those along with some impromptu instructions on my blog. Thanks for posting this!! Wonderful idea!

Tiffany
http://specialkidsspecialteachers.blogspot.com/

Yvonne Dixon said...

LOVE this! I am getting my materials and trying this! Too cute. Thank you!-Yvonne Sassy in Second

Dale Abraham said...

I have everything ready to make mine...but am wondering why the front needs to be folded over? Thanks for the help.

Jessica Brown said...

This is an amazing idea! I am not so good with DIY projects. Can you post a picture of steps 4 and 5 please? I would love to make these for myself and my cooperating teachers! =) Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Excellent! So excited to make this, especially since the ones sold at the teacher supply store costs $14.95!!!! Thanks!!!

Amy @ Are We There Yet? said...

So much cheaper (and cuter) than buying one - thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea but have been trying all day to make mine look like this with no success. Can someone help?

Anonymous said...

This is cute! I will design a similiar one for this fall.

Chelsie said...

can't you just glue the back of one folder to the front of another and then tape together?

Anonymous said...

Very cute idea. Thanks for sharing this!

Debbie said...

Great idea - I love how it can be personalized a bazillion different ways!!!

Anonymous said...

I just made my own!! Thank you so much for this great idea.

Sarah said...

Very cute! I think I will laminate my file folders first to make the whole thing a little sturdier!

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea. I plan to laminate mine too. Can't wait to make mine. Thank you so much.

Fern Smith said...

I found you on Pinterest, I'm your latest follower...this is terrific! Thanks for sharing and for having the directions for non-crafty people like me! :)
~Fern
Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!
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Madame Aiello said...

I FINALLY did this tonight! SO happy that I now have a place to put the extra handouts that are clogging up my teaching table! A tip - I used legal sized folders, and am confident that the letter sized (8.5 x 11") handouts will easily fit in!

Madame Aiello @ Teaching FSL

teachwithclass said...

I made this right before Christmas and pulled it off as an "I'm Sorry" gift from our Elf on the Shelf for hiding all of our chairs the day before :)

I made it as a sort of mailbox system for my kids. Each student has his/her own folder, and I can put in permission slips, graded work, and any notes that need to go home. So much better than having to pass out dozens of papers at the end of the day! Thanks for sharing!

~Michelle teachwithclass.com

Maricar Gomez said...

This is a great piece of art.. Wonderful creativity..


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Emily @ RemarkableHome said...

Hi There,
Is there any way you can change the link to my file folder organizers to my new domain name? http://www.remarkablehome.net I'd really appreciate it! I am trying to track down some of the links to my old domain name and ask them to be changed to help google find my blog again. Things have gone downhill since I changed domain:(
thanks so much!

angela lacamento castanaga said...

This is a great idea.I'm planning to make mine too. Thank you very much!

Ashley Copeland said...

I made my own yesterday and had to blog about it because it was so easy! I love that you can customize it to match any theme and don't have to spend a lot of time or money on this project!

Ladyinwaiting35 said...

I"m still a little confused. In your picture it looks like you DIDN"T FOLD DOWN THE TAB EDGE of your folders toward the back? they're still sticking straight up? Please explain>

Jennifer VanHekken said...

Just wanted to let you know that I tried this project and referenced you in my blog :) Thanks for the great idea.

Jenn @ hanginwithhekken.blogspot.com

Erica said...

Step #4 makes no sense to me at all.

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Lisa Jackson said...

Great Idea!

Ashley said...

Wanted to know if I could use this pic and link to use on a blog post I am writing? As I said, I'll be linking back to your page.

Ashley said...

Wanted to know if I could use this pic and link to use on a blog post I am writing? As I said, I'll be linking back to your page.

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