How to Make a Folder Out of Paper

Making a folder out of paper is an inexpensive and creative way to customize your paper transport or storage. Being able to choose the materials for your folder allows you to customize it to fit your needs, whether it is a simple folder to store school papers or a professional portfolio to present your resume. You can size the folder to fit what you are storing, or you can create a standard-sized folder to be used for multiple purposes.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brass Fasteners (Optional)

Creating the Folder

Choose the paper you will be using. If possible, 11-by-17 inch paper is best, as it will allow the side seam to be folded instead of glued. If you want to make a professional or multi-use folder, cardstock is the best option, as it is sturdier than regular paper.

Fold the paper in half lengthwise. If using two letter-size sheets, cut a length of paper about 1 inch wide and 11 inches long. Glue the strip along the join between the two sheets. Once the glue is dry, fold the paper in half along the join.

Cut two pieces of paper 5 inches by 9 1/2 inches to form the pockets. Fold down 1/2 inch along the two short sides and one long side. Glue the pockets to the folder by applying glue along the folded edges.

Decorate the folder however you like. If you want to create a folder with a professional appearance, you may want to print decorations onto the paper from a computer before folding and gluing.

If you would like to place your folder in a three-ring binder, use a three-hole punch to make holes in the side. If you would like the folder itself to act as a binder, apply three brass fasteners, evenly spaced, at the fold.