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Cheap File Folder Idea

I have a small two drawer filing cabinet. It is not enough for all warranties, medical records, pet information, etc. So I took a Walmart dish drainer and created another that was portable.

I went to The Graphics Fairy and copied off old photos and such. And then I started arranging them on plain manilla folders (cheap by the box) and gluing them on.

I created some for holidays so I could slip decorating and craft ideas inside and go back and use them later.

You are limited only by your imagination. This would be a fun project for children to keep their papers in from school.

These were lots of fun to make. And I doubt you'll find a cheaper way to file important documents or simply decorating and craft and gardening ideas.

I printed out favorite quotes and backed them with small pieces of scrapbook paper I keep. (Save those scraps. You never know when you might need them!)

The files fit perfectly inside the dish drainer. You might want to take a file folder with you to buy the dish drainer to make sure it is a good fit, as they come in varying sizes. Or you may already have a dish drainer sitting around. Put it to a more creative use if you're not draining dishes in them.

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  1. I L O V E this idea and will be copying it!

  2. You know after I saw this orignally I bought a vintage red drainer and now I just need the office space. I don't even have a desk in this house.

  3. This is such a cute idea makes me want to play!

  4. This is a fun idea and I think I would use it in my new office/craft space once I get it organized! Love decorating the folders with quotes and pics. Fun!

  5. WOW... what a great idea!! I am doing this one!!! I have limited space in one 2 drawer file cabinet.. so this is one sweet and fun way to add more space!!!

  6. Brenda, I love this! I'm definitely doing this for my office! Love the folders. I save old folders when I'm through with them for one purpose, I hold on to them for later use. Great way to dress them up. You did a beautiful job decorating them. (I save paper scraps too)! Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Great idea Brenda... and I love that you chose a red one :)

  8. Brenda!!!! I LOVE this idea and I've already pinned it to use as my inspiration!! Girl, you are so creative and inspiring!!! I'll keep the pertinent ones in the drain basket...seasonal and very important and then rotate them with others as needed. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you bring us!!

  9. You always think of the cutest ways to stay organized! And it's a good use of old scrapbooking supplies, too! Sweet hugs!

  10. what a pretty and creative idea Brenda...

    I love how you see things as they Can Be versus just as they are..

  11. That is a clever use of a dish drainer and some pretty snazzy file folders, Brenda!

  12. Those are some excellent ideas!!! Nicely done!

  13. That is the cutest idea! I've never seen that done before. I love the way you "filed" them in the dish drainer and used the silverware cup for pencils. The file folders are much prettier now too.

  14. That is what I call a clever idea!

  15. I do this too in my studio - it's a perfect fit! Not sure where I first saw the idea...maybe here?

    Love the red!!!

  16. I remember you showing this awhile ago on your blog and I have always loved this idea! I recently saw a pack of 6 decorative file folders in a store (can't remember where, maybe Target) and was appalled at the price. You could buy a whole box of file folders for what they were charging...and then decorate yourself with craft items that you probably have at home! Thanks for the reminder...

  17. Love the way you decorated these, just delightful!

  18. This is such a cute idea! I always have plain old files I use most often laying around on my desk. I might just open them more often if they looked this pretty! Pinning this to my organization board.

  19. Brenda, I use a dish strainer in my office for files. I love the ones that Ikea sells they are very thick and chunky and don't tip over.

  20. Brenda- That is a really clever idea and I love how you have decorated your folders. That adds such a nice touch. Great job! xo Diana

  21. I love your post I do every day!! I am so gonna copy and make me some of them files! Staples! here I come tomorrow!! and Hobby Lobby too!!! Thanks for always sharing your wonderful crafty ideas with us all Brenda!! You Rock!!! :-) Carol

  22. this is such a clever,cute storage idea, brenda!! tfs:)

  23. Hi Brenda, How nice that you treat yourself and us to such nice details! I try to do that too, create small details that make me smile when I see them. Sweet!

  24. Brenda, I have made so many of this from back a while, but can never make mine as pretty as yours, you need to give classes on your blog! we would love it, you are so talented.

  25. i think this is what drew me in to you blog wayyyyyy back when (eons ago really) still love love love it!

  26. I've always enjoyed these files you made. Love the idea of kids making these. Maybe Baby Bee (aka Teen Bee) might have fun with this!

  27. Thanks for the wonderful file folder ideas, I think I can use the same folder ideas to decor my home office-space.


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