Make your own Folder

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

If you are anything like me, you currently have a bag of school supplies sitting up on a shelf out of reach of excited little back to school hands, just waiting for the first day of school. I loved picking out school supplies as a kid and now that my own kids are both in school, I found myself feeling that little twinkle of excitement when it came time to stock up for their new classrooms. For me, the best part of the whole experience was always in choosing the folders. Markers and glue, after all, are pretty much the same all around, but folders, well, folders are where you can show your individuality. You just have to hope that no one else wanted to be individual with those exact same folders!

This year, however, why not let your kids express themselves by turning plain folders into something that no other kids will have with a little Mod Podge and some afternoon fun!

Here’s what you need:

Solid colored folders
Mod Podge
Foam brushes
Magazines, posters, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, book dust jackets – anything that might be fun to decorate a folder with

1. Let your kids cut out shapes, images or even whole folder sized pieces from the paper you’ve collected.

2. Open the folder and lay it out flat so that it’s easier to see the whole thing at once. Try out a few arrangements until they have just what they are looking for.

3. Brush a thin coat of Modge Podge onto the backs of each piece and press down onto the folder, smoothing out any bubbles. Try to work in stages, letting any layers dry before adding more.

4. Once the folder is covered to their liking. Brush another thin coat of Modge Podge over the whole folder to seal. Set up on it’s end, partly closed, to dry.

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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