DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder

Here’s the first of several DIY’s which will eventually be used in my kitchen command centre.

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DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder

In our house, we seem to have a lot of paper accumulate… bills, flyers, coupons, magazines, calendars, take-out menus, cards, brochures, receipts, lists… you get the idea. I need somewhere to put it all!

The waterfall pocket folder is a great solution because it is compact and takes advantage of vertical space. Also, it was quick to make (took about 15 minutes) and the materials were inexpensive (all coming from the dollar store).

Thanks to The Silver Lining for the idea!

Here’s how to make it.

Step 1: Gather your materials

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DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder: Step 1

I used:

  • File folders (the legal size will give you more storage space)
  • Decorative paper
  • Duct tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step 2: Adorn your folders

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DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder: Step 2

I wanted to jazz up the appearance of the folders so I used scrapbooking paper. Don’t worry about having it go all the way to the edges, these will be covered with duct tape. You can save this step if you like the plain look of the folders or if you’ve found some in bright colours or fun patterns. Side bar: I cut off the tabs along the top of the folders so I would have nice, clean lines.

Step 3: Tape your top edges

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DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder: Step 3

Use your duct tape to tape along the top edge of the front cover of each folder. For the bottom folder, also place tape along the bottom edge. For the top folder, also place tape along the top edge of the back cover.

Step 4: Glue your folders together

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DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder: Step 4

You’ll want to nest your folders so that the backs of all the folders are together in behind. The fronts of the folders are what are used to make the pockets.

Step 5: Tape your side edges

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DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder: Step 5

Now to hold it all together, create a border by using duct tape along the side edges.

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DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder

There you have it! A quick, easy and inexpensive paper storage solution that you can personalize to match the decor in your home.

One thought on “DIY Waterfall Pocket Folder

  1. I love this! All of our paper stuffs accumulate on the kitchen table and this would be a great way to make the place look tidier until I get around to filing everything in their proper places.

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