diy paper foldersA couple of days ago, we were designing some wrapping paper. But, when we printed it out, it got a bit messed up. The paper quality was too thick and glossy, making it impossible to use as wrapping paper. On the other hand, the designs were looking stunning, so it seemed like a waste to not use it! That’s when we put on our thinking caps and decided to make table mats with 8 of the sheets (see here) and paper folders with the remaining paper. So, without further ado, here are 3 ways to  make paper folders in minutes!

making paper folders Keeping the prints in mind, we decided to make 3 simple paper folders. The paper is quite bold, so we wanted to highlight that. You can download the paper, by using the links given here. The paper quality we used is A3 size 300 GSM Glossy Paper. If the same is unavailable, I would recommend using any white A3 size paper, as long as it is thick.

Dark Shaded Paper

Honeycomb Paper

Simple Zigzag Paper

Now, that the paper is ready. It’s time to make the folders! 🙂

Papercraft folders

Cost: Practically nil

Time: 10 minutes each

Note: I don’t know if any of these paper folder designs have a specific name. So, I’m going to make my own up. But, if you do know the name, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Easy to make paper folders

Honeycomb Single Fold Folder

Materials: Honeycomb paper printout, double sided tape

This DIY is the simplest thing ever! All you need to do is,

  1. Fold the paper in half like a book.
  2. Open the folder and paste a length of tape to the bottom of one side of the paper.
  3. Carefully paste the other side on top of the tape, from edge to edge.
  4. We also added paperclips to the design, to hold the upper half in place. But, that’s completely optional.

green paper folder

Shaded Half Fold Folder

Materials: Shaded paper printout, Flat ribbon, Single punch, ruler


  1. Fold the paper  in half and flatten out the paper.
  2. Place a scale along one length of the folder paper and make markings at equal spaces. Make the same markings on the other length of the folder.
  3. Punch holes over the markings.
  4. Make a knot at the bottom of a length of ribbon and weave it through one side of the folder. Start at the bottom of the folder (i.e the end that isn’t open) and wind the ribbon from the side of the folder and through the nearest loop. Once you’ve reached the top of the folder, make another knot on the ribbon and cut out the excess. Repeat this step for the other side of the folder as well.

We made slight angles while weaving the ribbon, as this holds the paper folder in place and makes it sturdy. But, you need to be careful of pulling the ribbon too tight. If it is too tight, the paper will start cracking.

craft paper folder

Simple Zigzag Pocket Folder

Materials: Printout of the zigzag paper, double sided tape, green thin paper and ribbon (optional)


  1. Fold the paper in half like a book. 
  2. Measure a 4 inch strip of paper according to the width of one side of the folder.
  3. Paste two thin 4 inch strips of double sided tape near the spine of the folder and the outer edge of the folder. This is only the side facing up, when we open the folder.
  4. If you like, paste ribbon to the top of the green strip of paper.
  5. Paste the paper carefully over the double sided tape. Making sure the paper is absolutely flat.

making paper folder

custom paper folders

And that’s it! Three simple DIY Paper Folders you can make in 10 minutes! Did you like it? Let me know your favourite paper and folder design in the comments below! Bbye!