File Folder Office Frames
- Elmer’s Foam Board: 20”x30”x1/2” White
- Jumbo paper clips, 1”x3-1/2”
- Decorative push pins
- Large paper clips (hangers), three
- Photos, 5”x7”
- Elmer’s X-ACTO Tools: #1 Craft Knife, 12”x12” Self Healing Cutting Mat, 12” Metal Ruler
- Elmer’s Painters Opaque Paint Marker, Medium tip: Brown
- Design Master Color Tool Spray Color: Almond
- Quick Quotes Powder Puffs Ink Pad: Amaretto
- Tabbed file folders: one left/right, one center tab (for templates)
pencil, newspaper, paper towels, transparent tape
- (Note: One 20”x30” sheet of foam board can make four frames.) Use pencil to trace file folder onto foam board. Extend top of tab by 1/4” (making tab extend 3/4” beyond folder). Trace additional folders onto foam board. For frame opening, on “left” tab folder, measure and draw a line 2” from right and bottom edges. (Opposite for “right” tab folder.) Measure 4-3/4” square. For “center” tab folder, draw line 3-3/8” from both sides and 2” from top and bottom.
- Use craft knife and metal ruler on cutting mat to cut out folders. (Hint: Score lightly at first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of knife. Replace blade often.)
- In well-ventilated newspaper-covered area, spray front and edges of foam board folders with two coats of Almond spray. Let dry. Spray frame back if desired. Let dry.
- To distress, rub inkpad along edges; use paper towel to wipe ink on edge toward center, in short downward motions. Continue around folder edges and photo opening. Let dry.
- Use Brown paint marker to personalize tab with name.
- For hanger, measure and mark 2-1/2” down from top center on back of each folder. Use craft knife to make 1/4” long, horizontal slit. Insert knife blade into slit; angle toward top and remove. Separate curved ends of paper clip 1/4”. Insert shorter rounded end into slit, creating hanger loop with longer ends of paper clips.
- Decide placement of Jumbo paper clip. Use craft knife to make 1”-long slit in foam edge. Insert shorter round end of paper clip into slit, letting long end overlap frame front.
- Use tape to attach photo to back of folder openings. Attach notes with decorative push pins.