DIY Painted File Holders

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 I needed more storage for crafting and DIY supplies. I mean, don’t we all? I wanted something that would contain the mess and that I could customize to carry through the colors of my southwestern inspired accent wall. I picked up these inexpensive magazine file holders and got started making them mine.

DIY Painted File Folders to organize all those craft supplies!

 What I Used

*Wide Painter’s Tape, *Vinyl Letters, Wall Paint, *craft knife, Foam Brush, *File Holder

How Long It Takes

 Less than an hour for all 10 file holders! (minus dry time, as always)

The Process

creating stencils

To create the triangle design, lay out strips of wide painters tape onto a non stick surface. I just used my work surface since I’m not bothered by getting cuts in it. Lie the file folder atop the strip of tape and mark the hole so that you can gauge where to cut the triangles. Use a craft knife to free hand cut the triangles out.


 You can peel the strip right up and lie it on the face of the file holder. The triangles can also be peeled up and placed on the face of the file holders too for a different look.

apply vinyl letters

 For the monogrammed fronts, place the letter representing what’s in each file holder. I have !!! for miscellaneous things, S for stickers, EDU for educational material, MAG for magazines, E for envelopes , and the M for manuals.

where the paint stops

 I then ran a line of tape across the face to give the paint a stopping point.

vinyl letters

 I picked up my vinyl letters on clearance at a Rite Aid but these *vinyl letters are very similar.


 Paint everything you want painted and remove any tape you can remove without distrubing the paint. Because wall paint is normally latex, I don’t recommend leaving the paint to dry before removing the tape. The faces of these file holders are glossy and the paint will peel right up with the tape.

modern monogram to identify contents

 And you’re ready to file away all those crafting goodies! 

DIY colorful craft room organization

I love that these hide the more unsightly craft supplies. 

fun triangle magazine holders used to store ugly acrylic paint bottles

 Like craft paint inside these ones! 

craft organization ideas and tutorials

bookcases filled with DIY and craft supplies

If you enjoyed how these turned out, please give them a share! Any qyestions? Leave them in a comment and I will get back with you!

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  1. Great job!
    I love the colors you chose!

  2. Corinna, these are so adorable and I love the bright color too! Pinned :)

  3. Love these! I’ve been looking into a new organizational system and this is awesome!

  4. They look great ~ I love your ideas! Thank you for sharing at Merry Moday Linky! See you Sunday at 6pm PST! Oh and good to know you can get vinyl letters at Rite Aid :) Julia

  5. Hi Corinna, just wanted to lyk that you’re one of the features on tonight’s Merry Monday Linky Party. Hope to see you again tonight at 6pm PST.

  6. Oh wow this looks amazing – I love how you have managed to tie all of your storage together so it looks lovely to see it all together on the shelf.


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