Monday, October 12, 2015

DIY Hanging Wall File


About 4 years ago I made a giant hanging file folder out of cardboard and fabric. Guess, what? It's still holding together.
I needed something similar, but smaller in my living room to hold magazines and books. I took some pieces of cardboard that already had creases in them and put them to good use.

I drew a line 2" from the bottom to be the bottom of the pocket

Using a yard stick, I scored the line with a box cutter and then used the ruler to help fold on the line.

 I did the same to create a crease vertically and then mark some tabs to go into the back piece.

I cut the card board with strong scissors and then taped the bottom of the sides to the bottom of the pocket.

Pocket measurements:
9.75" tall, but my other is 7.75" tall - The folders are a little taller on this new version because I decided not to cut the top of the cardboard and leave it as it was. The taller version hides what's inside, which could be a pro or a con
13" wide
sides are 3" at top and 2" at bottom

 I used spray adhesive to attach the cardboard to the fabric on the main surface and then used hot glue to secure the fold over parts on the back.

Once I spaced where the pockets would go, I used a box cutter and scissors to make slits big enough for the tabs to go through. Then I tapes the sides down with packing tape (duct tape would probably be a better choice, though.)

I hot glued on these label holders from Hobby Lobby - they're considered paper embellishments, so they are included in the 50% sale occasionally.

I attached it to the wall using nails in all four corners.


  1. Hi, Emily ~ I love this idea! And how great that it has survived the test of time. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday night! :0)

  2. I am loving to see this unique and inspirational idea of hanging folders, made of cardboard and fabric. I really had no idea that you can create something very useful by some raw materials. Highly appreciated!