DIY Binder Covers

By Marie of Blooming Homestead for I Heart Nap Time.

Hi Everyone! Can you believe its already back to school time? This summer just flew by and now we are in full school prep mode. Today I’m sharing a simple and affordable back to school idea. These DIY Binder Covers are a fun way to customize  any binder.

DIY Binder Covers by Blooming Homestead on iheartnaptime.com

Supplies:

  • Binders
  • Washi Tape and/or Duck tape
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors

DIY Binder Covers by Blooming Homestead on iheartnaptime.com

You’ll want to start by getting your card stock base ready to be covered. You’ll use that base to slide in the clear front binder flap for fun customization. After I made my first cover (in process pictured below),  I realized it was easier to measure out my card stock with extra width added as an allowance for the spine cover. DIY Binder Covers by Blooming Homestead on iheartnaptime.com

For example, I added an extra inch width onto my front binder cover which I later trimmed off to use as the spine (as shown below). This saved time so I didn’t have to go and make the spine cover separately. Lesson learned! When you have your base ready you’ll start applying your decorative tapes to the front of the card stock. Pick out your washi tape and start placing them down. You can lay out the washi tape in any pattern or order that you prefer. This is the time for you to be creative and go design crazy! When you get each strip placed you can just tuck in the ends on the back where they won’t show.

DIY Binder Covers by Blooming Homestead on iheartnaptime.com

This is so easy and fun, it could even be a great back to school craft for your kiddos!

DIY Binder Covers by Blooming Homestead on iheartnaptime.com

I’m thinking I will be making custom covers for all the binders in my house and office too! The possibilities are endless and its a great use of supplies you may already have on hand. These vintage florals were one of my favorites.

DIY Binder Covers by Blooming Homestead on iheartnaptime.com

I would love for you to come check out the coordinating DIY Pencils tutorial on my blog, also be sure to stop by Blooming Homestead to see what other projects I’ve been working on.

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Marie

Hello! I am Marie from Blooming Homestead and I have a passion for all things crafty, this includes home decorating, organization, digital design, DIY, and cooking yummy comfort food! As a recent first time home buyer, I enjoy making our house into a home while sticking to a budget (gotta love those student loans!) This usually requires me to think outside the box and get creative. I love sharing my tutorials and projects in hopes that I can inspire others. When I am not crafting, I like to read, shop, watch movies, and visit with family & friends. Most importantly, I love spending time with my husband of 11 years and our little boy who is growing up way too fast.

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  1. Dawn posted on August 19, 2014 at 10:11 am (#
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    Brilliant idea, I’m starting back to college in my late 40′s so this is a great way to turn ordinary binders into a work of art. Sharing on my FB Fan Page today. 

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  2. June Crothers posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:51 am (#
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    Where do you find binders that have outside pockets 
    For sliding in decorated card stock??
    I just fixed two binders for my self yesterday
    And they do not have those pockets.
    I used clear contact paper to hold my undecorative
    Labels. I do appreciate the idea and will study on it.
    Thank You!

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  3. Coleen posted on August 21, 2014 at 10:58 am (#
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    I couldn’t wait to try this out…I went a bought a binder and it turned out soooo cute! My daughter (2nd grade) asked me to make her one too:)

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  4. Amalia posted on August 23, 2014 at 3:20 am (#
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    This is SO cool! I’m going to do this for my binders for school. I’m going back in a week, and this gives me some stuff to do while I’m waiting! They’re perfect! 

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  5. Mallory @ Classy Clutter posted on August 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm (#
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    Marie! These are awesome!!! SO cute!!

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  6. Michelle posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:23 am (#
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    You are genius! What a simple and cute idea!

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