DIY File Box Makeover

DIY File Box Makeover

My first few posts when starting this blog were DIYs that made over plain or simple items, I haven’t done one in awhile, so I thought I would share my filing case makeover with you all. I know with the coming of the new year many of us are starting clean trying to keep their resolutions, some which may be keeping organized. Why not make over an old file case or box to help rejuvenate and motivate you?


DIY File Box Makeover

File Box

Heavy Weight Decorative Paper – or maybe even try buying contact paper. You don’t need the glue stick if you buy contact paper. I had bought a roll of the decorative paper from Cost Plus World Market (I love that place!)

Glue Stick – something to adhere the paper to the file box.




I’ve seen DIY’s where people will show how they turned a cereal box into a file case by cutting it and wrapping it in paper or fabric. However there aren’t any instructions on how to wrap the case. It’s a fairly difficult task to do with one large piece of paper.

I found that cutting out individual sides for the case was easier. And the heavy weight paper won’t curl or buckle under the wetness of the glue.

DIY File Box Makeover

Depending on what way you think will be easier to trace out the separate pieces of the paper with the file case assembled or laid out flat. I tried it first when I laid it out flat, but found that I it was easier to trace each side when it was assembled.

Cut out each piece, add at about a half-inch border allowance for each piece so you can overlap or wrap it around corners and edges easily.

DIY File Box Makeover

For some sides I would overlap the paper over the edge onto the bordering side. But for others I would measure it so it would line up right to the edge.  For example the two side panels had extra paper that went onto the front facing panel. I put an exactly sized piece on top of them for the front panel.

DIY File Box Makeover

There’s no wrong way to go about this, so have fun and embrace any minor mistakes that may happen. It can be easily fixed!

DIY File Box MakeoverDIY File Box Makeover

Other File Case Makeover Ideas You May Want to Try:

Organizing Home Life’s How to Make DIY Erasable Labels on Any Cute File Folder

Damask Love’s Style Watch: How to Organize Your Stationery

Apartment Therapy’s How to: Make Custom Magazine Files

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