15-Cent Card Folders

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It’s school season, so don’t forget to take advantage of the 15-cent folders at Walmart!  I made tons of folders for all my Montessori cards.  Look how nice and organized they are!

  1.  Use a normal two-pocket, brad-less folders.  Cut it down to a 6×8.

  1.  Put staples in the sides.  Two each.  For this particular folder, I unfolded it and cut off an inch of the pocket before I stapled it.  Sometimes the pockets are too deep for short cards if I don’t.

  1.  To make a four pocket folder, staple the front of one to the back of another.  I put a few staples across the top and down the side, but not the bottom or back.

See?


  1.  To make a folder with a little pocket for labels, take one of the trimmed sections from your waste pile that has a pocket on it, and BEFORE YOU STAPLE ANYTHING, staple the inside of that pocket to the folder pocket. Then, staple the little folder closed.  THEN staple the side of the big folder.  It’s really hard to attach the little pocket if the sides are already done.




{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Annie June 22, 2013

What do you store the cards in – like a shoebox or something else?

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2 Hollie September 4, 2012

Linked to you from Living Montessori Now and am so glad I did! I love your folder technique and organizational help. Thank you!

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3 Deb @ Living Montessori Now August 20, 2012

Thanks for sharing your great tutorial! This was my favorite way of creating folders for Montessori cards when I was a Montessori teacher. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Organization and Preparation Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/organization-and-preparation/

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4 Jodi Pollack (Monkey Toes Montessori) August 15, 2012

This is genius! I was just thinking about making some pockets for cards but my process was going to folding laminating. This is much more economical, going to go pick up some of those 15 cent folders today! Thanks for the tip!

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5 mommytotheprincesses August 14, 2012

Neat Idea! Inexpensive too. Thanks for sharing!

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