You've seen the colorful file system that Really Good Stuff sells, right? I try to keep classroom expenditures that the kids don't use down super low. I'd rather spend my money on stuff they'll touch.
So, I decided to make my own! I spent $7 on mine instead of nearly $49, for a savings of 80%.
Here's what you need:
5 - 7 Magazine files
My magazine files are from Target's $1 bin. They have these polka dots, a lime green chevron, and an aqua print. You might only want 5 files if you just want one for each day of the week. I chose to add one for "next week" so that I can prep things as I plan ahead. I also wanted one for "last week" so that I can take my time filing if needed and be prepared to pass out extra copies of papers my students lost (not that this ever happens, haha!).
free printable (below)
adhesive of choice
1. Assemble magazine files.
2. Choose a printable and print it on cardstock for durability.
3. Cut labels from printable into 3x3 squares. Mat with coordinating cardstock if desired. Laminate these squares for durability.
4. Attach the labels to the short side of the magazine files. I used Glue Dots however tape or hot glue should be just fine, too!
Note: for now at least, I'm not attaching them to each other. If I choose to adhere them to each other, I'll cut a piece of scrap cardboard for a base and glue them to each other as well as the base.
Here's the printable of the labels in several colors. You may use it yourself, but please do not redistribute it. Send people here so they may download it themselves. Thanks!