This is an easy peasy project that's also pretty and useful!
Contact paper ... already had ($1 at Dollar Tree)
awesome zebra striped Duck Tape ... $2 clearance at Wal-Mart
1 gallon plastic freezer bags with slider lock ... $2.50/25 bags. I used 10 so the rest went to the kitchen.
Scissors ... on hand
Hole punch ... on hand
I found these ideas at Contact Paper Covered Binder and Plastic Baggies in Binder.
Here's what I did:
- Measure front of binder.
- Add 1 inch to height and 1/2 inch to width.
- Cut 2 pieces of contact paper to these measurements.
- Place contact paper on front of binder flush to the left side. Make sure you have 1/2 inch on the top, bottom and right to wrap around the edges.
- Remove backing and smooth paper on, wrapping on 3 sides. Cut corners so lies flat.
- Repeat on back and edge. I used 3 separate pieces so the paper doesn't hinder opening and closing the binder. It makes it look a lot neater also.
- Apply duct tape to one edge of baggie - not the top or bottom. I used one long piece and wrapped it around the bottom and up the back.
- Punch holes. This might be difficult since you're cutting through 2 layers of tape and 2 of plastic. I had to use scissors in addition to the hole punch. I initially put the tape half on and half off the baggie then punched through the tape only. It was a lot easier but the bags stuck out of the binder which I didn't like.
I love the binder so much, I made a second one. They hold my stencils, stickers, trim, fabric patches, etc etc.
Good luck on your projects!