DIY Art Portfolio

This was a gift I gave to my niece recently. It came together pretty easily and yet I think it is a great tool for any budding artist. I remember keeping a folder made out of two pieces of poster board stapled together behind my dresser and I filled it with all my art projects from school. I still think it's fun to dig that out when I visit my parents.

Here's the one I recently made using canvases from the craft store:

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(ignore the awful rug, it was a cheapy I picked up to save the baby from the hardwoods)

And here's how I put it together:

Materials

  • White duct tape
  • Industrial strength self-adhesive hook-and-loop tape (I got mine at Home Depot actually)
  • 2 canvas boards (here is a good picture of what I mean)

First, tape the two canvas boards together at the bottom edge. I left a gap between them to make folding them together easier. I also taped both front and back. Essentially the bottom of the portfolio is made out of tape now.

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Add tape on either side of those pieces, just to make sure there's a good strong bond.

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Next, form handles. I just folded pieces of tape in half length-wise, laid them in place at the center of each side along the top edge and taped them down (see next picture).

Using a nice long piece of tape, place the strip across the front, ensuring several inches hang off each side. Now fold the excess back on itself forming tabs.

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This is a view from the inside

Attach a piece of hook-and-loop tape to each tab.

Fold the portfolio shut and affix the opposite pieces of hook-and-loop tape to the back board on the outside.

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Now decorate it as you see fit.

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Thank you for reading,
Julie



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