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Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Okay, a little bit of storytime before I get to the details of making this easy Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox.

I like to just walk through my local Dollar Tree stores to see what they have and try and get some DIY inspiration. On my most recent trip, I literally stumbled upon these adorable file folders!

I knew INSTANTLY, that I wanted to decoupage these for a DIY project! Now, I wasn’t 100% certain how I was going to use them, just that I HAD to get them!

Watch the DIY Tutorial

I recorded the how-to steps of making this adorable Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox during a LIVE video on my Facebook page!

If you want to see the DIY process, craft along, or just join in on the fun conversations, you can watch the DIY tutorial replay!

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

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For this project, I will be using these items, but you can substitute where you want.

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Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

How to Make a Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

The Dollar Tree chalkboard sign that I used for the bottom of this adorable DIY toolbox was slightly wider than the two Dollar Tree tags that I used for the side.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

To make the bottom sign work, I had to trim it just a little. I marked the width of the tag sign on the chalkboard sign and used a ruler to cut a straight line with an Exacto knife.

Then, I used a pair of pliers to bend the chalkboard sign and break off the excess sign. I went back over the edge of the sign with a pair of scissors to clean it up.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

I painted the edges of the chalkboard sign with brown paint, then cut the adhesive cork sheet to the same size as the chalkboard sign and stuck it on the sign.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Next, I painted the sides of each of the tag signs with Apple Barrel Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint. Trace out the size of the tag signs on the file folder and cut the shapes out.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

How to Decoupage

Remove the stickers from the backs of the two tag signs and apply a coat of Mod Podge to each of them. Place the file folder cut-outs on the surfaces.

Use a rolling pin to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles in the file folder and press the folder onto the Mod Podge evenly and firmly.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

You’re going to decoupage the adorable file folder on both sides of each of the Dollar Tree tag signs. Let the Mod Podge dry, then lightly sand the sides of the Dollar Tree tag signs.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Next, I worked on the pencil holders. Lightly brush some white paint (I use Apple Barrel because it is so affordable and still great for my DIY projects) onto each metal cup and allow the paint to dry.

I used Dollar Tree rulers to make the panels for this DIY decorative toolbox, so I had to remove the color strips from them.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Then, mark the length of the bottom Dollar Tree sign on each of the four Dollar Tree rulers and trim them to the same length.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Hot glue the Dollar Tree tag signs on the short sides of the base, then stain the trimmed Dollar Tree rulers.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Bring it all together

To do that, spray the rulers with water, pour your brown paint onto the rulers, and use a wet wipe to spread the paint across the rulers.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Once the stained rulers are dry, dry brush a bit of white paint across the rulers. Let the white paint dry, then lightly sand both sides of each of the rulers.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Hot glue them across the open sides of the DIY decorative toolbox. I used sanding sponges as spacers for the rulers to make sure they were level and evenly spaced.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Poke holes through the file folders where the holes in the Dollar Tree tag signs are, then push a wooden dowel through one of the holes.

Slide the wood beads over the wood dowel, then push the end of the dowel through the second tag sign. I chose to keep the natural wood color, but you can stain or paint your beads if you want to.

The finishing touches

I wrapped jute twine around each of the metal cups, several times, and tied the twine in a little bow. You can add a dab of hot glue to the jute twine to really secure it in place.

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

Fill both of your metal cups with your flowers of choice. You will probably have to trim the stems of the flowers/greenery to make them fit inside the DIY decorative toolbox.

Lastly, hot glue the four finial caps to the bottom of the Dollar Tree file folder DIY toolbox, and put your painted pencil holders planters inside the toolbox!

Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox

I hope you enjoyed this Dollar Tree File Folder DIY Toolbox as much as I did and decide to make it for yourself! If you do, I would love to see how yours turns out!

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Thanks for stopping by! XOXO Amber

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5 Comments

  1. Hi Amber! There’s my “toolbox”! I found that file folders last week-yes, I’ve been searching for that pattern since you did this live! Thank you for your inspiration and all you do! As well as Michelle & Dylan for all they do! Also for your entire family for their support!!

  2. I love this, I watch you Live doing this. I’m going to rewatch though. I’m just amazed how you come up with all the great ideas you have. Your the Best!!!!

  3. Absolutely love this ❤️ Definitely going to check my stash and run to Dollar Tree for what I do not have to make me one of these. Thank you for all your amazing ideas and inspiration Amber 🤗❤️