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Help Save a tree! Create school folders from empty Honeycomb boxes and you’ll not only save paper…you’ll save money on school supplies, too! GO BIG!: Organize a folder-making party at school! If everyone makes folders from their Honeycomb cereal boxes instead of buying them from paper companies, think of how many trees will be saved!
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What You’ll Need:
Honeycomb boxes (Both the same 12.5 oz size), white school glue, a ruler, a
yardstick or long straightedge, a sharp craft knife (Only use under adult
supervision!), a single hole punch, a pencil, and a few heavy books to hold down
glued areas while they dry.
1. Open the bottom of each box by carefully slipping your finger under the glued
flap and running it slowly along the bottom until it’s unsealed. Next, do the
same to the glued seam that runs up the tall side of the box so you can unfold
it and lay it flat. Carefully cut off the thin flap along the tall seam that you
just unsealed. Totally open and flatten the second box the same way as the first
one and set it aside.
2. For the first box only, draw a line along the open top flaps 3/4 of an inch
up from the top edge fold. Cut off all the cardboard above this line. Draw a
line along the open bottom flaps 3/4 of an inch from the bottom edge fold. Cut
off all the cardboard below this line.
Draw a line 3/4 of an inch in from the left edge of the box. Carefully score
this line (make an indentation) so it folds easily.
Draw a line 3/4 of an inch in from the right edge of the box and score it.
3. Next, for the first box only, use your knife and yardstick or straightedge to
very carefully cut all four corners at a 45 degree angle and notch two flaps 4
1/2 inches up from the bottom fold as shown.
4. Using the second box only, cut the bottom flaps off at their fold lines 4 1/2
inches up from the bottom edge. Cut off all the cardboard above this line. Next,
mark a line 3/4 of an inch in from the left edge of the panel and cut off the
excess cardboard. Do the same on the right edge of the panel. You should now
have a loose panel that is 4 1/2 inches and slightly narrower than your open
Using the hole punch, knife and straight edge, cut a center slot as shown.
Set the panel on top of the jacket so that the center folds are aligned and the
top edge is aligned with the horizontal notches in the side flaps. Turn the
panel to make sure that no other folds are aligned with any of the other jacket
folds except for the center fold.
5. Put a thin layer of glue across the top flaps and fold them down. Stack some
heavy books on top until the glue dries.
Put a thin layer of glue across the bottom flaps and fold them up onto the panel
and press down. Now add heavy books until the glue dries.
6. Once the top and bottom flaps are dry, put a thin line of glue on the right
and left flaps and fold them down. As before, place heavy books on top.
7. When dry, carefully close your new folder along the center score line.
Excellent job! You’ve made a cool folder
from recycled cardboard that's great for holding your schoolwork…and for helping