DIY covered magazine folders

Ever bought something from a store, not quite knowing what you’ll do with it, but you know you NEED to have it? Yeah, that happens to me regularly at Søstrene Grene. Such a great store filled with beautiful things at bargainous prices.

One of my recent purchases from there was a roll of adhesive foil (aka sticky back plastic aka contact paper) in a marble pattern – just £2. I decided to cover a couple of cheap, boring, black magazine folders.

Magazine folders - before
Ubiquitous black magazine folders, ready for covering

This was my first time with sticky back plastic and I admit it wasn’t as easy as I had imagined to cover a funny shape like a magazine folder (I used one piece to wrap the whole folder). I didn’t take any photos of the process because the whole thing was more of a faff than I was expecting if I’m honest, but here’s a short video for you from Søstrene Grene showing how to use the sticky back plastic. To avoid (or at least minimise) air bubbles, it is reeeally important to pull the backing slowly, all the while smoothing it down, as shown in the video:

I was careful but still got a few air bubbles with mine. This wasn’t much of a problem though, as I just popped them with a pin and smoothed down the foil – it looks fine. The marble pattern helps to hide these little errors anyway! The final result: 2 satisfyingly smart and expensive-looking magazine folders –

DIY covered magazine folders

I found this strangely addictive and have now bought myself a roll of the gorgeous floral adhesive foil seen in the video. What to cover now… hmm.


  1. 26 May 2016 / 10:34 am

    Oh I’m an old pro with sticky back plastic as you know but I am in LOVE with that marble pattern! It’s so Kelly Wearstler LOL! Your folders came out gorgeous as well, so glam! Also, as a tip, I find that using a small plastic scraper or credit card helps with the bubbles as you smooth it down. I actually have a video coming really soon with the way I do it and it comes out really well! And lastly, I totally want to cover my whole house in the stuff – it’s addictive 😉 xxx

    • Meera
      26 May 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Kimberly, I’m chuffed with how they turned out. A very satisfying transformation! I love this marble pattern too. 🙂 Thank you for the tip, I’ll try the scraper next time. Looking forward to your video! xxx

  2. 27 May 2016 / 9:04 pm

    this is really gorgeous! not heard of the brand before… but need to find out more!!! x

    • Meera
      28 May 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Jade! Søstrene Grene is a Danish brand and only recently opened a UK store – in Nottingham, much to my delight! 🙂

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