DIY Magazine File Folder

Hiii everyone! Ahh this is so exciting my first blog post ever. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tad bit nervous but I can’t wait to share with all of you my favourite DIY’s, including this one right here.

I got this inspiration from shopping at my local Homesense the other day. There they had these really cute colourful magazine files for around $7.99 each. They looked so simple for something worth $ I thought to myself (as I always do) can’t I just diy this for cheaper??

So here we are! These turned out even better than I imagined. And the greatest part about them is that they cost in total under $5!!! Can you believe it!?

A few supplies are needed for this diy:

      • These FLUNS magazine files at Ikea (or any plain white magazine file folders)
      • A paint brush
      • A mini paint roller
      • Acrylic paint
      • Marble contact paper

I purchased my marble contact paper on Amazon (click on the ad, it’ll link you right too it!) This particular one was 17.71″ x 78″ and I only used a small strip, so I will definitely be using the rest for future DIY’s! (also delivery took a day..a day!!!)


Oh the Ikea way! Of course even the paper magazine folders have to be assembled! But don’t worry, this won’t take you an hour or cause you any major headaches.

I started off with a light base coat on all sides of the magazine file. For this I used a small 1/2 inch brush to make sure that I got every little corner and didn’t get paint into my magazine file.

After the first coat dries, I applied my second coat with my roller brush. I found that the roller brush gave it a smoother finish to the cardboard that the magazine file is made of. With a brush on my first failed attempt, I saw too many brush strokes and had to do twice the amount of coats.

Of course this part of the magazine file is totally optional. If you prefer your magazine files to be just one solid colour then you’re done! But if you would like to add a little extra flare to it, you can use contact paper or even any colour washi tape!

To ensure that every magazine file was going to have the same thickness of the marble trim, I used the grid guideline in the back of the marble paper to cut my strips (if you don’t have the guide in the back the trim size I used was 1/2 inch)

With the cut out 1/2 inch strip, I then placed the magazine file flat on a hard surface and slowly peeled the backing off while sticking the marble paper to the bottom edge of the magazine file. Following all the way around until they met, then cutting the excess off.

Don’t forget to take extra care when doing the corners!

And voila! There you have it! Your very own colourful marble magazine files. Wasn’t that easy?

Pink had to be done. It’s the decor colour of the season and I absolutely love a purple/pink combo, especially with the grey marble! But don’t forget, you can choose any colour your heart desires!


If you’re still here reading this, thank you for reading my first blog post! I’ve wanted to start a blog for so long and never had the resources until now. I know its going to be a slow start but I have so many DIY’s and posts ready to share with you all! Feel free to follow me on my social media accounts linked on my blogs homepage, and if you recreate any DIY’s please I would love to see them! Just tag me in them on Instagram!

Have a wonderful day ♡




  1. Vanessa
    July 24, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    These are so cute! Love the colour combination, Can’t wait to see more posts!

  2. July 25, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Good job on this, will have to look into this. I have a ton of magazines piling up and the best part is I love DIY projects myself. Good article thanks

    • braveandbrilliant
      August 1, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  3. Mark
    July 26, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Love how simple and elegant these are.

    • braveandbrilliant
      August 1, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you Mark!

  4. October 18, 2017 / 7:20 am

    Such an awesome diy. I literally have magazine folders in my Amazon cart right now but maybe I should try this instead.

    • braveandbrilliant
      October 30, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Thank you so much!! Go for it! So simple and fun, and you can customize it any way you’d like! ♡

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