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How to Make Your Own Binder – Easy DIY Tutorial

How to Make Your Own Binder – Easy DIY Tutorial

A ring binder is a handy tool for storing and systematically organizing your documents. It also keeps essential items together and out of the way, making them less likely to get lost or damaged. 

The ring binder has many uses, from storing recipes or craft projects to storing medical records.

While it’s easy enough to buy a pre-made ring binder at the local office supply store, making one yourself will save you money while also giving you control over what kind of material goes into it.

What is a Ring Binder?

A ring binder is a type of folder you can use to keep documents together. It has a metal ring that holds the papers together and holes in the sides, allowing you to add additional pages as needed.

The pages can be removed from the binder when you want to read them individually. Or, they can stay in place while you flip through the pages like you would with a regular book.

ring binder

Many different ring binders are available today, but they all work the same way. The main difference between them is how rigid or flexible they are, which affects how much pressure they can take before bending out of shape.

In addition, binder sizes range from small to large, with small ones holding a few sheets of paper at a time and large ones holding dozens or even hundreds.

Benefits of Using a Ring Binder

The ring binder is the perfect tool for any organization. It allows you to organize and store your work simply and efficiently. Some of the benefits of utilizing a ring binder are as follows:

Ease of Use

Ring binders aim to make it easy for you to access your materials. The rings hold all your papers in place so you can flip through them quickly and easily.


Ring binders consist of strong materials that won’t easily break when dropped or tossed around. Even though they’re lightweight and portable, they can withstand heavy use over time without showing signs of wear or tear.


Ring binders allow you to organize your files by color coding them so that each set has its unique color scheme for easy identification at a glance.

intern organizing binders

Color coding makes it quick and easy for you to find what you’re looking for when you need it most without wasting time searching through all the colors on hand like other types of folders might require.


A ring binder is much easier to carry around than a folder, and it’s great for keeping your papers organized while you’re on the go.

You can toss the binder into your bag or briefcase without worrying about it getting damaged or losing access to your most important documents when you need them the most.

DIY Ring Binder

If you’re like us, you’ve probably seen those binders with the fancy rings and been intrigued.

DIY binder: How to make your own binder

But if you’ve tried to make one yourself, you might think it’s not as easy as it looks! It can be intimidating learning how to make a binder for paper or how to make a binder book. But it’s doable, and we’ll show you how.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Fabric (if you wish to cover your binder)
  • Rivets
  • Rivet Tool Set
  • Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue
  • Hole Punch (1/8 inch holes)
  • 3-Ring Mechanism
  • Hammer
  • Pencil or pen

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting the cardboard to the size of a ring binder you want.
  2. (Optional) To add a cover to your binder, cover a piece of board with the fabric of your choice. Make sure you have enough fabric to hang over the edge of the board.
  3. Hot glue the cardboard on top of the fabric, then run some glue along each of the fabric’s edges.
  4. Hold the board and fold the fabric over it until the glue dries. Doing so should take around 5 minutes.
  5. Position the 3-ring mechanism in the center of the board. The board’s center will serve as the binder’s spine.
  6. Measure and mark the spot where the mechanism will be located.
  7. Use a hole puncher to make openings in the spots you marked.
  8. Place the rivets in the holes. Repeat the process with the remaining rivets.
  9. Place the three-ring mechanism on top of the rivets. Check that the tops of the rivets are barely visible.
  10. You need to use the rivet tool set on top of each rivet and pound on it with a hammer. The rivet needs positioning with several blows from a hammer.
  11. Fold the board in half to create the binder’s covers. The binder’s front and back covers can be folded from the side tabs.
  12. Your binder is now ready for use. You can further organize and protect your files using sheet protectors and binder dividers with tabs.

Maintain Your Binder

Now that you know how to make your own binder and have made one or more, you’re ready for the next step.

well organized binders

Keeping your binder in good condition is just as important as making it in the first place. Here are some pointers for keeping your binder organized and in good condition:

  1. Keep your files neat: If you want to find what you need when you need it, organize your documents by subject matter and alphabetically. If someone asks you for a specific document, you’ll know exactly where to look.
  2. Protect damaged files: If a file becomes broken or dirty, do not discard it! Make a copy of the original file and print a new document from it. Then place the damaged file in an envelope or laminate it so it can be reprinted.
  3. Update the files and archive old documents: As time passes and new events in your life occur, ensure that all of your old records are still relevant by updating them with current information.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, a DIY ring binder can be a helpful tool. It’s convenient because you can store all your files in one place and arrange them in any way you like. While we’re sure some people would prefer to buy one off the shelf at their local store, others will find it worthwhile if they have enough spare materials lying around.