Make a Portfolio: Easy, DIY Artwork or Photo Storage (A Tutorial)

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I was organizing the studio today and needed a way to store some important artwork so it didn’t get damaged…..so I made a few easy portfolios for storage! They open up flat to lay the artwork in….

 

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….and then fold up and tie to keep the artwork safe and flat.  You could make one for each year to hold your kiddo’s precious art pieces from school….or use it to hold large photos for transport if you are a photographer.

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To make a portfolio you just need two canvas art panels (the same ones used for painting), decorative duct tape, and some twine. Using my craft store coupon I got a 3-pack of canvas panels for $4.

 

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First, lay the canvas panels face down…..leaving about a half inch in between:

 

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Take a strip of duct tape and place it across the gap between the panels to connect the two:

 

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Wrap the tape ends around the other side and then turn the panels over. Place another piece of tape across the gap from the other side:

 

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You can add another row of tape on either side of the initial strips of tape to reinforce the bottom:

 

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Fold the two panels together and mark the center edge as shown:

 

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I used a drill to add a hole through both pieces of canvas:

 

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Tie twine through one hole and knot it as shown….and repeat with another piece of twine for the hole on the second panel.

 

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I used large stamps to label my portfolio:

 

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A sturdy storage solution for artwork, prints, important papers, etc!

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Pretty and unique….you can use different colors of decorative duct tape to categorize multiple portfolios:

 

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I used this one to hold all of my silk screen transparencies and original artwork!

 

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  1. 1

    Nice idea! How did you ensure that the pieces didn’t fall out the bottom when you stood it up?

    • 2

      You just have to keep it so the tape is at the bottom….but if you have enough artwork in it nothing falls out!

  2. 3

    ahh! Super cute! Love it!

  3. 4

    Stud Muffin…as in you are a…this is going on my “to do” list for my Sweet Sid’s birthday next week. Thanks for the idea!

  4. 5

    Cute idea!

  5. 6

    Love it!!! Totally gonna buy some tomorrow during my hobby lobby trip!

  6. 7

    Oooh! This is nice and easy, yet super cute. I love that you added the twine for a natural touch!

  7. 8

    This is genius and I’ve never thought about doing this. Pinning & sharing to FB.

  8. 9
    Claudia Méndez says:

    Es una idea muy practica, muy sencilla y muy bonita, creo que la hare no solo para guardar fotos, tambien documentos, y los recuerdos de mis hijos, hasta creo que a mi hijo de profesional le va a encantar para llevar ahi sus creaciones artisticas ; ). Gracias por el tip.

    Feliz dia.

  9. 10

    Thanks for telling us how to make an art portfolio cases. I can now make portfolios of an size including large art portfolios,

  10. 11

    Genius! Did you put a clear envelope inside to hold everything?

  11. 12

    Very crafty missy. I pinned this this morning before I read this post. Funny!

  12. 13

    Awesome Idea- I just bought some at Joann’s at 50% off but was not sure what to do with them! Awesome Project Girl!
    ~Jen @ hutchinsonherd.blogspot.com

  13. 14

    Brilliant!!!! Can’t wait to make some of my own!!! You are fantastic!
    xo,
    Lulu

  14. 15

    I so need this. Thanks!

  15. 16

    I have been meaning (for years) to buy portfolios for each of my kids to store artwork. This is a much better solution!

  16. 17

    This is an awesome idea! Easy, inexpensive and practical.

  17. 18
    Beth Morrow says:

    Great idea…I can do this! Thanks!!!

  18. 19
    Kathy Walston says:

    Ashley, I just have to tell you that you get more done in one day while you are on chemo that I get done in a month perfectly healthy!! I know you have tons of energy but could you please bottle some of that and sell it to those of us deficient in that area?! We would be forever grateful! Take care of yourself!!

  19. 20

    Hi Ashley
    I have been a long time lurker, you are a inspiration and amazement to me! This is such a brilliant idea! I spent hours today trying to find a solution to the random pieces of artwork flapping around my study, and this is it! To top it off the canvas panels can be artwork in itself. thanks so much for sharing this idea. I was thinking that I could use my stickyback canvas as a spine instead of the tape….mmmm…

  20. 21

    Love this idea. Thanks for the info. I will certainly be making some!

    Linda

  21. 22

    What a cool idea!! I am definetly giving this a try. I use to paint all the time but no longer anymore….so I have some use for those canvas.
    Daisy~

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