Project Update: DVD Washi Tape Dividers

Nov 27

A few months ago I organized our collection of DVDs. After sharing the project, I received a few questions about the DVD sleeves, their quality and if they are holding up with the kids. Yes, they are working well and have not experienced one tear.

That said, while the sleeves have been working well (as opposed to loads of dvd cases), the issue was not having a way to easily locate the dvd we wanted to watch.

And not having defined categories means there’s no sense as to how they are put away. My easy fix was to create ABC order dividers out of manilla folders. The large box of folders purchased to organize the office desk drawers was the perfect item for the job because of the sturdy texture. And to be totally honest, I’ll never use all of those manilla folders. This was a great way to re-purpose a few of them.

To start, I split manilla folders in half…

Then using one of the plastic DVD sleeves as my guide…

I cut the folder so there was about a 1/2″ remaining on the top – the area that would be labeled…



Each folder gave me 3 dividers…

* little tip to save time…I created dividers only for the letters of the alphabet needed. I didn’t complete the entire alphabet because we don’t need all of the letters and prefer now purchasing movies on apple tv / i-tunes. 

Once the folders were cut down, I used my label maker and washi tape to complete the job…

I added a strip of tape to the top…

Then added the letter label…

Already making life a little easier!…

It’s the little things!

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  1. THE mom says:

    Great idea! I am actually tackling this very project over the next 2 weeks 🙂 I found your original post a couple weeks ago and decided to definitely do it…especially since my boys get a lot of new movies for christmas.

  2. Samantha, I've been trying to figure out where I can donate a bunch of leftover manilla folders! This is great! I can put them to good use!! 🙂 I use the same sleeves to store our DVDs although I use a couple of boxes from Ikea. Thank you!! 🙂

  3. I looked for washi tape at Joanns and Michaels the other day … where do you buy it? I am the kind of girl that keeps them in the original case and alphabetizes them. 🙂 Silly me!

    • hi there,

      i found my small rolls of tape at target – in the office supply section near the post-it notes. what i love is that it's inexpensive at target AND you get 4 rolls in the package! 🙂

      hope that helps you!

  4. Jeanne says:

    That is so clever! I have the perfect box but they are all jumbled. I really needed this!

  5. This is BRILLIANT! We literally have a stack of CD's just hanging out on the top of our coat closet… it's not a great system at all, I'm sure you can imagine. I reach up to get anything down and *ping-ping-ping-ping* they all topple down.

    I would LOVE it if you would share this over at my weekly Friday Link-up. I'm also pinning this as well. 🙂

  6. mama♥miss says:

    {LOVE} this!!! Such a cute idea – pinning to my washi board now & sharing on FB & twitter 🙂 Found you via the DD&D link up. xx Melissa @ mamamiss

  7. Lisa @ MMT says:

    What a great idea! We've even trying to find a good way to store our DVDs and I think this would work prefect for our family. I can't wait to organize my DVDs now 🙂 thank you!!

  8. Jessica says:

    This is great!! Thank you so much! Would you be able to tell me where you purchase your DVD sleeves? I can't seem to find ones tall enough to hold the cover only the DVD. Thanks again!!

  9. I just love this idea and can't wait to start! I was wondering if the cover fits in the plastic sleeve with the DVD? The covers I have found all seem to only be big enough for the DVD.
    Just love your blog and your great ideas!
    Thanks !!

  10. laurie morin says:

    Hi I have two laundry baskets full of DVD and 4 of the dvd books that you showed in your post I just ordered those sleeves thru walmart and they should be here in 10 days (free shipping) meanwhile I am going to get the file folders cut, taped and labeled and find the baskets. I think I can get those at Michaels Crafts store. thanks for the idea.thanks so much for the idea. ok got to go to Michaels Laurie

  11. Andrea says:

    Where do I purchase the baskets…. what size are they?

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