However, I didn't want to use my lame old pocket chart. Which I have no idea where it is. So I started googling for some ideas and came upon some beautiful library pockets from Thoughts of a Cardmaking. Totally inspiring! Gorgeous pockets. Too pretty to have in the class room, but I wanted to make it anyways . So I did.
Here are the steps to the 34 of 36 library pockets I made. Two of them are from $Dollar Tree. Yes, they do sell them. It comes in a packet of 10 pockets (hot pink, neon green, aqua, and bright yellow and orange). My classroom colors this year are aqua, light/bright green, and black. I didn't feel like buying 17 packets just to use the two aqua pockets from each packet. So I thought I would buy a packet to use as a template to make my own pockets.
1. Cut cardstock paper at 5 5/8 inches X 7 6/8 inches
2. Lay paper horizontally (just like the above picture) and score at 1 inch and at 4 3/8 inches. This is where you will fold later.
3. Turn the paper vertically (the tall way) and score at 5/8 of and inch and at 4 3/8 inches.
4. Cut out the corners that are colored in red.
5. This is what it looks like after you cut the 3 corners out (turn it back horizontally).
6. Fold at 1inch and 4 3/8 inches (where you scored earlier) and the bottom part.
7. I used my 2 1/2 inch circle puncher to punch out a piece from the front of the pocket. Which will make it easier to stick cards in and out.
8. Before punching. I turned the paper upside-down so it's easier to punch. I also turned my puncher around so I can see how much I need to punch off.
9. Fold and glue to form the pocket. You might need to make some adjustments in cutting a little here in there or refolding certain parts before gluing the flaps.
10. You could keep the corners the way they are or punch them. I used my corner puncher to round them off.
11. Embellish it! I did a lot of stamping and gluing of flowers and buttons. I then glued the pockets onto a black poster paper, but you could just staple them onto your wall or wherever. This doesn't have to be used for a behavioral chart. It could be a count down advent calendar to any holiday or used as a gift card holder. There you have it. Thanks for reading!