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Door Dec: Secret Files

In Door Decs on March 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM
Secret Files (Mike Siano)

Secret Files (Mike Siano)

While these are for a Nikola Tesla theme, they can be used for Area 51, urban legends, detective files, and so on!  Be creative and adapt!


  • Yellow (for file folders) and white (for secret files) computer paper
  • Folder template
  • Relevant font (font ‘Tesla’ used in example)
  • ‘Secret files’ (Tesla example)
  • Functional printer
  • Cardstock (for backing)
  • Rubber cement
  • Tape


 Paste copies of the folder template into a Word doc and insert text boxes in each one; type in residents’ names with your awesome font.  Make sure that, when folded, the name is right-side up.  Print this on the yellow paper.  Next, print your ‘secret files’ on plain white paper; have one file for each resident.  Cut the folders and the files.

Tape the secret files into the folder so they poke out some; use this as a bearing to see what looks good.  Once satisfied, rubber cement the back of the folder and the sticking-out file to cardstock; this keeps the dec sturdy.  With this, you can either leave the front part of the folder open so that folk can open it or seal it shut with tape or rubber cement; your call.  Repeat as needed.

Credit: Mike Siano, Valparaiso University


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