My girls a few years ago got into all the Duck Tape fun and started doing Duck Tape crafts. We made Duck Tape purses and Duck Tape pencil pouches. The pencil pouches were our favorites, and they even took them to school to hold their markers and colored pencils as those items didn’t fit into their pencil boxes. They held up great to all the wear and tear of daily use at school! You can see all our creations HERE; but in the picture below, you can see a few of our pencil pouches that we made:
Normally, when I do Back-to-School shopping, I let the kids go with me and pick out their notebooks and folders. This year, we are on a tighter budget, so I just bought the $0.17 notebooks at Walmart. My oldest decided to take those cheap folders and put her own personal stamp on them. She painted the covers of a few of them; but on one of them, she pulled out those half-used rolls of Duck Tape we had, and she did a very simple design using Duck Tape on the front cover.
She just lined up the duck tape with the left edge, cut the Duck Tape longer than actual notebook cover, and folded the excess Duck Tape under to the back side of the notebook cover. It really makes her notebook look nice, and it also will provide extra durability to the notebook cover.
I also am going back to school as a Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade Phonics/English/Reading teacher. I will be only teaching a few students, so I spent time the past couple of weeks getting all my supplies ready. Before I even knew that I would write a post on how I use Duck Tape, I was using it to get ready for school. I have a couple of hundred visuals that I use to teach ABeka Phonics as there are clue word cards, phonics charts, and other visuals that I need. All of them are about 9″ x 12″, so I bought this 3 Compartment Folder Holder from Amazon (affiliate link).
It was a rather cheap cardboard structure. I did not want to spend a lot of money right now as this is a volunteer position. The first thing I did was reinforce the bottom with Duck Tape. My visuals are all laminated and rather heavy, so I did not want to risk the bottom falling out.
It took me a few minutes to figure out how to put it together on the inside, and then the dividers did not want to stay in the slots. No problem! I used more Duck Tape! You can tell on the top picture how I placed tape on either side of the dividers on the inside so that they would stay in place. I also added some tape along the top edge to hide the rough edges of the Duck Tape. I then placed my visuals inside. I still have more visuals coming that I will place in the first section.
The other thing I really wanted was some type of container that I could use to store candy or little prizes. My daughter on Sunday accidentally left our small freezer door open. We were so thankful that most of the food in that freezer were items that did not have to be frozen. I mainly had oatmeal and rice in that freezer so that bugs will not get into those items. My oatmeal containers became a little damp from the ice that had melted, so I put all the oatmeal in freezer bags. I kept the oatmeal containers, let them dry, and then decided that I could use them to be my candy and prize containers.
I wanted the containers to be cute, but yet also look nice as the room is used for other church functions. When I went to Walmart to look at their Duck Tape, I noticed Duck Tape that looked like strips of burlap. I thought that would be great as it would look nice with material. They also had some glittery Duck Tape that was fun!
I used some material and Duck Tape to cover the oatmeal container. Here is the finished product with directions below:
How to upcycle an oatmeal container:
- oatmeal container
- Duck Tape
- material or scrapbook paper
- spray adhesive
- Tacky glue
Make the handle.
- Cut a length of Duck Tape and fold it in half length-wise so that the sticky sides face each other.
- Taped the handle to the outside of the oatmeal container on both sides using a small piece of Duck Tape.
Cover the outside of the oatmeal container using material or scrapbook paper. Here is what I did:
- I took some left-over polka dotted material I had from some curtains I had made and and cut it so that it was a little shorter than the height of the container. I wanted about 1/2″ at the top and bottom of the container not covered with cloth. I also cut it so that it would wrap completely around the container plus an extra 1/2″.
- I ironed the material to get it smooth. Then I folded down about 1/4″ and ironed it so that one side of the material had a nice edge.
- I sprayed the material with a spray adhesive and stuck it to the outside of the oatmeal container, making sure that I left about 1/2″ – 1″ on the top and bottom of the container not covered with material. I also made sure that the ironed edge covered the rough edge. It was a little hard to make sure that the material was on straight and had no bubbles. I might try just brushing some Tacky glue on the outside of the container when I do my next oatmeal container instead of using spray adhesive as I had to work really fast with spray adhesive.
Use Duck Tape to seal the edges on the top and the bottom of the container. Here is what I did:
- I did not want wide strips of Duck Tape, so I cut the Duck Tape in half lengthwise to make long, skinny strips. You can tear the tape, once you get it started.
- Then I carefully got the tape right on the edge and wrapped the tape completely around the top and the bottom.
- The tape will keep the material from coming off. I did brush some Tacky glue on the inside of the ironed edge of material where it overlaps so that the edge will stay down.
I love how it turned out! In this container, I put Tootsie Rolls, and in another container, I am going to put bookmarks, stickers, and other prizes. This would make a perfect going back-to-school present for a teacher. You could fill it with pencils, markers, post-it pads, or candy like I did. Or you can cover them and fill them with Legos, baby doll clothes, Matchbox cars, and other little toys to organize your kids’ bedrooms. The options are endless!
You can find Duck Tape products in many stores. Walmart, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby have many different styles of Duck Tape. My Michaels store had more variety than my Walmart store does. Alas, I no longer live by a Hobby Lobby. At Michaels, you can also use a 40% off coupon for one item per purchase if the item you are buying is not already on sale. You can go HERE to see all the varieties of Duck Tape that are available. Or if you want some inspiration on making Duck Tape crafts, check out their Pinterest board!
Duck Tape is sponsoring a giveaway just for my readers. I was able to go pick out some Duck Tape that I thought you might enjoy. That was hard, as there were so many choices. I took along my two oldest daughters, and these are the rolls we picked. This giveaway is only for participants that have a United States mailing address (not a P.O. address).