Back to School Duck Tape Crafts are so much fun!!
My daughter should be heading to preschool soon, but instead, we decided to do our own back to school learning – sort of like preschool homeschool. We have a stack of preschool/kindergarten workbooks, and we continue to socialize as we always do! We also purchased a brand new stack of educational Usborne books. We got good, quality books about our world and space, how things grow, question and answer books and many, many more!!…Somehow, no matter the subject, every single one captures and holds her attention. Her favorites are the “Look Inside A Castle” (even though I told her there’s no princess in this castle!) and “Look Inside Your Body” books. They have a million sturdy little flaps to lift and she wanted to read every single one!
But whether your kid is in a traditional school setting or not, they need a crafty outlet! So I was really excited when The Duck Brand gave me the opportunity to bond with my daughter over a new type of project!
I’d never attempted a Duck Tape craft before, but I headed to Hobby Lobby with my Pinterest inspiration and my excited daughter in tow (actually, both my daughters were in tow, but the two year old didn’t really know what there was to be excited about, haha!).
After an excessive amount of deliberation, we chose our rolls of Duck Tape and a few extra supplies. The company offers more than 250 designs, including glow in the dark tape!! Not surprisingly, my glitzy girl picked a gorgeous glitter tape!
And because I couldn’t pick just one back to school craft….we created four of them! First we practiced covering a notebook with Duck Tape. There are several ways to do this (I think), but I decided the easiest would be to cover a piece of paper with the Duck Tape, then pop that on the notebook.
~ Back to School Duck Tape Notebook Craft ~
- Gather your supplies. You will need: One notebook, a roll or two of tape (any size will do, but I found the large size convenient to use as a base!), scissors, scrap paper, and a wooden or sticker initial if you want to create a monogrammed notebook.
- Cut white paper slightly smaller than your notebook. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Apply strips of duck tape until you’ve covered your paper
- Make sure the Duck Tape extends the tape past your paper – leave an extra inch or two. Decide now if you like the black edge showing on your notebook. Trim if necessary, but leave enough tape to secure.
- Cut out the corners as shown in collage above. Put the Duck Tape covered scrap paper on top of your notebook. Fold excess duck tape over the edge of the notebook and seal on the backside. Apply your monogram if using. Ours is a sticky wooden initial from the clearance aisle! It adhered like a dream!
Note: I highly recommend NOT trimming the Duck Tape unless you absolutely have to. I’ve seen many other crafters use an Exacto knife when trimming Duck Tape so I assume that works best. The glitter tape cut really easily, but the plain color did not! I did, however, persevere and manage not to mangle it (as shown in final collage picture!). In retrospect, I now recommend just trimming the diagonal glitter strips (on picture #3 in the collage) and leaving the original edge of the plain tape as is. My paper was slightly larger than it needed to be and I had no choice but to trim the tape ever so slightly. So smaller is better in this case!
For my first ever Duck Tape project, I was very pleased with the turnout!
Past the learning curve, we decided to attempt a…
~ Beaded Duck Tape Bookmark ~
And silly me, I forgot to take pictures in the beginning. It starts the same as the notebook, however…
- Cut a piece of card stock or thin cardboard to whatever size you think a bookmark should be. Punch a hole at the top to add ribbon later. Cover entirely with strips of tape, extending approximately an inch past the edge of the paper. Cut out the corners of the tape so you can fold it over neatly.
- If you want to live on the dangerous side, jab a hole thru the duck tape with the blade of your scissor. Does a hole punch go through Duck Tape? I don’t know; it might. My paper had a pre-punched hole. And I don’t own a hole punch of the correct size. If you’re not bleeding at this point, next, apply decorative strips of tape on the front.
- Fold strips of decorative tape over to the back of your bookmark. You might notice I added another strip of the wider, yellow tape to completely cover the plain paper on the back.
- Double your ribbon and thread it through the hole in the bookmark. Bring the two ribbon ends back through the loop you created when you doubled the ribbon and pull tight. Holding ribbon ends together, thread beads on. Knot.
And you’re done! Now, are you wondering how I got my hands on the perfect bookmark sized paper with a prepunched hole? Check out photo #1 on the notebook project collage…our monogrammed ‘A’ came on a nice piece of card stock just the perfect size!! Reduce, reuse, recycle! Save the earth! And for convenience sake, just use whatever the heck you can get your hands on. 😉 Having not lost our steam yet, we started on our next project…
~ Decorative Duck Tape Feather ~
This was the easiest craft of them all!!
- Cut a piece of wire and lay the end at the edge of a long piece of Duck Tape (see picture #1 above). Let’s not be technical, here. Just eyeball the wire to be about the size you want your feather to end up. To cut tape the correct size without guess work, fold in half backwards with non-sticky sides touching. Align evenly with your pre-cut side and snip it off there.
- Fold tape LONG ways. Don’t fold the short sides in. Fold it over to meet and cover the end of the wire.
- Freehand (or trace, if you must) a leaf shape. Sort of a long oval. Don’t forget the stem!
- Wrap a small piece of duck tape around the wire stem to make it more sturdy and substantial looking (optional!). At an angle, cut towards the wire but stop short of it.
And that’s it! I promise this craft is easy as pie! Even the fringing was simple! I am thinking this could make a cute bookmark as well, or a decorative addition to our next craft….
~ Back To School Duck Tape Pencil Bag ~
- Grab a quart or gallon size ziploc bag (I used a freezer bag for extra stability) and cut the bottom down to desired size. Or don’t – I later learned it is much easier to trim plastic following the steady, even line of Duck Tape!
- Starting at the zippered top, line up and adhere your first strip of tape. Keep going until you get to the end, and make sure the tape overlaps the bottom to seal up the opening you cut.
- Fold all the pieces over to the yet un-taped side! Then cover that side too. This time, don’t overlap the tape, just get it as close to the edge as you can. And try to cut the strips neatly – don’t rip it and create jagged edges, because these will be seen!
- Add your decorative Duck Tape. Wrap it ALLLLL the way around from one side to the other. I tried stopping at the ends and overlapping like I did with the yellow tape, but it just didn’t stay down as well or look as good. This way, you only have ONE end showing and it is very unnoticeable!
And you, my friend, now have a cute new bag!! I was skeptical about this one, but the bag seems like it will hold up very nicely and is extremely functional! It ended up being our favorite of all four projects! My daughter loves carrying it around with all her new crafts tucked inside. 🙂
For more creative ideas, follow the Duck Tape board on Pinterest! You can find it here.
Now, as an EXTRA incentive for you for you to break into the wonderful world of Duck Tape crafts, I am hosting a giveaway for you, my lovely readers! Enter below (USA only, please) and be sure to leave a valid e-mail as I will be e-mailing the winners!
Now, if you DON’T win, you can find all kinds of Duck Tape patterns at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or Joann Fabrics, as well as other retailers!
Thank you to The Duck Brand for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to bond with my daughter over these fun Duck Tape crafts!