I’ve been a fan of Duck Tape® for a long time. As a kid, it was always the strongest tape that would bind anything together. But now it comes in SO many different colors and patterns that the possibilities are really endless. And it’s a really easy medium to work with. I used lots of fun Christmas colors and patterned Duck Tape® to make a wreath last year. This year, I thought it would be a fun way to jazz up and personalize some otherwise-ugly school supplies.
I went to buy Duck Tape at Walmart and got my school supplies as well. My kids and I chose a few different kinds: Gold, Rainbow, and BYU (of course–go cougs!) Then we came home and got to work. I bought a couple metal pencil cases that had some hideous designs on them (Read: Flames and a Rockin’ Electric Guitar). These were so not my kids. So it was seriously easy to just rip off several pieces of Duck Tape® and cover up the designs. I used the tape liberally and tried to line up the designs best I could. Then I used an Exacto Knife to trim the tape so it looked nice. I like Duck Tape® because the excess peeled right off without leaving anything behind. To personalize Will’s (and make sure it didn’t get lost at school) we just used the Exacto Knife to cut out the letters of his name. Sure, I probably could have used a Cricut (because they do make Duck Tape® sheets) but this was just faster. I put some tape on a self-healing mat then used a marker to trace his name. I cut on the lines and then wiped off the marker. Easy Peasy. I did the same thing to a plain and boring black binder. We will use this binder as a place to put the kids’ school work they bring home, like artwork and all that. There’s so many possibilities for school stuff, I had a hard time picking what to do. Another idea I had was to recycle some tin cans and tape them all pretty together to make a little pencil/pen/marker/scissors caddy. You can get tons more ideas by following @TheDuckBrand!