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With back to school, I’m sure you have done a lot of school supply shopping. Now let me tell you, I seriously can’t stand when my kids want the most expensive notebook on the shelf. I mean, it’s a notebook! But because it has a favorite character or design on the front it is priceless to them. But again…it’s a notebook!
We all know what happens to notebooks in the school year. They get ripped to shreds. Well, at least they do if you happen to have boys like mine. I’m not spending $4 on a notebook that will soon lose that priceless cover that he was begging me for! So I came up with an alternative. A simple personalized kids Duck Tape® notebook. Because, come on, who doesn’t love Duck Tape® crafts?
And best of all the kid gets a fun notebook, you get to save money, and the notebook is a lot less likely to rip to shreds within the first four months of school!
So first off, we had to go pick out some notebooks and Duck Tape®. I got the cheap notebooks that are only $0.17 right now. Man, you gotta love back to school sales right? Then onto find the Duck Tape®.
Why Duck Tape®?
Because we love it. Seriously who doesn’t love Duck Tape®? It’s like the cure all of decor, home repairs and more! Didn’t you see the episode of Mythbusters where they escaped from a “deserted Island” and built a canoe type boat all from a flat of Duck Tape®? And the boat didn’t even leak! Seriously this is some cool materials here! If they can get all that done with Duck Tape®, surely the same Duck Tape® can hold my son’s notebook together for the school year.
Plus they have a lot of fun designs to make our Duck Tape® project even more fun! Walmart has a full assortment of Duck Tape® for back to school. And I’m talking a lot more prints than I’ve ever seen before. You can find them in both the Paint Department and the Craft Department. You will definitely want to check out both sections as both sections have different patterns and selections.
Duck Tape® Crafts, Kids Duck Tape® Notebook
Now we are home and it’s time to get crafty! It’s really quite simple. All you need is a
- Duck Tape® of your choice,
- Glow in the Dark Duck Tape®,
- Permanent Marker and
Depending on the design you will either apply the Duck Tape® across or vertical. With two boys, I was lucky enough to do both vertical and horizontal. Start applying the Duck Tape® to the back of the notebook.
Make sure to take special attention near the spirals. You don’t want it to overlap the spirals as it would prevent the notebook from opening and closing appropriately.
Once you get the first strip of Duck Tape® onto the notebook, start another strip. But this time you will want to take note as to making sure the patterns line up. Even if that means you have to overlap the Duck Tape® a bit on the notebook.
Continue this process until the entire back is covered. Then turn the back of the notebook open. Place one strip of Duck Tape® across the top, one across the bottom and one across each side. You will end up with a square center with nothing in it. This will ensure that the Duck Tape® won’t come off the back. And also allows a fun square where the kids can doodle.
Now repeat the same steps for the front cover. Once you have both the front and back cover completed it is time for personalizing the notebooks! We originally were going to take the Glow in the Dark Duck Tape® and cut out each letter of the kids name. Well, we all got worn out and said, “forget that!” So we just added a strip onto the front cover. Then wrote the name with a Sharpie marker. It still pleased the kids immensely.
Now you are done! I love this Duck Tape® craft because it is simple enough even the kids can get involved and do it themselves!
Now each kid has their own personalized kids Duck Tape® notebook. Just imagine how envious the other kids will be when they see your kid’s awesome notebook! And how envious the other moms will be when 4 months into the school year and your kid’s notebook is still in one piece!
What else can you do with Duck Tape®? You can use Duck Tape® to create, embellish and decorate! You can make things for teachers as welcome gifts! You can make a custom name plate for your children’s desk or classroom cubby. Older students can cover their books in paper bags and embellish/decorate/customize with Duck Tape®! Or maybe a customized Duck Tape® mirror for the middle schoolers locker!
Duck Tape® is a creative and inexpensive tool for both teachers and students. They are only limited to their imagination! Be sure to follow @TheDuckBrand for tons of creative inspiration! And buy Duck Tape at Walmart!
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Motherhood on the Rocks
Tuesday 20th of August 2013
It's crazy all the designs they have now for duck tape! I never thought about covering notebooks with it. Great idea!
Saturday 17th of August 2013
Such a great way to make those cheap notebooks into some,thing super cool!
Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy
Friday 16th of August 2013
We could do tons of fun stuff with duct tape. I love seeing your project. My son wants to make himself a duct tape wallet this weekend.
Friday 16th of August 2013
That's so cute! We've been doing that for years with our notebooks, folders, etc. It's an inexpensive way to customize everything. Love it!