Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Possibilities Are Endless {aka Fun with Duck Tape}

I had a eureka moment today and could hardly contain my excitement.

I have mostly tables in my classroom, but there are a couple of straggler desks hanging around.

And they are red.

Which makes me unhappy.

I have wanted to spray paint them for awhile, but that's probably a disaster in the making.

Today I was scoffing them and cursing their existence under my breath as I do every day, and that's when the light bulb went off...Duck Tape. It will cover over the red in a non-permanent way and will add tons of spunk and personality to the classroom design.

Have y'all seen Duck Tape lately?
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Oh my cuteness.

There is seriously a pattern to match any color scheme or theme.

I'm still on the fence about how I will makeover my room {still leaning towards the grey and yellow with the bright and cheerful colors / circles and dots pulling in a tight second}, but I do plan to keep my black bulletin board borders and damask accents.

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So you can only imagine my joy when I googled patterned duck tape and this came up:

I actually gasped.  I think it will be the perfect fix for those pesky desks.  Best of all it'll just peel up and a little goo gone will take care of the rest.

Patterned duck tape seriously rocks.

I'm thinking I'll use it to reinforce folders.

It can be used as border for your bulletin boards or anchor charts to jazz them up.

SIDENOTE: Duck Tape is the name brand for the fun pattern / colorful Duct Tape maker. You can do a google search for either to find lots of fun options. I went back and forth on which spelling to use for the post, but ultimately decided to go with the brand I used.

What other uses can you think of for the decorative tapes?

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  1. Don't know if you saw it or not but I made a quilt out of duct tape and baggies to display student work:) Love it and have to make a new one this summer:)

    4th Grade Frolics

    1. I would love to see a picture of this! How do you do this?

  2. The students at my school are obsessed with it! They make barrettes, bracelets, rings, purses, anything you can think of! I'm pretty impressed with their creativity!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. I haven't seen such pretty duct tape. I'll be on the look-out for it now. Great idea!!

  4. I'm definitely looking for this to jazz up my classroom next year!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. I can't wait to see how they turn out! What a great idea!

    Tangled with Teaching

  6. What a great idea!! I have had my eye on some sparkly gold duct tape I saw at Michaels... I currently have my word wall on the cupboards where my students store their backpacks (so the doors are constantly being opened and closed) so my paper and bulletin boarders aren't staying up too well... I bet if I used duct tape it would stay a whole lot better though! So excited to try this out!!!

    Lessons with Laughter

  7. Be sure to post pictures please! :)

  8. I know this is unconventional but I am one of your followers, I have not been on in a while due to things going on within my school district that have made it hard to contribute. I wrote a post on my blog today briefly letting people know about what is going on. If you could stop by and read it and spread the word to ask others to read it I would appreciate it.
    Thank You With All The Love,
    Mrs. Schatz

  9. The duct tape craze is amazing. My girls are obsessed with with it. As a surprise, I'm going to get a few rolls and have an afternoon of fun with the stuff. I thought my little duct tape geniuses (sp?) could teach the rest a craft or two during our long afternoons. One of my girls created a purse complete with shoulder strap, inside pockets and flap closure. Mind you it was hot pink and zebra stripe - but such a cute idea.

  10. I have some nasty looking metal mailboxes that I inherited from another teacher. I covered the front of each shelf with duct tape. It looks like new.

  11. Oh my! You read my mind today! I was just thinking about covering my old metal filing cabinet with duct tape today! You've inspired me to try! What can it hurt?

  12. My school buys all supplies for all students so they all got boring, black binders that look the same. So we used duct tape to personalize! The kids loved it! I even got duct tape during teacher appreciation week on supplies day!

  13. I'm trying to make my first grade classroom appear less cluttered by making all of my containers and plastic book bins the same color. Way too expensive to replace - duct tape will be a great way to create a uniform appearance.

  14. Wow! That is a great idea! My kids were excited about duct tape this year too :) Only bad thing is when it gets put on the wrong thing (or place). Thank goodness for goo-gone!

    Check out my new blog- I am having a $25 Target G.C. give away this week!

  15. I heart patterned duct tape. I have a safari theme and you can only imagine my delight when I saw zebra print duct tape. I had to buy it, not knowing exactly what to do with it. I thought about using it as bulletin border. This week, a teacher who is leaving, gave me her ratty table. I could spend hours sanding and painting, only to have it peel half-way through the year. DUCT TAPE (said in a Despicable Me Gru voice). When I am done covering it, I will blog about it and link back to this post. Love your ideas!
    Susan at

  16. OH. My goodness. I did not even know patterned duct tape was a thing! All the chairs in my room are blue-- except for 6....6! This might be the perfect solution :) Thanks for the idea!

  17. Love some duct tape! Thanks for reminding us how much fun it is!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  18. I love patterned duct tape as well! I just stop and stare in amazement every time I see it in stores!
    I am decorating my room with your circles and dots I bought from TpT! I love it!
    :) Dana
    Fun in 1st Grade

  19. I put patterned duct tape on my whisper phone to make them a little more fun!

  20. Mmmmm!!! I used to wrap all my school books in colorful paper, which I taped on with bright pink-and-white-polka-dot patterned tape. You're bringing back memories, wow!!!

  21. Oh my goodness!! Now I know what I am going to do with my filing cabinet and my clear plastic drawer fronts. I hate that you can see all the junk in the drawers - but needed junk. to find the pattern that I want. Love!

  22. I just found the patterned duct tape at Target myself. LOVE it!! Between that and contact paper, life is good. I'm a new blogger and I LOVE your blog!!


  23. To put composition books into three ring binders:
    1. Put a line of duct tape half on and half off the composition book on the front along the binding.
    2. Put a line of duct tape half on and half off the composition book on the back along the binding.
    3. Reinforce the "overhang" by wrapping a third line of duct tape around the front and back of the overhanging tape from steps one and two.
    4. Use a three hole punch on the (now reinforced) duct tape overhang.

    My 7th graders think I am brilliant for coming up with this. Little do they know that I stole it from a teacher who stole it from a teacher ad infinitum.

  24. Looks like someone should do a duct tape linky! I covered my old yucky brown clipboards with different colors of duct tape! <3

  25. Love the patterns of duct tape you have displayed in your photo... Never seen these patterns anywhere before... Do you mind if I ask where you got them? My daughter would live them! Thanks, Tara Rehrer :)


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