Sunday, July 15, 2012

USE DECORATIVE TAPE AS A BORDER


I recently posted about how I created designated spaces in my classroom to display all of the anchor charts I make with my students. I had used ribbon to create an additional border around each chart.
Today I wanted to share another idea with you that will make your charts extra fancy with little effort.
Simply add a border of tape around all four edges of your chart or poster. 
  • It will define them.
  • It will make them pop and stand out from their background.
  • It will give them a finished look.
  • It will give a splash of color.
  • It will take any ordinary chart and instantly make it match your classroom theme or color scheme.

And Oh.My.Gosh. the options are ENDLESS!
My most popular thematic packet has always been my Jungle / Safari Classroom Decor Packet {with my Camping Decor Packets  and Beach Decor Packets next in line}. If you are doing a jungle theme then you are in luck because there are so many animal print tapes available. 
For those of you doing a Hollywood Theme or if you just like to bring out your inner diva, might I suggest some glitter tape. The kids would go nuts for that!

If you aren’t doing a classroom theme, but are instead focusing on pulling your classroom together with a color scheme there are options out there for just about any color under the sun.

All of these items can be found at craft stores where you can score some decent discounts. Have fun and be creative!
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33 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your ideas and just wanted to say thanks for all that you do!! I am going to use this idea with my clip chart!!

    I hope that someday you'll swing by my blog!

    Kristen
    A Day in First Grade

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    1. Oooo...you could use it to define all of the sections on the clipchart! Thanks for reading my blog! Jodi

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  2. Whoa! I never knew that there was colored masking tape. I heart masking tape! Thanks for sharing!


    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

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    1. I think tape in general has become super popular. I don't think it will be long before there is patterned masking tape! :) Jodi

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  3. I have major duct tape issues!
    Rachel

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  4. This is a wonderful idea. Can't wait to start!


    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

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    1. Thanks! Don't wish summer away though. :) Jodi

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  5. Love this! I was just at the store looking at the colorful masking tape, and I never thought about bordering it around my anchor charts! Thanks!

    Jen at http://wherelearningisfun.blogspot.com/

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  6. I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger award!

    -Dani
    A Place to Thrive

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  7. So I have a question: You're not putting the duct tape on the wall, but instead putting it directly on the edge of the paper and folding it around the edge, right? I'm thinking that would also make the paper more rigid and durable.
    I'm high school, and I'm trying to cut down on some of my wall displays in order to have some "white space" and a little less wall clutter, but I like the idea of anchor charts and I really like the idea of students having access to thhem for a while. So I'm thinking about using rings and punched holes at the top of the charts so that I can add several together to make a flip-chart to hang from a bulletin board. The most current would be on the front for display, but students could flip through the charts as they needed when they needed to check something from an earlier chart. I see advantages and disadvantages to this method, but I think I'm going to try it. One of my concerns had been whether chart paper would be too flimsy for this. But a duct tape edging on the paper might help solve that issue. Right? Hmmmm....

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    1. I think what you are doing sounds wonderful. I, too, want to keep my room entertaining but without the cluttered look. To help the chart paper, perhaps laminate them especially since they are going to be flipping through them with the punched holes. If you don't want to do that, the duct tape should help alot. :)

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  8. I love using duct tape as a boarder because there are so many options!

    The second link is broken on the photo credit. It should go here. Thanks for featuring my photo :-)

    http://room5teacher.blogspot.com/2012/07/monday-made-it_09.html#comment-form

    Adventures in Room 5

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    1. Hi Cassandra,
      Thanks for letting me know. It's all fixed. :) Jodi

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  9. What a great idea! Thank you for posting!

    Jillian
    LittleMissWhimsical.Blogpot.com

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  10. Brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing. I can see myself using red, yellow and blue on posters for my Superhero theme!

    Reading with Mrs. D
    Endless Pinabilities

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    1. Hey Mrs. D,
      Do you have pics of your superhero theme online? I would love to see them. :) Jodi

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    1. Hi Brenda,
      As you may have noticed on the blog, I'm having a love affair with ribbon this year. :) Jodi

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  12. I didn't know about glitter tape!! That's a great idea. I am going to track that down!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. As a glitter-hater I love the idea of sparkle without mess. :) Jodi

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  13. I am having a ball with the decorative duct tape - I have covered several small boards I had that I can use as small boards for smaller charts; decorative boarder on clipboards and on folders I made into paper holders. I added some washi tape (scrapbook tape) for a more decorative look. What fun!

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  14. Where do you get colors like that for masking tape? I see the blue and green painters tape around here, but I love the other colors too. Please tell where!
    Thanks for the great ideas - my room will look fabulous this fall!

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    1. I've seen it lately in Joanne's, KMart (now called Big K in some towns), Michael's and Dollar General (actually that was a different brand but it does the job). Michael's also had some thin colored tape called artist's tape in their art supplies section.

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    2. Thanks! I am in Canada but now I know where to look when I drive across to shop next month. Our Michael's doesn't have any right now, and we don't have Joanne's. I will add it to my list of things to look for. I appreciate the tips.

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    3. Here, there and everywhere. I've seen it at Home Depot, Lowes, craft stores, teacher stores and of course there is always Amazon! :) Jodi

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  15. I love the idea of using tape to frame anchor charts. I remember hearing a presenter say once that she always added a border to her charts, but she did it freehand, and mine never look quite right when I do it that way- I am artistically challenged! But glitter tape and patterned duct tape I can do! Off to find glitter tape!
    Carol
    Still Teaching After All These Years

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    1. Carol,
      I'm not a big free-hander myself...the glitter tape was found at AC Moore. Do you have that near you? :) Jodi

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  16. I love the use of tape to define borders! I can't bring myself to duct tape to the wall - I think our building engineer would have a heart attack! But masking tape I can do! I saw a fabulous post on Pinterest (my summer hobby has been pinning!) that used colored Mavalus tape for defining each letter section on the word wall. I'm going to try the same with much less expensive masking tape!

    Angie
    The First Grade Scoop

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    1. Hi Angie,
      I didn't actually tape anything the wall. I put the tape directly onto the posterboard so it is "custodian friendly!" :) Jodi

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  17. How do you decorate your clothes pins? I read somewhere on your blog that you use scrapbooking paper...how do you adhere it to the clip? Thanks.

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