DIY

Craft These Awesome Back-To-School Supplies With Nothing But Tape

by Angel Chang
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Back when I was a kid in grade school, I’d always want to go out and get completely new supplies at the start of each school year.

My mom wasn’t so keen on buying us brand new sets of notebooks, pens, folders, and other classroom supplies. Instead, she taught us how to brilliantly recycle supplies that we had left over from the pervious semester. She not only taught us how to be economical, but she also showed us how to get creative with one or two tools.

Instructables user and arts and crafts lover Kylie came up with a few extremely simple DIY crafts that are perfect for the back-to-school season.

Each of the crafts only needs three tools, and you’ll very likely (in fact, most definitely) already have them all on hand.

There’s a chance that you might be familiar with the crafts you’re about to see, or that you’ve made a variation of them before. Whatever the case, let us know what you think in the comments!

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1. Paper Clip Bookmarks

washi tape bookmarks

You'll only need some washi tape, paper clips, and a pair of scissors. First, cut a piece of tape that's about twice the size of the bookmark handle that you want.

washi tape bookmarks

Next, unfold the paper clip wire slightly and slide the tape through.

washi tape paperclip bookmarks

Make sure the length of the tape measures equally at both ends of the paper clip.

washi tape bookmarks

Lastly, close the paper clip wire, and fold the tape in half.

washi tape bookmarks

2. Decorative Pencils

washi tape pencils

You'll need some regular sharpened pencils, washi tape, and scissors. First, measure the length of the piece of tape you'd like to cover the pencil with.

washi tape pencils

Next, wrap the piece of tape around the pencil. You'll most likely need an additional piece of tape to cover it completely.

washi tape pencils

And there you have it! You can use different colored washi tapes, and end up with a collection of festive-looking pencils that your kids will love.

washi tape pencils

3. Colorful Personalized Notebook

washi tape personalized notebook

You'll need some washi tape, scissors, and a notebook. You can paint over the cover of the notebook to help cover up any unwanted colors underneath.

washi tape personalized notebook

This is one design that you can go with: line up different colored pieces of tape at an angle, starting from the middle section of the notebook.

washi tape personalized notebook

Fan out the colored tape, until both sides of the notebook are covered.

washi tape personalized notebook

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