So, I've got an obsessed my friends. I'm officially a hoarder of Duck Tape. Yep, I'm one of those people that sees a roll, loves it, and buys it. My collection is a huge plastic tub of patterns and colors, and I use it whenever I can. And that means anything from crafts to shipping to home repairs. I still want a pretty pattern, even if I'm taping pipes you don't often see!Recently Duck Tape sent me some of their newest patterns and challenged me to do a back-to-school project. Well . . . I actually had something in my mind that I've wanted to do for a long time, and finally got inspired by their tapes to do it! I combined some of the new patterns with what I had in my stash, and what resulted? Cute backpack charms! These are so easy that kids can make their own charms to match their school backpack and accessories, which they'll love to do. Here's how I made them.
- Duck Tape – the patterns of your choice, but I used Musical Notes, Whale of a Time, S'mores Please, and Blue Chevron
- Sizzix Big Shot with dies (if you don't have this, use clip art in the shapes of your choice printed from the internet)
- Crop-A-Dile Power Punch with brads or regular hole punch
- Lobster-style metal clasps
- Floss or embroidery thread in various colors
- Beads – I purchased a bag of rainbow pony beads from Michaels
- Sheet of cardstock – you might need more than one depending on how many charms you want to make
You'll first want to tape two piece of Duck Tape next to each other on one side of a cardstock sheet. It doesn't have to be white, but that's what I had!
Your first question might be, do you need to match up patterns? Well, that's up to you! It depends on the roll; for some you'll be able to, and some you won't. Honestly, I don't think it matters. The charms look cute regardless! I matched up when I could.
You'll then place the die you're going to use to cut out the charm shape in the center of the tape.
Note: if you don't have a Sizzix Big Shot, don't worry! Just pull a shape from the internet – for example, heart clip art.
At this time you're going to cut out your shape, whether it be with your Big Shot, or with your clip art and scissors.
If you don't own a Crop-A-Dile, never fear! You can use a regular hole punch. Your hole won't be finished with a metal brad (unless you happen to have another device that sets brads), but it's not that big of a deal. Your charm will still work!
I cannot be responsible for you or your kids getting addicted to making these! They only take a few minutes, and are perfect for girls' slumber parties, craft cramps, or even adults' nights in. Just change the tapes and the beads based on your tastes!
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Disclosure: I received compensation from Duck Brand to bring you this back-to-school project. All opinions are 100% mine.