Following the worldwide washi tape obsession there’s a new big sister in town that’s taking the craft world by storm, creative duct tape! OH yes. It’s basically affordable, giant washi tape and opens up a whole new plethora of project ideas. The Reject Shop have some new ranges in store so I’m pumped to be able to collaborate with them and show you 5 really simple ideas for using this nifty product.
These creative tapes are far less tacky than regular duct tape you’d get from the hardware store, so although this means you can’t use it to fasten heavy items, it does mean they are completely removable and so perfect for places like walls (hello DIY head board) or other pieces you don’t want damaged with grose sticky residue.
We’ll start with the VERY simple one. A tape head board might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are after something different this quick idea might do the trick. These tapes from the Reject Shop are low tac so peel off really easily too (great for us renters!)
The design options are endless too – think of the shapes you could make! A city skyline, pointy triangle top, picket fence… have fun with it.
Just be sure to wash down your walls first to get rid of any dust that will prevent the tape from sticking.
PAPER PLANTER/STORAGE BAG
Following my fabric planter bag tutorial last week, I wanted to show you guys how easy it is to pull of this project with paper too. I gave this one a geometric pattern made from mixed black and white tapes. I’m loving how crazy it all looks against the quirky plant! (side note – yes this is totally a fake plant from Ikea – I have a knack for killing any plant in my possession so I am 100% pro-plastic!)
Start by cutting a bunch of triangles in all different shapes and sizes. This was the fun part for me. I cut dozens of them and stuck their corners to the edge of my desk so I could pluck them off as needed. Then just arrange in a crazy manner, leaving about 15cm at the bottom and 20cm at the top.
Tape your two edges together to form a tube like this
Then fold your bottom up by approx 12cm (there is no rule to this measurement, just have a play depending on how big you’ve made your tube)
Then you want to fold in the two edges to form a diamond like this
Then fold down the top and bottom to the centre and tape down with sticky tape, then cover with a piece of the duct tape
Now when you’re folding down the top, it’s easier if you squeeze the the neck of the bag as you roll down. It’s going to get crinkly and some triangles may semi-come off but embrace the mess, you’re going to tidy it all up later. Roll down 2-3 times until it’s at a height you want.
Now just tidy up your triangles and add some extras to cover the back seam.
Fill with nic nacs or a plant. If you’re using a real plant be sure to pop a little plastic bag around your pot plant so any water drips are caught and don’t damage your paper.
This has got to be the easiest bunting tutorial you’ll ever see. Really cute idea for hanging around the home.
Just snip off a piece of tape about 15cm long. Fold around the 5cm mark. I started by pressing a finger in the middle at the bottom and flattening it outwards. If you’re having trouble lining it up just peel it back and start again. You can always just snip off any accidental over hang too – it doesn’t matter as you only see the front anyway!
Snip the end to be a point or two points. then pop your piece of string across the top and just fold down the rest to secure it.
MINI DRAWER PULLS
I hung my mini bunting behind my computer in my study so decided to match it with some drawer pulls on the wooden Ikea drawers I have. They look ridiculously cute and loving the patterns against the light wood. Why haven’t I tried coordinating things more often!
Follow the same steps as above to make your little pointed flag, and just pop it onto the drawer. I kept mine nice and secure with super glue. Any strong glue will work like E6000 too.
CHEVRON SERVING BOARD
I picked up this rustic wood serving board on my last trip to The Reject Shop and always wanted to decorate it somehow but wasn’t sure how, as I wanted it to be washable. Luckily thanks to this tape being removable you can put whatever shape you want and just throw it out when your’e done! You could write a word, give it an all over print, or do as I did and give it a chevron pattern.
There’s two ways of going about this chevron design. Either cut out a stencil out of scrap paper, place on the non-sticky side of your tape and cut around it with scissors, or you can do as I did and place the tape straight onto the board and cut your design out with a stanley knife and ruler. It is a chopping board after all!