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Duct Tape for Dad!

Posted by Vickie Howell on May 17, 2010 at 1:05 PM in General CraftsGreat Gifts!
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Duck Tape Gifts for Dad

Is there anything that duct tape can't make or fix?  I don't think so.  Which is why this year for Father's Day I say, swing by the hardware store and let some tape do the gift-y trick! 

This week on Craft Apparent I show 3, no-sew projects that kids can make for dad (with a little help from mom) that are as cool as they are crafty.   Here's the scoop on turning a few strips of sticky into a duct tape wallet, card holder or techie gadget sleeve!

Rolls of Duct Tape in Two Colors
Ruler or Measuring Tape

Techie Gadget Sleeve

Techie Gadget Sleeve Tutorial

  • Measure dad's phone, pda or mp3 player, taking care to include the depth of the device in the overall width measurement.  Add about a 1/4" to the length so that the sleeve will be a bit taller than the gadget it's covering.
  • Create duct "fabric" by cutting tape strips to appropriate width; lay pieces sticky-side-up; overlap & stick.  Repeat until piece is appropriate length.  Then, layer pieces sticky-side-down on top of existing piece until it's completely covered. This completes the back piece of your gadget sleeve. (See below)  Repeat once more, for sleeve front.

  • For striped detailing, cut narrow strips of a contrasting color of duct tape.  Stick diagonally onto sleeve front.  Trim off excess.  If desired, repeat on back piece.
  • Use thin strips of tape folded over 3 sides to seal front and back pieces together to create sleeve.


  • Create duct "fabric" using method above.  For the wallet you'll need front & back pieces each measuring 8" x 3", and an additional 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" pocket piece.
  • Seal front and back pieces together with tape strips.
  • Tape card pocket onto the righthand side of the front of the wallet.  Fold wallet in half so that the pocket is now on the inside.  
  • Cut several small pieces of contrasting tape; stick onto outside of wallet in "DAD" formation.

Card Holder

  • Create duct "fabric".  For the card holder you'll need front & back pieces each measuring 3 3/4" x 2 1/4".
  • Seal front and back pieces together with tape strips.
  • To create stripes cut 2, narrow pieces of tape and wrap them each around card sleeve.

Happy Father's Day crafting!


Got crafty questions?  Ask me here!

Teacher's Pot: Tiny Treat Gift Jars

Posted by Vickie Howell on May 4, 2010 at 11:05 AM in General CraftsGreat Gifts!
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Sometimes it's the small gestures that make us feel the most appreciated.  This week you can show your child's teacher a little love with these mini, mementos of gratitude!  A spice jar filled with a single serving of solitude--whether it be to eat, drink or soak in--is an easy way to give a bit back to the molders of our wee one's minds.

General Materials 
Spice Jars or Other Small Containers 
Glue Fabric, Ribbon, & Trims 
Buttons or Other Trinkets
Treat Fillings

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  • Got 5 minutes (not including dry time)?  Then you can make a deserving teacher this treat. Fill container with bath salts--spice jars hold the perfect amount for one, luxurious bath!
  • Using hot-glue or other strong adhesive, affix an over-sized button or brooch onto the lid of  a spice jar.  Let dry. 
Note:  If the button or brooch you choose has a shank or pin preventing it from laying flat on the lid, just break that part of with a pair of pliers or jewelry snippers.

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  • Be sweet to "Teach"; create a candy container just for him or her!  Fill a small jar with a colorful, sugar-y treat.  
Psst...this project is a also a great teaching opportunity-- encourage thoughtfulness by getting your child to ask teacher what their favorite candy is!

  • Cut a circle of fabric about 2" larger than the container's lid.  Using regular ol' glue, cover lid with fabric.  Glue on a bit of trim around the lid sides; add an optional trinket embellishment to top it off.
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  • Go nuts for the teacher who prefers salty snacks.  Fill a small jar with gourmet cashews--the perfect, healthy solution for the mid-day hungers!
  • Tiny treasures don't have to look feminine.  A recycled buckle embellished lid that's been wrapped with twine, give gift jars a more rustic style.  Print out a name or message on paper, glue or sew it to a strip of cotton and attach it to the buckle for an extra, personal touch!
As the daughter of a teacher, I just want to send an extra loud shout-out to all of you amazing educators out there who tirelessly enrich the lives of our children.  Your hard work and dedication are something that the students you've encouraged, will carry with them for the rest of their lives.  Thank you!

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