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Personalizing School Notebooks with Duck Tape

Looking for a fun way to “spiff up” cheap, plain school supplies?  We were recently looking for a notebook for Judah to use for science. I wanted something that would be sturdy to take outside since a lot of our activities will be happening outdoors and while hiking through the woods. I decided on a hard back, spiral bound journal. I thought it would be easier to write on while away from a table.  However, there aren’t a lot of options FOR BOYS.  Most of the hard back journals are for ladies with lots of cute scriptures and flowers…very cute for me for Bible study…not so much for a 5 year old’s science journal.

Personalize your school stuff with Duck Tape from WholesomeMommy.com

So, to remedy this problem we bought several black {plain} notebooks and then decided to spiff them up and personalize them ourselves.  Since Judah loves Angry Birds, he chose Angry Birds Duck Tape for our project.  There are SOOO many designs to choose from, you can decide what you like best! {I thought another good option for this project would have been camouflage!}.  Here’s what we did:

The materials you'll need for DIY Personalized Notebooks from WholesomeMommy.com

First, I gathered some stencils I already had from another project. If you don’t have stencils already, these came from Walmart and can cheaply be purchased.  You’ll also need your Duck Tape, a pen, and some scissors.

We decided to add Judah’s name to the cover, but you could cut out initials, a monogram, some designs, or anything else you can dream up!

Using Duck Tape with Stencils to make Personalized Notebooks from WholesomeMommy.com

I just trimmed a piece of tape off and put it under the stencil. I used a pen to trace the letter. Then, I cut it out using some scissors. When I was all finished, I stuck it to the cover of the notebook. It did take a little bit of time {about 10-15 minutes} to cut out the whole name. Not a huge time investment for a cute product. If you have older kids they would probably like to do this themselves {and think of all the things you could get done in 15 minutes! LOL}.

DIY Reinforced Corners that look cool with duck tape from wholesomeMommy.com

To finish up the project, we added some pieces of the tape to the corners of the notebook – both to add some more “bling” to the notebook as well as to reinforce the corners since it will likely be beat to death {we are talking about a 5 year old toting this through the woods after all!}.

This was the simplest part.  Check out the picture above for a better visual of what I’m talking about. Cut a piece of tape, stick it diagonal on the corner, and then fold/tape down kind of like folding a present. See? Simple. We did this on the front and back cover.

Of course, my daughter {only 3} would not be left out. I found an old notebook I already had and “fancied” it up for her a little differently using the small rolls of Duck Tape you can find in the craft department at Walmart – {Which leads me to an important point: Check both the craft department and the hardware department at Walmart for cool Duck Tape designs. We found different options in both locations of our store}.  This design was much simpler and could easily be done by your school aged children:

Another simple design for personalizing your notebooks with Duck Tape from WholesomeMommy.com

What do you think?  Is this something you do with cheap school supplies?  Maybe something you’ll try this year?


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  1. so did you just stick it to the table after unrolling it? and then unstick it from the table when finished tracing the letters?
    i would think it would damage the table and/or make the duct tape less sticky and more apt to fray or unstick at the edges of the letters.
    but i’m really ignorant when it comes to duct tape (it’s kinda expensive so i don’t buy it. and i’m not artistic at all so i don’t craft with it) so i could be wrong :-)

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