Creative Ways to Use Tape with Kids
Enter your local Office Depot store and you’re bound to find a tremendous display of the 3M Expressions Tape. I entered our local store recently with my girls and they were instantly drawn to this display. The colors and patterns were so captivating. They wanted every roll. There are so many ways to use tape with kids so I just had to say yes! PS – There’s a coupon link at the bottom of this post!!!
We had a few projects in mind so we selected about 2 dozen rolls, to add to the many rolls I already had at home. Our first “project” would be that afternoon as we quickly got ready for a birthday party.
Gift Wrapping with Tape
I wrapped the gift in brown paper which my daughter didn’t like AT ALL explaining that is was “boring!”. I suggested we take out some of the tape and dress up the packaging.
We used the Washi Poppy Tape for this gift.
Playroom Color Creator
Our next project involved the playroom and the decorative 3M Duct Tape! We have a big L-shaped built-in for the toys and such. It’s very plain but functional. To add color to the piece we placed the Pastel Polka Dots Duct Tape vertically on each drawer and cabinet door. It came out exactly the way we wanted. NOTE: Be sure to wipe the area you’ll be taping with rubbing alcohol before you tape. This will clean off any dust or residue that could prevent the tape from properly adhering.
Picture Frame Creator
We have LOADS of beautiful canvas creations! My daughter was in an art camp this summer and has been to many art birthday parties. The canvases are beautiful but I haven’t been certain of where and how to hang them. Look at the creative framing she came up with. We’re going to use 3M Command Strips to adhere them within the rectangles she creates with the 3M Expressions Masking Tape.
Play Date Craft!
While at Office Depot we also picked up a dozen plain yellow folders and mini-notebooks. With a play date of 8 girls coming up we came up with an idea of using the tapes to decorate items for back to school.
Each friend had a blast decorating their items with the different 3M tapes we had. They loved all the patterns and got very creative in how the designed and decorated.
Ok, I know you’re eager to get to use tape with kids or do a craft with the 3M Expression tape!!! 3M has provided a coupon for SmartyPantsMama.com readers! There are 2 ways to access the savings:
If you would like to print out the 3M Tape coupon to bring to Office Depot.
If you would like to purchase the 3M Tape online and use the online Office Depot coupon.
Disclosure: I received 3M Expressions Tape to help facilitate this review and was compensated by Office Depot for my time. For more information, about Scotch Expressions Tape at Office Depot, visit them at: http://bit.ly/Caroline3M
i love washi tape and use it a lot with my scrapbook… These are awesome ideas! I will definitely use them, thanks for sharing!
My 10 year old wants to get a hold of some of this tape for some of these cute projects! Thanks!!
that’s so cool. Never thought about decorating with tape before.
Those are fun ways to use it! Love the ideas – Especially the “bow”
The bow. THE BOW. Love her….
This looks like a lot of fun! I love making things more colorful and exciting – this tape seems like an easy way to do it!
Get out? These are like the cutest ideas I’ve seen using tap! LOVE that gift wrap idea most of all! Adorable and brilliant!
I never would have thought to do most of these projects! What fun! 🙂
I haven’t used washi tape before, but seems like a great way to personalize your things. Thanks for sharing!
Oh wow, I have never heard of this tape before but I will definitely have to check it out.
My daughter absolutely loves creating craft projects from tape! I hadn’t thought of doing furniture though. That turned out really cute.
Looks like so much fun! I printed out the coupon and I can’t wait to get started!
HOW fun.. I’ve seen them before but had no idea how to use them and for what…love your ideas…. thanks for sharing, now I can grab some next time I see it and start creating things…. *excited*
That’s like washi tape heaven! How do you even choose??
wow crazy cool decorating ideas..love the dresser make over!!
I have seen Washi tape everywhere! I have to go purchase a few now.
What clever uses for washi tape…I really like the decorating presents one.
Ok…my kids are OBSESSED with tape however they are NOT constructive with it, so these are GREAT ideas!!! Thanks!
This is one of those things where I feel like I need oodles and oodles and oodles because it’s so fun!
Thanks for the info. I will check our Office Depot. I liked the fun and colorful designs on tapes.
They all look so colorful and interesting. Loved them 🙂
I love the gift wrapping and make a frame! I can be crafty, I can be crafty!!
I just recently heard of washi tape. After seeing your post, and all the cool projects you did, I want to go out and buy some!
You’re very creative! This post makes me want to get my crafts out and make something!!
Super cute! We use tape to make race tracks on the carpet for our cars/trains 🙂
I have been looking all over the place for this tape! I checked the big stores and totally forgot about the office stores. I will definitely be heading to Office Depot this weekend. You have some great ideas, I can’t wait to try the tape!
My teen girls LOVE this tape! Although, they’ve never tried ANY of your suggestions above, I’m going to have to show them these… thanks for sharing!
Wow – I have to buy some of this to use with my three year old. I didn’t realize there were so many fun projects you could so with it.
I’ve been meaning to get this stuff. I found some cool things to do with it and totally wanna get to it 😛
I’ve seen this tape before but never really knew what it was used for. These are great projects!
Great uses! My daughter has recently got into using tape in her crafts. She is loving it!
fantastic ideas!!! i’m bookmarking this page! 🙂
Wow! There are some really cute ideas here. I am going to try the tape on the dresser thing with my daughters.
Great ideas! LOVE the dresser!
I love the ideas. We do so much with our tape. We are always making something.
I love washi tape; it’s so fun to use and decorate with! Loving the gift wrap; that really dressed up the package so well! And that frame is such an awesome idea! I could do that down our hallway with some of the boys’ art work. Very cool idea!
Tape has become very popular lately with my daughter. she wants to make all sorts of crafts with Tape. I can’t believe how many different colors there are now.
Super cute ideas! I recently covered a hand sanitizer bottle with some fun Barbie tape. My girls went crazy!
I puffy heart LOVE Washi Tape! Great craft ideas!
This creative way of using tape for kids is very nice. I will also like to use this in my niece room and make her room as beautiful as you are teaching on your blog