Back-to-school DIY: The pretty side of tape 0
If you like things matchy-matchy, this tutorial is for you! Use funky patterned tape (sold in a variety of colours and designs) to style back-to-school essentials, such as this glue stick, pencil sharpener and weekly planner.
I used Scotch Expressions tape for these items, which is $12 for a three-pack (see photos) at Michaels, but the patterned tape I used is also sold separately for much cheaper.
Note: Make sure you check the opacity of the tape you are using. This tape was very transparent and could only be used on white/light coloured items.
1. Glue stick: I removed the sticky paper wrapping around the glue stick and then used my special tape in its place.
2. Pencil sharpener: Find a white pencil sharpener (I found mine at Staples) and tape around it. Trim off the excess.
3. Weekly planner: As you can see the cover of this $1.50 Michaels find is not white and simply taping over the cover wasn't an option. The back page of the book happened to be a solid white, so I removed the plastic cover from its rings (without bending them) and placed it before the last page of the book so this white page is now the new cover. You can then move the other plastic cover so it appears at the end where you want it. This gives me a blank front page to work with and I easily lined up strips of my patterned tape to make a beautiful cover that matches my clue stick and pencil sharpener. To finish it off I used a Martha Stewart label from Staples and wrote out the book's title in black felt-tipped pen.
Note: To simplify this process, you could always find a planner that already has a white cover and tape that. Alternatively you could cover a cover with white paper and then tape that as well.