Back to school: 5 fun ways with tape

This is a sponsored post for Scotch® Expressions Tape.


You know that saying, “like a kid in a candy store”? I want to create a new one, “like a kid/adult/Chantelle buying stationery for back to school”. I loved me some back to school goodies when I was little, and I still love it now. So, you can imagine my excitement when the team responsible for Scotch® Expressions Tape asked me if I’d care to create some crafts for Back To School.

Challenge accepted {with much glee!}.


ONE: Colourful container

Parents of girls will know that you can arm yourself with as many hair accessories as you might need to survive a whole year, but they can easily go missing in the first month. Where do they go? I bought this sweet kraft box for $4 and went about decorating it with Lacey. She was in charge of the colour distribution. It’s as simple as it looks. Cut lengths of tape a little longer than the lid, place them down and smooth them over {one by one}. At the end trim all the excess.


TWO: Pencil holder

We picked up this plain white pencil holder from Big W for a few dollars, and wrapped some tape around it, making sure we started and finished the tape on the corner so the ends weren’t visible. Simple!


THREE: Notebook cover

Fancify school books, or notebooks for home, with various tapes. This is mine for jotting work notes in. Pretty, hey?


FOUR: Display arts and crafts

I grabbed a few plain wooden pegs, placed some tape along one side and then used it to hang up some of Lacey’s craft projects.


FIVE: Diary markers

This one couldn’t be easier. Place some tape on important pages of your diary to act as markers for easy access.

Scotch® Expressions Tape is easy to use. It’s removable if you stuff-up, it’s matte and smooths out super-easy. You can even use it as labels as it can be written on with pen, pencil or marker. You can head over to their Facebook page and upload a creation of your own to win an iPad mini.

I’ve got ten prize packs to be won {each including one Scotch® Expressions Packaging Tape roll & two Scotch® Expressions Magic Tape refills}. To be in the running, leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to create.


  1. JB says

    Ooh… I’ve got a cool new diary that I’ve been using washi tape to decorate but these look very cool and would be heaps easier to remove stuff-ups (I’ve already ripped one page).

  2. Rachel K says

    I’d love to decorate my toilet cistern and lid. Yes, you read correctly! You see my toilet is in a one metre by one metre room with no window or fan and it is miserably dark and ugly!

  3. Kylie O'Sullivan says

    I saw a great post somewhere (can’t remember where – apologies), where they used tape to make picture frames and made a really cool picture wall. I’d love to do something like that!

  4. Susan says

    I showed my son these cool tapes and he said he would love some of those to help make a castle for all his new Skylander figurines!

  5. helen says

    We would use them to label stuff in my daughter’s bedroom – the mess is getting out of control, and it would help us all remember where everything needs to be stored!
    Also – I suspect she would do her own extra decorating / styling with the tape as we went – embellished doll house anyone?

  6. Ashley England says

    It’s a rather long way off, but I would use it next Christmas to make a tree/decorations. This year my hubby painted a beautiful one on craft paper, and we made baubles out of paper. I’ve seen some groovy geometric trees on walls using tape.

  7. AmandaB says

    I would use it to decorate vases, mason jars, candles, etc. to place around the house … with spring coming up I’m ready for color!!!

  8. Sarah says

    Oh my goodness, I love tape. I use it to make little markers like you have done in your diary but also in our filing cabinet and even on our fridge. I tape so many things onto our calendar to remember the moments!

  9. Lauren Anastasiou says

    I’d like to create decorative borders for our very plain bathroom mirrors, and add a dash of colour to the room.

  10. Jana says

    I just got a new set of drawers for all my crafty stuff but it’s white and I would like to pretty it up with some tape and make it look more interesting. I also love using pretty tape for gift wrapping. Your ideas are great, too :)

  11. Ree says

    I think I would need to use these for dressing up our family whiteboard calender. It is currently all ruled up, but this would be awesome and I cant believe I didn’t think of it sooner! And I think it would make a spunky design on my sewing machine too!

  12. Rachel T says

    I’d love to get my hands on this so I can decorate the DIY Palette I made for my eyeshadows. I just cut out a window of an old DVD case and stuck in some magnetic pieces to attach my depotted shadows. But it’s all black and looks a bit gloomy. Would love this to brighten it up!

  13. LT711 says

    I can’t do much permanent decorating to my apartment, so I’d love some Expressions tape to jazz up my kitchen cabinets!

  14. Jodi Stubbs says

    I’m returning to work in April, after having bub number two. I would love to use this tape to jazz up the stationary I’ll need to buy and also my desk/workspace. I’ve got plans to print some of my better PAD pics to brighten the space and could use the tape to make some faux frames.

  15. Heather Dewar says

    I’d use it to cover some wooden pegs I’ve got like you did for the art hangers, but I’d use them for a photo collage for my partner for Valentines day :)

  16. Nicole says

    My little one (3yrs) just loves sticky tape. The one thing that she wanted for Christmas was blue sticky tape, and of course it’s the one colour I couldn’t find. I’m sure we’d have a lot of fun creating pictures and decorating her books and things with all this pretty tape

  17. Tash N Pete Piggott says

    I would love to get my kids involved and make desk organisers for their desks using recycled jars/tins/plastic containers =)

  18. bubble936 says

    I will use it at craft time with my son.I will allow him to choose what he wants to make with it using his imagination. I would love to add it to my photo frames to make them pretty.

  19. Leah Ramsey says

    I really love the note book idea and I’m going to give that a go. I use HEAPS of notebooks for work too, and I can never find them with nice covers unless I pay an arm and a leg. This way, I can DIY!

  20. Kristy Clock says

    i would try a glass candle holder and put a tea light in it and see what pretty patterns it would make in the dark

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