Hey, guys! Today’s project is so fun and easy. With school coming up (or already started for some of you), this craft item is PERFECT! Maybe your little scholar likes to craft or customize their supplies? Perhaps they’re just brimming with excitement and you need to find something for them to do before they drive you insane? Regardless, this neat little project will not only keep them occupied, but it will result in a practical and TOUGH binder pocket. The best part is that when you’re ready for a new one, they are easy replaced and CHEAP to make. I originally found this idea on Instructables and you can find that post here. What You’ll Need:
- Duck Tape®
- Gallon sized plastic bag (like Ziploc). I like slider style best, but it’s up to you
- Cutting mat (optional, but useful)
- Hole punch
Let’s Get Crafting!
- Take your 1 gallon plastic bag and flatten it out. Cut 3 inches from the bottom of the bag and discard
- Cut 5 strips of Duck Tape® at about 10.5 inches long each
- Take the first piece and starting at just under the “closing part” of the bag, lay the strip across the bag. Flatten out any air bubbles as you go the best you can
- Take the next piece, line it up so the top edge just overlaps the bottom of the strip you just laid down. Adhere it as you did the first
- Do the same with the rest of the pieces. When you get to the last piece, you’ll see you have a lot hanging over the end of the bag. Fold it over to the back. You essentially just made a bottom for your pouch. Cool, huh?
- Cut 4 pieces of Duck Tape® at about 12 inches long for each piece
- starting at the bottom back of the pouch, lay your duck tape so it’s barely overlapping the previous piece just like before. However, you will have “leftover” at both side of the pouch. Fold those pieces over. (it gives your pouch some extra strength).
- Lay the rest of your pieces down as you did before, wrapping over the ends to the other side.
- Take out your binder and figure out where you want the holes on the bottom of the pouch. You want to go in about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the bottom.
- mark the spots you want the holes and use the hole punch to make those holes.
- Put your pouch into the binder and you’re all done! Now aren’t you crafty?
- only cut 2 inches off the bottom of the bag
- the strips for the one size are only about 7 inches long
- the strips for the back are about 9 inches long
You can also make these without holes if you want just a normal ol’ pouch. What’s so awesome about this is that you can find Duck Tape® at Wal-Mart in their crafting or paint departments. They have a large variety of colors too, not just solids. The Wal-Mart I usually go to had everything from flying pigs to gingham print with cherries. They also had Duck Tape® sheets in designs too! I thought the mustache design was particularly cute. Hubster loved the light blue with penguins on it. The design variety has come a long way since boring old grey. Many of you will also recognize the Duck Tape® I used in this project because I’ve used it a lot. You may remember the colors from my headband project and my self-watering bottle projects. I mention this because I wanted to point out that a roll of Duck Tape® will last you for a while. You would be able to get several pouches out of one roll. You can also mix it up like I did and use more than one color on your pouches. I think that a rainbow theme would be nice, using lots of different solids. Duck Tape® is a great supply to add to your back to school shopping cart and by getting it at Wal-Mart, you know you’ll get a great price
Duck Tape® is great because it’s so versatile. Your little ones can use it to mark or personalize so many of their items. They can make book covers, dress up a plain notebook or even decorate a locker mirror. You can also follow them on Twitter for even more inspiration! You’ll be amazed at all the ideas they have!
Until next time, happy crafting!
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