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My morning pages made me do it.  And my love of art blogs.  And my thinking that if she can do it, I can do it.  Granted I thought the same thing when a group of friends were going rock repelling in Israel, and as it turned out, I definitely COULD NOT do it.  But this I can do.  I’m writing to share my love of art and craft and to gently pressure myself into creativity.

So, my first project to share I made with my new best friend, Duct Tape.  I mean, this stuff rules.  It comes in every color.  You can get it easily at Michael’s, which happens to be just down the street from my house and it’s awesome.  I started off a few weeks ago by making duct tape bracelets, which my kindergartners are now obsessed with.  Last night I graduated to something a little larger.  I made a duct tape carrying case.  I’m not sure what I’ll keep in it yet.  Possibly, duct tape.  I might also make a bunch and use them in my classroom for book carriers to place on the tables.  Anyway, here’s a photo.  I think it came out pretty cool.

If you want to do one yourself, it’s pretty simple.  Here are the directions.

What you need:

duct tape, a brown shopping bag from the market, scissors

1. Cut the brown bag in half.  You can do this in anyway you want really.  This is just how I did it.

2.  Choose your pattern and cover one side in duct tape.  I made the side panels with blue and the front panels with yellow and hot pink.

3.  Turn the bag over and do the same to the other side.  I did mine all in silver.

4.  You might need to fold over excess tape on either side our you can cut it.

5.  Cover the handles with tape.  This part is a little tricky but I have faith in you.  Just cut off the excess part and fold over the edges.  It’s ok if it’s not perfect.  What ever is?

6.  Cut the bottom panel from the bottom of the shopping bag and cover with tape.

7.  Take the bottom panel and tape it into the bottom from the inside by kind of bending the tape so it hits the seem and touches the bottom and side panels.  This part takes a little patience.

8.  And viola!  You’ve got your duct tape carrying case.  You can add stickers, sharpie pictures, jewels, whatever you want.

After doing this once you’ll probably notice that you can make really anything out of duct tape.  I plan on making a little tube top and skirt next in a cool striped pattern.  I’ll post step by step photos for that one.