Duct Tape Composition Notebook Cover

By contributing writer Beth

This Duct Tape Composition Notebook Cover is great for back-to-school fun. Your kids will love designing their own personalized journals to stand out from the crowd.

This Duct Tape Composition Notebook Cover is great for back-to-school fun. Your kids will love designing their own notebooks to stand out from the crowd.

This tutorial takes from 5 – 10 minutes and doesn’t require any special equipment. The supplies are easy to find at an office supply store or any store that sells school supplies. This brand of tape comes in many designs and colors, so you’ll be able to find the design that suits each child’s personality.

Let’s get started!

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Supplies Needed

Instructions

Start by turning the notebook so the back is facing up. I start on the back and finish on the front so that all of the uneven finishing pieces of tape are on the back of the notebook. This happens because you wrap the overhang to the back over the spine in the steps to cover the front.

Cut off a piece of tape long enough to overhang both sides by at least an inch. Place the tape onto the top edge of the notebook so that it hangs over the top edge at least half an inch.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

You can see when the book is flipped over how it overhangs on the top and sides.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Open the back of the notebook and work on the outside corner first. Cut two slits coming out from the rounded corner of the composition notebook cover.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Cut out a triangle of tape from the top side using a straight line from the top edge to the top of the first corner slit you cut. So you’ll see that a triangle of tape is now removed from the top edge and the other corner slit remains.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Fold down the slender piece of tape straight in on the diagonal angle. This will help keep the rounded edge of your notebook.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Now press in the side piece to be straight on the edge of the notebook and press in toward the binding.

(Ignore the pointy corner on this image. I had not yet cut out the triangle piece when I photographed this step.)

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Leave the top edge away from the cover for now.

At the spine, cut out a trapezoid where the tape will be flat against the edge of the notebook and the sides will point slightly toward the outer corners.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Fold down the front edge. See how the angle of the spine cut allows for the tape to lay flat against the cover without getting near the paper. This will also keep the tape from causing bulk in the center.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Smooth the entire top of the front piece of tape down all the way to the corner you already prepared in earlier steps. Now the top front corner is complete.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Press down the back edge on the other side of the spine so that the sticky side of the tape has all been wrapped.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

This is how the front piece will look when finished.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Continue to finish the front of the notebook with new strips of tape that slightly overlap the first piece. Thankfully, you’ll only need to smooth them over the front edge until you get them to the bottom where you’ll finish the bottom front corner the same as the top corner.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

Repeat all these steps on the back EXCEPT do not make them overlap the spine. Just have the back pieces cover the back edge and slightly overlap the front piece that is wrapped around.

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook

You’re finished! Great job!

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DIY My Little Pony Keychain

These adorable My Little Pony keychains take less than 5 minutes to make and are perfect backpack accessories for back to school or inexpensive party favors.

Do your little girls love My Little Pony? Mine sure do! Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash have become household names around here. These adorable My Little Pony keychains are perfect backpack accessories for back to school! They make great inexpensive party favors too!

Each keychain takes less than 5 minutes to put together and your kids will love having their favorite pony on their backpack.

My Little Pony Keychain Supplies

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Open your My Little Pony toys and place your drill bit on your drill.
2. Carefully place your My Little Pony toys on your thick wood board (this will prevent the drill bit from going through the table).
3. Use your drill to carefully drill a hole through the tail of each pony.
4. Place your key chain hook through the drilled hole and hook it onto a keychain ring.

These adorable My Little Pony keychains take less than 5 minutes to make and are perfect backpack accessories for back to school or inexpensive party favors.

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Five Simple Ways to Help Your Children Live a More Sustainable Life

This post is in partnership with IKEA, all opinions are my own.

I believe most parents want their kids to inherit a cleaner, greener world. As an adult I try to live a greener life, and I want to be an example to my kids as well.

Today, there are so many opportunities for kids and adults to live sustainably, many of which are things our grandparents probably did without thinking. As a society we’ve been accustom to convenience, but sometimes that means more waste and it isn’t always best for the world we live in.

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I find that the easiest way to get my children involved is to make greener choices the most convenient option in our home.

IKEA has some great inexpensive items you can use in your home to help your children learn how to live a more sustainable life. In fact some of these items are so popular you probably already have them in your house.

Use less paper products in the kitchen. 

If you know me, you know I love my paper towels, but I also try to use dish cloths and rags whenever possible.

To make this happen I have a drawer of dish towels in my kitchen. We use them for drying dishes and hands and cleaning up spills.

IKEA dish towels

We use two to three towels a day and I throw them into whatever load is in the wash at the end of the day.

Every few months the dish towels get moved to the rag bin and we replace them with fresh towels. Not only are we creating less waste, we are saving money by not using a roll of paper towels every single day.

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Having the towels close to the sink and easily accessible encourages my kids to grab a cloth towel instead of a paper towel when they need it.

Smaller bowls = less food waste.

 Most of my children have eyes bigger than their stomachs and tend to take huge helpings if I’m not watching. Usually they can’t finish their food because they filled their grown-up sized plate with a grown-up sized portion.

I solved this problem years ago by using the dishwasher safe, unbreakable IKEA plates and bowls. They are cute, colorful and small!

Kids can’t help but take smaller servings on these kid sized dishes and if they are still hungry they are always welcome to get seconds, or even thirds.

IKEA bowls

Ever since I started using smaller dishes for the kids we throw away significantly less food every week.

I also use these plates and bowls for myself! They are great when you want to track how much you are eating and make sure your portions stay in check.

Reusing bath and pool towels to save water and money.

With six kids at home, we do a lot of laundry. One way to live a little greener is to encourage the kids hang up their towels after their showers instead of getting a new one every time. (There are even hotel chains who are rewarding guests with extra points for doing the same thing!)

However, it can be hard for younger children to reach the towel bar in most bathrooms.

We install a lower towel rack in our bathrooms so the kids can easily hang up their towels after they swim or take a shower. If the towel is hung up immediately after they use it, it can be used for several days without smelling gross.

When we rented our house we used the over the door towel racks so the kids always had a place to hang their towel. We also use them for pool towels and guest towels. This rack from IKEA has pads on the hanger so you don’t damage your doors when you use it.

Make it easy to recycle.

We have two recycle bins outside, but I don’t always want my younger children going out at night by themselves to throw something in the bin.

Keeping a small bin inside the house encourages kids of all ages to recycle and makes it easy for them to put boxes and cans in the bin throughout the day.

Ikea Recycles

A small lightweight container like the IKEA DIMPA fits anywhere in your home and has handles so it is easy to carry out to the recycling bin several times a week. It folds up when not in use so you can put it away if necessary.

I’ve come to realize that if I make it easy for my kids to do something, there’s a significantly greater chance that it will get done when I’m not around to remind them to do it.

Encourage outside free play.

One of the best things we’ve done as a family is live close to green spaces (or have a large yard for the kids to play).  Our kids love being outside, and finding fun activities that don’t require a ton of resources or electricity.   outdoor play

Not only does outside free play give them the opportunity to appreciate the world around them (and hopefully help keep it cleaner) it limits their screen time.

I hope as they grow older they will continue to appreciate the environment around them and be good stewards of their resources.

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How to Get Rid of Ants with Three Ingredients

The following is a post from Angie.

How to Get Rid of Ants from The Happy Housewife

When ants show up in your home, often your first reaction may be to grab the phone and call the exterminator.  (Or, perhaps that is your second reaction, as your first reaction may be to want to squish them all.)  Before calling the exterminator, save yourself money and chemicals in your home by trying a simple, three ingredient solution for getting rid of ants in your home.

After adding a screened-in porch, we started getting ants in our home from time to time.  We tried ant solutions that we could buy at the store, as well as numerous exterminator visits (spending almost $300 one winter because of multiple visits).  This three ingredient solution was the cheapest method, using only items that I happened to have at home.

Supplies Needed

Instructions

1. Mix the Borax and sugar together until well combined.

2. Add the mixture to your warm water and mix constantly until the powder has been completely dissolved.

3. Seal the mixture in a jar or container for future use, and use only what you need in the next steps (and save the rest).  It is important that you clearly label the jar, as it will just look like water.  Do not leave this where children can get to it.  (Because this is such an easy solution to make, however, I only kept what I made until after the ants had been gone for a week or more.)

4. Fill some jar lids, milk caps, or other shallow containers with cotton balls or a wad of paper towel.

5. Add the sugar-Borax solution to the prepared lids making sure to soak the cotton balls (or paper towel).

6. Wait.  It may take the ants a while to find the solution.  But, once they do, let them feast (and take the solution back to their home).  At our house, to speed up the finding process, I placed a couple of the soaked cotton balls directly on the ledge in my kitchen where most of the ants were.

Be prepared – more ants will probably show up once they find the solution.  However, within a day, you’ll probably see much fewer ants.  Over the course of just a few days, all of the ants should likely be gone.  Because we had watched the ants quite a bit, we noticed where they were coming from and made sure to use a sealant to seal the area to stop them from coming back in the future.

What other solutions have you taken to solve an insect problem in your home?

You could also try this method for how to get rid of black ants.

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