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!

DIY Duct Tape Composition Notebook - Supplies

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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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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Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5

By contributing writer Beth

These Easy Embellished Flip Flops are crazy simple to do. I made these from beginning to end in less than an hour. This is a super easy craft for kids and adults. There’s no sewing and no glue. Just flip flops and cute fabric.

These Easy Embellished Flip Flops are crazy simple to do. I made these from beginning to end in less than an hour, and they cost under $5! It's a great craft for kids too.

And how cute is this stretchy fabric with the lace stripes in it? I love how girly this is!

I paid less than $5 for the supplies. I bought the flip flops at the craft store for $1.99. You can also use any flip flops you have lying around that could use a facelift. I paid $2 for 1/3 yard of knit fabric, and I already had the pinking shears. So $3.99 was all it cost. What a sweet deal!

If I made another pair, I’d pick navy and white jersey knit and put them on red flip flops. How nautical and cute would that be with your favorite t-shirt and cropped jeans?! You could do this for a birthday party craft if you have a beach theme or a nautical theme.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Supplies

Supplies Needed

  • 1 pair of flip flops (I got these at the craft store for $1.99)
  • 1/3 yard of stretchy knit fabric
  • pinking shears or scissors

Instructions

1. Cut the length of the fabric to form a long strip 6 inches wide. You’re essentially cutting the fabric in half.

I use pinking shears because I like the way it makes the edges a little more fancy. You can definitely use regular scissors for this if you’d rather have a nice, neat straight edge on your ruffles.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 1

2. Cut the fabric into strips about one inch wide. For these large flip flops, I used 48 total strips of 1 inch x 6 inches of stretch knit fabric.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 2

3. Tie a double overhand knot (yes, that’s a normal knot) securing a strip to the strap on the flip flop. You’ll want the knot to rest on the outside of the strap. Slide the knotted fabric down to the bottom of the strap before adding the next strip.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 3

You’ll keep pushing the strips down each time to make sure they’re snug and tight against each other with no gaps. The inside of the strap will look like this when you’re done.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 3

4. Repeat with both sides of the strap and then complete the other shoe.

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5 - Step 4

If one of the strips gets tied funny or sticks out in a weird way, you can trim it to make it match the pieces beside it.

You’re ready to sport your newly embellished flip flops!

Easy Embellished Flip Flops for Under $5

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