It’s back to school time whether we love it or hate it. (hate it) I’m over spending tons of money on school supplies that end up getting ruined or lost long before Christmas break. Plus I love to try to make anything so when I saw this idea on Facebook I knew we had to try it.
The supply list is minimal. A ziplock bag (gallon size), Duct tape, and scissors. My daughter picked out this s’mores duct tape. I couldn’t stare at this pencil-case and not be hungry all the time but she loves it so we went with it. I would say that the actual cost would be about $1 since we had enough duct tape on the roll to make pencil pouches for the entire class. By the way, we didn’t do that. Years ago I would have made them for the entire class but now I’m old and busy. Also, my daughter is in middle school so I think that would be uncool.
Fold the bag upwards towards the zipper to create the size of bag that you like. Be sure not to get it near the zipper. I’m sure there is a science to this but ehhh….we just went with it and started slopping tape on the bag. Our first bag we didn’t measure out the tape and we ended up using four rows of tape and they overlapped a lot. For our second bag we took a little more time and tried to measure it out so we would only use three rows of tape.
Have the tape hang over the edges of the bag and then turn the bag over and fold the edges over to the other side. Repeat on that side of the bag until it’s all covered in duct tape. On the second side make sure the bottom row overlaps on the bottom of the bag so it can be folded up on the other side. This will ensure that the bottom of the bag is sturdy and covered in tape.
As you can see below the top bag was our first attempt. It’s doable but the second bag looks a little tidier. And…now I want a s’more!
I hope you enjoy this project with your kids and best wishes for a happy school year! If you are really embracing the school year check out my article about school car lines!