We’re kind of tape addicts in our house. And it has gotten a bit out of hand. Rolls of tape in baskets, in baggies, in whatever The Babe last used for a craft project. So I decided to take the lead of her wonderful preschool and build our own tape dispenser. This was a fun building activity that even taught a bit of math along the way. Follow along to make your very own DIY PVC Pipe Tape Dispenser. (This post contains affiliate links.)
This isn’t your average tape dispenser… It’s an engineered tape dispenser :) Made out of pipe. If you haven’t played with PVC pipe yet, it’s pretty fun to build with, even if you’re not an engineer. Here’s what you need to put it together:
I realize that this PVC pipe naming may be new to some of you, so I’ve linked to the items on Amazon to help you get the right fit. Or, you can print out this page and take it to your local hardware / home improvement store to help you get the right items.
I decided to make our tape holder a rectangle because we needed more space than a cube would provide. This is a great time to teach the kids about 3D shapes and how to draw them. Did you know that a 3D rectangle is called a rectangular prism? I had to Google it… The directions below are for the shape we made, but it’s up to you what size and shape you need. FYI, the finished size will be slightly bigger than the lengths of pipe as the elbows take up a bit of space.
Next measure and mark the desired length of PVC pipe with a pen. Definitely remember the guideline of Measure Twice, Cut Once. PVC pipe is cheap, but not that cheap :) You need:
I used a PVC cutter but if you have easy access to a power saw, that works well too. Line up your cut mark with the blade in the PVC cutter and start ratcheting it down until it completely cuts through the pipe. I was going to do a video to help you use your PVC cutter, but then I realized that I’m definitely not a pro at it. So here’s a video from a pro :)
I highly recommend either keeping this part as a grown-ups step or kids should be closely monitored and assisted as the cutter is very sharp. Please wear appropriate safety gear like goggles if you choose to use a saw because sometimes shards of PVC come off the pipe when they are cut.
Here comes the fun part for the kids. It’s time to build the tape holder! Use the 8″ pieces as the length and the 4″ pieces as the depth and height. The Babe really liked trying to figure out how to make it fit together. I think I need to buy some more fittings as a building block activity for her. I love that she loved playing with piping because I’m a chemical engineer and my dad is a chemical engineer. There’s been a lot of piping work done in our careers… Maybe she will become a chemical engineer too!
Now, grab your cable tie and the cyclindrical coupler. Slide the cable tie through the coupler and attach on the inside of one of the cross bars. We used the short side so we didn’t interfere with too much tape storage.
And finally, pull out one of the pipes from the fitting and start sliding on your tape. You’re all done!!
Now it’s time to do some projects with tape! Have you seen LBCB’s DIY Recycled Suspension Bridge?
Or, check out the Left Brain Craft Brain Tape Addict Pinterest board for lots of fun and helpful ideas.
Follow Anne @ Left Brain Craft Brain’s board Tape Addict on Pinterest.
Filed Under: - Build -, - School -, - STEM & STEAM -, STEAM ProjectsTagged With: build, diy, holder, masking tape, pipe, pvc, stem, tape, washi tape
The US Thanksgiving is a few days away and what better way to prepare for the festive occasion is by making paper crafts. It’s the busiest time of the year but with enough planning and preparation, might be the best time to come up with very creative ideas.
Here are some Thanksgiving arts and crafts ideas for kids — probably adults can join – as a way of spending collective quality time or while waiting for the Thanksgiving dinner. These arts and crafts with paper come with steps on how to make and materials.
Since turkeys are the stars of Thanksgiving (up to them whether this is good or bad), here’s a tribute to their perpetual presence during the occasion. This cute and colorful turkeys are easy to make and can provide a chance for your children to be pre-occupied while you finish the items for your dinner.
• Pine cones
• Felt papers (black and other colors)
1. Using the paper and scissors, cut the face, eyes, beak, back feathers and the feet of the turkeys.
2. Glue the back feathers at the wider part of the cone.
3. Glue the feet at the bottom of the cone while putting the face and its features at the slimmer part of the cone.
4. Place the finished turkeys near each plate on the table.
Here’s a project that is not only for Thanksgiving but will develop your child’s motor skills with this woven paper placemats. These beautiful additions to the dinner table will excite the senses of your children and make them grateful for another year of blessings.
• Large construction paper in fall colors
• Clear sticky tape
1. Make parallel line cuts in the construction paper after folding it in half horizontally. Make the cuts 1-inch apart and leave a 1-inch border at the edge.
2. With another construction paper of contrasting color, cut horizontally to have the same 1-inch strips and 12 inches in length.
3. Guide your child to weave the strips over and under and alternatively to create the placemat pattern. Encourage your child to make creative alternate weaves with more than one contrasting color.
4. After the finishing the alternate weaving, seal the edges of the placemats with the tape. This placemat can be used not only on the dining tables but a good paper craft decoration for other furniture.
Make your children be aware of the things they need to be thankful for. This Tree of Gratitude will promote the spirit of Thanksgiving and also shows what are the things parents and family members are thankful of.
• Construction paper
• Pair of scissors
• Colored markers
• Small branch of bush or tree
• Can or small vase
1. Gather a bush or tree branch where you can put your paper leaves.
2. Cut leave patterns from the construction paper.
3. Ask family members what they are thankful for and write them on the leaves.
4. Glue the leaves on the branches.
5. Stand the main tree branch in a can or vase and secure its standing form with stones
Not only are these paper craft items providing hours of enjoyment to your kids but these symbols promote awareness why the occasion is being celebrated. It is also a great time to bond with your children in spite of the busy holidays and shopping.
I'm going to make a mask with dark paper, and use glow-in-the-dark tape to highlight the The mask itself is 15 inches in length by 9 inches wide. Animal crafts allow kids to have wonderful adventures with the wildest and most amazing .
There are actually quite a few projects you can make from duct tape, today I’ll show you how to make a simple wallet. Duct tape is silver and available at Wal Mart, hardware stores and home supply stores. There’s also something called Duck Tape, which is a brand of tape that comes in a variety of fun colors, available from craft supply stores. We actually used a combination of duct tape and Duck tape for our duct tape wallet. This would make an ideal Father’s Day gift!
What’s really fun about this particular tutorial, is that this wallet was constructed in its entirety by an 11 year old girl. She learned how to make these by following a You Tube video she found. In fact, SHE showed ME how to make it, I just happened to have my camera handy!
This project is now available in the Kindle library or via ebook download (see below).
The two kids pictured here are Dominic, my 11 year old son, and Cailin, our neighbor, and Dominic’s friend since preschool. Cailin has made several wallets, this one is a fairly basic bi-fold with a money pocket and four credit card pockets. She made a tri-fold one for her dad that has six credit card pockets and an ID slot. Way to go Cailin and thanks for your hand in this tutorial. :)
UPDATE: This post was first published in April of 2010. Cailin and Dominic are now in high school, and Cailin in still making wallets. In fact, the photo above is Cailin modeling for my book, Duct Tape Mania, which has over 40 duct tape projects! The photo below is a shot of a few of her cool wallets, one of which you’ll see in my book!
Thanks again to Cailin for her help with this post.
(This is a photo intensive tutorial, but the printable version link will give you the text instructions only.)
To download this complete tutorial for use on and offline:
Click here to get it in the Kindle library for $2.99 (Download it and read it on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry with the Kindle app.).
Duct Tape Wallet
You will need
Duct tape of Duck tape, any colors
gift card or credit card to help measure
What you do
Cut 4 pieces of tape, about 10″ long, and lay them on the work surface, sticky side up.
Connect them all together by sticking the top of the second one, to the bottom of the first one, then connect the third to the second and the fourth to the third.
Cut another piece, the same length, and press it sticky side to sticky side, against the bottom strip of tape.
Continue with 3 more strips until you have a solid sheet made of tape. Use scissors to trim the ends.
Fold the sheet in half to resemble a wallet shape.
Fold it in half the other way to create a bi-fold wallet. If it’s too large for your liking, you can trim more off the ends now. Don’t trim too much, you will need room for credit card slots.
Cut a long strip of tape, about 18 inches long, and place it, sticky side up, on the work surface.
Cut another piece, the same length as the first, and tape it, sticky side down, onto the other piece (sticky to sticky).
Cut another 18″ length and tear it in half lengthwise. Set aside one half and use the other half to create a smooth top seam on your long strip of tape.
Use the second half strip to do the other side. Trim the ends.
Using a credit card or gift card as a measuring guide, Cut the length of tape into “credit card pockets”, leaving about 1/4″ on each side of the card.
Set the card aside and use the first one that you cut to use as a guide and cut three more, for a total of four.
Cut a piece of tape a little bit longer than the length of your wallet. Tear the strip in half and create smooth seams on both sides by taping one side, then flipping it over and folding the tape over to the other side.
With the tape sheet folded in half like a wallet, place the four credit card pockets in place.
Cut a piece of tape about 4″ long and tear it in half lengthwise. Press the tape up the center, covering the pockets. Fold the end of the tape over only one layer, you don’t want to tape your money pocket shut! Tuck it inside the wallet.
Use similar sized pieces to cover the outer edges of the pockets, folding over to secure.
Use scissors to trim the ends.
Put a strip of tape across the bottom to secure the pockets.
Important: You will want to make sure that the back part of the wallet is slightly higher than the front so that when it is folded shut, it will look right.
Make sure you have taped all your edges. If necessary, use scissors to snip any closed tape at the edges of the paper-money pocket.
That’s it! You just made a wallet completely out of duct tape (or Duck tape, whichever you chose to use)!
Pauline shows you how to recycle some plastic eggs from Easter to make these fun duct tape roses!
If you’d like to try a sewing project, my friend Suzy will show you how to make this DIY purse organizer!
Filed Under: Father's Day Crafts, Other Kid's CraftsTagged With: duck tape, duct tape, holidays, kid's crafts
Making a kite together with your kids is such a wonderful learning experience and flying it together is tons of fun and SO rewarding! If you’ve been wondering how to make a kite, it’s really not as hard as it seems, and it’s definitely worth the time. Here’s how we made our own kite using newspaper!
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Flying kites is one of our favorite things to do as a family. (We actually have this little pocket kite we keep in our bag of beach toys to use when we’re at the beach.) I love watching the kids try to get their kites up in the air and seeing the joy in their faces as they fly their kites!
Since my kids have been so into creating this summer, I decided to see if we could make our very own kites! I cannot even put into words how much fun we had building them together and taking them to a nearby field to fly them. It was literally hours of running around and laughing and FUN!
1. Start by cutting your wooden dowels to the correct lengths- 24 inches and 20 inches. (The kids helped me measure the dowels with a yardstick, and I cut them myself with the saw.)
2. Use your handsaw to make notches in both ends of your two wooden dowels. (For safety reasons, I did this myself.)
3. Lay the 24 inch dowel vertical and measure 6 inches from the top. Mark it with a pencil. Place the smaller dowel across this mark to form a ‘t’ shape. Use your string to wrap the dowels together where they meet. Pay attention to the notches at the end of each dowel. You’ll want them all parallel to the floor your sticks are on so that you can later wrap string around the frame.
Place some masking tape over the string to secure your dowels.
4. Wrap string all the way around the kite, making sure it goes right into the notches.
Now that your frame is done, it’s time to add your newspaper. (You can also use a plastic trash bag.)
5. Place a large sheet of newspaper on the floor. Place your frame on top of it. Cut about one inch outside the frame to make your newspaper the same shape.
6. Fold the edges of the newspaper over the string and tape them down securely.
7. Cut a piece of string 24 inches long. Poke holes into the top and bottom points of the kite. Tie one end of the string into the top hole and one end into the bottom hole. (Use some tape to keep it secure.) This is the brindle of your kite. Tie your flying string to this brindle string to fly your kite. (We started by tying the string about 1/3 of the way down the brindle and adjusted it as we flew our kite.)
Here you can see the brindle string running along to the top edge of the dowel rod. It’s been tied and taped down. (The other string along the bottom was just an extension of when I wrapped the string around the frame. It’s not necessary at all.)
8. Use ribbon to create a tail for your kite.
Now you’re ready to go kite flying!
Tip: Be sure to bring some scissors, tape, and string with you when you go out to fly your kite. We made all kinds of adjustments to get our kites into the air!
Flying our homemade kites was one of my favorite memories from this summer! We literally ran around for hours working on getting our kites up in the air!
Kite flying required all kinds of teamwork. Here’s Lucy and Theo about to try to get Lucy’s plastic trash bag kite up!
Somehow our newspaper kite survived crashing and being dragged around the ground many times. It was a lot stronger than it seemed!
Perseverance paid off! Theo was SO proud when he finally got it off the ground!
This really was such a fun family activity. It would be a great way to end your summer or a fun way to reconnect on the weekends! This would also be a great science activity for homeschoolers or upper grade classrooms!
Filed Under: Crafts for Kids, Elementary, Homemade Toys, Outside Play, ScienceTagged With: kite, outdoors, science, STEM
Create it as a stand alone rainbow craft or make your washi tape rainbow to make this rainbow washi tape craft that is perfect for a spring kids craft. Cut off a section about 3/4 length of the card and then place it down next.
Explore new crafting frontiers with our mess-free projects. Cut two matching lengths of tape that are a few inches longer than the pen. Peel off the . Give a slap bracelet a new look in a flash by covering it with colorful duct and electrical tape.