I’ll be the first to admit that though our family has many talents, art isn’t one of them. I want to be a crafty person. I attempt to be a crafty person. But, at times, I give in and admit my shortcomings as a crafty person.
The truth is, I really don’t want my shortcomings to be my kids’ shortcomings. And I recently realized, I don’t have to come up with fancy pin-worthy crafts to get my kids engaged. I can just put out supplies on the table and let them use their imaginations. Yes, really.
Last week, we added something new to the mix: A few different versions of the washi 3M Expressions Tape. This new product, which just launched on July 21st, made for all kinds of cool ideas. Big decided he wanted to make a sign for his bedroom door. So everyone would know it was his room. (Somehow the fact that it’s also Little’s room never came up. The new tape was that awesome of a happy distraction!)
Little wanted to make a card for his friend, and decided to use different patterned tapes as raindrops. Random. But again, awesome. (I’m guessing you won’t need further proof that art isn’t our “thing”.)
Then the kids saw our Gratitude Jar sitting on the side table and realized that would be a fun thing to spice up as well. (And, yes, I now have one more pop of dining room color to be grateful for.)
As I was sitting there, I couldn’t help but think about things that could be made even more beautiful around the house — or in a classroom — with 3M Expressions Tape (which, beyond the washi type, also comes in magic tape, duct tape, shipping tape, and masking tape). Of course, not necessarily if I do them, but you could. Some fun ideas for you and/or your kids to try:
• Personalizing folders/binders for school
• Personalizing plastic pencil boxes (I was so inspired, I even bought some, but haven’t tried this yet)
• Personalizing/labeling lunch box containers
• Decorating the back of a clipboard (which is what Big will be using to do his homework during Little’s afternoon activities)
• Decorating vases for a party
• Turning empty wine bottles into playful vases
• Helping teachers decorate, label, distract
Fun stuff, right? Your creative brains will really be spinning with excitement and ideas when you hit the tape page/aisle at Office Depot (they happen to have the the largest assortment of Expressions Tape in the Scotch Expressions Tape line).
Seriously, check out the crazy cool stuff you can do with the tape right here. (I’m drooling with jealousy. Is that a thing?) And if you’re intrigued, click here for a $1 off coupon — especially for Using Our Words readers. If you’d prefer an in-store coupon, you can download one here.
Have you used 3M Expressions Tape? How do you personalize, organize, and/or craft with it?
Disclosure: I received 3M Expressions Tape to help facilitate this review and was compensated by Office Depot for my time. For more information, about Scotch Expressions Tape at Office Depot, visit them at: http://bit.ly/Amy3M