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DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder #tapeon

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With school starting back up for many, and homeschool lessons and co-op resuming soon for us, I can’t help but think about all the things my kids need to keep them comfortable this school year. One of the things that we go through like crazy is ChapStick. We use, and lose, a lot of the stuff. My 5yo has been known to “use” an entire tube of ChapStick in one day. She’s also been known to lose more than a few tubes in the space of a week. In effort to keep tabs on her tubes of ChapStick, I thought it’d be cool to make a DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder to go on her backpack.

DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder

Isn’t that cute? Here’s how you can make your own  DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder.  You will need a pattern roll of Scotch Duct Tape, a complimentary solid color roll of duct tape, a pair of scissors, an o-ring (i.e. key ring), a measuring tape (or ruler), and a tube of ChapStick.

How to Make a ChapStick Holder from Duct Tape

  1. Cut a 16 inch piece of solid color duct tape.  This will be the base of your holder.
  2. Fold it in half, sticky sides together, to make an 8 inch piece.
  3. Cut a 6 inch piece of patterned duct tape. This will be the pocket of your holder.
  4. Fold it in half, sticky sides together, to make a 3 inch piece.
  5. Place your ChapStick on the 8 inch piece, and fold a length up and over the tube, to form the bottom of the pocket.
  6. Cut a small piece of duct tape to adhere the 3 inch piece cross wise to the 8 inch piece of duct tape, leaving half inch overlapping on either side of the long piece.
  7. Turn the piece over, and use a 2 inch piece of duct tape to secure the flaps of the pocket to the back of the holder.
  8. Turn the holder back over and place the ChapStick inside.
  9. Cut a 3 inch piece of pattern duct tape and place it crosswise above the pocket, about a half inch above the tube of ChapStick.
  10. Using a tape measure, or ruler, measure 1/2 inch into the top pattern piece (about two inches from top) on both sides and snip using scissors.
  11. Using a tape measure, or ruler, as a guide, cut from the top of the holder to the snipped sides and remove the pieces you cut off.  You should now have a one inch wide by two inch long piece at the top center of the holder, like a luggage tag strap.
  12. Thread the your O-ring over the narrow piece and fold the narrow piece down toward the back of the holder.
  13. Turn the holder over and secure the tag into place with a 2 inch piece of duct tape.

You now have your own DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder. With all the cool colors and patterns that Scotch Duct Tape has, the possibilities are endless!  My son wants a superhero one with bright colors.  I can do that!

Scotch Duct Tape is hosting a Back-to-School contest that asks teens to create an original back-to-school craft with duct tape and submit a photo that shows how they’re going back to school in style for a chance to win $1,000. The Tape On Back-to-School contest just launched and lasts until August 18th on the Scotch Facebook page.

Teen Vlogger, Sarai Jones, will be judging the contest and has a created a fun video with locker decorations for inspiration. The contest will include prizes for the top four winners with first place receiving $1000, second place receiving $500 and third and fourth place receiving $250.

What crafts do you like to make with Scotch Duct Tape? What is your favorite color or pattern?

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Kid Fun: #BeadosCrafternoon

As a stay-at-home mom, I feel like I generally exhaust every single creative idea in my brain for summer break kid entertainment.  I mean, they can only color, jump through the sprinkler (which it honestly hasn’t even been warm enough to do this summer), play on the swing set, and make paper bag puppets so much, right?  So, because I am CONSTANTLY searching the internet for good activity ideas to do with the girls, I jumped at the chance to host a #BeadosCrafternoon party at my house!  What’s better than combining a big old play date and a structured, fun, creative activity, right?  No, seriously: it was fun!

Basically, Beados are a modern version of those bead crafts we did when we were kids…you know, the ones where you put the beads on the little peg boards in various designs and then heat them with an iron so that they melt together?  This is a similar concept.  These are little round glue balls, basically, that you place onto a grid in the pattern of a design that adheres to the back side of the grid.  Once the balls are placed according to the pattern, you spray the design with water (in the provided mini spray bottle), and set under a fan unit to dry for 15 minutes.  The whole process is fairly simple and straightforward; the kids who participated in this activity ranged from ages 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 and had no issues placing the beads or following the patterns, and they had a blast being creative!  There is a fine art, however, to getting these things to stick together once the process is complete: too much water and they never want to dry (had to leave a couple out on a plate overnight), and too little water will result in the design falling apart when you take it off the grid.  I think I finally have a system down after doing 10 designs and drying them.  Aside from that, this is a great project!

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Beados are available at various retail chains like Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, or online at Amazon, and range in price from about $8 to $20.  The drying station and starter kits are a must for completing any Beados project, but also available are bead refill packs, themed packs, and activity packs that all include patterns to follow, grid trays, and beads!

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Bigstock Free Trial plus Giveaway (4/7) #WeArtBigstock

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Yesterday I told you about my Mantel Makeover with the print I received from Bigstock. I am really excited about it, and about the special 5-Day Free Trial subscription Bigstock is offering to my readers, which will allow you to try Bigstock and download up to 50 Free Images (vs the standard free trial, which maxes at 35 Free Images). That is up to 10 images a day, for 5 days, for free. Any image or vector, any size.

Bigstock Free Trial

Sa-wheet, right? It is easy to sign up.  Simply click on Start My 5-Day Free Trial.  Enter your name and credit card number to start the trial.  ***NOTE- after your free trial is over, you WILL be charged for a subscription unless you cancel, which you can do at any time. If you know you want to cancel, be sure to set an alarm for yourself.***

Once you sign up for your free trial, you can choose 10 Bigstock images per day for five days (up to 50 images).  Simply add them to your cart and download them.  On day 5, you can either change or cancel your subscription, but make sure you snag your 10 images first. You can change or cancel your subscription easily by clicking on the My Account tab.

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And now, Bigstock would like to offer one lucky winner their own UN-framed poster size print .  The winner will be allowed to select ONE of the following images to receive. weartbigstockgiveaway

You can get a better look at the full images here:

      1. Grunge map of the world
      2. Colorful Spices
      3. GRAFFITI URBAN Background
      4. London Telephone Booth
      5. Music theme banners
      6. Cocktail
      7. Aboriginal Abstract Art
      8. Boats
      9. Old vintage bicycle
      10. Vintage coffee house card
      11. Poppy
      12. Venice
      13. Vintage old photo camera
      14. Giraffes in Friendship
      15. Sunset Safari
      16. Elephant

Enter below and good luck!

***Please note- That Bald Chick is not responsible for prize fulfillment.***

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My Little Pony Party- DIY Rainbow Ornaments and Party Decor

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As I mentioned yesterday, I made a DIY Rainbow Lollipop Holder as a centerpiece for Sister’s My Little Pony party.  Here’s a look at the DIY Rainbow Ornaments I also made, and the rest of the My Little Pony Party Decor…

I used acrylic ornaments from Oriental Trading with tissue paper and rainbow crepe paper to make the DIY Rainbow Ornaments that my husband hung from the ceiling between the dining room and living room. I cut the tissue paper into 8 inch squares and lightly crumpled it.  I cut the crepe paper into about ten inch strips and lightly rolled them.  I placed a rolled strip of crepe paper or a crumpled piece of tissue paper into each orb. They were a beautiful touch, and I love that I can reuse the acrylic ornaments for other themed decor later on.

DIY Rainbow Ornaments

I hung rainbow streamers over her bedroom door with white balloons for clouds. I used brightly colored bamboo placemats (Five Below) for the cupcake table, along with the rainbow lollipop holder and a bubblegum candle vase that I made with a dollar store vase, rainbow bubblegum balls from Oriental Trading, and a birthday candle. I set a few My Little Pony’s on the table to accent it and laid lollipops out, too.  I used My Little Pony party cups from Oriental Trading for the kids, and brightly colored plastic cups for the adults, along with brightly colored straws.  I did use rainbow striped plates and brightly colored plasticware, but failed to get a picture of those.  We hung rainbow colored balloons (Oriental Trading) and My Little Pony Hanging Swirls Party Decorations (Amazon)

My Little Pony Rainbow Party Decor

We used the cupcake place card holders I previously reviewed to label food and drinks.  I even labeled the coffee as “Muddy Water.”  Finally, we set out her My Little Pony Friendship Express Train Set, that I reviewed a couple years ago, in front of the Rainbow Goodie Bar.  LOL.

More on the Rainbow Goodie Bar tomorrow.

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My Little Pony Party- DIY Rainbow Lollipop Holder

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Sister’s favorite My Little Pony is Rainbow Dash, so she wanted her party to be rainbow colored.  I designed her My Little Pony Party Invitations and Banner, then themed the rest of the decorations around it. One of the center pieces that I created for her party was a DIY Rainbow Lollipop Holder.  I ordered rainbow lollipops and rainbow craft sticks from Oriental Trading and picked up a foam square from my local dollar store.  I also used some rainbow dotted tissue paper I picked up for my DIY Rainbow Ornaments (coming tomorrow).

DIY Rainbow Lollipop Holder

Prior to turning on my trusty mini glue gun, I arranged my rainbow craft sticks in ROY G BV order (indigo was not available) on the counter.  Once I had the rainbow craft sticks laid out in order, I readied my glue gun and started applying the sticks, being careful to align the bottom edge of the craft stick with the bottom edge of the foam cube before the glue dried.  I repeated this until the entire cube was covered.

Once the I had the rainbow cube, I started pushing the lollipop sticks into the foam cube.  After I had them arranged the way I wanted them, I folded a sheet of tissue paper into a one and a half inch band, folding it along the long end of the paper.  I stuck that into the cube around the perimeter, then used scissors to cut about every half inch to create fringe, being careful to only cut down one inch, leaving a half inch of the band intact. I did that so that if it got dropped, I wouldn’t end up with a million tiny pieces of tissue paper on the floor.

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