Tape is another one of those versatile objects that you can use around the home to fix things or even use it to help you decorate your home. Check out these really cool and creative uses for this everyday product!
If you're looking to add pattern or color to walls and doors but are hesitant to hang wallpaper, consider a temporary alternative. Tape can look surprisingly similar, and with a variety of widths, patterns, colors, and levels of opaqueness, it can be even more versatile than wallpaper or paint. I've rounded up some of the most dazzling yet achievable examples of tape art from around the web. Keep clicking to see if there is a design you're tempted to replicate. I know I have my eye set on a couple!
Before painting her entire room gray, she mapped out where her mirror would go and used tape to mark the spot. If you don't plan on changing the hue of the entire room, just tape the inverse of the design on the wall and fill in the paint color. Once all the paint is dry, place the mirror on the wall. Just don't be surprised if your mirror tells you that the faux frame is the fairest of them all.
We all know that tape can be quite handy, especially good old duct tape! While it's obviously handy for keeping items in their place, it can also be used for crafty art projects or painting perfect lines. Add one more job to tape's resumé — scratch protector.
Next time you've got to do some handiwork around brass, gold, or silver fixtures, don't ruin them with wrench marks. Before you start in on your project, wrap some tape (painting tape works well because it comes off easily) around the pipe or fixture and then use your tools. The tape will take the hit and can be easily removed when the job is done.
On an Italian trip long ago, I fell in love with our hotel lobby's massive artwork. It was an eight-by-five-foot canvas with rows and columns of raised roses. After staring it down, I decided I could craft my own version at home. It may not be showcased in a museum, but I saved a pretty penny by doing this on my own. To see how I whipped up my own budding canvas, read more
If you weren't satisfied with the colorful Japanese masking tape . . . or if you just crave variety, I've got another way to seal envelopes for you. TapeSwell Decorative Tape ($7) comes in 20 different "madly modern" patterns, with a bit more oomph than that colorful masking tape. Feeling a little damask today? Seal your envelopes and packages in a black and white flocked patterned. Embracing your preppy, horse-riding roots? Maybe the emerald chain decorative tape is for you. The sky is the limit: just figure out who you are, and TapeSwell will help you personalize your outgoing mail. But, don't stop there, perk up your moving boxes and anything else around the house that needs a boost!
I've seen this Japanese masking tape floating around the web a bit, but until now it was never for sale stateside. Happy Tape! is now selling a wide range of hues and patterns of the tape, and I want them all! The tape is made from Japanese washi paper, a paper commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry, but which can also be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. I'm loving this Rich and Deep Set of 10 Rolls ($34, left): it's the moodiest masking tape I've ever seen! Of course, you could use the tape to fasten up a box, but the possibilities are really endless for how you could use them. There are plenty of other colors and patterns to drool over in various widths and set amounts, so go wild!
London-based screen-printer and papercut artist Rob Ryan's recently published book, This Is For You, is an awe-inspiring and heartfelt accomplishment that turned me on to the art of papercuts. The charming detail of his work is a breath of fresh air, and something I'd love to have more of in my home. I was delighted to come across Ryan's Etsy site and this And I Walked Tape ($14), a roll of tape printed in black with small-town houses, playgrounds, and a lonesome man walking, captioned "And I walked and I thought and I walked and I thought . . . " Wouldn't moving be so much more fun with a roll of this?
Hammering a nail isn't exactly the most difficult home upkeep task, and I'm sure you can do so in your sleep. But can you hammer neatly? If you adhere a couple of pieces of tape to your wall, before you begin banging away, you will prevent any marks or cracks in the drywall or paint when you're hammering. Once the nail is set in place, you can just peel the adhesive, and it will tear off around the nail, leaving your wall as clean as whistle. How about that for home schooling?
If only my parents had gotten their hands on the Atypyk Shut-Up Tape ($13) when I was young, I might have had a shot at being a well-behaved kid. Ironically, this photo pretty much speaks for itself. You can go the "traditional" route and use it to seal some boxes when you're moving, or just use it to put your friends, family, or captives in place.