Got Clear Tape? If So, There are Millions of Magical Things You Can Make!

Clear tape lines a clear path to creativity ~

Introduction

It's light. It's clear. It holds things together. It wraps gifts and repairs tears in paper. What's not to love about clear adhesive tape? Some rolls have glue on both sides, to mount things without a mess ~ such as party invitations, scrapbook pictures or illustrious meeting presentations. Other rolls keep the glue on one side so that the construction paper for a project is not attached accidentally to your fingers. No matter what type of clear tape you prefer, there is an infinity of ways it can be used to make original art and illustrations, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

Make magic with your art supplies using clear tape!

Clear tape spreads the icing on anything that can be baked with basic art supplies
Clear tape spreads the icing on anything that can be baked with basic art supplies | Source

Constructivist Theory and Design ~

My daughter knows that the list of things she can put together or build using clear tape is quite long, and that is no theory. Clear tape has been disappearing from our kitchen knick-knack drawer for years. Somewhere along the way, she made the connection between my repairing sheets of paper with tape and things that she can put together on her own. Bing! Inspiration struck and she has never looked back. She delights in the simplicity of what can be created using the tape, and has developed a deep affection for it.

In the blink of an eye the colorful ideas that are formed in her imagination become delightful reality. Give children of all ages some clear tape and other household materials, then watch their imaginations come to life in 3 dimensions! For her last birthday, a friend gave her a bag of paper and a giant 4-roll package of clear tape as a gift, because when they are together they use lots of it to make things.

Poetry spun into motion using clear tape ~

Clear tape has many faces

Clear tape can come with many facades. Some rolls have glue on both sides. Some are shiny and others have a duller finish. Some rolls are fat and some are thin. No matter what you want to use it for, there is a roll that will be the perfect one to use for your project.

Tape is not just for repairing what has already been made

The word is out! Tape is not just for repairing pages of books or attaching things to other things. You can make something original and/or useful with clear tape. Shiny tape can enhance the charm of what you have made, and its clarity will camouflage its presence into the object created.

Useful things you can make with clear tape

Some of the things my daughter has created using clear tape are described below and illustrated in the photos that appear to the right:

Game Card Holder

My daughter has already developed into a recycled art diva. She uses containers from the grocery store for a variety of purposes. Most recently, she used the box that held a frozen pizza to make a game card holder, as well as the cards that she keeps in it. Those cards are used on game boards that she designs herself. The creativity that is expressed through this process is infinite.

Wand

With white paper and clear tape, my daughter made a magician's wand for herself. She then decorated it with marker and other objects that are meaningful to her.

Lightning Bolt

While we were reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, she became intrigued by one of the characters who was the daughter of Zeuss. She is also fascinated by the fact that the Lightening bolt is that god's symbol of power, and that Zeuss is the big kahuna of the Greek pantheon. In honor of this, she cut up a recently emptied cardboard cereal box in the shape of a lightning bolt, using clear tape to add red accents. Then she used a yellow marker to make it glow.

Cloth Doll

If a child needs a doll, my daughter is willing to make her one from cloth and some clear tape. She made one for herself. As soon as it was created, she gave it a name, a personality, and cradled it in her arms with care.

Your Turn!

Now that you have read a few of our ideas about using clear tape creativity, do you have some ideas of your own bubbling to the surface of your psyche? Go ahead, have fun with them!

Keeping children thinking Outside the Lines ~

Outside the Lines: An Artists' Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations
Outside the Lines: An Artists' Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations

Materials that spark a child's imagination and provide a means for them to express their unique creativity are my favorite things to give to my daughter.

 

Some of the many things that can be made with clear tape ~

Game card holder and some of its contents made by my daughter, lying on its side
Game card holder and some of its contents made by my daughter, lying on its side | Source
Photo of my daughter holding the magic wand she made with clear tape and paper, and decorated with magic markers
Photo of my daughter holding the magic wand she made with clear tape and paper, and decorated with magic markers | Source
A lightning bolt for the daughter of Zeuss ~ made with pieces of a cereal box and clear tape.
A lightning bolt for the daughter of Zeuss ~ made with pieces of a cereal box and clear tape. | Source
My daughter holding the cloth doll she made from a scrap of soft material and clear tape
My daughter holding the cloth doll she made from a scrap of soft material and clear tape | Source

The power of imagination!

Here are a few more ideas about what can be done with clear tape:

* Expressing a response to literature through original designs with construction paper

* Illustrating an essay or book report with shapes cut out of colored paper, OR

* Taping the report to a piece of construction paper and decorating the boarder around the report

* Making boats or boxes from paper

* Creating Halloween costume props

* Constructing props for a play

* Developing a unique multimedia collage using a variety of materials

* Attaching decorated name tags to desks in a classroom

* Making 3-dimensional geometric shapes to hang from the ceiling

*Creating a mobile with favorite story book characters

Video about how to make a cloth doll using clear tape ~

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves?

Do you now have a new and deeper respect for clear tape?

  • Yes, I now realize there is so much more that can be done with clear tape
  • Nope, I've always known about its greatness and use it myself
  • Maybe, but I'll have to get back to you
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© 2013 Karen Szklany Gault

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is cute. There really are so many uses for tape. I remember I was fascinated by tape when I was a kid. I liked the concept of making things.

Thanks for sharing this with us.


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Hi Kathryn,

Thank you for stopping by and reading. Glad you enjoyed the memories that it brought back to you. Yes, one of the reasons why I wrote and published this hub is the appeal that it seems to have for children, and I am sure that many parents can relate to having their supply of clear tape dwindle rapidly. :0)

Have a great day!

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