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DIY Duct Tape Personalized Backpacks

This post is sposored by Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape.

My kids are always looking for new ways to express their personalities by personalizing everything and anything. We decided to try our hand at personalizing a backpack with some Scotch Color & Pattern Duct Tape and we're loving the results.

You'll need a backpack, Scotch Color & Pattern Duct Tape of your choice, a self healing mat, a ruler and a precision cutting blade.

1. Choose 3 to 4 colors and patterns of Scotch Color & Pattern Duct Tape. For the first backpack we used Pretty Snakey, Jet Black and Pearl White. For the second backpack with squares we used Batman (Glow-in-the-Dark), Neon Stripes and Pearl White.

2. Adhere the duct tape across the self healing mat (sticky side down).

3. Using a ruler and a precision cutting blade, cut your preferred shape out of the Duct Tape. We chose triangles and squares.

4. Using the tip of your blade gently lift your cut shapes off of the self healing mat.

5. Starting from the center and working your way out press your shapes evenly onto the backpack.

6. Trim any access tape off the edges of your backpack (where the seams meet).

7. Add as many or few shapes as you like.

8. To add even more personalization wrap Duct tape around the zipper pulls and straps.

9. To permanently attach the shapes you can stitch around the edge of each shape. Leave as is to change out patterns and shapes as you please


Easy and fun! Wonder what else we can add duct tape to ;)

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This post is a collaboration with Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape, but (as always) words and opinions are 100% my own.

Reader Comments (4)

I would love to hear how well this lasts... My son chose a "basic black" backpack this year (which is awesome because it won't look dirty!!), but I can imagine that he might like to spruce it up once he sees the other kids on the bus.

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa

Allison, you're brilliant!

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

@alissa if you don't permanently adhere it, it can come off with kid use (throwing on the ground, scraping against a wall etc) which is fine if you want to change it up often. If you want a more permanent solution I suggest stitching the corners or edges down to keep it from coming off with kids' wear and tear.

August 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterAll for the Boys

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your backpack idea! You can see it here:


Thanks for a great project idea!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy deRosier

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