Looking to update your home decor with fun wallpaper, a new picture frame or possibly a vase, but you’re on a budget? If so, you’re in luck…especially if you love DIY! Summer is a great time to work on a DIY project whether you’re a college student looking to update your dorm room or first apartment or a parent looking to keep your kids occupied during summer vacation. DIY expert and Brit + Co. founder Brit Morin joined me for an interview this week to dish on how you can create fun projects using Scotch brand tape, and to dish on how three do it yourself aficionados can win $5,000.
Candace Rose: As most people, I’m all about DIY these days. What do we need to get started doing DIY projects?
Brit Morin: “I think a lot of people assume that do it yourself projects have to be really hard and intimidating. There are actually so many easy ways to get started and build up a little bit of that creative confidence inside you. That’s actually why I’m working with Scotch Brand today to show off all the really amazing things that people are making using tape, if you can believe it or not.”
Candace Rose: How amazing is that!
Brit Morin: “It’s pretty cool. I can show you some of the examples that people are creating (please see video above for details). The first one – these vases are actually made using nothing but some clear shipping tape and then some pieces of colorful tape to act as accents or embellishments that can match your decor at home. It’s really affordable, so you don’t have to worry about spending big budgets on actual vases at the store. And then if you have basic photo frames, tape is another great way to customize the colors on those and give a little bit of personality on your walls and tables.
Another trend I think a lot of people are doing a lot of these days, actually creating art out of tape. I think tape is so much better than tape in many ways because it’s not as messy, so it’s great for kids. It doesn’t take so long to dry. You can actually create simple designs on a blank canvas or you can take a whole wall (get ambitious with it!) and create this faux wallpaper look like I have behind me here that I just made using the Scotch Expressions masking tape, which comes in all these different bright colors. It was really easy to do, it literally took just minutes.”
Candace Rose: What would you say would be a great beginner DIY project?
Brit Morin: “Any of these would be easy. I think the art is so fun because people don’t really understand how creative it can be and abstract artwork is definitely the easiest way to get started. Just create fun little angles or if you have kids- kids can take part in these projects as well. Some fun ideas for them include decorating their book covers with tape or creating really cute little bookmarks using nothing but some paperclips and little pieces of tape.
If you’re a parent or a teacher and you want to actually engage with your kids, you can actually try making these laminated flashcards, which we created here just using some patterned washi tape just laminating it and then sticking it right behind a cutout of a number, you can use letters or words…whatever you want to. Literally, again it just takes minutes and you can get the kids involved in making it and hopefully that’ll help them engage more in the learning process as well.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Brit Morin: “I would just say to let your imagination run wild and if you have a creative project or idea or a new way of using tape, you can actually submit it, we actually just launched a contest, and you have three of $5,000 cash prizes to potentially win. So, really show us whatever you have that you think is really neat and creative. You can enter and check out all the other entries at ScotchBrand.com/MakeAmazingContest.”