Crafters Corner

Hey Tape-ies!

Let’s get inspiring. This is no ordinary blog. Here at Crafters Corner we primarily focus on How to’s, DIY’s, crafts, art pieces, tips & tricks, etc. all using the “tape on” or “tape off” concept: tape is either used as a marking/masking only tool and removed from final design or present for design/function/assembly.

At Crafters Corner anyone can be a crafter--a maker, a Do-IT yourselfer. We want to inspire the “un-crafty”, the last minute planner, the family, the office, the teacher, the community, etc., because crafting is not limited to any one audience. So say…YES I CAN! At Crafters Corner you can express yourself freely; feedback and comments are encouraged! So come on everyone! What are you waiting for? Embrace your creative side. We’ve made it easy to be a “crafter”!


How To Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Table Setting With a Little Love, Fun and Pro Tapes®!

How to Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Table Setting With a Little Love, Fun and Pro Tapes®!

As of lately more and more people are taking the holidays as an opportunity to show off their creative side and show what they can do artistically with their house decorations, table decor and food presentations. I’m here today to tell you that you don’t have to be the “artsy” one to be able to execute an awesome table display for the holidays, nor do you have to break the bank to get it done either. With the following few items and techniques, decorating your table to the nines for this thanksgiving will be easy, fun and oh-so-affordable!

What we used:

What we used: Your DIY Essentials

The best thing about DIY decorations is that if you don’t have one item, you can always substitute it for something else. For example, if you don’t have kraft paper you can use cardboard, poster board, or printer paper that has been folded multiple times. Or if you don’t have a ¼ inch roll of Pro Gaff®, you can take your ordinary 2 inch roll and hand tear it or cut with scissors down to your desired size, it’s that simple! The beauty in crafting is that there is no cut and dry way to get something done, there will always be other embellishments to use, different techniques, and just overall, differences in styles and color preferences. Here at Crafters Corner we like to show you how we have had success with executing specific crafts or hacks for those to want to replicate it exactly, but otherwise, be creative and be yourself. We are always here to share new ideas, techniques, and products that work well. Shall we jump right into it already?!

How To:

In case you didn’t notice, Becky created 4 different versions of place settings, but used the same materials in different ways for each of them to maintain one cohesive look. She thought it would be fun to not have all the place setting look exactly the same, but look similar enough that they all fit nicely into the overall theme of the table decor.

Becky created 4 elements to enhance her table settings:

  1. Utensil holder
  2. Napkin ring
  3. Placemats
  4. Place cards

Becky wanted to take a different approach when creating these enhancements, because she didn’t really plan out a step by step ahead of time, she just went with that looked good to her and what techniques worked the best, so we are going to share all that good stuff with you. Go ahead Becky!

Have you ever cut burlap? Yikes, what a mess! How I got those clean nice edges was not by trying to cut perfect clean edges, but rather by using UGlu®. I realized UGlu® is like an instant hem without even sewing! It’s a peel and stick hem in my opinion. SAY WHAT?? UGlu® performed amazingly on this tricky surface. I was playing around with my UGlu® DIY pack and burlap and then I ran and grabbed some fall colored Pro® Gaff, Pro® Artist tape and Pro® 183 Kraft paper tape and began layering my tapes and putting together some really cute table settings. I made napkin rings, utensil holders, place cards and even placemats all with tape!! Basically, no cost at all- all materials I already had on hand.

1: Utensil Holder

The utensil holders are just pieces of burlap folded in half like a birthday card. I secured the one longer end with UGlu®, leaving the top and bottom open so I can slip the utensils right in. Essentially, it’s like a pouch. That’s right no sewing, and no hot glue burns…seems like a win-win to me! Just peel, stick, and DONE. I was able to make so many of these so fast. No mess, no wires, no burns, none of that weird spider web stuff the hot glue makes, it was clean and effortless.

The utensil holders are just pieces of burlap folded in half like a birthday card. I secured the one longer end with UGlu®, leaving the top and bottom open so I can slip the utensils right in. Essentially, it’s like a pouch.

2: Napkin ring

I even wrap the burlap around my napkins and made some napkin rings to match. Then I just added embellishments like Pro® Sheen strips and rhinestones from my local craft store.

I even wrap the burlap around my napkins and made some napkin rings to match. Then I just added embellishments like Pro® Sheen strips and rhinestones from my local craft store.

3: Placemats

I did the same with burlap on cardstock and made a few patterns that I decided to use as placemats. I used UGlu® to attach the burlap to the card stock. I also used other tapes such as Pro® Artist tape and Pro® Gaff in black as embellishments, alongside the fallen leaves from my fall garlands that I got from my local crafting store.

I did the same with burlap on cardstock and made a few patterns that I decided to use as placemats. I used UGlu® to attach the burlap to the card stock. I also used other tapes such as Pro® Artist tape and Pro® Gaff in black as embellishments.

4: Place cards

Then I began to make the place cards, because I love an organized table. I cut some cardstock and folded it in half, then… you guessed it, I began to layer with burlap using UGlu® of course. I began layering and adding patterns simply with tape. I used whatever fall colors I had on hand of Pro Gaff® and Artist Tape. Then on top of it all I added a piece of 2 in Pro® 183 Kraft Paper tape down the center, so that not only did it polished the whole look off, but it also left a writable surface as the utmost top layer. I mean, you be the judge, tape or fancy ribbon? To me there’s no comparison, a tape that looks like ribbon but can be written on?! No brainer. This practically took no time at all and was fun!! I didn’t have to spend a lot of time or money, I made do with that I had.

Then I began to make the place cards, because I love an organized table. I cut some cardstock and folded it in half, then... you guessed it, I began to layer with burlap using UGlu® of course. I began layering and adding patterns simply with tape.

Have fun with it!

If you know how I am, you would know I couldn’t just stop there. I needed more embellishment!! So I added more “bling bling” to each of the table decorations. With the help of UGlu® again, I realized I could roll up UGlu® dashes into a little ball and use that to attach small rhinestones. To complete the look, and to get that cohesive feel, I added pieces here and there of gold Pro® Sheen and some faux fall leaves from my garlands to all 4 of my table decor items and layered them together with…DUN-DUN-DUN…UGlu®!

I feel like I will be playing a trick on my guests this thanksgiving, waiting and wondering how long it will take people to realize it’s all just TAPE!!! LOL. I guess it’ll be just me and the turkey’s little secret! Shhhh!!!

If you know how I am, you would know I couldn't just stop there. I needed more embellishment!! So I added more “bling bling” to each of the table decorations. With the help of UGlu® again, I realized I could roll up UGlu® dashes into a little ball and use that to attach small rhinestones.

To complete the look, and to get that cohesive feel, I added pieces here and there of gold Pro® Sheen and some faux fall leaves from my garlands to all 4 of my table decor items and layered them together with...DUN-DUN-DUN…UGlu®!


Your DIY Essentials:

Your DIY Essentials

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Pro Gaff® DIY Halloween Candy Bowls

Halloween is creeping up fast! It’s time to get your treats, the house, or even the office Halloween ready! Do you remember those old vintage paper-măché pumpkins? They were made for collecting treats and holding candles as decoration. Using the vintage pumpkins as my inspiration, I decided to create some fun candy dishes in different Halloween creatures. I was inspired by Pro Tapes® to make my own in a unique, different way. As I was looking at my stash of Pro Gaff®, I thought why not use the tape directly? I really wanted to challenge myself and the tape, so I set out to see if it could be done. I realized tape was definitely the better way to go for this project, opposed to the typical way of creating a papier-măché with the messy water, glue, paper and paint, not to mention, the dreaded drying time. Substituting all of that with Pro Gaff® tape was a win! Continue reading

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4 Reasons You Need to Add Pro Gaff® To Your Back To School List

Being prepared for school isn’t only about having the best supplies, but it’s about utilizing those supplies to remain organized, focused, and to help students achieve great things. Pro Gaff® can do just that, in more ways than just one.

Pro Gaff® is great for back to school for these 4 reasons:

  1. Twenty amazing bold colors to choose from! Coordinate with your school colors and/or design for the holidays and change out with each season!
  2. Repositionable, perfect for any surface. Trusted not to leave that sticky residue or marks behind.
  3. Rips easily both vertically and horizontally! No scissors! Clean and straight tears every time.
  4. Write directly on it without smears so you can get right to labeling and organizing all your things.

Pro Gaff® is writable, no smearing here! Decorate or label as needed! Customize & organize your locker to fit your unique style, and needs.

Students and even parents can use Pro Gaff® to keep organized and designate certain sections of a locker, or a wall to certain notes. One section can be a calendar, the other exam dates, the other game day. You get the picture, the list is totally customizable! The best part is, not only does Pro Gaff® come in 20 different colors, so you can take the customization to a whole new level…but you can also write on it and it removes completely clean. So no damaged lockers or walls. Also, to add some extra storage you can affix a container with UGlu® to the locker door, to keep things neat and tidy, and easily accessible when in a rush. Now if that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is.

Use UGlu® to affix a container to your locker for extra storage.

Another way to utilize Pro Gaff® now that school is back in session… is to use it to practice reading and writing. I have this chalkboard that has been passed down a few generations now, so it’s super important to me to use a product I trust. Pro Gaff® is a reliable source. If you need a tape you can depend on and a surface you care a lot about I will have to introduce you to Pro Gaff® tape. It’s strong, holds up, it’s repositionable… yes! Repositionable!!! You can lift and move it till your heart’s content. And guess what? It will never leave you with that sticky weird goo or regret. Leave it there for a day, a month, whatever, there’s never any need to worry, you’ll get the same results.

This manuscript line I created with Pro Gaff®. My daughter will be practicing her writing, thanks to a quick application of Pro Gaff® to this old chalkboard.

This manuscript line I created with Pro Gaff® is just one quick example of how to be a Pro® yourself (pun intended) and master your skills this year, whatever they are. My daughter will be practicing her writing, thanks to a quick application of Pro Gaff® to this old chalkboard.

Pro Gaff® tape is so easy to rip! It rips straight and crisp every single time! I could even rip it lengthwise (as seen in the dash lines) with ease. Seriously get yourself some now! This is a must-have for at home, at school, in the garage or in the car! Pro Tapes® stocks Pro Gaff® in a variety of sizes and colors to! Grab Pro® Pocket Gaff our pocket size offering to keep in your bag or in your car for use on the go! How will you use Pro Gaff® in your home, office or school today?

Pro® Pocket Gaff shown in in three fluorescent colors - fl yellow, fl orange, fl blue.

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Decorating your own Camping Tent: Where fun meets function

Who doesn’t love smores and good camp out with some old school shadow puppets?

To get the kids prepared for their first real campout away from home, I decided we would of course turn it into a fun art experience right in our backyard. The tent was super fun to decorate and we added a lot of safety hacks using Pro Tapes® tape products I thought were worth sharing.

Materials Used

Materials used for this project includes various Pro Gaff® and Pro Glow Gaff® products.

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Tapes Edition: Nail Free Dorm Hacks & DIYs

As a recent college graduate and former on campus resident (now renter), I’ve acquired a bunch of great hacks and DIYs over the years on ways to decorate and organize my space like a pro without damaging any walls, furniture, or my wallet!

Working at Pro Tapes® and learning about all of our amazing clean removal products, it had really opened my eyes to so many more ways to achieve the same outcome but with much more ease, and effectiveness. Before I would be using “clean removal” products that actually weren’t so easy to remove. Now that I have been introduced to UGlu®, Pro® 46 and Pro Gaff®; the whole game has changed!

Keep in mind there are two distinct ways I utilized these three Pro Tapes® products; one, tape is being used as the actual decoration, and two, tape is being used as a replacement for hooks, nails, glue or screws.

Shall we jump right into it?
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Dorm Hacks on hacks, on hacks using, tape, tape, & more tape

Who doesn’t love a good hack? Not only are these hacks awesome but they also really work!

Hack 1: Fix a Carpet

Ever had a carpet, or area rug that would just slip and slide no matter what? Get some UGlu®, apply it to the corners of your carpet or area rug and stick to floor…viola! No more slipping and sliding!

Hack 2: Quiet Drawers

Loud roommates? Or are you the loud one? “oops”
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Nail Free Hanging is Possible With Pro Tapes®

UGlu® is going to be your best friend if you are dorming or renting. UGlu® is a double sided, transparent tape that is strong, pH-neutral, non-toxic and removes clean. This means whatever surface you put it on will not be damaged during removal or leave behind any adhesive (this is a life saver)!!! Continue reading