Princess is SUPER excited about starting middle school this year. She moves to a new building and is on her way to being a teen–something that she thinks is going to be the most awesome thing ever (as much as I tell her that most of us wouldn’t be teens again for love or money). One of the things she is really looking forward to is her first honest to goodness locker.
She thinks having a locker is going to be awesome, and she’s spent part of the summer thinking and dreaming about how she is going to decorate her locker. So when Walmart asked me to come up with a new and original back to school craft I KNEW I had to do something for her locker. So I created a custom, one of a kind magnetic locker set!
The key “customization” item here is the really fun chevron patterned Duck Tape! It was so fun to see all the different patterns and types of Duck Tape that Walmart now carries.
The first thing I did was to empty out my metal spice tins. I just dumped each one into a zippered baggie and labeled it for future use. Then I popped the top off the tin and made sure it was completely cleaned out.
Next I started to cover each tin with the patterned Duck Tape. I made sure that I had enough going up over the top of the tin so that I’d be able to fold it inside and have a nice clean edge. The pattern was pretty easy to match up-I just cut the next piece longer than I needed to make sure I had room to match it.
I folded the tape over the bottom edge, and then I cut a piece to cover the bottom. They have full size lockers in the middle school-tall and narrow, so it’s possible that the tins might be placed where someone can see the bottom. Since I had plenty of tape I wanted to make it look nice.
Once I had all the tins covered it was time to add the magnetic tape.
I just cut it and stuck it to the back. If it doesn’t stay on well once she starts using it I’ll use the E6000 glue and re-stick it. That’s my favorite glue ever.
Now on to the mirror. I considered making the mirror itself magnetic, but then I remembered how HARD most kids fling their locker doors shut. I could almost hear the glass breaking. Instead, I decided that we’d have Princess use a Command Stick Hook and attach it to her locker, then hang a mirror off of that. Of course we couldn’t just go with a plain mirror–since this is a custom set I had to make the mirror match!
When I had the front edge all done I then went and covered the back with tape as well. Going with the theme I also wrapped the handle of a brush with the same Duck Tape. Now she has a pretty matching set! And as a bonus-since it is all coordinated and very individual, no one else is going to walk off with her brush or mirror and try to pass it off as their own.
Check out how it all looks in my “simulated locker” set up! When I called up Princess to take a look she was so excited–this should help her keep a few odds and ends organized in her locker while being suitably “cool”.
Of course if you were helping a male organize his locker you could ditch the mirror and brush, and use one of the more masculine Duct Tape patterns like flames, black and white check, dragons or skulls.
What do you think? Would the teens or tweens in your life use a set like this in their locker?