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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tabby's decorating with duct tape

When I was growing up, the only duct tape that was around was the boring dark grey colored kind.  Now there is an incredible variety of colors and patterns to choose from.  I probably like most of them, however there are some I think are ridiculous or just plain unappealing - like the pattern of cooked macaroni and cheese!

I know that decorating, embellishing, making things with duct tape is not new.  But Tabby has been on a kick using it lately and I really like the thing she's done with it.  I tend to reach for a can of spray paint, but I'm learning that duct tape can give interesting and colorful results too.

Tabby was given this old desk years ago, and decided to freshen it up with several different duct tapes.  Notice the metal part of her clipboard is covered in duct tape too.

We found the below cabinet being thrown out at an office building.  Tabby covered the dingy top and it works perfectly for music and storage.

This is Tabby's art table.  She has a storage bin underneath so she likes the material hanging around it to cover it up.  She used duct tape for the trim to hold the material on the table.

It is actually quite an old military table.  My dad used it for reloading bullets when I was little and if I remember correctly, it was used for a kitchen table before that.  I used it for a desk in college.  Then I used it for all sorts of things until Tabby took it over several years ago.

Probably my favorite duct taped thing in Tabby's room is her mirror and bulletin boards.  She used the tape to cover the boring colored frames.

there's duct tape around the a/c window unit too!
A couple years ago, Tabby checked out duct tape project books so many times from the library, that I eventually just bought her used copies for her own. (Just Duct Tape It! and Go Crazy with Duct Tape)

She followed instructions in one of the books for a pencil pouch - made with a ziplock baggie and duct tape - which she uses every day at school.  (I don't have a picture of that one!)  She took an empty can the other day, and plans to cover it with duct tape to use for pens/pencils.  I wonder which tape she will choose?

Tabby and I like to joke about how we have such a compulsion to embellish any thing.  I do believe that is a special trait that God gave to females.  (And yes I know some females don't care about it and some males do!  Just a generalized statement!)  My aunt Pam once told me:

"Embellish to your heart's content.  Remember, the JOY is in the creating!"

Yes.  :)


  1. very creative! I've only used the fancy duct date once. Our trampoline did not have any mats and I was having an outdoor party, so I bought noodles and slit them and put them on the rails and used pretty tape to hold them on. It really looked fabulous. But only lasted a year or so in the weather.

  2. It sounds fabulous! :) And pretty good to last a year in the weather.

  3. Wow! I love it! And it looks so perfect!