Make Your Own Duct Tape Pencil Holders – And Back to School Homework Station

Mer Mag | Duct Tape CanistersDuct Tape Pencil Holders

There is something special in the air when Back-to-School time runs around. It’s filled with the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, new markers and blank note books begging to be filled. It calls for growth, acheivement, learning and new horizons. And I absolutely LOVE every bit of it. To get set for afterschool homework and crafty afternoons we made these fun and playful duct tape canisters. Head on over to Minted for the full DIY.

Mer Mag | Duct Tape Cans and Homework Center

Little O is in Kindergarten this year and it’s so fun to see him get more “studious”. But to get there we have to  have to make education a whole lot of FUN (which is one of my favorite things about early schooling).

Mer Mag | Crafty Homework SpaceMer Mag | Duct Tape Canisters for plants and supplies

Setting up an exciting environment that encourages learning and creativity is where it’s at for us. For crafting this means a lot of colorful art supplies available and on hand. And some great note taking paper to encourage story telling.

Mer Mag | Crafty Homework Space

And of course books. I’m such a HUGE fan of books so I try to teach my kids that all great stories, characters, etc. start in books. My boys are already obsessed with telling stories and drawing the characters to go with. In fact we’ve been working on our own super hero stories for each kid and just might try to concieve of and make their costumes for the kids Halloween this year. Here’s hoping we can pull it off!


Photography by Trisha Zemp

Crafts and Styling by Merrilee Liddiard

For Duct Tape Can DIY visit Minted 




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    Julie (xfallenmoon)

    August 29, 2014

    The one with the face is my favorite. What a super cool idea for kids. Saving this for later!

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      August 29, 2014

      oh thanks Julie! xo Mer

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    October 8, 2014

    Hola! I’ve been following your website for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Texas!
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      May 26, 2015

      Oh thanks so much! xoxo Mer

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    August 18, 2015

    I adore the little desk – is that vintage? We’re looking for a desk for my son who’s entering 1st grade in September and that one is just the sort of thing we’re looking for!

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      August 19, 2015

      yes it’s vintage. Keep your eyes pealed because I feel like schools are getting rid of these all the time.


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        August 20, 2015

        We actually walked by a school at the weekend throwing out a vintage desk and grabbed it, but it’s a much bigger one – it was ideal for me to use as a sewing table though! 🙂

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