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Packing Tape Paperclip Hack

I have a super simple art teacher (really anyone can use this) hack today.

I’m on a public school art teacher budget so I don’t have a lamination machine.  Our school has one but it’s small and it’s always hard to locate! Ha! So, I just do the quick and easy packing tape lamination to cover up my labels.  But packing tape can be so FRUSTRATING when you can’t find the end of the tape, right!?!?  (especially the really cheap packing tape that I purchase from our county’s warehouse!)  So, I started doing this little paperclip trick.  It works very well for me so as I was relabeling some items for the semester switch today, I thought I’d take a second and share it.

I just use a paperclip at the base of the tape and cut it above the paperclip.  It holds my place perfectly and I can get everything labeled much faster!   Do you have any simple hacks like this?  How do you cut packing tape?

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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
I love a bad pun and terrible dad jokes. I spend time looking at MBTI memes, cooking, listening to serial killer podcasts and Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat. I also teach yoga and indoor cycling. Click the button below to learn more about me. 

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