Tape Hacks

Learn the basic differences between tapes and get ideas for using tape in unique ways to solve everyday problems.

 

Tape 101: What’s the Difference?

Doing a job right means starting out with the proper tools. Each one of our tapes is designed to address a particular range of applications. Don’t let the wrong tape keep your project from turning out perfect.

  • 1. Shipping Tape offers strength for heavy-duty packaging to keep packages intact even on rough journeys.

    2. Clear Tapes are general purpose tapes great for crafting, mending and light mounting. They’re easy to cut and peel off the roll smoothly.

  • 3. Decorative Tape is the perfect way to personalize any project. It comes in over 200 colors and patterns in 9 tape types so you can use it for any project.

    4. Moving and Storage Tape is created to maintain strength over time, ideal for packages that are going to stay put for a while.


  • Organize with Scotch® Washi Tape

    Get Organized with Washi Tape

    With so many colors and patterns to choose from, washi tape makes it easy to distinguish between items at a glance. You can use it to differentiate electrical cords, keep glasses separate at a party, keep a calendar in order or label containers. To take your organizing to the next level you can even write on it in pen or pencil.


  • Fix a broken shoelace with Scotch® MultiTask Tape

    Fix a Frayed Shoelace

    If you need to replace an aglet, the plastic or metallic tube at the end of your shoelace, look no further than Scotch® MultiTask Tape. Simply wrap the tape around the frayed part to form a replacement cylinder. You can also use washi or decorative duct tape to personalize your shoelaces and add a pop of color.


  • Clean your keyboard with Scotch® Magic™ Tape

    Clean Your Keyboard

    There’s no need for compressed air to clean your keyboard, simply slide a strip of Scotch® Magic™ Tape through the rows of keys to pick up dust and debris.


 

Arranging Flowers with Scotch® Magic™ Tape

  • Make your vases work harder with Scotch® Magic™ Tape. Using strips of the same length, make an evenly spaced grid across the top of a vase (although the one in the photo is square, a round vase will work just as well).

  • Then, simply stick your flowers in the empty squares between the tape. This will ensure your arrangement will stand up straight without having to crowd flowers together or loading it with filler.


 

  • Tape Dispenser Design Facts

    The classic desktop tape dispenser is so iconic many of its features go unnoticed. The Scotch® Brand C-38 Tape Dispenser is designed to hold a variety of tape types and includes a non-skid, weighted base to allow for one-handed taping. And now, it’s available in a variety of colors.


  • Revamp Furniture with Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape

    Washi tape is ideal for revitalizing old furniture. You can cover scuffs and nicks, or add a completely new design without setting foot near a paint can. Check out these tips from our friends at Brit + Co.

  • Washi Tape Book Covers

    Provide excellent protection and personalize any book with these tips for making old school book covers from our friends at Brit + Co. Kids can get creative with school books or you can transform the look of a bookshelf or coffee table.


You might also be interested in

  • Clear Tape

    Check out our clear tapes to mend tears, mount photos or make gifts look perfect. Each one is designed to solve a unique set of problems – find the tape that was made for your project.

  • Shipping Tips

    Learn the best practices for shipping virtually any item with complete confidence that it will arrive in one piece.


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