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How to Make a Duck® (Duct) Tape Hair Bow

An assortment of Duck® Tape in some of the more than 25 colors, patterns, and college logos available today.

An assortment of Duck® Tape in some of the more than 25 colors, patterns, and college logos available today.

What is Duck® Tape?

Duck® Tape is the registered trademark of a brand of tape — duct tape — distributed by ShurTech Brands, LLC of Avon, Ohio.

What is duct tape?

Duct tape is the generic product description for a three-layered tape comprised of a layer of polyethylene film, a layer of strong cloth mesh, and a coating of sticky polycoat adhesive.

Supplies Needed for Making a Duck® Tape Hair Bow

  • Duck® Tape
  • Barrette form
  • Craft tweezers
  • Scissors with Non-Stick Blades
    (The tape will stick to scissor blades that are uncoated. The author recommends that only scissors with non-stick blades be used.)
  • Ruler (12” to 18” inches long)

History of Duck® Tape

During World War II, a strong, flexible, durable, waterproof tape was needed that could seal canisters, repair cracked windows, repair military vehicles, and help the war effort in general. Permacel, a division of the Johnson and Johnson Company created a tape that met these requirements.

The company used medical tape as a base. They added a polyethylene coating which allowed them to laminate the tape to a cloth backing. Then, they added polycoat adhesives to the other side of the tape. The resultant tape was very sticky and extremely strong and flexible. The tape, which could easily be torn into strips, was nicknamed “Duck Tape” because of its ability to repel water.

Beginning in 1946, the tape was used in the civilian application of holding ducts together, and the tape color was changed from army green to silver. In 1976, the Manco Company, the current producers of the product, began shrink-wrapping and labeling the tape. This made it easier for retailers to stack the product and display it on their shelves.

Now, more than 70 years after Duck® Tape was invented, the product is available in upwards of 40 colors, patterns, and college logos.

Barrette forms, craft tweezers, and scissors with non-stick blades. Barrette forms can be purchased at arts and crafts supply stores. Craft tweezers are helpful in picking up small pieces of tape to add as decorations to the bow.

Barrette forms, craft tweezers, and scissors with non-stick blades. Barrette forms can be purchased at arts and crafts supply stores. Craft tweezers are helpful in picking up small pieces of tape to add as decorations to the bow.

Cut four strips of Duck® Tape 11' to 13" long. Place the strips on your work surface with the sticky side up.

Cut four strips of Duck® Tape 11' to 13" long. Place the strips on your work surface with the sticky side up.

Overlap two of the strips of Duck® Tape.

Overlap two of the strips of Duck® Tape.

Place the third strip of Duck® Tape sticky side down on top of the piece of "overlapped" tape.

Place the third strip of Duck® Tape sticky side down on top of the piece of "overlapped" tape.

Repeat the previous step with the fourth strip of Duck® Tape.

Repeat the previous step with the fourth strip of Duck® Tape.

How to Make a Large Hair Bow

Duck® Tape Colors Used

  • Funky Flamingo®
  • Island Lime™

Instructions

  1. Using a pair of scissors with non-stick blades, cut four strips of Duck® Tape that are each 11 to 13 inches long.
  2. Place the strips on your work surface sticky side up.
  3. Overlap two of the strips of tape by approximately one-quarter to one-third inch..
  4. Take the third strip of tape and place it sticky side down on top of the "overlapped" tape, aligning the top edges.
  5. Repeat step no. 4 with the fourth strip of tape.
  6. You will now have a strip of Duck® Tape "fabric."
  7. Trim the beginning and ending edges of the "fabric" strip.
  8. Fold the "fabric" strip of Duck® Tape in half lengthwise, creating a crease down the middle of the strip.
  9. Reopen the strip, and bring both edges to the crease in the middle of the strip.
  10. Cut a strip of Duck® Tape that is 3 to 4 inches long. Then, cut the strip in half lengthwise.
  11. Pinch the middle of the bow with your fingers where the two edges meet at the crease.
  12. Wrap one of the small strips of tape around the bow where you are pinching it.
  13. Use the second small strip of tape to attach the barrette form to the back of the bow.
Front of Large Hair Bow

Front of Large Hair Bow

Back of Large Hair Bow

Back of Large Hair Bow

Tip

Your bow can be decorated with stripes, polka dots, and other shapes. Cut these shapes from a contrasting color of tape, and adhere them to the bow before you complete step no. 10 above. It's helpful to use a pair of craft tweezers when you attach the decorative pieces to the bow.

Small Hair Bow

Small Hair Bow

How to Make a Small Hair Bow

Duck® Tape Colors Used

  • Winking White™
  • Sunburst Yellow™

Instructions

  1. Cut two strips of Duck® Tape that are 11 to 12 inches long.
  2. Place both strips on your work surface sticky side up.
  3. Place one strip of tape on top of the other, sticky side down, aligning the edges.
  4. You will now have a strip of Duck® Tape "fabric."
  5. Follow steps 7 through 13 above.
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Comments

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on December 24, 2014:

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thank you for reading my article and posting your comment. The "trick" to making bows and flowers and anything else with the tape is to use scissors with non-stick blades.

Dianna Mendez on December 23, 2014:

Thought I would pop in to say I love the idea, even though I don't think I could make them well enough to capture the art. Great article and I'm sure people will love this suggestion.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on December 22, 2014:

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for visiting again. You've brought up an interesting point. I don't think I've read the reason how or why the tape colors and patterns got started.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 21, 2014:

It continues to baffle me how Duct Tape became so popular for uses besides it's main purpose! :)

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on March 17, 2013:

Torri Lynn,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

Duck® Tape is used in many craft projects. It's even possible to make clothes out of it.

torrilynn on March 17, 2013:

thanks for the hub daisy

I would have never thought to use duct tape

to make something I've always used tape just to

hold something together

Voted up

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on March 17, 2013:

Marie (truthfornow),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

If you make some bows, please post another comment.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on March 17, 2013:

I like the Hello Kitty Duct Tape when I see it at the store, so thanks for the idea to make bows as now I can justify buying me some. I am going to check out your other Duct Tape articles. You are a regular MacGyver with the Duct Tape.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on August 31, 2012:

Jackie,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Small Duck® Tape bows would be great decorations on a Christmas tree or wreath. What a clever suggeston!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on August 31, 2012:

Suzanne (Suzie HQ),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. I've published two other Duck® Tape articles. One explains how to make a wallet, and the other explains how to make a rose. I hope you get a chance to read them.

If your nieces make the hair bows, please post another comment.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 31, 2012:

This would be a great way to make Christmas decorations I bet! Very good.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on August 31, 2012:

What an inventive and genius idea!! Must look out for all the colours available, my nieces would love these! Great job, I am sure Simone will love hers!! Voted up, interesting useful and sharing on:-)

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on August 31, 2012:

Terrye (TToombs08),

Thanks for reading, commenting in, and sharing another of my Hubs.

You can always make a hair bow for yourself. :)

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 31, 2012:

Really cool idea, and great step by step instructions, Daisy. If only I had girls.... :) sharing!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on August 26, 2012:

alphagirl.

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading and commenting in my article.

I've written two other Duck® Tape articles. One explains how to make a wallet, and the other explains how to make a rose. I hope you get a chance to read them.

Mae Williams from USA on August 26, 2012:

LOL . I like the use of duck tape bow. If you get caught in the rain it is waterproof and holds its shape. I am several towns away from Avon and drive by the duck tape company. Great idea!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on August 10, 2012:

Rich (rcrumple),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

Your comment is great! If you hadn't enjoyed reading my article, you wouldn't have taken the time to be so creative in your comment.

Rich from Kentucky on August 10, 2012:

"Pertinert didn't get the damn thing made! First, only had gray. But, figured it'd match my hair. Then, cudn't find the damn scissors! Had to cut and carve it with mu pocket knife! Then, didn't have no hair bracketer, so jes used more duck to hold it on. Don't look that good on me...jes gonna give it ta ma wife ta wear when she goes grocery shoppin'!"

Great idea and Great Hub! (Hope you didn't mind me having a little fun!) Up & Interesting!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on July 29, 2012:

Teresa (tjdavis),

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Duck® (Duct) tape is used in many craft projects. Have you seen my Hubs about making Duck® (Duct) tape wallets and roses?

Teresa Davis from Moscow, Texas on July 29, 2012:

Daisy...ok now I've seen duct tape used for everything..oh my this is wonderful. I never thought about making bows. Thanks for the "how to" hub. I will be sharing this hub.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on May 18, 2012:

Modern Lady,

Thanks for commenting in another of my Hubs. Are you concerned about the Duck® Tape getting stuck in your hair or about the clasp on the back of the hair bow not opening?

Modern Lady from Chicago, IL on May 18, 2012:

These are so cute! I would be terrified of getting them stuck in my hair though. I'm sure they're fine if you make them carefully, but I'm just a little paranoid.

Great hub. Adorable idea.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on May 08, 2012:

duffsmom,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

I used to teach classes in an arts and crafts store. One of my fellow Hubbers suggested I write some craft how-to Hubs. I'm really glad they made the suggestion! I'm having a lot of fun creating all the crafts.

Which of my craft projects are you going to do first?

P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on May 08, 2012:

Love your craft Hubs!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 22, 2012:

Steve(poshcoffeeco),

Thanks for commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate it.

I learned about using Duck® Tape in craft projects while teaching classes and doing product demonstrations at an arts and crafts store. I wrote a Hub about making roses using the tape, and I'm currently writing an article describing how to make a wallet.

Steve Mitchell from Cambridgeshire on April 22, 2012:

Daisy,

You are so clever to have thought of doing this using such an everyday product. I would never have thought of this.

You get my votes.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 12, 2012:

Rebecca,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Kids love Duck® Tape projects!

I worked at an arts and crafts store for a few years, teaching classes and doing product demonstrations. The Duck® Tape projects and the painting projects were always favorites.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 12, 2012:

This is so timely for me because I was strolling through Lowe's the other day looking for something else and noticed the colored Duck tape. I will sure remember this....summer, bored kids..great cratf!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 12, 2012:

Jeannie,

I've only seen the original silver-colored Duck® Tape used in one craft project...a hammock. Although silver is a nice color for jewelry, it doesn't work well in Duck® Tape craft projects because people think of it in terms of repair work.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 12, 2012:

India,

Thanks for reading my article, commenting in it, and sharing it. I don't want to just write Duck® Tape articles this month, but I expect to have at least another two.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 12, 2012:

Teresa,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I've seen articles about making dresses with Duck® Tape, and the results looked really great. I'm tempted to make a poodle skirt using the tape for Halloween, but I don't know if I would have the nerve to wear it.

If your nieces make the bows, please post another comment.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on April 12, 2012:

This is so cute! I want to buy duct tape and make these right now. Of course, I have the silver kind, but that wouldn't be as pretty. Voted up!

India Arnold from Northern, California on April 12, 2012:

Perfection! What a great project for making your own "Duck Tape Bows". This one is share-a-licious, Daisy!

HubHugs~

Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on April 12, 2012:

Innovative and beautiful. Who'd of thought duct tape could look so fashionable. I have a couple of nieces who will love this idea! Voted up.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 12, 2012:

sen.sush23,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate it.

Duck® Tape has really changed over the years.

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on April 12, 2012:

Daisy, that is a innovative craft idea to me. I am just imagining how little girls would love to do it themselves. Wish I knew of it when I was little. Voted up interesting.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 11, 2012:

ChaplinSpeaks,

I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my Hub and that you found the information to be helpful,

Are you planning on trying this craft? If you do make a Duck® Tape hair bow, please post another comment.

Sarah Johnson from Charleston, South Carolina on April 11, 2012:

Duck Tape - pretty hair bows. Who would have ever thought? Awesome idea and wonderful hub to explain how to make them. Voted up, most definitely!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 11, 2012:

Dexter,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. There are many dozens of things that can be made with Duck® Tape...including men's suits.

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on April 11, 2012:

Wow. This is really cool. It's amazing how duct tape can be used creatively! Voted up!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 11, 2012:

Deb,

Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it. Shamrocks would be easy to make using Duck® Tape. I'll have to add them to my *to create* list.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on April 11, 2012:

I've never used duck tape in a craft project, per se, but it was instrumental in a St. Patrick's Day parade float I worked on this year. Fortunately, it comes in green! Fun hub.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Vicki,

Simone posted on my Facebook wall that she would like a pink bow. I'm waiting to hear whether she wants a contrasting trim color.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 10, 2012:

Great idea, Daisy, to send a bow to Simone! What color do you plan to send?

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Alissa,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. There are so many items that can be made with Duck® Tape...wallets, purses, sandals, backpacks, roses, dresses, pants, and on and on...

I'm going to write at least one or two more Duck® Tape craft articles this month.

Alissa Roberts from Normandy, TN on April 10, 2012:

When I first saw the colored and printed Duck Tape rolls in stores, I couldn't help but laugh thinking what in the world are people going to use these crazy rolls of tape for. But obviously you really can make cute crafts and accessories from Duck Tape. Loved your bows - will have to try to make one for my niece! Thanks for the idea!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

theclevercat,

I'm glad you like my Duck® Tape hair bows. You're HubPages' resident Barbie expert...Can you picture Barbie wearing something made from Duck® Tape?

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Cara,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my articles. Both Marissa (ThePracticalMommy) and you have the right idea...What young lady wouldn't want a Hello Kitty Duck® Tape hair bow?

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Audra,

Thanks for reading my article. I've been doing craft projects my entire life.

It was only recently that I began writing about them. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Christy,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. I was graduated from college with a 4-year degree in Fine Arts and certification to teach all art subjects in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.

I have many more craft projects that would be great subjects for HubPages articles.

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on April 10, 2012:

Very cute, Daisy. Thanks for sharing.

cardelean from Michigan on April 10, 2012:

PracticalMommy stole what I was going to say! I'm sure that my daughter would LOVE to have a Hello Kitty bow! Thanks for sharing this really cool idea!

iamaudraleigh on April 10, 2012:

I like to see the creative side of the hubbers!!! This was a fun hub! Voted up!!!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on April 10, 2012:

Cute hair bow, I never would have thought of this!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Vicki,

Simone posted a comment on my Facebook wall. She read my article and loves the bow. I'm going to send one to her.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Marissa,

Making the Duck® Tape hair bows for your daughter will be a fun project. Scroll up to just before the comments section, and you'll see a picture of the Hello Kitty tape.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Tina,

You might be able to order Duck® Tape in color online. I ordered my tape online, but I've also seen it in large arts and crafts stores.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 10, 2012:

How fun! Simone will be proud! and honored!

Marissa from United States on April 10, 2012:

Love this idea! I'd love to make a few for my daughter. I saw some Hello Kitty Duck Tape I could use for her that would be cute. :) Voting up, useful and awesome!

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on April 10, 2012:

I don't really know Daisy, we only have grey Duck tape in our home but I will look for other colour next time!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

learner365.

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. Please post another comment after you make the hair bow.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

RTalloni,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. If you like the hair bow, wait until you read some of my other Duck® Tape project Hubs. A Duck® Tape wallet is next.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Tina,

Thanks for your comment. Is Duck® Tape sold in many colors and patterns in Sweden?

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 10, 2012:

Sannel,

Thanks for reading my article. These are many craft projects that can be made with Duck® Tape. Please post another comment after your nieces make the bows.

Saadia A on April 10, 2012:

This is a very creative and unusual idea. I really liked that and will surely look forward to try my hands on making it by following your instructions. Thank you for sharing.

My vote up,interesting and awesome !!!

RTalloni on April 10, 2012:

Fun stuff you have here. The variety of uses we find with Duck Tape is amazing. Thanks for a look at the history of this crafty tape! Love the watermelon colored bow, btw. :)

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on April 10, 2012:

This was a new way to use duck tape! So creative and it looks good too! I will have to buy duck tape in some other colors beside grey!

Voted up, interesting, useful!

Tina

SanneL from Sweden on April 10, 2012:

Daisy, you're so crafty! This is the first I heard you could use duck tape to make such beautiful and cute creations. I will share this with my nieces, who always look for craft project to make with their children. Thanks!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 09, 2012:

Jamie,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. You're right about the colors and prints for the tape. There are so many choices.

I have a really nice tie dye print that I've going to use for my Duck® Tape wallet project.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 09, 2012:

Ava,

Thanks for commenting. Using Duck® Tape in craft projects takes a little bit of practice since the tape is so sticky. Once you get used to handling it, it's a very easy medium to work with.

It's funny that you should mention dresses...it actually is possible to make a dress or a skirt and blouse using Duck® Tape.

Jamie Brock from Texas on April 09, 2012:

Daisy, I love duck tape! There are so many pretty colors and prints out there.. the pink bow looks great! Thank you so much for sharing.. Voting up!

onlooker on April 09, 2012:

Daisy, you're certainly handy. I should definitely give this a shot someday. Dresses I will never make but this I can certainly try. Informative and useful, thank you.

P.S. adorable pink bow =)

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 09, 2012:

Cindy,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. There are so many craft projects that can be made with Duck® Tape.

My next craft project will be a wire wrapping "how-to."

After that, it will probably be a Duck® Tape wallet.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on April 09, 2012:

This is truly and interesting hub. Who would have thought you could create something so pretty with duck tape? very well done!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 09, 2012:

Sunshine,

Thanks! The tape is a fun medium to work with. I'm really having a good time with my craft "how-to" series.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 09, 2012:

Great job with the bows. They're cute!

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 09, 2012:

Rose (randomcreative),

Thanks for reading my latest craft article and adding your comment.

When I told a few people I was going to be writing about Duck® Tape, I received some strange looks. The tape is a great medium for craft projects. I have a few more projects on my "to create" and "to write" lists.

Daisy Mariposa (author) from Orange County (Southern California) on April 09, 2012:

Cyndi,

I'm so glad you like the latest installment in my craft "how-to" series. Funny you should mention *wallet*...the next Duck® Tape "how-to" project on my list is a wallet.

I was a bit nervous about naming the model of the large hair bow after Simone, but I think I'll still be permitted to live another day.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 09, 2012:

Well done! This is such a fun idea.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on April 09, 2012:

I think Simone will love this! I love that bow! Hehe. I had a good friend in college who made herself a duct (yeah, it was the regular gray stuff) tape vest, pants, wallet and even shoes. She was a physics major - she often did unexplainable things. Ha!

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