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Making crafts from duct tape is fun, fast, durable and relatively inexpensive. Crafting with duct tape is an explosive trend, gaining in popularity. Gone are the days when duct tape was ONLY used to hold batteries in place on the backs of children's toys, or to hold a broken taillight onto a car. Duct tape has become a popular crafting material, especially among teens, thanks to the Duck Tape Prom, a contest that inspires teens to make their prom attire entirely from rolls of duct tape. Teens are going all out to win this contest, sponsored by the Henkel Corporation based in Northeast Ohio, which rewards the most creative prom attire with prizes, publicity, and even scholarships. Make a prom dress out of duct tape and win a college scholarship? Sure, but the competition is stiffer than duct tape, so if you plan to do this, make sure you buy penty of rolls of duct tape, and get your mojo on!
Other brands of duct tape include U-Line, 3M, Gorilla, and Shurtape. A note about Shurtape, this duct tape come in several colors, but is not as durable as some of the other brands.
Duct Tape/Duck Tape Colors
Many who are familiar with duct tape know it to be available in shades of gunmetal grey. But as duct tape has grown in popularity as a crafter's tool, it has been sold in many different colors and prints. Duct tape is still available in the hardware aisle at your local retailer, but it is becoming increasingly available in craft stores, too. Keep in mind that while the costs can differ, depending on the location you buy your rolls of duct tape, the actually tape is still the same. Although duct tape is available though a number of manufacturers, who make the tape in widths usually of 1 or 2 inches, the most easily obtainable and popular brand of duct tape for crafters is Duck Brand Duct Tape. This company has 20 colors in its basic lineup, including some neon shades, and also sells specialty printed tapes. You can buy these tapes in the hardware section of well-known retailers like Target and Wal-Mart, or buy them online through Amazon. Rolls of colored duct tape are more expensive and sold in smaller quantities than tape sold for general purpose use, usually in the traditional color, gray. Colored roles of Duck Brand duct tape are 1.88 inches wide and sold in 10-yard rolls. Now I do not mean for this article to sound like an advertisement for a certain company, but we have a duct tape crafter at home, and this is our favorite brand to use.
Making items with duct tape seems equally popular with both men and women, and it is a craft well-suited for scout groups. Several duct tape crafters are selling the popular duct tape wallets online craft sites like Etsy and others.
Duck Brand Colors
Duck Tape brand prints
Totally Tie Dye
Cosmic Tie Dye
Rumor has it that zebra and leopard print duct tape are becoming available exclusively through Michael's craft stores, but these printed duct tapes will be made available online at some future date.
Make a duct tape rose
Duct tape craft project ideas
Whether you are making duct tape items for a children's craft, home-based business, or personal enjoyment, the possibilities are almost limitless with this almost indestructible crafting material, but some of the most popular items to make from duct tape include wallets (think Father's Day), handbags, backpacks, and shoes.
It is not recommended that you use an x-acto knife with young children, as the blades are extremely sharp. But in the hands of a careful adult, you can create some fantastic designs using duct tape and a utility (x-acto) blade, either with a template or without. Simple shapes usually work best.
- Duct tape wallet or coin purse: A duct tape wallet can take only about 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish, including the time it takes to decorate the wallet. A duct tape wallet can be simple or complex--a simple bi-fold wallet any cub scout could make, or a more complicated affair with two-toned pockets and decorative patterns created with an x-acto knife and a sturdy cutting surface. There are several methods for making a wallet from duct tape.
- Duct tape flip flops. Make simple shoes from duct tape by starting with several layers of cardboard, cut to conform to the shape of your foot. Alternately, you could use an existing pair of flip flops and trace to your shoe size for a professional-looking template. Wrap the cardboard platform of your shoes with strips of duct tape. Then add either a wide strip of duct tape across the instep area, and secure to the bottom of the sandal with more duct tape.
- Duct tape belt. Make a camouflage belt for a boy scout jamboree, or a neon-colored slim belt with a matching duct tape purse for a preteen sleepover party. Belts are relatively easy to make. A crafters hole punch tool used by scrapbookers, and a pre purchased belt buckle, or old belt from a thrift store well make this an easy project that the maker will proudly wear. Grommets for the holes in the belt are optional, but recommended for durability.
- Duct tape bible or scripture bag. A simple bag or carrying case can be created in a few short steps. Piece strips of duct tape together to make the sides and bottom of your bag, (taping two strips of the duct tape adhesive together to create the outer and inner parts of the bag), Use wide strips of duct tape to piece the bag together, then finish off with a pair of matching duct tape handles. For fancier handles, you can buy purse handles at a craft store. If you want to add a closure to the bag, add a strip of duct tape that goes across the width of the bag, and use add some self-adhesive Velcro tape.
- Duct tape beanie. Believe it or not, you can make a beanie cap out of duct tape in about a half hour.
- Duct tape roses. Very pretty, durable, and relatively realistic roses can be made for mother's day from straws, and duct tape. This would be a great craft for cub scouts and brownies, because they can be made during a one-hour meeting.
- Duct tape jewelry. Make duct tape bracelets, earrings, or necklaces by rolling beads from long triangular strips of duct tape. If you are working with younger kids, roll the beads directly onto a sturdy piece of string over stretchy plastic used for beading. Otherwise you can make beads and then string them later: just make sure to wrap the beads around a narrow plastic tube. I recommend coffee straws for this purpose.
- Make a duct tape phone holster. Working with a fourth or fifth grade group of scouts, you could present them with a challenge to make the best, sturdiest belt-loop phone holder. My daughter has made these for her dad. They make great father's day gifts.
- Duct tape tissue holder. My grandma always keeps a personal-sized packet of tissues in her purse. She likes to make felt holders for these and then inserts the disposable personal-sized tissue packs. This would be another great mother's day, grandparent's day, or teacher appreciation gift. Just adapt the felt pattern to the duct tape material.
My daughter is the real duct tape expert at our house. She has made sandals, wallets, backpacks, a belt, and even a duct tape water bottle holder, decorated to look like a bee.
Make a Bi-Fold Duct Tape Wallet
Make a duct tape wallet
A duct tape wallet is an easy and fun craft that can be given as a gift for Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, or birthdays. You can actually find duct tape wallets on sale at crafter's sites online, but this is a fun craft for a rainy day or for a scout troop. Set your teen free with several rolls of colored duct tape and see what they come up with!
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Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on April 03, 2012:
I agree, kidscrafts! Duct tape is a surprisingly versatile crafting material.
kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 02, 2012:
It's unbelievable all the things you can do with duct tape! I love the new tape with cupcake design...really cute!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on March 23, 2012:
Yes, and crafting with duct tape continues to grow in popularity. Regards.
Reve from Dhaka on March 22, 2012:
Interesting topic for me. Never heard about this before.
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on January 05, 2012:
Duct tape was one of our most commonly purchased crafting supplies over the last three years. I recently used duct tape in combination with a pie tin to divert water away from a finished wall in my basement while waiting for the plumber to arrive. It significantly slowed down the mess and helped us keep the water flowing into a bucket. I like the duct tape wallets myself. Thanks for your comment!
Woody Marx from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2011:
Wow. I always knew d.t. useful but to see a wallet or a rose made from it is remarkable. I use it to tape together anything I can't fix...and that's practically everything. :)
dude on August 29, 2011:
animallover on August 05, 2011:
I LOVE DUCK TAPE STUFF ITS AWESOME!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 01, 2011:
Great topic for a hub! So much fun.
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on July 25, 2011:
It is all the rage, Jeff. My teen thinks duct tape is the best crafting material ever. You should see all of the stuff she has made. Wallets, bags, purses, a backpack, even a top hat. She says she wants to make her prom dress out of duct tape, but we'll see about that. It would cost about $200! Thanks.
Jeff_McRitchie on July 25, 2011:
This is really cool. I'll have to try making something out of duct tape sometime.
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on May 20, 2011:
Liz Goltra on May 15, 2011:
Thanks for the great article. Voted up!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on November 03, 2010:
Leslie, I liked how your planter turned out. It is a simple idea that turned outgreat. Thanks for your comment, I enjoyed seeing your blog post.
Lesley D from Sarasota, Florida on November 03, 2010:
I just covered a plastic planter pot with duct tape; it came out great!
Thanks for the additional ideas!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on September 08, 2010:
Thanks...we are waiting patiently for the Duck Tape company to come out with more patterned duct tape designs. These are great crafts for teens and tweens, and for girl scouts too...
RTalloni on September 08, 2010:
Wonderful stuff, this Ducktape! Your ideas are great.
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on September 06, 2010:
Probably under $4!
Kimmy on September 06, 2010:
WOW this seems so cool! I wonder what the price of them are at my local walmart is!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on August 16, 2010:
You definitely should Magdalen. My almost 13-year old is absolutely addicted to making crafts from duct tape. She has probably made 20 or more wallets alone.
Magdalen on August 16, 2010:
WOW!! That is AMAZING! I am definetly trying this!
strokescribe from Kazan, RU on August 11, 2010:
Nice work, love it!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on August 04, 2010:
Thanks for your comments both of you! Hope you get to try some of these crafts. They are so easy and the rewards are immediate, so they are great self-contained projects. We like the patterned duct tapes and the bright-colored neon duct tapes are also fun.
PassinItAlong: you can use these duct tapes for regular types of projects too, though I haven't seen any flourescent pink duct tape holding any old farmer's fenders on!
PassinItAlong on August 04, 2010:
Dacut tape really is fun for stuff like this, though i have to say that i think the colors are more fun for ordinary uses because it seems to out of place. thanks for the hub
danielaridley from Texas on August 04, 2010:
Love it! Duct tape...what in the world did we do without it?! Thanks!!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on July 26, 2010:
Thanks StarryNights, please do give it a try! Crafting with duct tape is easy and fun!
Alissa from Rocky Hill, CT on July 25, 2010:
Wow! That's amazing, really!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on July 22, 2010:
Please do. My daughter is totally hooked on these crafts. I still need to get those pics loaded up!
gramarye from Adelaide - Australia on July 22, 2010:
Wow! I didn't know you can do this. I'll have to give it a try!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2010:
What fun! I did not realize that duct tape came in all of those different colors. Please do post more pictures! Would be fun to see. Thanks!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on July 12, 2010:
That sounds like a great idea. Let me know when you post it (maybe via another comment, since i don't look at my hubpages email very often) and I'll link to it from here!
My daughter is crazy about duct tape. She stores her rolls on her closet rod, so they stay organized and out of the way. She added some duct tape--leopard of course--to the binding of one of her composition notebooks. I'm looking forward to your new article.
lilfaerie from Hemet, CA on July 12, 2010:
I love duct tape crafts! I am working on a Hub for using it to decorate school supplies. My kids made wallets for their dad, grandpa, and uncle. I can't wait to make those roses!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on June 17, 2010:
Thanks BevsPaper, with all of the colors of duct tape out there, I've seen some ingenious things!
BevsPaper from Central Indiana on June 17, 2010:
Duct Tape crafting is a new one for me! You know those roses are really pretty clever!
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on June 15, 2010:
Thanks, Lorlie, I'm hoping to get a photo gallery of my daughter's creations up really soon. I'll add them here. :)
Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on June 15, 2010:
This is amazing stuff!
Thanks for the tips.
rprcarz50 on June 15, 2010:
Thank you for this very interesting Hub!
Nice work .
as always also a2z50
Sorry, I've been gone for 11 days . I didn't abandon your work.
Carolyn Augustine (author) from Iowa on June 15, 2010:
Wow, everyone, thanks for the comments. My daughter was first introduced to this type of crafting at a library craft program for teens, where she made a few items. She gets many of her patterns from Youtube but you can also find duct tape projects on the DuckTape brand web site. Happy crafting!
Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on June 15, 2010:
I had never heard of duct tape crafts, but it doesn't surprise me. A woman I used to work with told me that her husband, a mechanic, used it for everything. The only use I remember was patching his clothes.
diogenes from UK and Mexico on June 15, 2010:
Extraordinary! Interesting subject. Bob
Hello, hello, from London, UK on June 15, 2010:
A wonderful hub and wonderful tips. Thank you so much for it.