VirginiaLynne loves crafts and scrapbooking. She shares her original ideas and tips for how to make crafts quickly and easily.
What Can I Make From Duct Tape?
Just about anything you can think of can be covered or made out of this versatile product. My kids have had a great time having friends over and being creative making:
- Airsoft or Nerf war vests
- Purses made on Ziploc bags
- Roses and rose pens
- Room decorations
- School supplies
See the instructions and videos below, then get started being creative!
Easy Duct Tape Shoes
Use a pair of Toms shoes as a model for making your own shoes out of cardboard and duct tape.
An even easier way to make custom shoes is to cover your own pair of:
- Flip Flops
If you have an old pair of shoes that still fit, you can revive them by covering them with this versatile tape! We've also done this to a pair we got used at the Goodwill. You can use them for :
- Part of a costume
- Making a trendy statement
- Matching an outfit
- Prom or wedding joke
- Cloth covered shoes
- Duct tape in any color
- Small sharp scissors (nail clipping or embroidery scissors are good)
- Make sure the shoes are clean. You might want to wash and dry shoes if they aren't. Be sure they are completely dry or the tape won't stick.
- Starting at the front of the shoe, cut a piece of duct tape that is a bit longer than the front. Place it on the top of the shoe and press down.
- Place the second piece of tape overlapping the first one. Trim. Continue to place and trim until you've covered the whole shoe.
- Use two or more colors if you want, or put an edging of a different color around where your foot goes into the shoe.
- Best of all? You can take it all off and redo it with another color!
Easy Duct Tape Airsoft Vest
My son plays lots of airsoft and Nerf wars. After watching his sisters make duct tape stuff, he decided to make a vest that could let him hold his extra guns and ammo. He used an old shirt and then covered it with duct tape.
He added in straps to put on his equipment. It is easier to just cover an old T-Shirt (cut it first to make it into the vest you want), and that makes a very strong and "bulletproof" vest. For a lighter one, you can also make a vest just using the tape by watching the video instructions above.
Duct Tape Purse
The simplest way to make a purse or tote is just to cover a ziplock bag (any size) with strips.
- Duct tape (at least one color, but two or more colors lets you make a nice design)
- ZipLock bag (new is best)
- Pull out the duct tape and attach the top end to the top of the bag. It is good to let a little of the tape overlap the side so you hide the bag.
- Carefully press down the tape on the bag and then cut (leave a little bit off the end.
- Do another strip right next to it, overlapping just a bit. You can use the same color or alternate with a different color for stripes.
- Cover the whole bag on one side. Turn it over and cover the other side.
- Trim any extra around the bag.
- Make a handle by pulling out the tape that is as long as you want your handle to be. You can make it a hipster shoulder bag, or have two shorter handles on either side if you want to make it a tote.
- Lay the handle strip sticky side up on the table. Fold the tape in half.
- Attach the handle to the outside of the ziplock bag.
- Now to hold the handle on, and to strengthen the bag, put one more strip of duct tape at the top of the bag, like in the picture below. You can use this as a contrasting color if you want.
- For directions on how to make the triangle bag, watch the video above.
Duct Tape Flower
You can make a variety of flowers, but the rose is the most popular. You can make these into:
- the top of a pen or pencil
- a ring
- a rose for a vase
- a gift for a friend
- a bracelet
- a keychain
See the video for instructions, or see my written tutorial in How to Make a Duct Tape Flower Pen.
Duct Tape Wallet
I think this project started this trend of using duct tape for something other than house repairs. There are lots of videos to explain how to do it, but I like this one because the directions are clear and it has some cute designs. You might want to make this to go inside your purse or tote!
- The video above has a variety of ways to make jewelry. Another way my kids have done it is to make braids using three strands of tape.
- Cut the strands about 1 1/2 times as long as you want the finished product to be. For smaller things like rings, bracelets, or anklets, you might want to cut the tape into narrow strips.
- Fold each strip sticky side together.
- Attach the three ends with another piece of tape and then braid them.
- Use the braid for a necklace or bracelet. If you make smaller strips, you can make braided rings.
Easier Duct Tape Jewelry
- To make the simplest jewelry, all you need to do is to cut a piece of tape a bit bigger than what you want to put it around (toe, finger, wrist, etc.).
- Cut the tape in half lengthwise.
- Fold one of the pieces in half so that the Duct Tape sticks to itself, but leave one end open.
- Put the ring or bracelet around and then use the open end of the Duct Tape to attach it. You might want to make sure it is big enough that you can slip it off.
- Decorate the ring or bracelet with circles of Duct Tape you cut out with a hole punch, sharpies, or stickers.
Duck Tape Prom Clothes
Really inspired? You might think about making clothes. You can take an old dress, shirt or pants and just cover it, or you might want to make a pattern for clothes out of something thin and lightweight like a vinyl tablecloth and then cover it with Duct Tape.
You can actually win a scholarship if you win the "Duck Tape Stuck at the Prom" contest. Look at the video above for inspiration. Even if you don't want to make one for yourself, you will be amazed at the creativity!
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on August 24, 2017:
Hi Andrew--I did attempt to convince my kids to try for the scholarship but no one took me up on it yet! Frankly, I can't blame them. In spite of the rather amazing pictures of previous winners, I think it could easily be a disaster and rather uncomfortable to wear too!
George Crickard on August 23, 2017:
I am going to make the duct tape necklaces for my roommates as a welcoming present.
Callie Dick on January 17, 2017:
This is super cool! I am definitely going to try to make the flower.
Garrison Edwards on August 24, 2016:
This is really cool! I have only ever heard of making duct tape wallets before and have always wanted to make one. I'll have to attempt to make one of these items when I get the chance!!!
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on November 12, 2015:
Hi, Dolores! The purse is actually not that hard. My 12-year-old designed it. It takes some time but she and her friends made one during a sleepover party a while ago. What really does amaze me are the Duct Tape prom clothes!
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 12, 2015:
I used to think that making stuff out of duct tape was just a silly craft, there for laughs. But the purse and wallet are quite attractive and practical. They do look like a lot of work though.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on August 29, 2015:
Thanks for your comments Alexis--I now pack Duct Tape in my car and in my suitcase when I travel. It comes in handy!
Alexis Rheinauer on August 28, 2015:
In spite of the clothing options we have access to today, duck tape also seems to be a cheap alternative in clothing. Not only can you create multiple objects with duck tape, but those creations will never ruin due to water damage or a day in the mud. I too found the "stuck at prom" dresses quite amusing when I first heard of them. Some people can really be very creative. Thanks for exploring the imaginative world of duck tape with interactive videos and fun crafts. The world would not be the same without duck tape. :)
Aaron Burton from US on October 09, 2014:
That's awesome lol
Carter Grigsby on August 28, 2014:
I have always loved doing stuff with duck tape, but I never knew all of the things you could actually do with it. I like the vans part the best. Duct tap is awesome.
Claudia Porter on July 03, 2014:
My daughter is big time into duct tape so I will be showing her these ideas. I foresee a necklace or two in my future!
jefboyardee on May 29, 2014:
Silly... duck tape is for fixing quacks.
Tori Canonge from North Carolina on May 27, 2014:
I remember seeing the scholarship for the duct tape prom dress! It's amazing how you can do so much with something so simple. I still see the duct tape rose pens around all the time but not the wallets so much anymore. I wish I had the creativity so make something cool like that!
Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on May 27, 2014:
Beautifully amazing. My favorite is the clothing. I use it for all sorts of things but never as creative as this. Awesome videos.
Nell Rose from England on May 26, 2014:
Something I would never have thought of, but now I want to try it! lol! who would have thought Duct tape would have so many uses? loved it!
Alan from West Georgia on May 26, 2014:
Who doesn't love duct tape? Now that they make it in so many crazy patterns and colors, it could be the coolest thing on earth.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on May 25, 2014:
Duct Tape can make some great costumes or just parts of costumes. We've used Duct Tape to make Lego costumes, swords, shields, crowns for princesses, or wings for fairies.
Maggie.L from UK on May 25, 2014:
Great ideas! It's got me thinking of ways I can use duct tape to come up with Halloween costumes for my kids. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.
ologsinquito from USA on May 24, 2014:
There seems to be no end to the things you can do with duct tape.
HappyMikeWritter on May 24, 2014:
OMG, I would never think of How much stuff you can make out of duct tape. Thank you so much for this information.
Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on May 23, 2014:
Thanks rebeccamealey and Ann--yes, Duct Tape is great! I took it with us on a trip to China last year and then I forgot on another recent flight. Much to my dismay, my zipper on my luggage had broken and so the stuff was bulging out. Wished I had Duct Tape then! It goes in first next time!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 23, 2014:
These are about the coolest ideas I have seen for duct tape. Shared and pinned!
Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on May 23, 2014:
So the old adage that you can do anything with duct tape is true! I like the flowers the best - great videos and ideas!