4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use

These budget friendly crafts are perfect for adults and kids that enjoy practical yet creative projects.

We all know that duct tape can be the solution for just about anything that needs fixing around the house.  I know that I sometimes have unrealistic DIY ideas, thinking that I can easily save some money on house projects by tackling it on my own, only to realize that I have no idea what I am doing.  Usually in these circumstances, I reflect afterwards with the realization that I would have saved a lot of time, money, and emotional distress if I had just hired a professional.

But, there are also times that I surprise myself with my creative ability to be handy.  Sure, some of these fixes may not be permanent, but when you work and have a family, sometimes “quick and easy” can be glorious words to hear.

In my experience, this is often where duct tape comes in.  This magic product has stepped up in a pinch more times than I can remember.  It has fixed a broken baby gate, it has patched a leaky hose, it has mended my favorite chair, it has prolonged the life of many of my children’s toys.  These are just a few of the many moments that duct tape has spared tears for both me and my kids.

Therefore, it is only natural that this beloved household item can be used for more than just fixing, but for one of my family’s favorite pastimes – crafting.

We spend a great amount of time exploring arts and crafts in my home, and it is easy to get carried away at the craft store, quickly accumulating a hefty bill.  So, when I am able to utilize items I have around the house to create fun projects, this is a win/win.  

It only makes sense that with so many household uses for duct tape, there are also many craft projects uses as well.  And duct tape has come a long way over the years.  Now you can find a great array of colors and patterns to really spice things up.

These following four projects are great for any time of the year, but are especially timely if you are looking for affordable family gift ideas for the upcoming holidays.

Basic Materials Needed:

Different colors of duct tape

Scissors

And a clean flat surface

Project #1:

Duct Tape Key Chain

Time to complete: One hour or less

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

Duct tape (Any color)

A snap ring

Scissors

Ruler

Step 1:

Measure and cut about 12 inches in length of 2” duct tape.

Step 2:

Flip it to its sticky side and fold the bottom side, about half an inch towards the center. Press it to make it neat.

Step 3:

Repeat on the other side and press.

Step 4:

You should have a soft and neat band that has the right side of the tape around it. Bring the two ends together.

Step 5:

Slightly overlap the ends and secure it with a piece of the same tape.

Step 6:

Cut another small piece of tape. It should be long enough to go around the band, but it should just be about ¾ of an inch thick.

Step 7:

Pinch one end. Measure about an inch away from where you folded it, and put the small piece of tape around that point.

Step 8:

Open a snap ring and slip it in the smaller opening.

Step 9:

Add your keys before snapping the ring closed.  And just like that you have a functional key chain.  Feel free to get creative with duct tape color and designs.

Project #2:

DUCT TAPE PICTURE FRAME

Time to complete: One hour or less

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

Different colors of duct tape (preferable dark)

Scissors

Glue (optional)

Any picture

A clean flat surface

Step 1:

You will need to cut a piece of cardboard that is wider than your picture by at least an inch, on all sides. If you feel like your board is not thick enough, you may cut another one of the same size.

Step 2:

Glue both pieces of board together to make one sturdier frame.

Step 3:

Starting from one side and moving to the opposite side, cover the front of the frame with duct tape. 

It is completely up to you if you want to cover the back as well.

Step 4:

Once you are done wrapping the board with tape you can stick you photo to it.

Project #3:

DUCT TAPE FEATHER EARRINGS

Time to complete: One hour or less

Difficulty: Easy

 

Materials:

Any color of duct tape

Scissors

A pair of French Hook Ear Wires

Ribbon Clamp

Step 1:

Cut about ten inches of tape and fold it in the middle. Stick the two halves to each other.

Step 2:

Using a pencil, draw the shape of a feather on your tape.

Step 3:

Cut the along the lines you made. Make slits on the side to make it look like a real feather. Provide a space at the top where you will be attaching the clamp.

Step 4:

Repeat steps to make another one. Don’t worry about making the two feathers perfectly alike. You can make the slits random as long as the duct tape feathers are the same length.

Step 5:

Pinch the clamp closed on the end with the allowance.

Step 6:

Then add the french hook wires to complete your feather earrings.

Step 7:

Wear your earrings or save them for Halloween, or whatever occasion suitable.

Project #4:

DIY DUCT TAPE WALLET

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time: One hour or more

 

Materials:

Dark Colored duct tape (preferably)

Old folder

Ruler

Step 1:

Measure and cut 1 8.5 x 3.5 inches and 1 8.5 x 3 inches off an old folder.

Step 2:

Cover no more than half of the inner side of the wider piece of folder.

Step 3:

Then cover the outer side, but leave at least an inch long of tape and don’t fold it just yet.

Step 4:

Cover the one side of the smaller piece with tape.

Step 5:

Bring the two wrapped pieces together with the unwrapped sides facing each other. Also the bottom edges should be aligned.

4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use
4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use

Step 6:

Then tape the sides using the allowance of tape you left on the sides of the wider piece.

Step 7:

Seal the bottom with duct tape of the same length.

Step 8:

Make a crease at the middle.You can now see your duct tape wallet taking shape, but normally you would want to have a place to put your plastic cards.

Step 9:

Cut a small piece of folder. Make it a little longer but not wider than your plastic card. Also it should not be longer than half of the entire wallet.

Step 9:

Wrap one side with tape and leave flaps like this.

4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use
4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use

Step 11:

Attach that piece to one part of the wallet with the sticky part of the tape against the inside of the smaller part of the wallet.

4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use
4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use

Step 12:

Do the same to all the sides. By now you should have made a pocket for a card.

Step 13:

Test it by inserting a credit card or an ID.

4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use

Step 14:

Make another pocket on the other side.

4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use

Step 15:

Cover with duct tape.

4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use

Step 16:

Decorate it as you please.

4 Easy Duct Tape Crafts for Everyday Use

These are just a few great projects that you and your family can try using duct tape, an everyday staple in most homes.  What are some unique and creative ways that you have used duct tape?

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