Making accessories with duct tape….who knew? Not me. If I had the forethought to make different colored duct tape that people would actually buy rolls and rolls of for their kids to make jewelry–let me tell you–I would not be writing about how to make them. I would be enjoying my summer on a boat wearing a white linen dress with servants, lots of servants, with no whining. Yes, I would. Dang, where was I? Ah yes, how to make a duct tape craft.
Before you start, these things are all easy to make for children ages 5-6 and up. Just work with them in the beginning to cut, rip, tear, whatever until you get the feel for it. The best part is that playing with duct tape keeps them busy and away.
Here’s what you will need:
- Different colored duct tape
- Twist ties, floral wire or those twisty bits that hold toys in their box making it virtually impossible to get them out of the box
- Scissors or a utility knife (do not let your children use the knife)
For a Small Bracelet- Cut a 8″ piece of tape with a square notch cut at the end. Triple fold it sticky side in and use the tab at the end to fasten. (top picture in step two)
For a Large Cuff- Cut one 8″ piece of tape and one 8.5″ piece of tape and stick them together as closely as you can sticky sides together. Fasten with the 1/2 piece that is exposed.
For Bow- Make one large cuff and one 4″ small bracelet
For Flower – Make one small bracelet and set aside. Cut out six 3″ pieces of tape, stick a twist tie in the middle of the tape (top) and fold over (bottom)
For Wide Cuff- You can finish off with another pattern of tape to fasten as well.
For Bow- Wrap a shorter version of the small bracelet around the middle of the wide cuff (pictured below) Fasten to barrettes, headband or bracelets with a looped (sticky side out) piece of tape.
For Flower- Cut the square piece of tape on the twist tie into a heart or petal shape with scissors. Take the small bracelet and put a twist tie in the middle of the sticky tab and roll inward to make a rose bud shape (pictured below).
For Flower- twist petals around rose bud middle and arrange them so they look fun. Since they are wired you can twist and move them around. Wrap tape around the twist tie “stem” to give it a more finished look.
Braided Bracelet- Cut a cuff bracelet into 1/4″ strips and wrap a small piece of tape around the end of 3 strips. Braid the strips and secure with tape at the end.
And when the fad passes, think of how nice your poorly executed home repairs will look with leopard duct tape. Hot. Smoking hot I tell you.
Questions? Just Ask Holly in comments.