Archive for the ‘Beginner’ Category

  • How to Make a Duct-Tape Candy Cane Ornament or Pen/Pencil

    Date: 2011.12.10 | Category: Beginner, Craft, Holidays, Kids | Response: 0

    Merry Christmas, Duck-os!  I’m super excited to post the next tutorial, because it’s easy, fast, cute, and uses hardly any tape.  All you need is a little bit of red, a little bit of white, and some medium weight wire. (plus a pen or mechanical pencil if you’re making one of those.)  You can get the wire at the hardware store, and hopefully you’ve got a little bit of red and white duct-tape laying around!  Happy Duck-orating, Duck-os!

  • How to Make a Watermelon Duct-Tape Halloween Costume

    Date: 2011.10.04 | Category: Beginner, Clothing, Costumes, Craft, Halloween, Holidays, Kids | Response: 8

    (allow me a moment to brag shamelessly….)

    ***This Costume is now offically AWARD WINNING!  It won “Most Original” at a local Fall Festival.  This was one of only 3 category winners in the 0-9 age group out of more than 75 entries!  Go DUCK-O!***

    The first time I did this costume, it was *not* in duct tape.  (gasp)  How could it be? Simple. It was when my now 12 year old (pictured in the Pizza Halloween Costume) was the same size as her little sister, and was long before I had found the joy of tape.  Instead, I made it from felt.  Naturally, it turned out adorable (this is me we’re talking about, here) but it was anything but the easy-breezy process of making it out of duct tape.  Each seed had to be  meticulously cut out and appliqued with a satin stitch because I’m just that picky.  And to get the watermelon to stay in the shape of a wedge, I had to sew panels in at the bottom which is trickier than you might think.  Not to mention the pain of getting my green and white strips to line up and look right.  Hours of frustration later, I had a world class cutie on my hands.  (She insisted on wearing Dracula fangs so she could be “Scary Watermelon”.  Spooky!)

    This one took me 45 minutes, start to finish, and (shocker) I like it way better.  (The shine, the brightness, the fact that it smells like tape…)  I know, I know, I’m a master at tape (thanks for noticing), but I think for the average casual taper it wouldn’t take longer than an hour, maybe an hour and a half at the most to make.  I hope you will!

    (Scroll down to figure out how much tape you’ll need and tips for figuring out how big to layout your “fabric”)

    Costume Stats:


    2 rolls (15 yards/roll) PINK

    1/2 (ish)  roll  (15 yards/roll) GREEN

    a tad of WHITE

    Some BLACK


    Dry Erase Crayons (Can use wet-erase markers)

    Xacto Knife


    Clear Ruler

    A headband to shape neck (Could easily use anything round…like a cereal bowl)

    Snap-press and snaps (Completely optional.  Can use Velcro, or even just pink tape, to secure straps.)


    $15 tops, and that’s if you buy all four of tape colors new.  Good luck finding a costume for less!   


    First, measure your child’s shoulders.  Subtract 4 inches to give you the total inside width of your neck hole at the top. (My toddler’s shoulders were about 11″, so I left 7″.  When it was all said and done, after I’d drafted the straps, the costume was 10″ wide)

    Next, to get the length, measure from your child’s shoulder to about the knee.  It will shorten some when you put the straps on.

    Then, for the width, subtract 6″ or so so you have some “angling” room.  It’s not an exact science, by any means.  As a rule, if you’ve heard of your finished length and width in a picture or poster size, you’re probably okay.  (Mine was 18″ by 24″)






  • Checkers Board

    Date: 2011.06.08 | Category: Beginner, Craft | Response: 0

    **This is a part of our ‘All Things Checkers’ series–Make sure you watch the tutorial on how to make a Basic Half-Strip Checkerboard if you haven’t already!**

    Wow, it’s good to be back in full swing!  I have missed making tutorials and missed pulling tape more than you can even imagine.  Unless you’re as obsessed with tape as I am and have gone as long as I just did, however, and then maybe you *can* imagine such a thing after all.

    I decided to post a checker board this week because (besides the fact that I wanted to post some more checker related posts) I figured I might as well face it: My kids are completely bored.  They weren’t able to bring all of their toys and junk with us on the move, so they’ve been pretty limited.  This has totally grabbed their interest, though, and not just the checkers.  I made a bunch of extra pieces to play games like Switcheroos, and they’ve been using *all* of the pieces to make up interesting games of their own.

    I love that this board is sturdy and magnetic so the pieces don’t slide off every which way.  Remember, you can get the magnets at K&J Magnetics (the link is for the actual magnets I used for this project) or, go the expensive route and get them at the craft store.  The washers I use I just got at Home Depot.

    Happy pulling, duck-os!  And remember you can find us on facebook!

  • Basket, Easter or Otherwise

    Date: 2011.04.22 | Category: Beginner, Kids | Response: 3



    Just under the wire I finally got the new post done, leaving just enough time for an emergency duct tape, balloon, and play dough run before the Easter Bunny comes!

    This is a great project to do with the kids; I generally do the first part (covering the balloon with tape) and then let them decorate it however they like.  My kids are working on theirs right now; when they’re done I’ll post the pics of them on the facebook wall.  Wait, you know there’s a facebook page, right?  If you haven’t found us yet, please do, ( and like us while you’re there!  Feel free to post your pictures of your baskets or other fantabulous projects there also.

    Happy Easter, Duck-os!

    (Oh, and in case you were nervous, Chore Chart April will continue…probably in May, or maybe even June.  heh heh.)


  • Water Bottle Holder-Glacier Not Included

    Date: 2011.03.25 | Category: Beginner, Craft | Response: 2

    Level:  Sticky (beginner)

    **Make sure you scroll down to the bottom to see a genuine Alaskan hippy collecting genuine glacier water off a genuine iceberg in genuine duct tape water bottle!**  (you can’t miss it…it’s huge)

    So I’m putting all my video projects on hold for a minute, pending some copyright approval.  In the meantime, I wanted to post something simple that can probably be done WITHOUT video while I wait.  Since we’re going to the glacier today (Can’t waste the sunshine!) and will want to haul water I thought it was the perfect time to whip one of these out!

    I like this project because it’s not only practical, but because it uses the cardboard rolls that duct tape comes on.  I KNEW I saved them for a reason…not just because I have a little pang of guilt every time I  chuck things into a landfill!

    First, the supplies:

    You’ll need 3 empty rolls of duct tape in any three colors you like–make sure they are still nice and round and haven’t been stepped on or anything.  You will also need duct tape for the handle and bottom.  Clear duct tape is also a  must.  Okay, so you don’t HAVE to use clear, but if you use colored  you won’t able to see the inside of the duct-tape rolls, which I think is pretty cool.  Beside that, you just need your basic toolbox (Xacto knife, scissors, cutting mat or board, wet erase marker).

    Step 1:  Pulling a Long Handle

    **Video on How to Make a Handle Found Here.  Click!**

    The trick is to make the handle long enough to drape over your shoulder.  I’d give you a measurement except it is different for everyone!  I made this one 52″ for a medium height child.  If I decide at the last minute to give it to her younger sister, I’ll just loop the finished handle and wrap tape around it at the appropriate length.

    Pull the entire length of the color you want in the MIDDLE of the handle, carefully, and put on your surface sticky side up.  Starting in the middle-ish, fold tape in half, working the tape as smoothly as possible towards either side until it is completely folded.

    Pierce any air bubbles with the tip of your Xacto knife and push flat.

    Step 2:  Finish Handle

    Take an 18″ strip (or so) of the color you want showing on the outside and trim the ripped edges with your knife.  Turn sticky side up. Then, starting on one end, lay the folded handle down the center of tape and fold up edges.  Rinse, Lather, Repeat until the entire handle is striped, taking care to line up stripes from one strip to the next.

    Step 4: Tape Empty Rolls Together

    Pull a strip of clear tape, about 10″.  Carefully string your first roll onto the tape, with the cardboard against the non-sticky side.  Carefully add the other two in turn, lining them up and then pressing the sticky side down so they are stuck together.  Trim fairly close to the rolls so you don’t have a bunch of tape flapping around.

    Step 5:  Attach Handle and “Waterproof” bottle

    Take a 10″ piece of clear tape and stick your handle to it–striped side UP (the solid color is now stuck to the tape.)  Next to your first clear strip, but not overlapping, carefully tape the handle to the cardboard, keeping the 3  rolls lined up.  Repeat for the other side.

    Cover all remaining cardboard with clear tape so it won’t fall apart with the inevitable condensation from your bottle.  Trim all clear tape against the rolls so there is no overhang.

    Step 6: Prepare to Cover Your Bottom

    Take two strips (4″) of tape and trace around an empty roll.  Cut out the circle, right on the line.  Then take three strips (4″) and trace around a partially used roll of duct tape.  (the white roll on the left hand side was the one I used.)  Cut out the second circle.

    Flip larger circle sticky side up.  Carefully center smaller on larger circle and stick-sticky sides together.

    Step 7: Actually Cover Your Bottom

    Cut “fringe” from the smaller circle out, about 1/4″ apart.  Remember that the closer they are together the smoother it will lay.

    Carefully place waterbottle on small circle, then press fringe up onto bottle to attach.

    Step 8:  Fill in the Cracks

    Pull an 11″ piece of tape and trim ends.  Cut strip into 1″ wide strips.  Wrap around each seam in the holder.  Add one to the top and carefully fold it down.

    Add your scraps to your Duck-o ball, make plans to visit the glacier nearest you, and you are done!

  • Strawberry Purse

    Date: 2011.03.15 | Category: Beginner | Response: 0

    Level: Sticky (beginner)

    This purse is my duct tape wallet alternative!  I love it. I get a ton of compliments on it everywhere I go, and the best part?  SUPER EASY to make!

    First, the Supplies:

    Okay, so normally I would post a picture of all the things you need, but I just didn’t get it done this time.  SO, I guess you’ll have to deal with a list this time!

    1-Strawberry Purse Template (Confession:  I am terribly terrible at computers these days.  I have yet to figure out how to put the template on the blog to make it available to you.  Oh, well.  Check back and I’ll have it when I have it.  :S)

    2-Red Duct Tape, regular

    3-Dark Green 3M (Scotch) Brand Duct Tape (The reason I recommend 3M in this case is because it is a thinner tape and makes the leaves lay a lot better.  Any brand will work; I just like the thinner for this application if you have it)

    3-Rivets (25 plus a few extra in case you drop or mess one up or want to practice) and Rivet Pliers (available at many discount and craft stores–if you don’t know what I’m talking about, scroll down…there’s a picture or two with me using them)

    4-Wet Erase Marker

    5-The “Regular” Cutting supplies (Scissors, Xacto Knife, Cutting mat–although, a cutting board will work fine for this project if you don’t have a mat)

    Step 1: Prepare Template

    Find or draw a strawberry about 6.5″ square.

    Lay picture upside down and cover back with tape.

    Cut out Strawberry image using a regular old pair of scissors.

    Use Rivet Pliers to punch out holes where the seeds will go.

    Step 2: Lay Tape, Trace Berry

    Lay out 5 strips of red duct tape, about 13″ long. Be sure to overlap each strip so you can peel it up in the next step.

    Trace Template onto Red Tape using a wet erase marker.  Mark each hole with a black dot.  Then, differentiate your normal dots, stars, and squares by “X”ing the star dots and circling the squares.  Make two!  (Front and back)

    Step 3: Peel, Back, and Cut

    Carefully peel up tape layers.  Cover back with red tape, sticky sides together, to make it red on both sides.  Cut out strawberries with regular scissors.

    Step 4: Punch and Rivet Seeds

    **I would practice riveting on a “scrap” piece of duct tape to save having to re-do a whole berry!**

    Punch each “Seed” with Rivet Pliers.  You have to sort of  scrunch the duct tape to get to the dots, but if you work quickly it smooths out pretty well afterwards.

    For One Handle:  Punch out all the regular dots, and on ONE of the berries the circled dots as well.

    For Two Handles:  Punch out ONLY regular dots on BOTH berries.

    Then, starting in the center, poke a rivet through one of your holes. Place rivet pliers on top of rivets and squeeze.  Repeat for all your seeds.  (Make sure you do them all the same way!)

    Step 5:  Cut Leaves

    I just free handed my six leaves by drawing with a wet erase marker, but you could easily print a second Strawberry Template and make a pattern the same way you did the berry.  (if it was available, which, sadly, it is currently not.) Cut each of the leaves with an Xacto knife, six total (3 for each side) individually so they are easier to line up with the purse top.   Trim any excess green from the top.

    Step 6: Make Handle(s)

    Pull a 12″ ish piece of red tape, and rip or cut into a half-strip.  If you are doing 2 handles, set one half aside.

    Fold in half, width wise, sticky sides together, to make a red strip about 1/2″ wide.

    Pull a 12″ ish piece of green tape, and rip or cut into a half-strip.

    Lay out on board, sticky side up.  Carefully position red tape down the center.  Fold green sides down to make a green handle with a red stripe.

    Trim each end of handle with scissors.  Punch hole in each end, about 1/2″ away from end.

    Repeat if doing 2 handles.

    Step 7:  Attach Handle(s)

    Punch out the two center dots that you circled back in step 2.

    Push rivet through FRONT of berry, and then push through the STRIPED SIDE of handle so that you can see the backs of your original seeds as you push the rivet through.

    It is important to push the rivet all the way through the handle so that it stays on securely.

    Rivet handle.

    Repeat for other side of handle to make a loop at the top.

    Repeat for second handle (if doing two).

    Step 8:  Join Front and Back

    Line up purse, wrong sides together.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t line up perfectly, although it should be pretty close.  While holding both layers of tape, punch the “X” marking at the bottom of the berry.

    Push rivet up through FRONT of berry, and rivet the two layers together.

    Continue for the other 4 “X” markings around berry, lining up sides as you go.  Be sure to push rivet from the back every time!

    Step 9:  Tape around Berry

    Take about 8″ or so of red duct tape and trim ends.  Cut lengthwise into thirds, then cut in about 3/4-”1″ individual pieces of tape.  Starting at the top rivet, fold narrow strips from front to back to finish the edges.  The shorter your pieces, the neater it will be.

    Add your scraps to your duck-o ball and you are done!