Posts Tagged ‘how to make stuff out of duct tape’

  • How to Make a Duct Tape Lunch Sack

    Date: 2012.01.23 | Category: Contest, Costumes, Craft, Kids | Response: 16

    After long last, I finally, finally got the YouTube video up for the Lunch Sack tutorial!  I also updated the step-by-step instructions while I was at it.  Have fun, people who have fun with duct-tape.  


    I started by making a *half strip checkerboard* (click the link to get to the post on how to make that checkerboard pattern!) that was twelve 14″ half-strips wide by twelve 14″ half-strips long.  Then I backed it with black and cut it in half the long way so I had two 6″ X12″ strips. Next, I joined them into a long continuous strip by taping the back seam with black and the front seam with clear.   You should now have one strip, 6 squares by 24 squares.

    If you go with a solid color or stripe, you could always just make a 6″x24″ piece and not bother to tape 2 sections together.  In a later post, I’ll demo how to make bags with a front and back panel, with the sides and bottoms in one strip, like the alligator bag shown here:  (Not the best pics.  Hmmm….maybe I’ll replace them later so I can portray the actual cuteness of this bag!)

                          

    Moving on.  For the side panels, cut tw0 4″x6″ pieces of tape.  Measure a half inch on either side, and mark.  Cut from the mark to the far corner of the rectangle so it tapers from 3″ at one end to 4″ on the other.    Cover the back with tape, sticky sides together, and trim the 3″ end.  Then, cut around the other three sides, leaving a half-inch all the way around.  (Not shown in these pictures.)   Cut out the corners, as shown.

    Now take your checkered strip and count 8 down from one end.  Mark on both sides.  Count 4 more squares and mark again.  The second mark should line up at the spot where you joined the two strips together. This is *not* centered– remember you will have the top flap that has to go up and over the top of the bag.   

    This step is easier done than said! Check out the YouTube video to see this in action! ;)  All I’m doing is taping the side panel into place, starting from the bottom and working my way up, keeping it straight, lined up, square and neat.

    This is what it should look like once both panels are in, and it should stand on it’s own if you manage to keep it square.

    To finish of your seams, just take a half strip and tape it on the checker board, leaving half of it to fold over onto the side panel.  Repeat for all the ‘unfinished’ seams.

    All thats left is to make a handle and install a closure!  I chose to use my snap press from *kamsnaps.com* because I love the the thing!  Of course, you could use Velcro or a magnent to close the bag, but I like the snap.  It keeps it really secure, plus this way you can make your handle ‘snap’ onto your backpack!

    I’ll get more into snaps in a future post,  including why I chose to invest in a press vs. pliers from the craft store.

    Add your scraps to your duck-o ball; Pack your favorite lunch, and trot off to schrool!  Happy pulling, and wishing you wondermous grades, duck-os.

    Remember you can find us on *facebook* at facebook.com/duckos!

     

    CONTEST TIME!

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  • Duct-Tape Primary/Preschool Aids

    Date: 2012.01.06 | Category: Craft, Kids | Response: 0

    I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and have been asked to help with the CTR-4 class.  For those of you who are not members, that just means I teach the 4 and 5 year old boys and girls about Jesus for an hour each Sunday. I have made, and am in the process of making, a bunch of stuff to use for them.  Just thought I’d pass the ideas along in case you can use them!  These aids were made for Primary, but the concepts can be used in any preschool grouping.

    Since the first several lessons are based on “Choose The Right” , I thought I’d make a little visual aid for the song, “Choose the Right Way, ”  (Song can be found here)

    It’s a two sided so that you can hold up the “CTR” side when it says “Choose the right way” and flip it when it says, “and be happy!”  I plan on using this EVERY week since kids this age thrive on repetition.  It will be our class song!  

    I did the CTR Shield side first.  I just used the basic one out of the manual, sized it to about 5″ across, and then printed it out.  Then I covered the backside of the shield with tape to make a template. Then I cut the shield out, laid it over an 8″ square of blue, then traced the shield shape with a wet erase crayon.  Repeat, cutting out the shapes and letters, working from the outside in.  Do the “T” of the shield before the other two letters so that they are not too close together when you are backing them.  All of these basic steps I will demo in a video at some point!  :)  For now….good luck!  ahah!

    After the whole shield was done, I traced a #10 can around it to make my circle shape.  Then I backed it with about 6 layers of gray tape to make it thicker, sticky side up every time. I had a broken clothes hanger hanging around the house, so I reused a piece of it for my handle.  A ruler or tongue depressor would work just as well, but I like the round handle so I can roll it in my hands for fun flipping!  Whatever handle you choose, set it down the center of the shield and cover the back with yellow.  Cut out the circle and then add your smiley face to the yellow side.

    Now just cover both sides with clear tape.  Cut around the layers, leaving about a quarter inch all the way around.  Add your scraps to your duck-o ball, and you are done!

    Choose the right way!  And be happy!  :) :) :)

  • 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 Duct-Tape Fried Egg Halloween Costume

    Date: 2011.10.24 | Category: Clothing, Costumes, Halloween, Holidays, Kids | Response: 1

    Halloween is a week away…do you have your costume yet?

    The duct-tape fried egg costume is a super-fast, super-cute, almost-award winning costume.  Start to finish, an “average taper” should be able to complete it in less than 2 hours. I made a matching BACON costume, but it’s not looking likely the tutorial will make it up before the big day.   

    Here’s the DUCT TAPE EGG HALLOWEEN COSTUME vid!  Enjoy!

    **Scroll down for supplies, sizing info, etc.**

    Costume Stats:

    TAPE USED FOR COSTUME TO FIT ANYONE TALLER THAN 4 FEET

    4 rolls (20 yards/roll) WHITE

    1/2 (20 yards/roll) YELLOW  (Or green, if doing Green Eggs and Ham–just add a pig’s nose.  I like the Scotch brand “Green Apple”)

    NOTIONS, GADGETS, OTHER SUPPLIES USED:

    Newspaper

    10″ (or so) Salad Bowl

    Dry Erase Crayon (Can use wet-erase marker)

    Scissors

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

    TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST:

    Less than $20 and 2 hours.  Not bad!

    I WANT TO MAKE THIS FOR MY TODDLER!  HELP!

    No problem!  Just make your yolk form from a smaller bowl (maybe large cereal or a 6″ salad bowl) and pull your  rectangles 18″ X 24″, unless your child is super tiny like mine, and then make it even smaller.  Just measure an “air rectangle” in the air space around your child and go with that.  If you need a physical guide, try holding up a large box of cereal to your kid and add or subtract accordingly.  You want plenty of clearance for trimming room.  The good news is you can go ahead and buy half the amount of white, since your fabric is quite a bit smaller!  Bonus!

    **QUESTIONS OR ISSUES?  LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW AND I WILL HELP YOU OUT!**


  • 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:

    TAPE USED FOR MY TODDLER’S SIZE:

    2 rolls (15 yards/roll) PINK

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

    a tad of WHITE

    Some BLACK

    NOTIONS AND GADGETS USED:

    Dry Erase Crayons (Can use wet-erase markers)

    Xacto Knife

    Scissors

    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.)

    TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST:

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

    HOW DO I RESIZE FOR MY KID?

    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″)

    **IF YOU ARE TOTALLY LOST OR DON’T FEEL LIKE FIGURING IT OUT, FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR MEASUREMENTS AND I WILL TELL YOU THE SIZE**

     

     

     

     

  • Duct-Tape Pizza Halloween Costume

    Date: 2011.09.06 | Category: Costumes, Holidays | Response: 10

    Hey!  Check out this guy who dressed up as a slice of pizza to spread the word about his diet.  His All Pizza Diet!  Kids these days… ;)

    **Scroll down to bottom of post for techniques, tips, and supplies**

    It’s almost here, it’s almost here! We might as well face it, duck-os.  Halloween is the best time of year.  What can beat dressing up and eating candy?  Only one thing:  Dressing up in duct-tape and eating candy!

    Halloween will always be a special time for me, because it was 3 years ago, just 3 months after being run over by a car, that I discovered the joy of duct tape.  I was standing at a big-box store, barely able to move, staring blankly at the cheap (if by “cheap” I mean quality, not price!) rows of Halloween costumes.  Never once have I purchased a Halloween costume either for myself or for my kids.  I took a deep breath, took a witch costume off the shelf and put it into my cart.  I quickly walked away before I could change my mind.  

    I only made it about 4 aisles before I turned my cart around and put it right back on the shelf.

    I couldn’t do it duck-os, I just couldn’t do it.  I went home that night and pondered the problem.  I knew I couldn’t sew anything; I was in way too bad of shape for that.  But I had made my daughter a pump pouch for her diabetes out of tape…that was my answer!

    The rest, as they say, is history.  That was the year I made the Pop Rocks, LifeSavers, Candy Corn, and Peppermint costumes.  Since then, my kids have donned tape every October 31.

    Now I make *everything* out of tape.  But my favorite will always be costumes.  So, enjoy, duck-os.  I hope you try some costumes out of tape, and I hope you snap some pictures!  You never know; we may have some sort of costume photo contest!  That could be fun…but I digress.

    I give you….HALLOWEEN!!

     

    VIDEO HELPS:

    Striped Double-Fold Handle/Strap

    Costume Stats:

    TAPE USED:

    2 rolls (20 yards/roll) RED–for the base of the pizza and for pepperoni

    2 rolls (20 yards/roll) TAN–for the back of the pizza, the straps,  and to cover the crust 

    1 roll (20 yards/roll) WHITE–for the cheese

    Some BLACK tape–for olives

    Some MAROON tape–for the contrast on the pepporoni

    Some YELLOW tape–for the pineapple

    NOTIONS AND GADGETS USED:

    Foam Pipe Insulation (find it in the hardware store in the plumbing section)

    Dry Erase Crayons (Can use wet-erase markers)

    Xacto Knife

    Scissors

    Clear Ruler Lengthened with a Piece of Tape (Can use yardstick)

    8″ Round Dinner Plate (Can use large compass–available at the hardware store)

    Unopened Roll of Duct-tape

    Random Bottle of Rubber Cement (Can use any small circle–spice bottle, small cup, etc.)

    Snap-press and snaps (Completely optional.  Can just use tape to secure straps)

    Double sided duct-tape

    NUMBER OF TOPPINGS PER SIDE:

    3 Pepperonis

    7 Olives

    5 Pineapple Tidbits

    TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST:

    Right around $25, or about the cost of a “cheap” witch costume off the rack

    WAYS TO CUT COSTS AND TIME:

    Use gray instead of tan for the back of the crust.  It won’t show much, and we all know that gray is the cheapest kind.  You could also use tan for the back instead of making it double sided like I did, which also cuts out half your toppings and cheese.

  • Oh, Snap!

    Date: 2011.08.20 | Category: Craft, Ramblings, Technique | Response: 0

    In the last going-on-four years I’ve been obsessing over duct-tape, I’ve gone through quite a few different gadgets and clips and clamps and snaps and magnets and rivets–more hardware than you can possibly imagine to use for closures and bling. Of all of them, the snap press has been my favorite!  (It’s a close second with the magnets I found at K&J Magnetics)

    I didn’t start out with a press. I actually went down to JoAnne’s during on of their “50% off notions wall” sales (I know all you Crafty Kathy’s out there know exactly what I’m talking about!) and happened to see a set of snap pliers!  I snatched it up right away, my mind already spinning with projects.  I think it was about $30, regular priced, and came with a few snaps.  I grabbed an extra packet of snaps (around 7 bucks for 8 snaps, yikes!) and took it home.

    I was apprehensive.  I have used the same brand of rivet pliers for years, and LOVE it for projects like the Strawberry Purse, and also used them a lot for punching holes, but I’d never had any success with using them for snaps. I had never been able to successfully install snaps with any regularity without bending the snap itself to the point where it wouldn’t, well, “snap”.

    So, I stuck two layers of tape together, punched a hole with my rivet pliers, and gave it a go.  And. It. WORKED! I was beyond ecstatic.  My daughter had a birthday party later that day, so I whipped out a flower headband (stay tuned) and every single snap worked like a charm!

    But then I ran out of snaps, and the sale was over.  I had no coupons and needed a minimum of a couple hundred snaps for the projects I had planned out in my head. So, I spent the next little while Googling things like, “bulk snaps”.

    I found a couple of sites that piqued my interest, but my favorite was the KamSnap site.  Not only did they have good shipping options to Alaska (like, FREE!  heck yes!), but also had 2 options for presses to choose from. One was normal plain Jane, and the other….had a long arm!  It has a total of about 4″ worth of clearance. How exciting! No more scrunching up tape inside the pliers (or press) in order to get the snaps put in.

    I was super excited.  I priced it all out, and it wasn’t as cheap as those plastic pliers, at least in initial out-of-pocket costs.  Seems expected, though doesn’t it?  You do, in life, get what you pay for, after all.  I paid $87 for the press, but that didn’t include dies (the pieces required to actually install the snaps) or the snaps themselves.  I, of course, went with the biggest snaps out there, and the most expensive dies. Go big or go home, right?  I ordered 500 snaps, a press (the long arm one, the D-93) for $221.

    Which is a lot of money for a duck like me.

    Worth it?

    For me, YES!  For you?  That all depends.

    You sorta have to guess at how many snaps you’ll be using, and remember of course you can use it for more than just duct-tape stuff.  There are plenty of Snappy Projects besides tape out there, if you are so inclined.  As for duct-tape, A Studded Belt takes around 20 snaps.   A Lunch Sack takes one or two.   Don’t forget, either, that I have some amazing projects coming up with the potential to use a lot of snaps! (stay tuned!)

    Here’s the plain math.  To go with the cheap pliers and 120 snaps, you’re going to pay around $150.

    To go with the heavy, cast-iron press, the die, and 100 snaps, you’re going to pay $149.  After that, you’re going to pay $96 for 500 snaps, or $24 for 100 snaps, which works out to less than than a quarter a snap. With the pliers, you’re going to pay around a buck a piece for snaps, every time.

    Bottom line, your “break even” is at  120 snaps.  Any less then that, pliers. Anymore, press.

    A couple of things to keep in mind if you are ordering the D-93.  First, it’s not listed or pictured on the “Dies and Presses” page of KamSnap. To order it, click on the press pictured on the left, and on the next window, select D-93 from the pulldown menu.  You know its the right one if it’s green and has a long arm.  Oh, how I love that long arm! *swoon*.  Now we just have to convince KamSnaps to offer rivets and dies, and I will die one happy duck-o!

    When choosing your snaps, I highly recommend getting one of the “Spring” rather than the “Grip” options for tape because they are the ones that have posts.  I’m not sure that the “Grip” option would stay secure on the tape.  Plus, you will be able to go through more layers of tape with the “Spring” options, since they have that tall post.

    To order the snaps of your choice, keep in mind that the price on the shopping cart on the right is the “base price”.  To get the right price for the snaps you’re ordering, scroll down on the page to see how much they are.  (I order the #24 size.)  Then, select the size from the pull down menu on the shopping cart, and it will add the price in.  Sort of confused me at first, so if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help, or I’m sure you can contact KamSnaps directly.

    In the meantime, duck-os, happy snapping, and of course, happy pulling!

     

     

  • How to Make a Taco Bellt (or any duct-tape belt, really!)

    Date: 2011.08.15 | Category: Clothing | Response: 0

     

    Howdy, Duck-os, and Yee Haw!  Today I’m going to show you how to make a belt out of duct tape.  The possibilities are endless design wise, but the one that I made today was at my daughters request;  she’s a Taco Bell fan in a big way and wanted the belt to show off her obsession!

    Start by pulling a long piece of tape in any color.  I went with my standard cheap-o gray for the base, since it won’t show.  You want to pull it as long as the desired waist size, plus 6″ or so for  wiggle/growing room.  Lay it out sticky side up and fold in half lengthwise. The easiest way to do this is with a fellow duck-o and have each of you hold an end of the tape nice and tight while one of you folds, but to do it your self, just stick it to your surface by rolling the tape under itself on either end. Then, starting in the middle, carefully fold in half, keeping it as even and flat as possible.  A few wrinkles are okay, so long as you keep it consistent on the width of the belt.

    Next, pull a second strip of tape  the same length as the first and lay out sticky side up.  Again, it’s easier to do this with  partner, but if you don’t have one, roll it like you did your first strip.  Now, starting in the middle, center your first strip down the center, leaving about a quarter inch on the top and bottom.  Fold up each side, keeping it nice and even.  This is easier than it sounds;  stay tuned for a YouTube video for some tips on keeping them nice and straight and even.  In the meantime, though, don’t stress too much.  If it’s a little squirrelly, nobody will really notice.  You can repeat this step as many times as you want, keeping in mind that the more layers, the more sturdy the belt.  You want to limit it to about 7 layers, though,  so you can get your snaps through the thickness of the belt.

    After you have done your base, layout the color you want in the center, sticky side up, just like before.  Lay the base down the center, and fold up the top and bottom so there is a stripe down the center.  Repeat as desired.

    This is the fun part!  Making the ” buckle”.  There are so many options out there!  One of my favorite techniques is using labels from my favorite products, (Coke, Hershey’s, Taco Bell Sauce, Crush soda, Dr. Pepper, I could go on…)  Just try to stick with a tape like plastic-y label so you don’t have a massive contrast between the shiny-ness of the buckle and the tape, and be sure to cover it with a layer of clear tape.   I’ve also cut out flowers, clouds, hearts, and starts out of layers of duct tape. Just don’t make your “buckle” too wide unless you really stabalize it with a lot of tape.  You may even consider stabalizing it with something other than tape to prevent curling.  (Thoughts on this coming soon–check in the Stuck-o section in the next few weeks.)

    If you want the snap to show, punch a hole through the belt and the center of your buckle and attach snap.  If you don’t want it to show, attach snap to the end of the belt.  Then stick your buckle on the belt over the snap with some double sided tape, and cover the back with a layer of tape.  Cut out the circle around the snap on the back so that it will…snap.

    Now all that’s left is to measure the belt.  Add the other half of the snap to that spot.  I like to do 3 or 4 of them, a couple on either side of the spot, so that the belt can be a little flexible in it’s sizing.

    A couple of notes:  First, if you’re doing the rainbow belt or one with more than 5 layers, there is no need to do a base. Just start with your center color.

    The watermelon belt I made for my preschooler was done in reverse–The “caps” on the snaps were covered with black to look like seeds, and the “stud” of the snap was hidden underneath.

    I also really like the look of the “studded” belts on the Coke and the rainbow, but it obviously takes a lot more snaps.  I’ll get into more of this (and how I afford it) in my Snappy blog post later this week!

    Have fun duck-os!  Happy pulling!

  • How to Make a Duct Tape Can Cover

    Date: 2011.07.18 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    Level: Die-hard Duck-o

    This project is obviously not for the true casual taper but the truly obsessed! This all started back when I was in Juneau, new to a fantabulous apartment with a terrific kitchen layout with only one major flaw: not nearly the cupboard space a gal like me needed to properly store food for seven! So, because I am just that cool, I decided to cover my cans with duct tape ‘cozies’ so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed when my friends came over for classes. Of course, by then my duct tape and supplies had totally taken over my kitchen and my food got relocated to my bedroom, so it turned out to be a moot point. So why am I now making them again, even though I have a studi-o and no good excuse, you ask? Because I can, that’s why.

    Okay, so I have full intentions of doing enough of these to completely fill my cupboard, but I’m going to start with a #10 can size tomato sauce. Mostly because its big, and therefore I can add some fun detail, like my initials as a logo, for example.

    Lay out 5 strips of red, long enough to go around the circumference of your can. To figure that, I carefully ripped my label off my can and added a few inches.  Finish size for my can was 20″ so I pulled my strips at about 24″.

    Next, mark out and draw your label. Keep in mind that only about 7″ is actually visible at any given time, so make sure you stay well within that as you sketch it out. I used a pineapple can to give me the basic size and shape for my tomato, then flattened it a tad and added a basic stem. I was extra careful about the background label shape as I knew that would be the first thing to cut out. Not too much detail; all of this will be redrawn as the layers are completed.

    Now cut out the background for the logo, but hold onto the red cut-out for future reference.  I ended up with a total of 3 layers on my logo: gray, white, and tan, with tan as my background color.

    Fill in the rest of your details , this time the way you actually want it to look. There is a more precise, and therefore more professional looking, method you can use, but it requires a printer and a computer, of which I have neither.  I will show that technique in a future post when I have the tools to do a YouTube videos again. Maybe for Halloween costumes or some other such awesome project.

    Meanwhile, back to the project at hand, cut out and back the tomato. Don’t cut out the stem, though.  I backed it with dark brown because, oh yeah, my label is red and so is my tomato!  You also need to cut ‘phase 1′ of the lettering;  begin with the very outside lines.

    Continue working on the details, working from the outside in, redrawing lines as needed, until complete.

    Cut label at 20″. Peel up from the mat and add magnets on all 4 corners. Cover back with gray and front with clear to protect your hard work. Wrap label around can, add you scraps to duck-o ball and you done.

    Happy obsessing Duck-os!

  • How to Make a Duct Tape Camp Chair

    Date: 2011.07.11 | Category: Craft, Home, Kids | Response: 0

    Did I say in the last blog post, I would blog the instructions for this chair tomorrow?  Well “tomorrow” is a loose term that can be interpreted in some cultures as “next week”!  Sure, why not.

    OK, here we go.  The pictures that I am going to show are for the toddler sized chair, but the same steps work for the child and adult sizes, too.  I chose to showcase the toddler’s chair because I wanted to color code the pipe lengths, and lets face it; toddlers are adorable in rainbow!

    For all of the chairs you will need PVC joint cement — unless you like sitting on the floor.  All the fittings and pipes are 3/4″.   Either a PVC pipe cutter or a mini hack saw work well to cut the pipe.  You will need 3 sticks of standard 80″ pipe for the Adult and Child Sizes, and 2 sticks for the Toddler Size.

    For the Toddler Size you will need:
    8 – 90′s
    8 – Tees
    4 – 4″ pipes (Orange)
    4 – 4 1/2″ pipes (Green)
    2 – 6″ pipes (Purple)
    4 – 6 1/2″ pipes (Yellow)
    2 – 10″ (Red)
    4 – 11″  (Blue)

    For the Child Size you will need:
    8 – 90′s
    8 – Tees
    4 – 4″ (Orange)
    4 – 6″ (Green)
    2 – 9″ (Purple)
    4 – 9 1/2″ (Yellow)
    2 – 13″ (Red)
    4 – 14″ (Blue)
    For the Adult Size you will need:
    8 – 90′s
    8 – Tees
    4 – 4 1/2″ pipes (Orange)
    4 – 7 1/2″ pipes (Green)
    2- 12 1/2″ pipes (Purple)
    4 – 11 1/2″ pipes (Yellow)
    2 – 16″ pipes (Red)
    4 – 18″ pipes (Blue)

    Take each length of pipe and cover it in the color of your choice by ripping 2  strips of tape 2″ shorter then the pipe.  Center and cover.

    Next, put all of the pipes together.  I don’t really know a good way to explain it, so just match the colors and the lengths of pipe with the picture.

    Next, cover the seat.  Because I want to be able to fold the chair, I wrapped a piece of plain gray sticky side up all of the way around the blue pipe, sticking it to itself tightly in a loop.  Then, cover the loop with another layer of gray sticky sides together.  The loop should move freely around the pipe.  After the whole seat is covered, reinforce the back blue pipe loop with several (2, 4, or 6 depending on your size) 6″ strips of gray so that it won’t rip when you sit on it!

    Next, wrap gray tape around the seat cross wise for added stability.  Cover the entire seat once, sticking it right on top of your existing layer.

    Now wrap the back of the chair around the purple pipes, but this time you can wrap sticky sides together.  Then repeat going cross wise.

    Now cover the back and seat with a design of your choice or, just leave gray for that extra special duct tape look.

    Remove the front blue pipe (the once holding the seat in the front) and the bottom blue pipe pipe and set aside.  Glue all of the 90 joints to the pipes with PVC joint cement.

    Fold one orange and one yellow pipe to the front and one orange and one yellow pipe to the back.  Throw the chair — along with your tent and sleeping bag — in the back of your vehicle and head to your favorite campsite.  Set up your tent and build a fire.  Replace the two blue pipes in your chair insuring that the joints are snug and secure.  Pull out a bag of marshmallows, add your scraps to your duck-o ball and you are done!

    **Disclaimer: All sizes of chairs HAVE NOT been extensively tested.  Artduck-o DOES NOT guarantee the safety of these chairs although no significant problems have occurred with the current design.  For maximum stability glue all joints and test the strength of tape.**

    Happy camping Duck-os!