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

  • Duct Tape Lady Liberty Crown

    Date: 2011.06.27 | Category: Costumes, Holidays | Response: 0

    This was a fun one, although, confession:  I totally cheated.  The crown is 100% duct tape, but, heh heh, I used a discount store version as a pattern.  (I got this one at Target, but I think I saw one at Wal-Mart, too…)  Oh, well, duct tape  is way cooler and will for surely turn more heads!  The pattern cost me a buck, and I think the one I made out of tape cost about that, plus about 15 minutes of work.  So, you have plenty of time to make one for yourself  before the big day next week!

    First, layout 10 16″ strips of Aqua Duct-Tape. (if you are new to duct-tape, check out some of my other tutorials for more detailed instructions on these steps.)  Make sure you use Duck Brand for this one…it’s made in the USA! (and it’s the right color.)  Then, trace out your foam version onto the tape.

    Next, move your pattern slightly up on your drawing and trace the bottom to give a nice curve to sketch your…um…whatever those things are.  Spaces, I guess.  Cut them out with your Xacto knife, peel up, and back with gray.  Then, free hand just under that a nice 1/16 ” curved line and back with gray.

    Now all that’s left is to back it with aqua.  Cut out the crown, the inner circle, add your scraps to your duck-o ball…and you are done!  Now, wasn’t that easy as apple pie?  Happy Independence Day!

  • Woven Duct Tape Ties Part 2

    Date: 2011.06.20 | Category: Clothing | Response: 1

    As promised, here is the second part of the *woven ties* post started last week.  I will tell you how to make all of the patterns shown here, but first I need to show the technique for weaving a double biased square. First lay out your orange strip on the bias (45 degree angle).  You will want to tear your strips at about 14″.  Make sure you are covering a full 8″ width.  The strips will sort of “stair step” their way up the mat.  Cut the strips into half strips. Next, lay a half strip of green square to the orange at the point where the tie measures 8″ wide.  There will be several inches of orange that will have to be trimmed off at the end. Now just weave all of the way up the tie as normal.  (see *how to make a basic half-strip checkerboard* if you haven’t already!) If you use a 36″ mat, the tie will be a tad short for an adult tie unless  you add about 12″ on the end.  It worked great for me though as a boy’s tie.  Now all you have to do is cut and fold the tie the same way as in the last post on *woven ties*.

    Add scraps to your duck-o ball, put on your nicest dress shirt, and you are done!

    And now, a few variations on the the theme:Three-color double biased square.  Lay out strips in the same order both directions.

    I had to show you this one even though it is wrinkled so you could see the pattern and maybe cry for me.  A classic example of over-thinking things, but lets keep going.

    Four-color, quarter-strip, double-square biased.  This one takes some time!

    Three-colored single biased diamond.

  • Woven Ties

    Date: 2011.06.13 | Category: Clothing | Response: 1

    **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!**

    While I am sure there are easier ways to make a duct tape tie, I of course am going to show you the complicated and cool duck-o way. We are going to stick with the weaving not only because it goes along with our checkers theme, but also because it makes it a lot easier to fold them without a bunch of wrinkles. Plus, as an added bonus, they look like a work of art when finished. They also take a lot longer than a plain one, but trust me–they come out way nicer especially if you are unpracticed in the art of duct tape.

    So, this post I am going to show the basics of making a tie as well as introduce a new weaving technique. Next time I’ll show a second technique as well as how to take those two techniques and make a variety of patterns.

    The one we are going to do today I call “the biased diamond”.  I am sure there is an official name for it but I just don’t know what it is.

    So here we go.  First lay out 36″ worth of 8″ long full strip. Cut them into half strips.  Then in the center of your green strip lay a half strip of your contrasting color at a 45-degree angle.

    Next, pull up two of your strips just like you would if you were making a regular checker board.  The only difference here is the strips fold over at a 45 degree angle.  Weave with 14″ pink half strips, moving up the length of the tie at the same angle.

    After you have gone up as far as you can, lay down a half strip of pink at a 45 degree angle square with you first strip.

    Okay, this part sounds trickier than it actually is.  To make it easier you may want to mark your tie to 8″ wide all the way up.  Now place the corner of your ruler on the outside corner of the tie.  Pivot the top so that it angles in and hits the line at 2 and 1/2″.  Draw a line all the way up following the same angle and repeat for the other side.

    Cut out the front “square” at the tip of the tie.  Pull up tie and lay sticky site up.

    Pull a 4″ square and cut into two triangles.  Line up the tip of the triangle with the tip of the notch and lay the triangle flat.

    Now fold the pink strips over your green triangle and press firmly.

    This is where the wrinkles happen, but just don’t panic–I wasn’t kidding when I said that the weave makes it easier.  Plus, because it has so many layers of tape, it will hide a lot of the wrinkles that you may get anyway.

    On your mark, get set, go!  Hold the edge of your tie and fold to the middle.  Don’t worry if it covers the entire green triangle.  Press evenly up the tie until it is as flat as possible.  Repeat with the other side overlapping just a tad.  Phew!

    Next lay your second triangle over your first.  Fold down your pointy corners and trim with sharp scissors.

    If you are doing yours clip-on style like I do, it’s all done but the tying.  If not you are going to need to lengthen the tie.  Now keep in mind that tying a duct tape tie aint’ as easy as silk by a long mile.  You are going to want to keep your “tail” skinny skinny.  If possible use a thin brand of tape like scotch brand to make it a little easier to tie later.

    Lay out a 28″ or so full strip.  And trim off your uglies.  Lay your tie in the center then fold the tape over so that it is about a half and inch at the top.

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

    **Yes I know my pictures are sideways.  This post was done via satellite with an iphone and an adorable husband across the sea.  Until I replace my broken down computer.  This is going to be about as good as it gets. o.O**

  • 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!

  • Basic Half Strip Checkerboard

    Date: 2011.05.10 | Category: Technique | Response: 3

    This is really part one of the “Place Mat” post, but the techniques shown are applicable to many projects!  This video will also be posted under the “Stuck-o” tab at the top of the page.


  • Place Mat

    Date: 2011.05.03 | Category: Craft, Home, Kids, Uncategorized | Response: 1

    So here’s what’s so great about these place mats.  Not only are they good looking, but they are very useful for people who experience autism or kids who are visual learners to achieve success in setting the table.  Plus, the reverse side works as a drawing board, using wet erase markers for kids to practice their numbers, letters, and drawings.  The best part?  Once you’re done, just rinse off in the sink, dry, and it’s good as new!


    Obviously, there are many different variations to do on this mat.  I chose this one because it only used 3 colors, not including clear, and it looked good with my decor.  It took a lot of tape to do the checkers, though.  To do a set of 4 mats, it takes 120 yards of white (or 6 Duck Tape 20 yard rolls), 80 yards of red (or 4 Duck Tape 20 yard rolls), a little bit of gray, and some clear.  On the other hand, if you did stripes or a solid color, you can plan on about 1 roll (20 yards) per mat, front and back.  So, if you mixed and matched colors, it would take 4 rolls total to do 4 mats.  You can see how checkers really add…both in design and cost!

    Enjoy, Duck-os, and if you decide to make some mats, please post your pictures on the facebook wall!









  • 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.)


  • Banana Split Incentive Chart

    Date: 2011.04.08 | Category: Home, Organization | Response: 0

    Welcome to part one of “Incentive Chart April”, Duck-os.  The Banana Split is sort of the central piece to my entire incentive system, so it seemed the obvious place to  start.  In the coming weeks, I’ll branch out and show you several ideas for incentive charts, chore charts, or just plain cool wall art that all work together like cogs in a well oiled machine.  Of course, you can use my system exactly or adapt it to your own needs.  I recommend doing it my way…come on, not only has the work been done already, but could *anyone* do a better job?!?  (Never mind.  Don’t answer that.  Actually, do.  Comment if you have improvements or suggestions for your fellow duck-os!)

    There is some additional info and tips that I promise in video to provide, but just know now that some of it is coming in future posts.  Watch the video first, then puruse the info underneath at your leisure.  As always, if you have questions, comment or see that little blue “f” at the top of the page?  You can now find Art-Duck-o on FaceBook!  (swoooon!)

    Thanks for watching, Ducko-s…




    So, I watched the video and I have a few questions..

    First of all, didn’t you promise you’d post a link for the magnets?

    Why, yesI did. Here is my pick for the best/most affordable/most versitle magnet I have found thus far: K&J Magnets

    How big do I need to make my chart, and how big do I make each section in the banana?

    For mine, I used an oil drip pan that measured 24″ X 46″. The middle sections were cut at 6 1/2 inches, overlapped each other by 1″, for a total finished size of 5 1/2 inches. The ends of the banana were a total of 11″ , which left me trimming room.

    If you have less people in your family, you can buy a 24″x36″ sheet of metal at Home Depot. It comes in cardboard packaging, which makes it easier to not bend the thing on the way home.

    For a little itty bitty chart, you could use a cookie sheet, but they’re pretty little for a banana split. Unless you didn’t want this to be the centerpiece of your dining room like me, that is, and then it might be just about right! I’ll be using a cookie sheet for a chart later this month.

    To figure how long each section is, use the following formula:


    Where mS is defined as middle Section

    D-o as Duck-0

    bL as board Length

    Which is, translated, just means the middle Section is equal to the number of sections you want total, plus one, divided by the length of your board. Then, reduce the number down a tad to “normal” measurements so you don’t have to work with .34532 inches or something crazy.

    So, for mine, it was 7 duck0-s, +1 = 8. 8 divided by 46″ is 5.75″. Reduce to 5 1/2 as the finished size. Adding an inch for overlap, the final cut size was 6 1/2 inches.

    For a smaller board, say 4 ducko-s on a 36″ board, it would be 4 ducko-s, plus 1 = 5. 36″/5 = 7.2 . Reduce to 7″ for your finished size, and add one inch for cutting at 8″.

    For the ends of the banana, just roughly double your finished length of the middle section and then reduce by an inch or so to leave a little bit of wiggle room on either side.

    What types of tasks are you writing on the backs of those ice cream scoops?

    Stay tuned. I will do a tutorial at the end of this series that shows the whole system working together and the all the charts in play. I will also post the specifics of my

    different charts at that time. Obviously, you can do whatever you want with them. List specific chores, tasks, lists, whatever. You could even use this as a weekly calendar.

    Um…is that a taco on that scoop of ice cream?!?

    Yes. And yes to the basket of laundry, too. There are certain tasks that rotate through, and laundry and dinner are two of them. Again, check back for more info on all the systems working together.

  • Squishy Bag

    Date: 2011.03.30 | Category: Kids | Response: 1

    Level:  Sticky (Beginner)






    I made my first squishy bag about 4 years ago when my son was diagnosed with a sensory integration disorder.  He went to a lot of occupational therapy in those days, and his therapist at the time gave him one after therapy one day.  It was just a sandwich bag with a stretchy frog and a few beads in it, but he loved it.  For the full 25 seconds it lasted before it busted open and he ended up with a lap full of gel, that is!

    I figured there had to be a better way, and I was right.  I developed this project over the following months and continue to revamp it for many purposes. All of my kids have used them, even the ones without sensory issues–they’re great entertainment for the car or any place they need to sit still!  I’ve made  ”Hide and Seek” type bags, “puzzles” where you assembled animal parts into a whole (as shown at the end of the video) and many more.  Check back for future applications, Ducko-s; I’ve got a few things up my sleeve, including some Quiet Book pages that are going to be fantabulous!

    If you have questions that aren’t addressed in the video, leave me a comment and I’ll try to help you.


  • 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!