How to Make a Duck® (Duct) Tape Hair Bow

An assortment of Duck® Tape in some of the more than 25 colors, patterns, and college logos available today.
An assortment of Duck® Tape in some of the more than 25 colors, patterns, and college logos available today. | Source

What is Duck® Tape?

Duck® Tape is the registered trademark of a brand of tape — duct tape — distributed by ShurTech Brands, LLC of Avon, Ohio.

What is duct tape?

Duct tape is the generic product description for a three-layered tape comprised of a layer of polyethylene film, a layer of strong cloth mesh, and a coating of sticky polycoat adhesive.

Supplies Needed for Making a Duck® Tape Hair Bow

  • Duck® Tape
  • Barrette form
  • Craft tweezers
  • Scissors with Non-Stick Blades
    (The tape will stick to scissor blades that are uncoated. The author recommends that only scissors with non-stick blades be used.)
  • Ruler (12” to 18” inches long)

History of Duck® Tape

During World War II, a strong, flexible, durable, waterproof tape was needed that could seal canisters, repair cracked windows, repair military vehicles, and help the war effort in general. Permacel, a division of the Johnson and Johnson Company created a tape that met these requirements.

The company used medical tape as a base. They added a polyethylene coating which allowed them to laminate the tape to a cloth backing. Then, they added polycoat adhesives to the other side of the tape. The resultant tape was very sticky and extremely strong and flexible. The tape, which could easily be torn into strips, was nicknamed “Duck Tape” because of its ability to repel water.

Beginning in 1946, the tape was used in the civilian application of holding ducts together, and the tape color was changed from army green to silver. In 1976, the Manco Company, the current producers of the product, began shrink-wrapping and labeling the tape. This made it easier for retailers to stack the product and display it on their shelves.

Now, more than 70 years after Duck® Tape was invented, the product is available in upwards of 40 colors, patterns, and college logos.

Barrette forms, craft tweezers, and scissors with non-stick blades. Barrette forms can be purchased at arts and crafts supply stores. Craft tweezers are helpful in picking up small pieces of tape to add as decorations to the bow.
Barrette forms, craft tweezers, and scissors with non-stick blades. Barrette forms can be purchased at arts and crafts supply stores. Craft tweezers are helpful in picking up small pieces of tape to add as decorations to the bow. | Source
Cut four strips of Duck® Tape 11' to 13" long. Place the strips on your work surface with the sticky side up.
Cut four strips of Duck® Tape 11' to 13" long. Place the strips on your work surface with the sticky side up. | Source
Overlap two of the strips of Duck® Tape.
Overlap two of the strips of Duck® Tape. | Source
Place the third strip of Duck® Tape sticky side down on top of the piece of "overlapped" tape.
Place the third strip of Duck® Tape sticky side down on top of the piece of "overlapped" tape. | Source
Repeat the previous step with the fourth strip of Duck® Tape.
Repeat the previous step with the fourth strip of Duck® Tape. | Source

How to Make a Large Hair Bow

Duck® Tape Colors Used

  • Funky Flamingo®
  • Island Lime™

Instructions

  1. Using a pair of scissors with non-stick blades, cut four strips of Duck® Tape that are each 11 to 13 inches long.
  2. Place the strips on your work surface sticky side up.
  3. Overlap two of the strips of tape by approximately one-quarter to one-third inch..
  4. Take the third strip of tape and place it sticky side down on top of the "overlapped" tape, aligning the top edges.
  5. Repeat step no. 4 with the fourth strip of tape.
  6. You will now have a strip of Duck® Tape "fabric."
  7. Trim the beginning and ending edges of the "fabric" strip.
  8. Fold the "fabric" strip of Duck® Tape in half lengthwise, creating a crease down the middle of the strip.
  9. Reopen the strip, and bring both edges to the crease in the middle of the strip.
  10. Cut a strip of Duck® Tape that is 3 to 4 inches long. Then, cut the strip in half lengthwise.
  11. Pinch the middle of the bow with your fingers where the two edges meet at the crease.
  12. Wrap one of the small strips of tape around the bow where you are pinching it.
  13. Use the second small strip of tape to attach the barrette form to the back of the bow.

Front of Large Hair Bow
Front of Large Hair Bow | Source
Back of Large Hair Bow
Back of Large Hair Bow | Source

Tip

Your bow can be decorated with stripes, polka dots, and other shapes. Cut these shapes from a contrasting color of tape, and adhere them to the bow before you complete step no. 10 above. It's helpful to use a pair of craft tweezers when you attach the decorative pieces to the bow.

Small Hair Bow
Small Hair Bow | Source

How to Make a Small Hair Bow

Duck® Tape Colors Used

  • Winking White™
  • Sunburst Yellow™

Instructions

  1. Cut two strips of Duck® Tape that are 11 to 12 inches long.
  2. Place both strips on your work surface sticky side up.
  3. Place one strip of tape on top of the other, sticky side down, aligning the edges.
  4. You will now have a strip of Duck® Tape "fabric."
  5. Follow steps 7 through 13 above.

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I think Simone will love this! I love that bow! Hehe. I had a good friend in college who made herself a duct (yeah, it was the regular gray stuff) tape vest, pants, wallet and even shoes. She was a physics major - she often did unexplainable things. Ha!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Well done! This is such a fun idea.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cyndi,

I'm so glad you like the latest installment in my craft "how-to" series. Funny you should mention *wallet*...the next Duck® Tape "how-to" project on my list is a wallet.

I was a bit nervous about naming the model of the large hair bow after Simone, but I think I'll still be permitted to live another day.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rose (randomcreative),

Thanks for reading my latest craft article and adding your comment.

When I told a few people I was going to be writing about Duck® Tape, I received some strange looks. The tape is a great medium for craft projects. I have a few more projects on my "to create" and "to write" lists.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Great job with the bows. They're cute!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine,

Thanks! The tape is a fun medium to work with. I'm really having a good time with my craft "how-to" series.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This is truly and interesting hub. Who would have thought you could create something so pretty with duck tape? very well done!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cindy,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. There are so many craft projects that can be made with Duck® Tape.

My next craft project will be a wire wrapping "how-to."

After that, it will probably be a Duck® Tape wallet.


onlooker 4 years ago

Daisy, you're certainly handy. I should definitely give this a shot someday. Dresses I will never make but this I can certainly try. Informative and useful, thank you.

P.S. adorable pink bow =)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

Daisy, I love duck tape! There are so many pretty colors and prints out there.. the pink bow looks great! Thank you so much for sharing.. Voting up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ava,

Thanks for commenting. Using Duck® Tape in craft projects takes a little bit of practice since the tape is so sticky. Once you get used to handling it, it's a very easy medium to work with.

It's funny that you should mention dresses...it actually is possible to make a dress or a skirt and blouse using Duck® Tape.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jamie,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. You're right about the colors and prints for the tape. There are so many choices.

I have a really nice tie dye print that I've going to use for my Duck® Tape wallet project.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Daisy, you're so crafty! This is the first I heard you could use duck tape to make such beautiful and cute creations. I will share this with my nieces, who always look for craft project to make with their children. Thanks!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

This was a new way to use duck tape! So creative and it looks good too! I will have to buy duck tape in some other colors beside grey!

Voted up, interesting, useful!

Tina


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Fun stuff you have here. The variety of uses we find with Duck Tape is amazing. Thanks for a look at the history of this crafty tape! Love the watermelon colored bow, btw. :)


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learner365 4 years ago

This is a very creative and unusual idea. I really liked that and will surely look forward to try my hands on making it by following your instructions. Thank you for sharing.

My vote up,interesting and awesome !!!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sannel,

Thanks for reading my article. These are many craft projects that can be made with Duck® Tape. Please post another comment after your nieces make the bows.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Tina,

Thanks for your comment. Is Duck® Tape sold in many colors and patterns in Sweden?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

RTalloni,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. If you like the hair bow, wait until you read some of my other Duck® Tape project Hubs. A Duck® Tape wallet is next.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

learner365.

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. Please post another comment after you make the hair bow.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

I don't really know Daisy, we only have grey Duck tape in our home but I will look for other colour next time!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

Love this idea! I'd love to make a few for my daughter. I saw some Hello Kitty Duck Tape I could use for her that would be cute. :) Voting up, useful and awesome!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

How fun! Simone will be proud! and honored!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Tina,

You might be able to order Duck® Tape in color online. I ordered my tape online, but I've also seen it in large arts and crafts stores.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Marissa,

Making the Duck® Tape hair bows for your daughter will be a fun project. Scroll up to just before the comments section, and you'll see a picture of the Hello Kitty tape.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vicki,

Simone posted a comment on my Facebook wall. She read my article and loves the bow. I'm going to send one to her.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Cute hair bow, I never would have thought of this!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

I like to see the creative side of the hubbers!!! This was a fun hub! Voted up!!!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

PracticalMommy stole what I was going to say! I'm sure that my daughter would LOVE to have a Hello Kitty bow! Thanks for sharing this really cool idea!


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Very cute, Daisy. Thanks for sharing.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Christy,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. I was graduated from college with a 4-year degree in Fine Arts and certification to teach all art subjects in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.

I have many more craft projects that would be great subjects for HubPages articles.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audra,

Thanks for reading my article. I've been doing craft projects my entire life.

It was only recently that I began writing about them. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Cara,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my articles. Both Marissa (ThePracticalMommy) and you have the right idea...What young lady wouldn't want a Hello Kitty Duck® Tape hair bow?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

theclevercat,

I'm glad you like my Duck® Tape hair bows. You're HubPages' resident Barbie expert...Can you picture Barbie wearing something made from Duck® Tape?


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

When I first saw the colored and printed Duck Tape rolls in stores, I couldn't help but laugh thinking what in the world are people going to use these crazy rolls of tape for. But obviously you really can make cute crafts and accessories from Duck Tape. Loved your bows - will have to try to make one for my niece! Thanks for the idea!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Alissa,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. There are so many items that can be made with Duck® Tape...wallets, purses, sandals, backpacks, roses, dresses, pants, and on and on...

I'm going to write at least one or two more Duck® Tape craft articles this month.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great idea, Daisy, to send a bow to Simone! What color do you plan to send?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vicki,

Simone posted on my Facebook wall that she would like a pink bow. I'm waiting to hear whether she wants a contrasting trim color.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I've never used duck tape in a craft project, per se, but it was instrumental in a St. Patrick's Day parade float I worked on this year. Fortunately, it comes in green! Fun hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Deb,

Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it. Shamrocks would be easy to make using Duck® Tape. I'll have to add them to my *to create* list.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Wow. This is really cool. It's amazing how duct tape can be used creatively! Voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dexter,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub. There are many dozens of things that can be made with Duck® Tape...including men's suits.


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Duck Tape - pretty hair bows. Who would have ever thought? Awesome idea and wonderful hub to explain how to make them. Voted up, most definitely!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

ChaplinSpeaks,

I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my Hub and that you found the information to be helpful,

Are you planning on trying this craft? If you do make a Duck® Tape hair bow, please post another comment.


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Daisy, that is a innovative craft idea to me. I am just imagining how little girls would love to do it themselves. Wish I knew of it when I was little. Voted up interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

sen.sush23,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate it.

Duck® Tape has really changed over the years.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Innovative and beautiful. Who'd of thought duct tape could look so fashionable. I have a couple of nieces who will love this idea! Voted up.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Perfection! What a great project for making your own "Duck Tape Bows". This one is share-a-licious, Daisy!

HubHugs~


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is so cute! I want to buy duct tape and make these right now. Of course, I have the silver kind, but that wouldn't be as pretty. Voted up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Teresa,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I've seen articles about making dresses with Duck® Tape, and the results looked really great. I'm tempted to make a poodle skirt using the tape for Halloween, but I don't know if I would have the nerve to wear it.

If your nieces make the bows, please post another comment.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

India,

Thanks for reading my article, commenting in it, and sharing it. I don't want to just write Duck® Tape articles this month, but I expect to have at least another two.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jeannie,

I've only seen the original silver-colored Duck® Tape used in one craft project...a hammock. Although silver is a nice color for jewelry, it doesn't work well in Duck® Tape craft projects because people think of it in terms of repair work.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is so timely for me because I was strolling through Lowe's the other day looking for something else and noticed the colored Duck tape. I will sure remember this....summer, bored kids..great cratf!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rebecca,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Kids love Duck® Tape projects!

I worked at an arts and crafts store for a few years, teaching classes and doing product demonstrations. The Duck® Tape projects and the painting projects were always favorites.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Daisy,

You are so clever to have thought of doing this using such an everyday product. I would never have thought of this.

You get my votes.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Steve(poshcoffeeco),

Thanks for commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate it.

I learned about using Duck® Tape in craft projects while teaching classes and doing product demonstrations at an arts and crafts store. I wrote a Hub about making roses using the tape, and I'm currently writing an article describing how to make a wallet.


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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Love your craft Hubs!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

duffsmom,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

I used to teach classes in an arts and crafts store. One of my fellow Hubbers suggested I write some craft how-to Hubs. I'm really glad they made the suggestion! I'm having a lot of fun creating all the crafts.

Which of my craft projects are you going to do first?


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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

These are so cute! I would be terrified of getting them stuck in my hair though. I'm sure they're fine if you make them carefully, but I'm just a little paranoid.

Great hub. Adorable idea.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Modern Lady,

Thanks for commenting in another of my Hubs. Are you concerned about the Duck® Tape getting stuck in your hair or about the clasp on the back of the hair bow not opening?


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tjdavis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

Daisy...ok now I've seen duct tape used for everything..oh my this is wonderful. I never thought about making bows. Thanks for the "how to" hub. I will be sharing this hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Teresa (tjdavis),

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Duck® (Duct) tape is used in many craft projects. Have you seen my Hubs about making Duck® (Duct) tape wallets and roses?


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

"Pertinert didn't get the damn thing made! First, only had gray. But, figured it'd match my hair. Then, cudn't find the damn scissors! Had to cut and carve it with mu pocket knife! Then, didn't have no hair bracketer, so jes used more duck to hold it on. Don't look that good on me...jes gonna give it ta ma wife ta wear when she goes grocery shoppin'!"

Great idea and Great Hub! (Hope you didn't mind me having a little fun!) Up & Interesting!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rich (rcrumple),

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

Your comment is great! If you hadn't enjoyed reading my article, you wouldn't have taken the time to be so creative in your comment.


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

LOL . I like the use of duck tape bow. If you get caught in the rain it is waterproof and holds its shape. I am several towns away from Avon and drive by the duck tape company. Great idea!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

alphagirl.

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading and commenting in my article.

I've written two other Duck® Tape articles. One explains how to make a wallet, and the other explains how to make a rose. I hope you get a chance to read them.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Really cool idea, and great step by step instructions, Daisy. If only I had girls.... :) sharing!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Terrye (TToombs08),

Thanks for reading, commenting in, and sharing another of my Hubs.

You can always make a hair bow for yourself. :)


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

What an inventive and genius idea!! Must look out for all the colours available, my nieces would love these! Great job, I am sure Simone will love hers!! Voted up, interesting useful and sharing on:-)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This would be a great way to make Christmas decorations I bet! Very good.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Suzanne (Suzie HQ),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. I've published two other Duck® Tape articles. One explains how to make a wallet, and the other explains how to make a rose. I hope you get a chance to read them.

If your nieces make the hair bows, please post another comment.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Jackie,

Thanks for reading and commenting in my article. Small Duck® Tape bows would be great decorations on a Christmas tree or wreath. What a clever suggeston!


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I like the Hello Kitty Duct Tape when I see it at the store, so thanks for the idea to make bows as now I can justify buying me some. I am going to check out your other Duct Tape articles. You are a regular MacGyver with the Duct Tape.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Marie (truthfornow),

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

If you make some bows, please post another comment.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

thanks for the hub daisy

I would have never thought to use duct tape

to make something I've always used tape just to

hold something together

Voted up


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Torri Lynn,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment.

Duck® Tape is used in many craft projects. It's even possible to make clothes out of it.


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Sunshine625 24 months ago from Orlando, FL

It continues to baffle me how Duct Tape became so popular for uses besides it's main purpose! :)


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Daisy Mariposa 23 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

Thanks for visiting again. You've brought up an interesting point. I don't think I've read the reason how or why the tape colors and patterns got started.


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teaches12345 23 months ago

Thought I would pop in to say I love the idea, even though I don't think I could make them well enough to capture the art. Great article and I'm sure people will love this suggestion.


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Daisy Mariposa 23 months ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thank you for reading my article and posting your comment. The "trick" to making bows and flowers and anything else with the tape is to use scissors with non-stick blades.

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