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Stuff to Make Out of Duct Tape

Updated on August 8, 2016
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VirginiaLynne loves crafts and scrapbooking. She shares her original ideas and tips for how to make crafts quickly and easily.

What Can I Make From Duct Tape?

Just about anything you can think of can be made or covered with this versatile product. My kids have had a great time having friends over and being creative making:

  • air soft or Nerf war vests
  • purses made on Ziploc bags
  • necklaces
  • shoes
  • roses and rose pens
  • room decorations
  • school supplies

See the video above to start your own creative ideas. Also check out the directions and other videos below.

Duct Tape Vest

Easy Duct Tape Shoes

Follow the above video to use a pair of Toms shoes as a model for making your own Duct Tape shoes out of cardboard and Duct Tape.

An even easier way to make custom shoes is to cover with Duct Tape your own pair of:

  • Vans
  • Converse
  • Boots
  • Flip Flops

If you have an old pair of shoes that still fit, you can revive them by covering them with Duct Tape. We've also done this to a pair we got used at the Goodwill. You can use Duct Tape shoes:

  • as part of a costume
  • for a trendy statement
  • to match an outfit
  • for a prom or wedding joke

How to Make Duct Tape Shoes


  1. Cloth covered shoes
  2. Duct Tape
  3. small sharp scissors (nail clipping or embroidery scissors are good)


  1. Make sure the shoes are clean. You might want to wash and dry shoes if they aren't. Be sure they are completely dry or the Duct Tape won't stick.
  2. Starting at the front of the shoe, cut a piece of Duct Tape which is a bit longer than the front. Place the Duct Tape on the top of the shoe and press down. Trip the Duct Tape at the top and bottom.
  3. Place a second piece of Duct Tape that overlaps the first one. Trim. Continue to place and trip the Duct Tape until you've covered the whole shoe.
  4. Use two or more colors if you want, or put an edging of a different color around where your food goes into the shoe.

Easy Duct Tape Airsoft Vest

My son plays lots of air-soft and Nerf wars. After watching his sisters make Duct Tape stuff, he decided to make a vest which could let him hold his extra guns and ammo. He used an old shirt and then covered it with Duct Tape.

He added in straps to put on his equipment. It is easier to just cover an old T-Shirt (cut it first to make it into the vest you want), and that makes a very strong and "bullet proof" vest. For a lighter one, you can also make a vest just out of Duct Tape by watching the video instructions below.

Duct Tape Shoes

Duct Tape Shoes
Duct Tape Shoes | Source

Duct Tape Purse

Duct Tape Tote, make a matching one for all your outfits
Duct Tape Tote, make a matching one for all your outfits | Source

Duct Tape Purse

The simpliest way to make a Duct Tape Purse is just to cover a Zip lock bag (any size) with strips of Duct Tape. All you need is:

  • Duct Tape (at least one color, but 2 or more colors lets you make a nice design)
  • ZipLock bag (new is best)
  • scissors

How to Make an Easy Duct Tape Tote

  1. Pull out the Duct Tape and attach the top end to the top of the bag. It is good to let a liittle of the tape overlap the side so you hide the bag.
  2. Carefully press down the tape on the bag and then cut (leave a little bit off the end.
  3. Do another strip right next to it, overlapping just a bit. You can use the same color or alternate with a different color for stripes.
  4. Cover the whole bag on one side. Turn it over and cover the other side.
  5. Trim any extra around the bag.
  6. Make a handle by pulling out Duct Tape that is as long as you want your handle to be. You can make it a hipster shoulder bag, or have 2 shorter handles on either side if you want to make it a tote.
  7. Lay the handle strip sticky side up on the table. Fold the tape in half.
  8. Attach the handle to the outside of the Ziploc bag.
  9. Now to hold the handle on, and to strengthen the bag, put one more strip of Duct Tape at the top of the bag, like in the picture below. You can use this as a contrasting color if you want.
  10. For directions on how to make the triangle bag, watch my video below.

Duct Tape Purse

How to Make a Duct Tape Flower Pen

Duct Tape Flower Pen

Duct Tape Rose
Duct Tape Rose | Source

Duct Tape Flower

You can make a variety of Duct Tape Flowers, but the duct tape rose is the most popular. You can make these roses into:

  • the top of a pen or pencil
  • a ring
  • a rose for a vase
  • a gift for a friend
  • a bracelet
  • a keychain

See the video for instructions, or see my written tutorial in How to Make a Duct Tape Flower Pen.

Duct Tape Wallet

Duct Tape Wallet
Duct Tape Wallet | Source

Duct Tape Wallet Instructions

Duct Tape Wallet

I think the Duct Tape Wallet started this trend of using Duct Tape for something other than house repairs. There are lots of videos to explain how to do it, but I like this one because the directions are clear and she does some cute designs. The wallet she makes is much nicer looking than some of the wallets I've seen. You might want to make a Duct Tape wallet which matches or contrasts with your Duct Tape purse.

Duct Tape Necklaces

Braided Duct Tape Jewelry

  1. Another way to make Jewelry is to take 3 strands of Duct tape that are about 1 1/2 times the length you want them to end up being.
  2. Cut them all in half lengthwise, then fold them in half.
  3. Attach 3 of the pieces together by a piece of Duct Tape, then braid them.
  4. Use the braid for a necklace or bracelet. If you make smaller strips, you can make braided rings.

Easy Duct Tape Necklace

Duct Tape Necklace
Duct Tape Necklace | Source

Easy Duct Tape Jewelry

Simple Duct Tape Rings, Toe Rings, Bracelets or Anklets

  1. To make the simplest jewelry, all you need to do is to cut a piece of Duct Tape a bit bigger than what you want to put it around (toe, finger, wrist etc.).
  2. Cut the Duct Tape in half lengthwise.
  3. Fold one of the pieces in half so that the Duct Tape sticks to itself, but leave one end open.
  4. Put the ring or bracelet around and then use the open end of the Duct Tape to attach it. You might want to make sure it is big enough that you can slip it off.
  5. Decorate the ring or bracelet with circles of Duct Tape you cut out with a hole punch, or pieces you cut out with scissors.

Duct Tape Prom

Duct Tape Prom Clothes

Really inspired? You might think about making clothes out of Duct Tape. You can take an old dress, shirt of pants and just cover it, or you might want to make a pattern for clothes out of something thin and lightweight like a vinyl tablecloth (using Duct Tape to put the pieces together of course) and then cover that with Duct Tape.

You can actually win a scholarship if you win the Duct Tape Prom contest. Look at the video above for the 2013 Duct Tape Prom competition. Even if you don't want a Duct Tape Prom dress for yourself, you will be amazed at the creativity!


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      Virginia Kearney 8 months ago from United States

      Hi Andrew--I did attempt to convince my kids to try for the scholarship but no one took me up on it yet! Frankly, I can't blame them. In spite of the rather amazing pictures of previous winners, I think it could easily be a disaster and rather uncomfortable to wear too!

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      George Crickard 8 months ago

      I am going to make the duct tape necklaces for my roommates as a welcoming present.

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      Callie Dick 15 months ago

      This is super cool! I am definitely going to try to make the flower.

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      Garrison Edwards 20 months ago

      This is really cool! I have only ever heard of making duct tape wallets before and have always wanted to make one. I'll have to attempt to make one of these items when I get the chance!!!

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Hi, Dolores! The purse is actually not that hard. My 12-year-old designed it. It takes some time but she and her friends made one during a sleepover party a while ago. What really does amaze me are the Duct Tape prom clothes!

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I used to think that making stuff out of duct tape was just a silly craft, there for laughs. But the purse and wallet are quite attractive and practical. They do look like a lot of work though.

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Thanks for your comments Alexis--I now pack Duct Tape in my car and in my suitcase when I travel. It comes in handy!

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      Alexis Rheinauer 2 years ago

      In spite of the clothing options we have access to today, duck tape also seems to be a cheap alternative in clothing. Not only can you create multiple objects with duck tape, but those creations will never ruin due to water damage or a day in the mud. I too found the "stuck at prom" dresses quite amusing when I first heard of them. Some people can really be very creative. Thanks for exploring the imaginative world of duck tape with interactive videos and fun crafts. The world would not be the same without duck tape. :)

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      Aaron Burton 3 years ago from US

      That's awesome lol

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      Carter Grigsby 3 years ago

      I have always loved doing stuff with duck tape, but I never knew all of the things you could actually do with it. I like the vans part the best. Duct tap is awesome.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      My daughter is big time into duct tape so I will be showing her these ideas. I foresee a necklace or two in my future!

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      jefboyardee 3 years ago

      Silly... duck tape is for fixing quacks.

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      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from North Carolina

      I remember seeing the scholarship for the duct tape prom dress! It's amazing how you can do so much with something so simple. I still see the duct tape rose pens around all the time but not the wallets so much anymore. I wish I had the creativity so make something cool like that!

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Beautifully amazing. My favorite is the clothing. I use it for all sorts of things but never as creative as this. Awesome videos.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Something I would never have thought of, but now I want to try it! lol! who would have thought Duct tape would have so many uses? loved it!

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      Alan 3 years ago from West Georgia

      Who doesn't love duct tape? Now that they make it in so many crazy patterns and colors, it could be the coolest thing on earth.

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      Virginia Kearney 3 years ago from United States

      Duct Tape can make some great costumes or just parts of costumes. We've used Duct Tape to make Lego costumes, swords, shields, crowns for princesses, or wings for fairies.

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      Maggie.L 3 years ago from UK

      Great ideas! It's got me thinking of ways I can use duct tape to come up with Halloween costumes for my kids. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      There seems to be no end to the things you can do with duct tape.

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      HappyMikeWritter 3 years ago

      OMG, I would never think of How much stuff you can make out of duct tape. Thank you so much for this information.

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      Virginia Kearney 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks rebeccamealey and Ann--yes, Duct Tape is great! I took it with us on a trip to China last year and then I forgot on another recent flight. Much to my dismay, my zipper on my luggage had broken and so the stuff was bulging out. Wished I had Duct Tape then! It goes in first next time!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are about the coolest ideas I have seen for duct tape. Shared and pinned!

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      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      So the old adage that you can do anything with duct tape is true! I like the flowers the best - great videos and ideas!