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How to make clothes and accessories out of duct tape

Updated on January 14, 2011

Duct Tape is to the modern world what the aquaduct was to the Roman world

What a silly headline. But think! Duct tape holds essential things together as did Roman bridges and aquaducts. What does it hold together? Baby cribs, car seats and (if you read below) cleavages. But remember it's not that great for the skin, unless you're taking samples at a crime site. I have seen airplanes held together by duct tape and, of couse, the famous duct-taped outhouse-people don't use toilet paper any more, they use duct tape-it leaves a more permanent impression. But when people start wearing duct tape clothes to proms I really see the decline and fall of the American Empire. Speaking of which, I'm sure that in Iraq Humvees and tents are being held together by duct tape. I have a feeling in Washington a lot of policies are being barely held together by intellectual duct tape and perhaps not a few mouths are held shut by a political form of the gray, sticky stuff.

To get a more serious look at this modern marvel, read the information below. Even Forbes Magazine has recognized the "long gray" as one of the greatest inventions of modern times. I think I am one of the few people to have actually used duct tape on a duct when an air conditioning system started wheezing in a friend's house. I'm just waiting for a duct tape horror movie. Let your imagination run wild: "Duct Tape Frankenstein," "The Chain Saw Massacres Wrapped in Duct Tape," "The Duct Tape Came from Outer Space." Creates a whole different meaning to the phrase, "It's a wrap," doesn't it.

Duct tape has been ranked as one of the greatest inventions of modern times because it has so many uses in factories, in homes and for fun. There are books about duct tape, it has been featured on tv and in movies and now you can buy clothes, wallets and furniture made totally or in part from duct tape.

Duct Tape Prom Fashion Constestants



The invention of duck (duct) tape by Johnson & Johnson Co. in 1942

Adhesive tape (specifically masking tape) was invented in the 1920s by Richard Drew of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, Co. (3M). Duct tape (the WWII military version) was first created and manufactured in 1942 (approximate date) by the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division. Its closest predecessor was medical tape.

The original use was to keep moisture out of the ammunition cases. Because it was waterproof, people referred to the tape as "Duck Tape." Also, the tape was made using cotton duck - similar to what was used in their cloth medical tapes. Military personnel quickly discovered that the tape was very versatile and used it to fix their guns, jeeps, aircraft, etc. After the war, the tape was used in the booming housing industry to connect heating and air conditioning duct work together. Soon, the color was changed from Army green to silver to match the ductwork and people started to refer to duck tape as "Duct Tape." Things changed during the 1970s, when the partners at Manco, Inc. placed rolls of duct tape in shrink wrap, making it easier for retailers to stack the sticky rolls. Different grades and colors of duct tape weren´t far behind. Soon, duct tape became the most versatile tool in the household.

Dave Sherman sings the Duct Tape Blues in Athens, TX

Letterman: Making flowers, clothes, beer drinking helmet from duct tape.

How Duct Tape is made

How to make a duct tape wallet in 12 minutes!

Duct Tape Prom Fashions

D U C T = T A P E = W O R L D


1. DUCT TAPE FASHION Yessss! Everything you always wanted made from that ultimately chic material DUCT TAPE. Totae bags, wallets, caps, purses, roses (yes roses), jewelry, guitar straps, belts, visors, backpacks. For the romantic gift of his/her life, BUY DUCT TAPE. Brought to you by the DTs Gang. And don't forget Ductigami, the art of DT.

2. And here's the DUCT TAPE GUYS. Another EVERYTHING DT site but with excellent High School Humor and DT prom gowns. Go here to get ready for your prom or for Halloween (same thing?).

3. Blog Toplist: An RSS feed of all blogs mentioning duct tape. Includes wonderful items such as duct tape and psychotic astronauts. From this toplist you can find blogs all numerous other subjects.

Forbe Magazine Article: Duct Tape one of the most important tools EVER

It didn't make the top 20 of the most important tools ever invented (knives and rifles and some others got in the way), but Forbes editors insist duct tape is one of the greatest inventions ever.

The Other Greatest Tool Ever

David M. Ewalt, 03.15.06, 12:00 PM ET

Models use it to create cleavage. Sled-dog drivers use it to prevent frostbite. Athletes use it to support weak joints. Veterinarians use it to repair horses' hooves.

What's this wonder tool? Duct tape.

When compiled its list of the 20 most important tools of all time, we asked a panel of scientists, historians and engineers to look at the devices that have most impacted human civilization and shaped the course of history. The final list highlighted tools that have been around for ages: the knife, the abacus, the compass. But critics soon started raising objections. What about duct tape, the sticky silver stuff that can do just about anything?

Stuck on duct tape? Click here to see some of its many amazing uses.

"It's the ultimate power tool," says Tim Nyberg, a graphic designer from Minnesota, who, along with his brother-in-law Jim Berg, has sold nearly 3 million books and calendars as The Duct Tape Guys. "It's so strong people have used it to pull cars out of ditches, yet you can rip it with your bare hands."

Click here to read the rest of the article about the history and uses of duct tape.

From the Seattle Times review of the film Duct Tape Forever: "The series' good-natured, self-deprecating extended joke about male regression, handyman incompetence and Canadian humility are here in big-screen proportions, and it all works very well."

Duct Tape Forever: The Movie and Books


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      Lesley D 

      8 years ago from Sarasota, Florida

      Here's what I've been doing with my duct tape...

      Thanks for the post!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016


      I did not know that DT came is SO many colors. Have you seen the film Duct Tape Forever?


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