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Upcycle Plastic - Duck Tape, Shoe Laces and a Plastic Container Become a Cute Purse - Demo and Printables

Updated on September 8, 2014

Waterproof duck tape purse made from a plastic container.

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Summer is a wonderful thing.

Not only has summer given me some free time for crafting, but further, it's a great excuse to update the old wardrobe.

With that in mind, I was thinking I need a new purse for summer, something small and fun, mostly for poolside since I don't plan on venturing much further.

Of late, having all this extra crafting time, I have become totally enamored of two things, Duck Tape and finding a use for things that end up in the trash.

In this house, we go through one Carnation Instant Breakfast container a week, on average. So, I wanted to find a use for the containers.

Check it out. A cute purse was born and it was a fast and easy delivery. Best of all, I already had most of the supplies.

I got one roll of tape and some shoe laces. Considering most of the roll of tape and one of the laces remain, combined with the other supplies already on hand, I would estimate this purse cost me about $3.25 to make.

This DIY duck tape purse holds a good bit of stuff.

It holds all of this plus my phone.
It holds all of this plus my phone. | Source

I need something water proof in this purse.

It occurred to me that plastic would make a great purse for poolside because it's impervious to splashing, unlike my fabric purses as evidenced by two dead cell phones from summers past.

I smelled a challenge. This is what happened. Check out the photo galleries to watch this pretty little puppy being born. Then, give it a go and make your own. It's fun.

This one actually holds my shades, wallet, lip gloss, keys and cell phone. Best of all, I don't have to worry about anything getting water damage.

How to make the purse in the picture - Click through the thumbnails to see the instructions.

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I like to lay out everything I think I might need or want. I thought to use Mod Podge for this project. After getting into it, I found it was not working well with the plastic container. At that point, I plugged in my trusty glue gun. It worked just Wash out the inside of the Carnation Instant Breakfast container, or whatever plastic, hard bottom item you want. Just be sure it has a lid so you can close the purse and keep all of your stuff safe and dry. Mine still smells like chocolate after beiUse a push pin to carefully make a hole on each side for the strap. Once you get the hole, wiggle the pin to widen it. Make sure each hole is centered on the side of the can and one inch down from the top of the can without the lid.Tape the bottom of the can first. Leave a good half inch to fold over on the sides. Run one strip down the center. Do another one on each side. You want the bottom pretty thick because it tends to get roughed up the most.Do the sides. Pull up and re-pull immediately for any wrinkles or bubbles. Do successive rings until the can is covered. Use the edges of children's scissors to push any tape sticking up under the rim at the top.Run a vertical strip of the argyle tape on each side of the can to the side of the midpoint. Leave enough over hang to get a good one inch fold over on the bottom.Tape the argyle strip around the base carefully being sure to leave a good half to one full inch to fold over onto the bottom. Run another strip of black on the bottom covering the argyle to make clean lines.Glue the silver ribbon on the top of the argyle border. I tried to do this step with the Mod Podge but it was taking forever and the ribbon kept slipping. The hot glue gun fixed it right up, quick.Use a large drop of hot glue to attach the charms. Hold each in place for about a minute to let the glue set really well or it may slide on you.Use the pin again, from the inside of the container and poke it through the tape. From the outside of the container, push the shoelace through on each side. Pull it in some and make a knot on each side to hold it in place.It's time to start the top. Tape down one piece of the argyle directly onto the center of the lid.Glue on the black seed beads. The Mod Podge just wasn't working well for me. The glue gun held them good and dried fast. I had to do two layers and some filling in holes and thin spots.Select a ribbon that is just slightly wider than your lid is tall to cover the two small tabs. Glue the ribbon completely around the lid.
I like to lay out everything I think I might need or want. I thought to use Mod Podge for this project. After getting into it, I found it was not working well with the plastic container. At that point, I plugged in my trusty glue gun. It worked just
I like to lay out everything I think I might need or want. I thought to use Mod Podge for this project. After getting into it, I found it was not working well with the plastic container. At that point, I plugged in my trusty glue gun. It worked just | Source
Wash out the inside of the Carnation Instant Breakfast container, or whatever plastic, hard bottom item you want. Just be sure it has a lid so you can close the purse and keep all of your stuff safe and dry. Mine still smells like chocolate after bei
Wash out the inside of the Carnation Instant Breakfast container, or whatever plastic, hard bottom item you want. Just be sure it has a lid so you can close the purse and keep all of your stuff safe and dry. Mine still smells like chocolate after bei | Source
Use a push pin to carefully make a hole on each side for the strap. Once you get the hole, wiggle the pin to widen it. Make sure each hole is centered on the side of the can and one inch down from the top of the can without the lid.
Use a push pin to carefully make a hole on each side for the strap. Once you get the hole, wiggle the pin to widen it. Make sure each hole is centered on the side of the can and one inch down from the top of the can without the lid. | Source
Tape the bottom of the can first. Leave a good half inch to fold over on the sides. Run one strip down the center. Do another one on each side. You want the bottom pretty thick because it tends to get roughed up the most.
Tape the bottom of the can first. Leave a good half inch to fold over on the sides. Run one strip down the center. Do another one on each side. You want the bottom pretty thick because it tends to get roughed up the most. | Source
Do the sides. Pull up and re-pull immediately for any wrinkles or bubbles. Do successive rings until the can is covered. Use the edges of children's scissors to push any tape sticking up under the rim at the top.
Do the sides. Pull up and re-pull immediately for any wrinkles or bubbles. Do successive rings until the can is covered. Use the edges of children's scissors to push any tape sticking up under the rim at the top. | Source
Run a vertical strip of the argyle tape on each side of the can to the side of the midpoint. Leave enough over hang to get a good one inch fold over on the bottom.
Run a vertical strip of the argyle tape on each side of the can to the side of the midpoint. Leave enough over hang to get a good one inch fold over on the bottom. | Source
Tape the argyle strip around the base carefully being sure to leave a good half to one full inch to fold over onto the bottom. Run another strip of black on the bottom covering the argyle to make clean lines.
Tape the argyle strip around the base carefully being sure to leave a good half to one full inch to fold over onto the bottom. Run another strip of black on the bottom covering the argyle to make clean lines. | Source
Glue the silver ribbon on the top of the argyle border. I tried to do this step with the Mod Podge but it was taking forever and the ribbon kept slipping. The hot glue gun fixed it right up, quick.
Glue the silver ribbon on the top of the argyle border. I tried to do this step with the Mod Podge but it was taking forever and the ribbon kept slipping. The hot glue gun fixed it right up, quick. | Source
Use a large drop of hot glue to attach the charms. Hold each in place for about a minute to let the glue set really well or it may slide on you.
Use a large drop of hot glue to attach the charms. Hold each in place for about a minute to let the glue set really well or it may slide on you. | Source
Use the pin again, from the inside of the container and poke it through the tape. From the outside of the container, push the shoelace through on each side. Pull it in some and make a knot on each side to hold it in place.
Use the pin again, from the inside of the container and poke it through the tape. From the outside of the container, push the shoelace through on each side. Pull it in some and make a knot on each side to hold it in place. | Source
It's time to start the top. Tape down one piece of the argyle directly onto the center of the lid.
It's time to start the top. Tape down one piece of the argyle directly onto the center of the lid. | Source
Glue on the black seed beads. The Mod Podge just wasn't working well for me. The glue gun held them good and dried fast. I had to do two layers and some filling in holes and thin spots.
Glue on the black seed beads. The Mod Podge just wasn't working well for me. The glue gun held them good and dried fast. I had to do two layers and some filling in holes and thin spots. | Source
Select a ribbon that is just slightly wider than your lid is tall to cover the two small tabs. Glue the ribbon completely around the lid.
Select a ribbon that is just slightly wider than your lid is tall to cover the two small tabs. Glue the ribbon completely around the lid. | Source

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I like it!

Having never done on of these, I'm most pleased.

Now, I can't wait to do some more. I can see kids loving these. I envision peace signs and flowers, leopard print and leather, the combinations are unfathomable. Give a go and protect your valuables while hanging by the pool this summer. Use the money you saved for a new swim suit!

Finished DIY upcycled duck tape purse

Finished purse made from a plastic container and duct tape.
Finished purse made from a plastic container and duct tape. | Source

Pink and black duct tape craft project purse.

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Give it a try.

This is so very simple to create, cost only pennies really and best of all can be easily replicated by anyone.

Teens and tweens would love this. For parties, sleepovers, small and large group activities this project is a good one. From church groups to Girl Scouts, school clubs and family get togethers this easy project is sure to go over well with the gals.

If planning to do this with groups, consider getting tape and "bling" in coordinating color combinations with some black, white, and silver thrown in. Pink, purple, red and pastels are usually a safe bet with the girly crowd.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • Black roll Duck Tape
  • Pink and black argyle roll Duck TapeCleandry Carnation Instant Breakfast plastic box with lid1 ribbo
  • Cleandry Carnation Instant Breakfast plastic box with lid
  • Thin silver ribbon
  • Black sead beads
  • Pink shimmer ribbon shoe lace
  • Black heart charms or buttons
Cast your vote for Pink and Black Argyle Purse Directions and Supply List

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the Carnation Instant breakfast box.
  2. Use a push pin to make a hole in the center of each side one inch down from the bottom of the top without the lid.
  3. Cover the bottom with black tape.
  4. Cover the sides with black tape.
  5. Be sure to start and stop on the blue center line on the container side.
  6. Tape down the vertical strip of argyle tape on both sides and fold over bottom.
  7. Tape the horizontal border of argyle around the purse remembering to start and stop on the mid line on the side. Leave about an inch for folding over on the bottom.
  8. Glue the thin silver ribbon trim onto the argyle tape with a glue gun.
  9. Glue on any flowers, ribbons or embellishments.
  10. Run a ribbon shoe lace through the side holes and tie off each end on the inside of the purse.
  11. Cover the lid in Duck tape. Glue sead beads on the edging.

© 2013 Rhonda Lytle

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you. It's amazing to me how many patterns this stuff comes in now. I just saw a new Duck Dynasty one. Thanks bunches for dropping in . God bless.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Really interesting how duct tapes have expanded to include these colourful and crafty colours. You've produced another winning craft, poetvix!

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      SBPI Inc 4 years ago

      Hi. I only recently hear about their being Duck Tape Art hobbyists but have never seen the work till your lens. Wow, what an eye opener. I will be at Lows check out what they have real soon after my daughter and grandchild leave. The waterproof purse is a great idea and I just may try to make on for my granddaughter. Definitely a first for me. Thanks for a great lens and the pictures really help. My bets to you. Jonathan

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