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Colored Duct Tape

Updated on June 25, 2009

Why Use Colored Duct Tape?

Colored duct tape isn't something that you'll probably need a lot, but when you do need it it's sometimes extremely hard to find. As I'm sure you've already realized, the standard, silver-colored duct tape that can be found at any gas station or hardware shop is really easy to find. However, if you're looking to find any other color variations, then you've most likely had some trouble, which is probably why you're reading this right now.

The main reason that I'm sharing all of this information about colored duct tape is because I just dressed up for a crazy event called Bay To Breakers in San Francisco which required me to put together a unique and creative outfit. Well, I had an outfit pretty much picked out, but once my friends showed up with some colored (neon) duct tape, my outfit went from being pretty awesome to being one of the greatest outfits of the entire event (which is saying a lot!). By adding the colored duct tape into my outfit it took it to a whole new level and from now on anytime that I need a costume, colored duct tape will be part of it.

Creative, but probably not real safe
Creative, but probably not real safe

Unmatched Flexibility And Creativity

One of the reasons that duct tape has always been a favorite product of so many people is that it such a flexible and reliable product. Whether you're using it to fix something, hold something together or patch something up, duct tape is always a solid option for doing just about anything.

But, of the other great things about duct tape is that it can be used in so many creative ways. For example, there are entire sites dedicated to duct tape fashion and there's also many people out there who love to carry a duct tape wallet. Well, without colored duct tape, many of these creative uses of the super durable sticky adhesive wouldn't be nearly as popular as they are today. Nothing against the original silver, but in my honest opinion it never hurts to add some color.

This couple went colored duct tape crazy!
This couple went colored duct tape crazy!

Colored Duct Tape Clothes And Costumes

One of the uses of colored duct tape that I'd like to focus on is how it can add to costumes and clothing. Like I said earlier, I used some neon colored duct tape to add some serious awesomeness to a crazy outfit that I put together and it really made me realize just how useful a few rolls of this stuff can be.

When thinking about including some colored duct tape into your clothing or outfit, just remember that unless you're making your entire outfit out of duct tape, a little bit can go a long way. In other words, try not to overdo it or you'll just end up looking like a roll of ragged duct tape instead of the awesome image that you initially had in your mind when you starting sticking the colored duct tape anywhere and everywhere.

Here are a few other tips on how you can maximize the impact on your use of colored duct tape when adding it to your outfit or costume:

  • Feel free to experiment with making certain sections of your outfit with your colored duct tape, not necessarily the whole thing. It will be easier to wear and will end up saving you a lot of time.
  • Duct tape is pretty cheap, so be sure to buy at least a couple rolls of each color that you're planning on using. Running out of the stuff is probably the last thing that you want to happen.
  • Get some help from others if you're able to find yourself a willing volunteer. There's several spots on your body that you simply can't reach and we don't want you hurting yourself.
  • ¬†While you're adding your colored duct tape to whatever you're going to wear, be sure to remember that you're going to probably need to go to the bathroom at some point while wearing it. I forgot about this and it wasn't a good situation at all.
  • Don't just add the colored duct tape to clothes, experiment with creating some creative accessories to top off your outfit. You can make some pretty cool-looking stuff without spending a ton of time on it, so why not?

Colored duct tape really added to these girl's outfits
Colored duct tape really added to these girl's outfits
More colored duct tape fun!
More colored duct tape fun!
Hey guys, colored duct tape isn't just for the ladies (that's me on the right)
Hey guys, colored duct tape isn't just for the ladies (that's me on the right)


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      8 years ago

      How do you do it? I'm good at duct tape but not that good!!

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      10 years ago

      Do you have any video of that? I'd e to find out some additional information.

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      Lesley D 

      10 years ago from Sarasota, Florida

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

      Love the duct taped baby!

    • Peter Brown profile image

      Peter Brown 

      11 years ago

      haha Hup you beat me to the hub-punch. Great hub topic...great keyword...!

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      Reg Brittain 

      11 years ago from South Burlington, VT, USA

      Awesome, Ryan! I have a friend who makes the BEST duct tape wallets.

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      11 years ago

      You guys are crazy -- but it looks like fun :)

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      11 years ago from Australia

      I have a leather computer chair. It's "recycled" (we found it on the side of the road) and there was nothing wrong with it except for a big rip in the seat exposing the foam underneath. Structurally the seat was fine.

      So I got some black duct tape, and fixed it up! It blends in well.

      I was unaware of coloured duct tape. If I can get a yellowy/mustard coloured one I'll be able to fix the leather couch in our home office that has a rip in it due to some overactive play and our dogs. We got a quote from a leather repair guy but the cost was enormous.


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