In our house, some of the most popular crafts are those that are made from seemingly random practical things we already had around the house. Duct tape is a great example of that kind of “crafting supply” and we’ve been totally obsessed with the idea of using it in all kinds of crafts lately! That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for new ideas and tutorials we haven’t tried yet.
1. Duct tape rose
In the spirit of spring, why not make a lovely rose craft out of duct tape that can be displayed just about anywhere or given to someone you love as a simple, crafty little gift? The effect is still a good one if you only have one colour of duct tape, but we’ll admit we do love the way 101 Duct Tape Crafts made theirs in red and green, just like the real thing.
2. Butterfly duct tape hair bow
Speaking of springlike things made of duct tape, here’s another idea that’s nothing short of adorable! We’ve actually made little duct tape butterfly hair clips for our kids before and they were so pleased with them that we got requests for even more in all different colour combinations. Get the full details for making some of your own on Doodlecraft.
3. Magic duct tape wallet
If you’ve never actually made anything unconventional out of duct tape, you might not yet be familiar with just how durable it really is, making it perfect for customized things that you’ll actually use in daily life. That’s why we adore the concept of duct tape wallets so much! This version from Rockin’ The Boys’ Club is the perfect example of what we mean.
4. Kate Spade inspired duct tape iPhone case
Have you ever seen a designer accessory in a trendy pattern that you really liked but you knew you just couldn’t afford the brand name? Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t make yourself something else inspired by that, so you can still enjoy something similar! That’s exactly what As The Bunny Hops did here when they mimicked the look of a Kate Spade phone case in their pocket slider style pouch that’s perfectly sized for an iPhone or iPad.
5. Duct tape iPad cover
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about protective duct tape cases but you’ve already got a case for your phone and iPod? Well, what about your tablet? Sliding pocket cases work just as well for those too, so long as you make it a little bigger! The Maven shows you step by step how to do precisely that.
6. Duct tape feather earrings
Just because you’re making something out of duct tape doesn’t mean that the finished product can’t be delicate or something that doesn’t actually look like it’s made from tape. These lovely little feathered duct tape earrings from Flamingo Toes are the perfect example of what we mean! We adore the way they’ve been paired with delicate silver jewelry chain for some detail.
7. DIY duct tape coasters
Have you always been in love the the idea of making your own custom coasters but you’re also working on a budget and looking for something that’s a little more durable than a lot of the affordable DIY options you’ve seen throughout the years? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Make It Easy Crafts made these fantastic duct tape coasters with a cute felt and bead border for a little extra character.
8. DIY duct tape necklaces
If you’re going to make a pair of duct taped earrings, would you actually prefer to go all out and make a matching necklace too, so you have an entire matching set? Then we have a feeling you’re going to simply love the way Creme de la Craft used similar techniques to what you saw before, amongst others, to make these adorably delicate looking duct tale necklaces!
9. Functional duct tape tool belt
Did we really intrigue you with all that talk about how duct tape is very durable indeed and now you can’t help wondering what other kinds of practical things you could make for yourself and use quite often instead of buying them from the store? Well, if you’re a handy person, you might get a kick out of the way DIY Projects made an entire duct tape tool belt!
10. Duct tape luggage tags
We’re pretty big travellers in our family, but we find that we sometimes have some trouble recognizing our own luggage coming off things like airplanes because it’s quite a common colour. That’s why we thought this concept for making your very own custom luggage tags, featured on Viklpah, was such a good idea! Of course, they’re made of duct tape as well.
11. Duct tape beads
If you’ve ever tried making paper beads then you’re probably already familiar with how much fun the techniques used here are, but have you ever considered using duct tape in the place of paper instead? We find this makes our beads more likely to withstand the kind of wear and tear they’ll get when we actually make them into jewelry pieces. Get the full details for making cute duct tape beads on Crafty Night Owls!
12. Duct tape bowties and neckties
In our house, some of the most popular crafts are usually those that involve not only a fun DIY process but also some kind of play factor when they’re all finished! That’s why we completely adore making homemade dress-up pieces and accessories with our kids. They actually love them so much that we’ve made several versions of these neck ties and bowties from Repeat Crafter Me in all different colours.
13. Fabric and duct tape pencil rolls
Are you still really interested in the idea of using duct tape to make practical things that have daily use for you but you’re just not sure that a wallet or a tool belt is something you need? Then perhaps a brush roll for your art or makeup brushes would be better! We love the way Chica Circle so simply outlines their process of combining duct tape and scrap fabric to make it happen.
14. DIY duct tape purse
Have you actually been wondering just how big a practical item made out of duct tape can be and actually still be functional? Well, we think you’ll be rather impressed indeed to see how Guide Patterns actually made an entire functional (and very useful) tote bag made entirely of the stuff! We love the way they contrasted the inside with the outside of the bag.
15. Duct tape crayon roll
Were you actually really interested in the idea of making an art supplies roll but you think it might be more useful for your kids, despite the fact that they’re very little? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll appreciate the way Taking Time to Create made this adorable miniature roll that’s perfectly sized for filling with crayons and putting in your purse so you can pull them out on the go when your kids need something to keep them busy.
Do you have another awesome duct tape project that you’ve made before and were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your work in the comments section!