Friday, January 6, 2012

How to Make Duct Tape Jewelry

By on Friday, January 06, 2012 7 Comments

Need a project for young crafters?  Duct tape jewelry is low budget and a lot of fun.

Duct tape or sometimes duck tape is a water resistant fabric-based tape with a strong flexible adhesive. It has been the basis of hundreds if not thousands of creative (and sometimes wacky) uses, so why not jewelry?

 The  ring tutorial  above is by pinkkoala111 on Cut Out and Keep. Come to think of it, duct tape is pretty hardy material for a ring!

I've only used the boring dark grey variety but apparently you can get duct tape as racers tape (or tank tape in the UK). It comes in a multitude of colors to match paint varieties as it's used for repairing fiberglass bodywork in the racing car industry.

Rhonda over at the Dollar Store Crafts blog was really thinking outside the box as her rolled duct tape beads are made in a similar way to paper beads.

One variation is to make the paper bead style versions around drinking straws to form consistent holes. This video tutorial by the Duck brand shows they now make duct tape in sheets and in different patterns. They obviously know people are using duct tape for decorative purposes!

The duct tape rose tutorial by Ashasaurus13 is very effective with the right color tape. It's deceptively easy but I suspect I will only get bits of tape glued to me if I tried it! Someone else on Cut Out and Keep used the tutorial to make the focal in her duct tape bracelet.

Lola Ebola wanted to make duct tape roses for her wedding decor but found she was hopeless at it so she made this duct tape flower hair pin and shared the tutorial on Cut Out and Keep. A variation is this ring version on Youtube.

This simple wristband video tutorial is perfect for the younger set. It can be decorated in so many ways - with stickers, strips of contrast duct tape and marker pens. It's easily removed. Cheap too!

What to do with the left over duct tape roll when the tape is gone? Decoupage it as Bliss did in her duct tape roll bangle tutorial on Cut Out and Keep!

Some fun facts about duct tape :
Before you go:
For more tutorials check out my Jewelry Making Tips

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  1. My husband loves duct tape. Maybe I should make something for him!

  2. I always thought it's called Duck tape because of the Duck brand! I love this stuff - it held my first car together, and now forms the basis of most of my craft studio

  3. Oh they know it's used for other purposes :) They hold a scholarship contest annually for Prom dresses made of the stuff! Spurred on by the Duct Tape Ball in Alaska. All tuxes, ball gowns and accessories are made of duct tape, some pretty awesome designs!

  4. Wow how cool is that. I use duct tape for everything, but never crossed my mine to make jewelry out of it. I didn't even know it came in different colors till a couple of weeks ago. It's even good to patch up dogs wading pools (-; holds all summer. Don't know whether I would want to put it in my hair.. Duct tape is some tuff stuff, if just a little of the sticky stuff touches your hair. Ouch!!!

    Really like the pink & zebra striped bracelet, and the yellow & black with pearls. Cute

  5. Yes, I have seen those prom outfits. Pretty cool! I guess duct tape have a lot of fans out there!

  6. I love duct tape projects! I still have a duct tape rose that a friend of mine stuck to my door in college.

    I love, love, love the duct tape beads. Such a clever idea.

  7. Oh I just know this would make me nuts! I would be getting tape stuck to tape stuck to tape - and not in any way I would want it to!