Duck Tape & Recycled Bracelets!

Hi friends! I recently got an order in the mail and the boxes had a plastic binding around them. I though that this thin, light and sturdy materiel would make a great bracelet form. Then I remembered my box of pretty duct tape and made bracelets!

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It is pretty affordable too, you just need a 11″ long strip of tape to make 2 bracelets. I think this would be a great camp or classroom craft. Feel free to share this idea with friends or teachers! Watch this video to see how to make these.

Directions:
1. Cut the plastic strapping to 10″ length.
2. Cut duct tape to 11″ lengths and then cut down the center so you have 2 1″x11″ strips. You can make 2 bracelets from this.
3. Flip over the tape and center the strapping on. Trim the excess tape from one end and cut slits in the tape on the other end where the strapping ends.
4. Fold the tape around the back of the strapping. Then form the strip into a circle that will fit over your wrist and secure with the sticky end. Take the piece you trimmed off and stick down the loose end on the inside of the bracelet.

You can use a shorter piece of strapping to make a ring too!

Any brand of duct tape will work for this project, even the stuff from the dollar store. Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make a Duct Tape Tote! & EasyLunchboxes Winner Revealed!!!

Hi friends! Another snowy day in Maine, man, Mother Nature better shape up, it is supposed to be spring in a few days! Oh well, I decided to combat this constant deluge of winter by making an easy clean beach tote BUT FIRST I want to announce the winner of the EasyLunchboxes and Cooler bag giveaway (drum-roll please….)¬†Marina M! Marina, please check your email for details. ūüėÄ Last week after¬†I made my quilted lunch bag I realized that I had no room for water bottles (well I guess I could have laid them over the top of the boxes in a pinch…) and I probably would not want to get the pretty fabric wet and sandy so I decided to make a wipe-down, no-sew, duck tape beach bag that will fit 4 ELBs and 4 water bottles. Have a look at today’s video:

For this project you will need:

  • Duct tape
  • Tarp
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Thin cardboard or matboard

Tips:

  1. Save scraps of tape to fill in bits as needed.
  2. Create the main part of the bag with solid color duck tape because it is less expensive.
  3. If you can’t find a tarp (I got mine at the dollar store) you can¬†wash and recycle a grain bag or something similar.

I think this bag is going to be super useful this summer and I hope you try this project too! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Beat the winter blahs and brighten your desk!

Hi friends! I have been really sick of winter lately so I grabbed some colorful duct tape and set out to make something cheerful for my desk:

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A bouquet of Duct tape pens! I used regular pens and inexpensive duct tape from Papermart to make these. They also have the best price around on duct tape: $1.36 for 10 yard rolls and $5-$6 for 60 year rolls! Check them out if you like duct tape crafting! Watch the video to see how I made these:

Before you know it spring will be here, until then we have some pretty flower pens to brighten our day! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Duct Tape Christmas Trees!

Hi Friends! Tonight I have a fun project using cardstock and duct tape, have a look:

If you don’t have duct tape you can use 2″ ribbon, scrapbook paper or even leftover gift wrap, just cut it into 2″ wide strips and cut those into 1 1/2″ lengths and fold them just like I did in the video. If you are not using duct tape you¬†will need to use glue, I suggest a glue stock for thin wrapping paper, tacky glue or hot glue for scrapbook paper and hot glue for ribbon. The duck tape I used is from Oriental Trading Company. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

PS Starting Monday you can vote for your favorite holiday lights in the USA Today Best Holiday Lights Contest! You might even win a $1,500 gift card!

DIY Ice Skates and Boots for “American Girl” Dolls!

Hi Friends! Today I have a fun and inexpensive craft for 18″ dolls or stuffed animals. DIY Ice Skates! Let’s face it, the accessories sold for these dolls could quickly put you in the poorhouse and you are limited to what you can buy BUT if you make it you can have whatever you like! When I was a girl I loved my Barbies, I think I had more fun making furniture and clothes for them than actually playing with them. Do you ever wonder why our kids tire of their toys so quickly? Because everything is done already. Let them create accessories for them! Today I will show you how to¬†make accessories from Duct Tape! Have a look:

I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying me with the duct tape for this project, they have the best prices I have seen for genuine Duck brand Duct Tape and they have their own brand that is cheaper and has more yardage per roll which is really good if you share your duct tape stash with your kids who will use it with gusto!

I was noticing that the most popular post on my blog and pinterest over the past couple weeks has been the DIY Tent and Sleeping bag tutorial for American Girl Dolls. I made these as a Christmas gift for my daughters 2 years ago and they loved them! It is a quick and inexpensive gift to make for any kids who likes to play with dolls or stuffed animals (that is most kids 10 and under). You can find the tutorial here.

Click here for tent and sleeping bag tutorial!

And if your doll is in need of a little TLC I have a tutorial here on how to fix frizzy doll hair.¬†I think it is wonderful that kids still play with dolls, just remember the best gift we can give them is creativity and resourcefulness so the next time the American Girl catalog arrives in the mail ask yourself “Can I DIY this?” It might not look just like the magazine (what does) but I bet you will have¬†way more fun making it yourself. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s GEt a Jump Start on Christmas Cards! Stashbuster!!!

Hi Friends! Let’s use up out stash and make Christmas cards! It feels good to use up what we have rather than buying new. Today I am going to share a way to revamp your old pattern paper and use up washi tape and give you some ideas for duct tape too! If you don’t have washi and duct tape simply cut pattered paper into strips and adhere them with glue. It will be just as cute!

The duct tape and backing paper I am using is from Oriental Trading Company and the pen and adhesive are from Tombow. Do you want more quick and simple Christmas card ideas? Let me know in the comments and if there is interest I will make more! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My Husband’s Halloween Costume!

Hi Friends! My hubby is really a good sport. Not only did he agree on a couples Halloween costume but he let me film the make up and accessories tutorial too! I think he makes a very handsome Frankeinstein’s Monster!

That make up was done with the same kit I used for my Bride of Frankenstein costume with the addition on a tube of green creme makeup, it is easier to use than the greasepaint when you have to cover the whole face. One YouTube viewer suggested powdering the makeup to make it longer lasting but I did his makeup at 6pm and it was still on when we got home at 1am without powder. It is not a bad idea though. I hope you enjoyed out silliness and til next time happy crafting!

Duct Tape + Juice Pouches = Cheap Crafty Fun!

Hi Friends! I love recycling…or upcycling stuff because it is fun to make something useful out of things you normally throw away. I wanted to make a sturdy pencil pouch to go in my binder and I did so using 4 juice pouches, Duct Tape and a zipper. Watch the video to see how!

I used fun patterned duct tape from Oriental Trading Company in this project. They have Duct brand as well as their own brand of duct tape. Both are very good quality, the only difference I see is that the Oriental Trading Company brand is a tad bit less sticky but it has held up fine in any of my projects. The OTC brand is a bit less expensive and has 20 yards in a roll in most cases where as the duct tape brand is 10-15 yards usually. Since they carry both you get a fantastic selection at $4-$5 a roll and the skinny stuff is even cheaper. All of that info is in the product listing if you are unsure. I hope you try this, or some other recycling craft. I decided to put my pouch in the kids plastic canvas project binder to hold the scissors and yarn needles that are constantly slipping out of the binder pockets. What did I tell you, useful. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Duct Tape & Dolls!

Hello friends! I have been super obsessed with duct tape this week, mainly the pretty colored stuff you can make crafts with. I got some from Papermart a few weeks ago and I have been pondering what to make with it. Well, with Halloween right around the corner I decided to make a costume for an 18″ doll or stuffed animal:

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I know I have a lot of American Girl doll fans here, but I love that you can customize it to fit whatever doll or toy you have. I am using colored duct tape from Papermart¬†because you get more in a roll of solid color than the patterned kind. The colored duct tape is $1.36 for a 10 yard roll! No need to be stingy with that tape! Also I noticed that Papermart just added washi tape to their website. They have 38 styles of adorable patterned washi tape for $1.34 a 10 yard roll and multi packs of solid color washi tapes for less than $6 a package of 5-10 5-yard rolls! I can’t wait to get my hands on those! If this is your first time working with duct tape I recommend you watch the video all the way through before beginning.

Tips for working with duct tape:

  1. Have wax paper handy to place scraps on, you might need them later!
  2. Use an x-acto knife and self-healing mat for cutting. The matte grey Fiskars mat I used was ideal because it was not shiny so the tape did not stick to it too badly. I tried another cutting mat and the tape stuck so bad I ruined some trying to remove it. Also have a couple extra blades handy because they will get sticky.
  3. Relax and go slow, there is no rush. Crafting is fun so why rush it?
  4. Involve your kids! My girls took to this craft like a duck to water…or a duck to duct tape?

The ONLY downside to letting your kids help with this craft is that they will have so much fun they will use up your entire stash of tape in no time flat, good thing it is only $1.36 a roll at Papermart!…better get extra! I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did and til next time happy crafting!

 

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