How to make adorable accessories from DUCT TAPE

Yes, you read that right. Yes, “adorable” and “duct tape” are in the same sentence.

No, I’m not insane {at least I hope I’m not!} ;)

Last week I whipped up some ca-ute accessories for my daughters room made from, you guessed it… Duct Tape.
I first showed these cute accessories over at Someday Crafts.

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Srsly, are these not just the cutest things ever? And I made them all with zebra-printed Duct Tape and random accessories laying around the house.

I first saw this Duct Tape at WalMart and was smitten. How can I incorporate it into a project?

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Here’s a play-by-play of how I made these fun accessories. Think outside the box and try to see what fun things you can create with duct tape!

For the storage boxes, I found three identical shipping boxes (you can purchase them at Wal-Mart for about .50¢ each). I taped the bottoms shut and cut off the top flaps.

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I started by adding the Duct Tape around the entire top of the box. I left enough to fold it over to create a finished edge.

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Once it’s around the box, just fold it over the edge and smoosh it down.

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After the top edge was folded I wrapped the duct tape around the box, one layer at a time. In total it took 4 layers to cover each of the boxes.

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To make the tissue box, I started with a basic plastic tissue container. The duck theme in their bathroom is getting retired soon {hopefully very soon}, so it was a perfect way to recycle an accessory that otherwise would have ended up at goodwill.

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I started by adding layers to the top of the box, then wrapped the tape around the sides of the box.

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The top was a little tricky. I taped across the hole, then got a razor blade and cut little triangles around the hole and folded them all under the inside of the tissue box. Here’s a picture of the inside of the box:

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My boxes were cute, but still a little boring, so I found some hot pink grosgrain ribbon and hot glued it around the top and bottom of each box. Then I tied some bows and glued them on as well. The boxes have 5/8″ ribbon and the tissue box and candle each have 3/8″ ribbon. (I buy all my ribbon from Ribbons and Bows oh My!.)

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Now my daughter has some fun accessories for her bedroom!

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I was having so much fun taping everything in sight, so I added some of the funky Duct Tape to a candle as well!

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I do want to mention though, this candle is strictly for decorative purposes ONLY. DO NOT BURN IT. If you attempt this project, the Duct Tape and ribbon are both extremely flammable!!

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Aren’t they just so fun?! What little girl wouldn’t want hot pink and zebra-print accessories?

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My total cost was about $8.00. Each roll of Duct Tape is around $4.00 and this project took 2 rolls. All the other accessories I already had on hand.

Have you made anything fun with Duct Tape? I’d love more ideas!


     
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Comments

  1. Adorable! Duct tape has come long way, baby!

  2. Love it! Especially the bins. I’ve been passing by the fancy duct tape for a while now wondering what people did with the stuff. Now I know, you can do a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’ve used a strip of it around a candle before, and made a cardboard envelope for a photography gift certificate. I love that stuff! The damask print is my fave. :)

  4. I’ll have to admit, I didn’t think you could actually pull of “cute” duct tape accessories…but I am sold! LOVE the storage box idea! I might have to check out the duct tape at my Wal Mart ;)

  5. Okay, this is totally cute! My 11 year old daughter is totally into making duct tape purses and has about every color they make. We may have to use the cheetah themed duct tape to decorate up her room. Thanks for the idea!

  6. I was at Staple the other day and they had a whole section of duct tape in a variety of colors and designs…they also sell square sheets of duct tape…I was thinking “WOW” duct tape has come a long way…

  7. They have camo duct tape too. Wouldn’t that be cool in a boys room???

  8. Seriously! Only two rolls! Wow! That went a long way! This is something I’ll have to try for my new apartment!

  9. Who knew?! I have never seen duct tape like that ever! What a great way to use it! Great job!

  10. I gotta admit. I clicked on your blog post with the thought, “Adorable? Duct tape? No way. But I’ll humor her, read the post, and keep my comments of how hideous duct tape is to myself.”

    I stand corrected. I am thinking I should make my own cute accessories now.

  11. I read your title and didn’t believe anything cute could be done with duct tape. Gotta admit, I was wrong!

  12. Just today I saw a display of duct tape at Michael’s and for as much as I wanted to grab some of those fun-colored rolls, I couldn’t think of anything to do with them! LOVE these ideas!! :)

  13. Allison too too amazing. You are full of surprises and this all is so fun for your daughter!!

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    Karena
    Art by Karena

  14. my dad always says you can use duct tape, and he is right!!!

  15. Brilliant! I was just thinking about how I could make a cute tissue box cover. You gave me the answer! Duct tape! Who knew . . .

  16. OMG, I saw that tape tonight when I was at Tarjay and thought it was so cute! Very fancy stuff. You can get it in hot pink and turquoise, too, as well as a really pretty black-and-white damask pattern. Neat stuff! Love your projects with it, your daughter must feel special that she has some neat new things made especially for her by her mom!

    Best,

    Kimberly

  17. If you just put one band of duck tape in the middle of the candle, would it still be flamable? Or maybe it could be put around a glass container. Hm…all the ideas. It looks great! You must be patient to work with all that tape. lol

  18. Love that duct tape!!!! And your accessories are adorable!!
    So cute!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  19. Wow I’m shocked that something so cute started life as duct tape, lol. I will definitely be picking up some next time I’m at Walmart. Great idea.

  20. I blog hopped here from somewhere, somehow and YEAH, I love a blog with creative inspiration and fun ideas like this duct tape box!!! Who woulda thought. I want to make a creation with duct tape now. So excited!! Looking forward to following you more in the future;0

  21. Awesome! I always see it, but I could not think of what to do with it! Love it!!!

  22. GO GIRL! This is PRECIOUS!!!! I can’t wait to try something like this myself!

  23. christine kellejian says:

    I totally LOVE the zebra goodies you made..My 13 yr old dau. room is hot pink and zebra, guess I will be making some awesome bins..Thanks so much!! oh, btw, where did you find that awesome bedside table?

  24. So cute! I love the photo showing the “how-to” for the hole on top of the tissue container.

  25. Genious!! I can’t believe I never thought of this. And I love zebra and pink. My girls are so getting some new bins for their bedroom. Also, the family pictures are to die for!! LOVE them! Thanks for the ideas!

  26. My kinda decorating!! Love the zebra print ~

  27. Lauren Seibert says:

    So I was flipping through the Justice catalog this morning and what did I see? The Zebra tape! Look at page 21!
    http://www.shopjustice.com/Girls-Clothing-Online-Catalog/Summer1-2011/

    I am LOVING the paint splatter tape! In fact I have a shelf a picked up for my daughters room at Salvation Army that I think I’m going to cover in it! YAY!

  28. Duct tape is what holds the world together…isn’t it? Very Creative… Nice job!

  29. It’s funny and simple gift-boxes, they are pretty nice, but in Ukraine I can not find something like duct tape

  30. SOOOOO cute! I never in a million years would have thought of this. Very economical AND stylish! Love it :)

  31. I saw you shared this sometime a few weeks ago and it totally inspired me to make my garage organization look prettier (not as pretty though). Unfortunately, the duct tape I got was thin enough to see the diaper box underneath… but it still looks better than a whole bunch of diaper boxes on shelves :)

  32. That is awesome. I need some temporary storage but want everything to be cute. have lots of jars, cans, boxes… Now, all I need is some duct tape!

  33. So simple, so clever, soooooo cute! Love, love, love it!

  34. Great ideas!
    I made a cupcake stand using wooden orange crates and the same duct tape.
    http://logansbabyblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/logans-jungle-party.html

  35. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    These all turned out amazing! I did this with a small box to hold notepaper that I made as a free download for followers and customers. It turned out great–I liked the cute duct tape box better than the paper :)
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

  36. Very cool! New follower from the blog hop. :-) Have a great day! http://www.MeasuringFlower.com

  37. This is my first visit to your blog today and I saw this post. I can’t believe it I just bought this tape a few days ago for a mother’s day craft I’m doing. My son was asking for duct tape to make something his friend told him about and when I saw this I just had to buy it.

    I have to say that those cardboard storage boxes will hold up quite well.

  38. too darn cute! I got a free sheet of this pattern from their fb page.
    It’s pretty small though.
    I love duct tape!
    gail
    thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can

  39. Gena Thomas says:

    Wow. I LOVE this idea. I am going to have to make a run to the duct tape dept and see what I can find. Nothing like duct tape, hot glue and super glue. We could probably save the world. lol.

  40. hey use the squares of duct tape as like a tile wallpaper…… my daughter had fun doing that!

  41. Sue Wilhelm says:

    WOW… I haven’t even seem duct tape like this. I must live a very sheltered life. With 5 kids and 8 grandkids, I may go broke getting things whipped up for Christmas, but this is just too GENIUS not to do. Great blog, I am now a follower.

  42. Julia Hayes says:

    Love it! I just redid my daughter’s room black, white and pink and actually saw the zebra print duct tape at WalMart and wondered what I could use it for. Then I shook myself, cause just cause it’s black and white doesn’t mean I have to put it in her room! But it feels like it! And now I know I was right. Plus you could use the boxes ramen noodles come in and not even have to shell out 50 cents for a box and/or cut the flaps off! I’ve been using them to organize stuff in my pantry already, now I’m going to go make them fabulous! Thanks!

  43. i think that was an awesome idea i will do that to my room and it will b adorable! THANKS!!!!!!!!

  44. That’s really cool. I started making wallets and roses out of duct tape 5 days ago, it never crossed my mind to make something like that. It looks so pretty!!!

  45. cute!!!!!

    try youtube and type in duck tape rose it is so cool

  46. I just found you on Pinterest!! Love the cute accessories! We used the same duct tape to jazz up our teachers’ Christmas gifts this year. The teachers loved the gifts!!

    http://chickenscowschildren.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/saving-on-christmas-gifts-teachers-gifts/

  47. Those things are so cool! Maybe I’ll try them out for myself!! Thanks for showing! :D

  48. terri straton says:

    We redid my daughter’s room in hot pink and zebra for her birthday in January . . . I can’t wait to try a few of these ideas!

    We used duck tape to cover her outlet covers :) . . . they turned out GREAT . . .

  49. This stinks!:( . All I have is plain clear duct tape not helping not giving me any ideas either

  50. I am sorry about what I said I just can’t get any ideas about the clear duck tape

  51. Honesty Noyce says:

    I love these bins! I’ve been trying to find some fabric totes to go in the new nursery and having the hardest time. I think this will come in handy. Thanks! :)

  52. I love the zebra print duct tape! There are so many possibilities! Your bathroom storage looks great!

  53. What a great idea! Redecorating the kids’ rooms and my daughter just picked this exact theme for her room! She needs storage (on a budget) for accessories and I was stumped. Thanks so much for the idea, I think she’ll love it and have fun making them too!

  54. Sonja Mitchell says:

    We are making over my daughters room in just these colors, hot pink and zebra! We painted her room hot pink and used the zebra duct tape on the wood trim around her window, door, closet and outlet covers. I am also going to put two strips on her pink lamp shade to make it tie in with the zebra theme. So excited to read this post and now my husbands comment that I am “taking it a little too far” does not faze me. I am going to get shipping boxes today and make her some super cute storage – thanks for the fabulous idea!

  55. Amanda Young says:

    I agree with all the comments about how cute these projects are! However, I want to know where you got that super cute side table? I love it for a girls’ room!! Thanks for the great post! ~Amanda

  56. Duct Tape Star Wars says:

    “What little girl wouldn’t want hot pink and zebra-print accessories?”

    Little gir??l!!! Heck, I’m 36 years old, and I want these accessories!!!

  57. I’ve used leopard print duct tape to recover an old wooden stool. Turned out very cute! Our Walmart has snowflake and sweater print duct tape on clearance for $1 a roll right now! Plan to use the snowflake print on Kraft paper to wrap Christmas presents this year!!

  58. Jessica Manuel says:

    I LOVE colored duck tape!!! I’ve made: a bag (for holdin clothes when I go somewhere), a lil bag to hold my bathroom supplys in my big bag (toothbrush,brush,n loofa),a purse,a cell phone holder,sunglasses holder,wallet,coin holder,holder for my remotes, another cell phone holder,n about 3 r 4 ipod cases. I LOVE DUCK TAPE!!!

  59. I’m not very crafty, at all. Yesterday I was shopping in Michaels when I came across this duck tape and loved it. But, I thought, “What does anybody use that for? Wrapping packages?” Today, I see what YOU did with this adorable duck tape. I can’t wait to go back and get some for myself!!!! Thanks for the great post. CH

  60. erin straker says:

    For the clear duct tape you can make a wallet or purse.

  61. Rebecca Mojica says:

    i made roses, clutch like bags, bracelets, bows, and rings. It is cheap and fun to make stuff out of duct tape. <3 P.S. I am only 16. :)<3

  62. Umm not sure how exactly I found your blog, but I loooove this idea, it is EXACTLY what I’ve been needing!! I need some cute bins for closet storage in my kids’ room (they share, so the closet can get kinda wild!), I will use for undies, socks, PJs etc… Thank you SOO much for your inspiration. I was thinking I would like the bottom to be “lined” since they will prob get quite a bit of use in our situation, and when I looked at your pic again, I knew immediately what to do! I will take the 2 long flaps and duct tape them together and cover the rest of them in the tape too and then put in the bottom of the box, I really think that would work haha! I can’t wait – thanks again, God bless you!

  63. I have also used duck tape to cover a mirror when my daughter wanted everything zebra print we got stuff from yard sales and thrift stores and covered it all in duck tape we even used it to frame out the door jams in her room we went through about 5 rolls n she loved helping me…. Loved this where u added the ribbon to it makes the hole thing….. Thanks for the great idea…

  64. we used zebra print duct tape to turn a plain old black side table into a zebra print one my daughter loved it thought it was cool

  65. I thing is an asome holder for things.

  66. Oh hey yeah that is sooo cool, where did you get the hot pink duct tape from:-) ? How much is it?:-)

  67. F@#$!

  68. I am 8 and SHOCKED how you did that your daughter must be very happy to have a mom like you

    • I am ten years old and I love what you did…I might do that for my dad for his tools with my Eagles football duct tape…and of course maybe three or four for myself. (Duh!)

  69. so cute but can you make stuff for baby showers

  70. AWESOME

  71. U think ur creations are SO cool , I have made new chair out of duct tape and SO much more I have 20 rolls of duct tape and want more but since I’m a preteen I can’t afford a ton

  72. wish I saw your pic before I gave gifts to my granddaughter. I need to add some ribbon!

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