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How to Make a Duct Tape Pencil Case

Do you have some colorful duct tape left over after making a wallet or other project? Why not use it to create and decorate your own custom pencil case? These also make creative gift ideas and it is very simple!!

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  1. Gather the pens and pencils you’d like to carry in your case. You can make this design to size, if you know what size you’d like.
  2. Choose two colors of duct tape. You can do this project in just one color, but if you have a second color, you can make a contrasting liner. We’ll call the two colors the liner color (shown here in green) and the cover color (shown here in blue). If you want you can personalize it, try using different colors of tape, stickers, craft foam and pipe cleaners.
  3. Make a piece of duct tape fabric that is a little wider than your selection of pens and pencils. Put the liner color on one side and the cover color on the other side. The liner color should be about the width you want the finished pencil case. The cover tape should about about half an inch or 1-1.5cm wider than the liner tape.
    • Make this fabric 2-3 times as long as the longest pencil you want to hold. You can trim the length later.
  4. Trim or arrange the cover tape so that it extends about half an inch or 1-1.5cm to either side of the liner duct tape, and leave the sticky side of the cover tape exposed. Trim the edges straight or use the edges of the tape, since you will fold these sides in later to create a border around your liner.
  5. Fold the bottom end up to form the pocket. Trim the bottom end straight across and cover it with another piece of tape, if you wish. Cut off the sticky flaps up to the fold. Don’t stick it yet.
  6. Make an upper strap or loop. You could bring the lower pocket all the way up, or you could fold a strip of tape in three and put it near the top. If you want to clip pens over this strip or the pocket, line up the pens and see where the clip falls. Trim this strip to the width of the liner color and set it loosely in place.
  7. Fold up the bottom pocket again.
  8. Fold the sticky side flaps in and stick them down over both the bottom pocket and the upper loop. Fold them evenly, the length of the fabric.
  9. Put your pens or pencils in the pocket and check the size. When working with duct tape, you can lift it for the first few days. After that, don’t count on changing anything.
  10. Fold the top flap down. Decide where you want the fold. You may want to leave a little extra length in case you ever get a pen or pencil that’s a bit taller than the ones you have now.
  11. Trim the end of the top flap so that it will stick into the bottom pocket. The easiest way is to cut a straight line on a slight angle, but if you want to cut a bit of a curve, you can.
  12. Fold short pieces of tape over the sides and end of the flap and any exposed edges. If you curved the end of the top flap, you’ll need to cut little slits in the duct tape on one side to relieve it so it will stick flat. Here, there’s another bit of tape to line the tab
  13. Reinforce the bottom of the pocket with another piece of tape if you want.
  14. Put your pens and pencils in the case, fold the flap over, tuck it in, enjoy and have fun!


Edit Tips

  • One way to cut a fairly straight edge on duct tape is to stick it to your table so it hangs over the edge. Guide the scissors along the edge of the table.
  • You can also use this to hold your makeup or beauty utensils.
  • When you’re finished, you can get the “stickem” off the scissors and the table by pressing one more strip of duct tape against it and pulling it off, also you could use it for knitting needles.
  • It’s a bit more work, but if you know how to sew, you could make a similar pouch out of fabric. Try that chunk of denim you cut off your old jeans to make shorts. You don’t need a liner fabric, but if you want one, use a piece of thin, woven cotton, thinner than denim.
  • If you want to make a bigger one add more duct tape to make it wider and store erasers in the bottom pocket or add another one.
  • This is also useful for school pencils and pens. It won’t fit much, but if you wanted to put a couple of pencils and a pen in there for just one specific class then it would work perfect!
  • Make one for your crochet.

    Make one for your crochet.

    This case is also excellent for carrying a selection of crochet hooks and a tapestry needle. It could make crochet a regular part of your travel craft kit.


Edit Warnings

  • Use appropriate caution when choosing work spaces. Duct tape is very sticky and will leave a sticky residue if left on surface for too long.
  • Use appropriate caution when working with scissors.


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How to Dress Up Band Aids with Washi Tape

Save money and still look like an awesome parent by covering plain old Band-Aids® with Japanese Washi tape. You can now customize your adhesive bandages any way that you (or your child) please without having to pay extra for pre-made designer Band-Aids.


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Designing the Band-Aids

  1. Determine the types of designs you’d like to create on the Band-Aids. You have several options such as:

    • Covering the whole of the Band-Aid or only a portion of it.
    • Cutting out a shape in the Washi tape that will fit within the Band-Aid strip. Ideas for shapes include: a star, an animal’s head or some letters.
    • You could even choose Washi tape that matches the colors or patterns of your child’s outfit.


Making a Bandage Kit for Storage

  1. Create your own special bandage kit with a variety of shapes and sized Band-Aids covered in Washi tape. Empty out an old Band-Aid box or empty a small tin to keep your decorated Band-Aids.

    • As well as Washi tape-covered Band-Aids, keep antibacterial cream or soap in this bandage kit for quick and easy clean up after scrapes, cuts and bumps.


Creating the Washi Tape Band-Aids

  1. Obtain the desired number of Band-Aid sizes and shapes. Consider keeping a one-month supply on hand at all times.

  2. Measure the first Band-Aid. Transfer the measurements to the first piece of Washi tape.

  3. Cut the Washi tape to size (or in a shape if using one). Apply to the top of the Band-Aid. Smooth out any wrinkles, then move onto the next piece.


Involving Your Child

  1. Set up an area where your child can make his or her own Washi tape Band-Aids. In some cases, engaging your child in a small craft will take his or her mind off any injury and bring the focus back to something fun.

    • Find a shoebox or larger empty tin to keep your supplies. Include a pair of sharp scissors in addition to the Band Aids and assortment of Washi tape.

  2. Allow your child to select the Washi tape he or she would like to cover the Band-Aid with.

  3. Measure and cut the Washi Tape for your child. Then allow your child to apply it to the Band-Aid independently (or with your assistance if needed).

  4. Finished. Your child will delight in wearing the self-created pretty Band-Aids.


Edit Tips

  • Use Washi tape to cover and decorate a small cast.
  • These can also be useful for craft projects if you need some pretty sticky things.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Band-Aids in different sizes and types (waterproof, etc.)

  • Washi tape (from craft stores and big box outlets)


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How to Make a Duct Tape Book Cover

Forget covering your books with boring brown paper bags or contact paper. You can create a duct tape cover for your own textbooks, or any other books, in your own unique style! If the books are standard size, you can reuse these covers again and again. Here’s how…

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  1. Make a pattern. Flatten the book as best as you can and trace the book’s cover shape onto some paper. It’s better to make the pattern slightly bigger than too small.
  2. Add 3 inch (7.5cm) “flaps” to each end of the pattern. Cut out the pattern.
  3. Put together “duct tape fabric” that’s generously bigger than your pattern. Make each side a different color for easier tracing.
    • Tear a piece of duct tape the length of your pattern.
    • Place the tape, sticky side up, on a flat surface. Tear another strip of tape and place it lengthwise on top of the first strip so that only half of the sticky is covered.
    • Flip the “fabric” over and continue sticking new strips to the exposed sticky areas of the “fabric” until you have a piece of duct tape “fabric” larger than your pattern. You will place two strips, face down, each time you flip sides of the “fabric”. Take care to overlap the edges slightly to avoid leaving a sticky line that will be in contact with your book.
  4. Trace your pattern onto the “cloth” and cut it out.
  5. Crease the flap line. Fold it down firmly and then unfold it to make the crease.
  6. Place two short pieces of tape to the cover as shown, sticky side down. Leave a few inches going beyond the edge of the cover.
  7. Fold the two short pieces back towards the cover, exposing the sticky side up. As you hold them in place, fold the flap along the crease and onto the ends of the short pieces of tape. Press down firmly. The flap should now create a pocket that leaves room for a book cover to be inserted within the flap.
  8. Repeat for the other flap.
  9. Place a strip of tape along the bottom edge so that half of it is under the cover and the other half is seen, sticky side up.
  10. Fold the sticky side of the strip over to cover the raw edge.
  11. Repeat for the top edge of the cover.
  12. Snip the flap open again at all four edges.
  13. Slide the covers into their pockets.
  14. Enjoy your well-protected book!


Edit Tips

  • As an alternate method, cover your book with a paper book cover, then stick duct tape to the paper. This uses less duct tape and also keeps any adhesive from accidentally coming in contact with your book.
  • It can help to weigh the book down overnight with some heavier books to help the cover mold to the book so that it stays shut.
  • Practice with an old book first, in case you mess up.


Edit Warnings

  • It hurts A LOT to peel duct tape off of skin––don’t get it on you.
  • Peeling duct tape off of a book will damage the book. Before putting the cover on the book make sure there is no adhesive exposed unless it’s your own book and you want the duct tape to stay on forever.


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How to Make a Gameboy or DS Case with Duct Tape

With duct tape craft mania still in full throttle, it only seems fitting to make yourself a Gameboy or DS case from duct tape too! It’s a strong and protective case that will keep your Gameboy or DS snug inside. Choose any color you like and get sticking!


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Wrapping the Gameboy or DS

  1. Get your Gameboy or DS.

  2. Beginning just below the cartridge slot, start wrapping the Gameboy or DS with duct tape, one wrap at a time, sticky side facing out.

    • Avoid wrapping too tightly. You want to still be able to slip the Gameboy or DS in and out of the case when needed.
  3. Continue wrapping. Let each new strip to overlap the previous one slightly.


Creating the Case

  1. Make the base. Once you have reached the bottom, put a strip of duct tape over the bottom, sticky side facing out.

  2. Cover the corners for a smooth finish.

  3. Strengthen the structure. Start applying duct tape, sticky side facing down, in vertical strips on the Gameboy or DS.

  4. Once you have done that, do it again cleanly with horizontal strips. This will give the case that leathery feel.

    • You can cut slits into the front for the screen, buttons, power, and volume.


Adding Finishing Touches

  1. Make the strap. Cut about a foot/30cm of duct tape. Fold it in half lengthwise. Fold it in half crosswise. Add an extra inch/2.5cm of tape at the end to be able to attach the strap.

  2. Attach the strap to the case. It’s now complete!


Edit Tips

  • Original metallic duct tape gives a shiny look.
  • Stores like Rite Aid Aid, Micheal’s, and Staples carry colored duct tape. You can use this if you don’t like the idea of ‘plain old grey’.


Edit Warnings

  • Avoid sticking duct tape to the actual Gameboy or DS. It will stick fast and it will be hard to remove both the tape and its residual stickiness.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Duct tape (color of choice)
  • Game Boy/Game Boy Color/DS of any type
  • Scissors


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How to Make a Reversible Duct Tape Bracelet

Duct tape accessories continue to fascinate the DIY crowd. With a range of amazing colors and patterns now available for duct tape, you can easily whip up neat duct tape bracelets in a variety of colors and styles for yourself and friends. And to make it all the more interesting, make it reversible, as shown here.


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  1. Purchase or locate suitable duct tape. Choose two different colors or patterns for this style of bracelet.

  2. Measure and cut. Measure one piece of duct tape long enough to fit your wrist. Cut the length, with a little overlap in case. The length should be adequate to allow you to slip the bracelet on and off.
    • An easy way to measure, is to wrap the non-sticky side around your wrist and cut it after about an inch (2.5cm).

  3. Fold lengthwise. Fold this length of duct tape in half.
  4. Measure the second piece of duct tape. It should be the same length as the first piece, only in a different color or pattern. Cut the length as before.
  5. Line up the two lengths of duct tape. Carefully stick them together (either use double sided tape or glue). Use up any extra length at the end to ensure the perfect fit. Trim any edges.
  6. Fasten the ends with duct tape or Velcro™. Velcro™ spots are ideal for easy removal and doing up. All done!


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Edit Tips

  • These make quick and easy gifts for friends.
  • If you use transparent duct tape, you can insert small images or decorations inside the tape before folding it over. This can make the bracelet unique to the wearer and could include such items as letters to spell a name or word, tiny images, buttons, lace pieces, flat costume gems, glitter, etc.


Edit Warnings

  • The bracelet may get wrinkly over time.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • 2 different rolls of duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape or glue stick


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How to Make a Mask out of Tin Foil and Tape

An excellent mask can be made using products found easily at home––tin foil and tape. It’s a straightforward project that is ideal for last-minute maskmaking before the masked ball or any fancy dress do.


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  1. Overlap three sheets of aluminum foil in a stack.
  2. Push the stack of sheets onto your face. Push down as hard as you are comfortable pushing. Do it carefully, so the foil does not become punctured. (It might be useful to have a helper do this part.)
  3. Check you have the general outline of your face imprinted: nose, lips, corners of your eyes and cheekbones. Use a marker and trace around your eyes (it might be good to follow the bones around your eye socket) for where you want to place the eye holes in your mask. Also, trace around anything else you want cut out. (Breathing holes are useful for breathing!)
  4. Carefully remove the foil from your face. Cut with sharp scissors around the edges of the mask. And note––once you cut it, you can’t really go back easily, so leave extra.
  5. Carefully cut out the eyes. Do this either by puncturing the foil with a tooth and tearing the foil out, or snipping in the center of the area with the tip of scissors and folding the foil back.
  6. Cut holes or slots in the side of your mask. These are for the ribbons/cord/shoelaces to attach the mask to your face.
  7. Cut small sections of tape. While pressing the mask to your face to keep the features strong, gently place the tape onto your mask. When you feel the mask’s features are firm enough, place all the sections of tape, overlapping, across all visible places of foil, including the back (foil is itchy next to the skin).
  8. Tie the cord to the holes in the side of your mask. Leave enough length to both wrap around your head, and to tie in a nice knot or bow.
  9. Optional: Use plaster or papier mache to smooth the surface of the mask.
  10. Decorate using acrylic paints. Paint whatever you want, making sure to leave it to dry out of the way of children or pets. You can even sprinkle glitter on the paint while it’s wet if you like. Adding sequins, feathers, beads, etc. can enhance the mask.


Edit Tips

  • Use packing tape if you want your mask to look crinkly and metallic.
  • The good news is that even when covered in tape, foil retains its flexibility, so any features lost in the taping process will still conform to your face when you wear the mask.
  • Acrylic paint dries fast. A little bit of paint goes a long way, so use sparingly and put the caps back on the paint tubes when done.
  • If in a rush and painting, turn on the heater and place the mask in front of it to dry (but not when using packing tape, as it will peel right off).
  • To make the mask look better, add a layer of white paint before the main coat, even if you’re making it white.
  • If you want to add on any features (horns, a pointed nose, antlers), just mold them out of foil and tape or glue them onto the mask.


Edit Things You’ll Need

  • Really sticky, firm tape
  • Aluminum foil (aka kitchen foil)
  • Scissors sharp enough to cut foil and your tape
  • Ribbon or string
  • Paint (optional)
  • Glue (if you don’t trust your tape)


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