Duct Tape - It's Not Just For Repairing Broken Tail Lights

If you happen to attend a birthday party for a 'tween girl, don't be surprised if she receives a roll or two of duct tape as a gift.

Not the shiny, silver kind, but brightly colored or patterned with.paisley, leopard print, penguins, polka dots, plaid, skulls, camouflage, cupcakes, bacon and Hello Kitty. Inexpensive and easy to work with, crafters use it to fashion items such as wallets, tote bags, dresses, belts, flowers, book covers and phone cases.

According to the folks at Duck Tape®, duct tape was invented during World War II because there was a need for a waterproof tape to seal cannisters and repair windows. They started with medical tape, and added two features: a polycoat adhesive for extra stickablility, and a polyethylene coating so they could attach it to a fabric backing. This made it strong, flexible, and easy to tear into strips. Its waterproof quality earned it the nickname "duck tape." After the war, the army green tape was made in a silver color and was used to seal and connect ducts.

70 years later, duct tape has reinvented itself by becoming a part of popular culture, complete with a dress-making competition on Fashion Runway (see video below), and an endorsement by Miss American 2011, Teresa Scanlan, who admits to a fondness for crafting accessories and clothing with it. It's being used for interior decorating as well, most notably the geometric floor designs of Scottish artist Jim Lambie.

For the college (and prom) bound, a $5000.00 scholarship prize from Duck Tape® for the best prom dress made of duct tape is will be awarded later this year. Just fill in a brief online form and start designing.

Now you're ready to get your ducts in a row with these resources:


Ductigami: The Art of the Tape by Joe Wilson, (1999)

Duct Shui: A New Tape On An Ancient Philosophy by Jim Berg (2002)

Got Tape?: Roll Out the Fun with Duct Tape by Ellie Schiedermayer (2002)

The Jumbo Duct Tape Book by Jim Berg (2000)

The Kids' Guide to Duct Tape Projects by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt (2012)

Practical Duct Tape Projects by Instructables Authors (2013)


45 Creative Duct Tape Crafts & Projects

Duct Tape Crafts for Kids



Written by Lisa on May 1, 2013


Frank Wilmot on May 2, 2013


Great post!! I was wondering if you'd mention Project Runway!! I bet the company is loving all of this too.

Bruno on May 2, 2013


These teenage fashionistas are to be admired for their persistence. They really got some stick-to-itness.


Yes, it must be a challenge to "wrap things up" in time for the prom...

Laurie. on May 6, 2013


I definitely want one of the rings and the Wonder Woman boots made from duct tape circulating on Pinterest.

Anonymous on June 26, 2013


HOWWWWWWWW DO I MAKEEEEEE THISSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous on November 2, 2013


LUV it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous on May 2, 2014



Random Person on May 20, 2014


Cool, it's amazing creativity! I never knew you could wear duct tape!

Random Person on May 20, 2014


Love that creative thinking!

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