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Duct Tape uses
January 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM


Duct Tape to the Rescue

Temporarily hem your pants You’ve found a terrific pair of jeans, but the length isn’t right. You expect a little shrinkage anyway, so why spend time hemming? Besides, thick denim jeans are difficult to sew through. Fake the hem with duct tape. The new hem will last through a few washes too.

Remove lint on clothing You’re all set to go out for the night and suddenly you notice pet hairs on your outfit. Wrap your hand with a length of duct tape, sticky side out. Then roll the sticky tape against your clothing in a rocking motion until every last hair has been picked up.

Make a bandage in a pinch You’ve gotten a bad scrape. Here’s how to protect it until you get a proper bandage. Fold tissue paper or paper towel to cover the wound and cover this with duct tape. It may not be attractive, but it works in a jam.

Reseal bags of chips Tired of stale potato chips? To keep a half-finished bag fresh, fold up the top and seal it tight with a piece of duct tape.

Keep a secret car key You’ll never get locked out of your car again if you affix an extra key to the undercarriage with duct tape.

Catch pesky flies You’ve just checked into a rustic cabin on the lake and you’re ready to start your vacation. Everything would be perfect if only the flying insects were not part of the deal. Grab your roll of duct tape and roll off a few foot-long strips. Hang them from the rafters as flypaper. Soon you’ll be rid of the bugs and you can roll up the tape to toss it in the trash.

Repair a vacuum hose Has your vacuum hose cracked and developed a leak? It doesn’t spell the end of your vacuum. Repair the broken hose with duct tape. Your vacuum will last until the motor gives out.

Reinforce book binding Duct tape is perfect for repairing a broken book binding. Using a nice-colored tape, run the tape down the length of the spine and cut shorter pieces to run perpendicular to that if you need extra reinforcement.

Cover a book Use duct tape in an interesting color to create a durable book cover for a school textbook or a paperback that you carry to the beach. Make a pattern for the cover on a sheet of newspaper; fit the pattern to your book, then cover the pattern, one row at a time, with duct tape, overlapping the rows. The resulting removable cover will be waterproof and sturdy.

Repair a photo frame Sometimes the foldout leg that holds a frame upright pulls away from the back of the frame and your photo won’t stand up properly. Don’t despair! Just use duct tape to reattach the broken leg to the frame back.

Hang Christmas lights Festive holiday lights are fun in season, but a real chore when it’s time for them to come down. Use duct tape to hang your lights and the removal job will be much easier. Tear duct tape into thin strips. At intervals, wrap strips around the wire and then tape the strand to the gutter or wherever you hang your lights.

Wrap holiday presents Here’s a novel way to wrap a special gift. Don’t bother with the paper. Go straight for the tape. Press duct tape directly on the gift box. Make designs or cover in stripes and then add decorative touches by cutting shapes, letters, and motifs from tape to attach to the “wrapped” surface.

Make Halloween costumes Want to be the Tin Man for Halloween? How about a robot? These are just two ideas that work naturally with the classic silver duct tape. Make a basic costume from brown paper grocery bags, with openings in the back so the child can easily put on and take off the costume. Cover this pattern with rows of duct tape. For the legs, cover over an old pair of pants, again giving your little robot or Tin Man an easy way to remove the outfit for bathroom breaks. Duct tape comes in an array of colors, so let your imagination lead your creativity.

Make a toy sword Got a couple of would-be swashbucklers around the house? Make toy swords by sketching a kid-size sword on a piece of cardboard. Use two pieces if you haven’t got one thick enough. Be sure to make a handle the child’s hand can fit around comfortably once it’s been increased in thickness by several layers of duct tape. Wrap the entire blade shape in silver duct tape. Wrap the handle in black tape.

Make hand puppets Duct tape is great for puppet making. Use a small paper lunch bag as the base for the body of your puppet. Cover the bag with overlapping rows of duct tape. Make armholes through which your fingers will poke out. Create a head from a tape-covered ball of wadded paper and affix buttons or beads for eyes and mouth.

Make bicycle streamers Add snazzy streamers to your kids’ handlebars. Make them using duct tape in various colors. Cut the tape into strips about 1/2-inch (1.2-centimeter) wide by 10 inches (25 centimeters) long. Fold each strip in half, sticky sides together. Once you have about half a dozen for each side, stick them into the end of the handlebar and secure them with wraps of duct tape. Be sure your child will still have a good grip on the handlebar.

Replies

  • michiganmom116
    January 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    And you never know when you'll need it on a commercial flight!


  • michiganmom116
    January 8, 2013 at 3:28 PM

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  • matreshka
    January 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I love duct tape, I use it for a lot of things. DH even made me a rose out of green and red duct tape.

  • specialwingz
    January 8, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    My granddaughter and I have come up with TONS of things to make with duct tape.  We even have a couple of project books we use.  We make coin purses, kleenex pouches, small handbags, book covers, and more!

  • Queen_Sheila
    January 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Duct tape is like the force, it has a light side and a dark side and IT HOLDS THE UNIVERSE TOGETHER!!!

  • michiganmom116
    January 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM


    Quoting specialwingz:

    My granddaughter and I have come up with TONS of things to make with duct tape.  We even have a couple of project books we use.  We make coin purses, kleenex pouches, small handbags, book covers, and more!

    I'd love to hear more!

    I found a zebra pattern duct tape and gave it to my DD for Christmas.  She covered her mp3 player with it and it looks really neat!

  • specialwingz
    January 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Here are a couple of free Kindle books of duct tape projects.

    Duct Tape Bags

    Practical Duct Tape Projects

    Quoting michiganmom116:


    Quoting specialwingz:

    My granddaughter and I have come up with TONS of things to make with duct tape.  We even have a couple of project books we use.  We make coin purses, kleenex pouches, small handbags, book covers, and more!

    I'd love to hear more!

    I found a zebra pattern duct tape and gave it to my DD for Christmas.  She covered her mp3 player with it and it looks really neat!


  • michiganmom116
    January 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    THANK YOU!!!!

    Quoting specialwingz:

    Here are a couple of free Kindle books of duct tape projects.


    Duct Tape Bags


    Practical Duct Tape Projects

    Quoting michiganmom116:


    Quoting specialwingz:

    My granddaughter and I have come up with TONS of things to make with duct tape.  We even have a couple of project books we use.  We make coin purses, kleenex pouches, small handbags, book covers, and more!

    I'd love to hear more!

    I found a zebra pattern duct tape and gave it to my DD for Christmas.  She covered her mp3 player with it and it looks really neat!



  • specialwingz
    January 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    You are so welcome!  Enjoy!!

    Quoting michiganmom116:

    THANK YOU!!!!

    Quoting specialwingz:

    Here are a couple of free Kindle books of duct tape projects.


    Duct Tape Bags


    Practical Duct Tape Projects

    Quoting michiganmom116:


    Quoting specialwingz:

    My granddaughter and I have come up with TONS of things to make with duct tape.  We even have a couple of project books we use.  We make coin purses, kleenex pouches, small handbags, book covers, and more!

    I'd love to hear more!

    I found a zebra pattern duct tape and gave it to my DD for Christmas.  She covered her mp3 player with it and it looks really neat!




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