You use duct tape for household repairs and school projects, and so I know what you’re thinking: “there’s nothing glamorous about duct tape”. But this fun craft proves otherwise. In fact, there are a variety of adorable (and grown-up) duct tape crafts that you can find instructions for in books, or on the internet. Everything from jewelry, to tote bags, to ipad covers, and more! This project is fun, simple, and took me less than half an hour to complete. You can use these instructions to make earrings, like I did, or make a cute ring instead! For inspiration, and to check out all the fun patterns and colours of duct tape available, visit the Duck brand website, here.
-A self-repairing cutting mat
-A precision cutter (X-acto knife)
-Metal barrel earring backs
-Approximately 1 foot of decorative duct-tape (I used the leopard pattern)
Note : I purchased all materials from Michaels craft store
Place approximately 1 foot of duct tape on the cutting mat (make sure you line the duct tape up with the measurement guide at the bottom). Begin by cutting the duct tape in half length-wise, so that you have 2 long strips. Then begin cutting into 1 inch squares. You may also find it helpful to use a ruler for this part.
Fold over one corner of each square (do not fold entirely in half; you want there to be excess around the edge of the triangle).
Fold over another corner so that you have a point on the top, and a section of “sticky tape” along the bottom. These are your petals. For each earring, I used about 10-12 petals (around 20-24 in total).
Begin by rolling one petal into a tube. This will act as the base to start adding other petals.
Continue adding petals until you reach your desired “fullness” for your flower.
Once all your petals have been added, you may want to use scissors and cut the base of your flower down (so that it’s easier to stick to your earring base). Take an additional 1 inch square and poke the earring base through the center (with the stick of the earring poking out of the patterned side of the duct tape). Wrap the sticky side of the duct tape around the base of the flower, lining up the earring with the centre. (If you choose to make a ring instead, simply attach the flower to a plain ring, or make your own using rolled duct tape).
Pair your earrings with a cute outfit, and get to making extras (for all the requests you’ll receive from friends)!
“I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares” ~Saul Bass