Who knew duct tape could be so versatile. Come learn how to make every man’s staple into every women’s accessory. This Duct Tap Bow Tutorial is quick, easy, and a load of fun.
Hi. My name is Rena Hobbs of Rena’s Duct Tape and Stuff. I am excited to share with you this tutorial that teaches you how to make a duct tape bow. As a clippie or a ring, it is quick so you can use this as a last minute gift, stocking stuffer or a show filler. With all the duct tape patterns that are available, the possibilities of bows are endless. As the saying goes “If you can’t fix it with duct tape, you ain’t using enough duct tape.”
Let’s get started.
Alligator or small french clip
(You need non stick scissors or WD-40 to spray on a regular pair of scissors to keep them from sticking to the tape.)
Self Healing Cutting Mat
(This is good to lay your duct tape strips on as the tape doesn’t stick to it. This is however not totally needed. You can also put your strips on the edge of a table.)
(If you are not using a self healing mat.)
Cut a 6 inch piece, a 9 inch piece and 2 small 1/2 inch wide strips. These are approximate measurements. Once you get the hang of making these you won’t really need to measure anymore.
Step 2Flip over the 9 inch piece so the sticky side is up. Then put the 6 inch piece as centered as you can sticky sides together. Don’t worry about being perfect here. You will be able to trim off any excess soon.
Fold the tape in half lining up the ends of the 6 inch piece till you make a crease. That will mark the center to help you in the next steps.
With the sticky end fold it over so that the end of the 6 inch piece matches up with the crease made in step 3. Do the same with the other end. What you will end up with is a figure eight. If there is any extra length after folding cut that off.
Next cut off the edges that may or may not be sticky. This should only be a sliver of tape.
Next thing you will do is take the figure eight and fold it in half lengthwise. You are going to accordion fold it.
Now fold lengthwise on both sides till you make a “w”. Then finish in length folding again. You should now have an accordion folded duct tape thingie (please forgive me for talking in the language of thingies).
Now take that small strip, and put it over the center of the accordion folded thing. You should still be able to see the crease made earlier. Wrap it around.
Now take the rather flat looking bow and fluff the sides so that it looks awesome.
Now take the second small strip and put that on the clip near the pinch part on the flat side of the clip.
Now hold the bow on the clip so that you can wrap the strip to attach the bow to the clip. Then wrap the strip around.
To Make A Bow Ring:
After you have made the bow, cut a strip of duct tape about 2-3 inches long.
Cut that strip in thirds lengthwise.
Fold one of those strips in thirds so that you have a thin strip of folded tape.
Using a small strip, attach the thin strip to the bow.
Place the bow on the finger you want to wear it on. Cut the ring to the size you need.
Then take one more small strip and tape together the ring.
Now enjoy your unique ring!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with duct tape in the subject line so I don’t miss it. Also be sure to check out my duct tape fan page at www.facebook.com/renasducttapeandstuff.
Thank you Rena! Wow, how fun to be able to play with duck tape! This Duct Tape Bow Tutorial is so great and these bows are so cute and are really fun to wear in your hair or on your finger. To look at more of Rena’s Duck Tape creations, visit her fan page above.
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