Striped Duck Tape Rug

Hi there Ribbon Retreat readers, it’s Barbara from Chase the Star back once again with another fun ‘boy’ themed project. This time I’m sharing one of the easiest and most fun ways to spruce up your boy’s bedroom, playroom, or any other space in the house, a Striped Duck Tape Rug!

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To make this rug I ordered a few rolls of Duck Tape in red, aqua, and a black and a white checkered pattern from the Ribbon Retreat. There are tons of colors and patterns to choose from, you can even order Duck Tape with your college team’s logo on it!

Duck tape (or ‘duct tape’) is incredibly versatile. It’s durable, inexpensive, and can be easily patched or replaced. Let’s face it, with boys, it’s important to have things that will last, and when they do tear or break, can be quickly repaired. This project is not only super simple but also really cost effective compared to buying a new rug.

If you want to make this Duck Tape rug, here’s what you’ll need:

An old rug with a solid back (this one is 5×8)

3 rolls of Duck brand tape {in your choice of colors!}


Tape measure


Duck Tape Rug for the Ribbon Retreat by chasethestar #ducktape

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How to make a Duck Tape Rug

Step 1: Tape the edges of the rug. Using your pencil and level, mark off where you want your trim to come in, and tape your first row.

Duck Tape Rug for the Ribbon Retreat by chasethestar #ducktaperug

I used two rows of red tape all around, making sure to wrap about 1/4″ around the ends. The hardest part is keeping the tape even, so I took my time and let the level guide me.

Step 2: I measured the stripes 13″ apart estimating about 6″ each ‘stripe’, since there were 3 2″ rolls.

Duck Tape Rug for The Ribbon Retreat by Chase the Star measurement

Step 3: Make sure your first row of tape is leveled. Add the other 2 rows, and then the rest of the stripes!

duck tape rug for the Ribbon Retreat by Chase the Star

Make sure to press firmly as you smooth out the stripes.

It’s that easy!

Striped Duck Tape Rug - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

In no time at all, and with very little expense, you can have a cool new rug for your kid’s room!

My kids love it; Mom scores!

Thanks again to the wonderful Ribbon Retreat for having me today, I love it here!
If you would like to see more ‘boy’ themed projects {and some for girls}, easy and budget friendly tutorials, furniture DIY’s, recipes, crafts, and more fun stuff, visit me over at Chase the Star, and follow me on Pinterest and Facebook!

Have a blessed week!


Thank you Barbara! Holy cow, that rug is awesome and such a great idea for dressing up your little fella’s room. The Ribbon Retreat has so many great options of duck tape for you to choose from that will match perfectly for your boy’s room OR your little ladies room as well. So fun, So easy, So quick, and SO SO cool! Thank you Barbara for your talent and for sharing your wonderful ideas with us. 🙂

Are you having as much fun as I am with these, all about the BOYS, tutorials? I am loving the wonderful ideas that are coming our way for our little fellas…ssshhhh don’t tell them, but all of these tutorials are perfect for girls too. Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow and see what our Oh Boy! series has in store for you. Here’s a little hint as to what we have up our sleeves…more Super Hero crafty power!!!

Happy Taping & Happy Creating!
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  1. Paula M-B
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    So is the taping done on the back side then?? Is the rug a little slippy now?

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      Posted August 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Paula! Thank you for your question. Here is Barbara’s response…”Great question and probably one I should’ve addressed in the post. This is a simple area rug that does not have a rubber or rough side to the back. The taping is done on the back which is soft and plain white (the front has a print). The rug lays on carpet in my kid’s room so there is no slipping, however if you want to lay it over tile or another hard surface floor I’d suggest adding rug tape or something similar to keep it in place.” Thank you Paula! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Dinah
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    What a FANTASTIC idea for a kids room!!! Easy clean up! Love it.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Hi Dinah! Thank you for your comment! So fun huh! Barbara did such a great job, and I love her idea! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Posted August 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    How fun! What boy wouldn’t love a duck tape rug?!

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      Posted August 7, 2013 at 8:31 am | Permalink

      Hi Melissa! Thank you for your comment. I agree. Boys love love love duck tape and a duck tape rug would definitely be the icing on their cake. Hehe! Have a wonderful day Melissa! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted August 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    LOVE IT! What an awesome idea!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 7, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

      Hi and thank you so much for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  5. Posted August 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    What a fun idea!!

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