5 Things to Do with… Duct Tape

A favorite among homeowners for last-ditch repairs, duct tape takes center stage in these clever, practical creations.

Handymen love duct tape for its power to delay the inevitable—specifically, the trouble and expense that a proper repair job will eventually entail. But while this heavy-duty adhesive is famous for its application in unglamorous fix-its, the following duct tape DIY projects demonstrate just how much more this stuff is capable of.

 

1. CONSTRUCT A WALLET

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Wallet

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Rather than resorting to duct tape to hold together the remaining scraps of your ancient leather wallet, why not use it to make an entirely new one? Duct tape offers strong yet flexible construction, and you can customize your creation according to preference. Opt for classic grey or incorporate a handful of more exciting colors.

 

2. BUILD A HAMMOCK

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Hammock

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This duct tape DIY hammock might tucker you out, but once you’re done, you can nap on the fruit of your labor. Ring several very long strips of tape between two wooden dowels, making sure the tape completely covers the sticky sides. Add horizontal strips to form the netting. What else do you need? Only rope and a pair of sturdy trees.

 

3. DECORATE A SWITCH PLATE

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Switch Plates

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Here’s a duct tape DIY project that can give an “electrifying” vibe to your home: Decorate switch plates with patterned or colored duct tape. Glow-in-the-dark duct tape provides a particularly practical benefit (in addition to its cosmetic one) by rendering light switches visible at night. Your shinbones will thank you!

 

4. MAKE A CAN COOLER

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Koozie

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Without a can cooler, game day quickly becomes warm beer day. Keep drinks chilled by making your own duct-tape can koozie. It’s easy: Mold thin-profile bubble wrap around the bottom and sides of a 12-ounce can, then apply a layer of duct tape to hold the shape. Final step? Relax in time for kickoff.

 

5. CRAFT A TABLECLOTH

Duct Tape DIY Projects - Tablecloth

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Combine duct tape and plastic sheeting for an easy-to-clean tablecloth perfect for an al fresco dinner. Start with a section of plastic sheeting big enough to cover your surface, then follow the inspiration of your duct tape muse. Duct tape is water resistant, but if it gets stained, replacement tape costs little and is a cinch to apply.