By Connie Hilton, Duct Tape Artist and Instructor of BTC Duct Tape Escape
I first learned about making things out of duct tape about a year ago. One of my best friends posted on her Facebook page that she was making a Hello Kitty duct tape purse. I had never heard of such a thing and asked her about it. She told me that duct tape came in many different colors and that people were making all sorts of things out of it. She told me to go to YouTube and look it up. I did and I was instantly hooked (or if you prefer, stuck) on it.
Duct Tape Artistry has become my passion. I create many of my own designs and have even begun teaching duct tape artistry classes in a number of different locations near my home. Most of my projects and the projects I teach have been limited to making different kinds of purses, flowers, and wallets but I am always looking for new things to try.
One of the things that I have wanted to try is decorating a room with duct tape. I wanted to do it so that the duct tape was there but the non-duct-tape artist wouldn’t be able to tell that the room was decorated with duct-tape-covered things. I have been collecting my ideas for a while now and I wanted to share them with you.
The Problem: Need to update the décor in your room but don’t have a lot of money.
The Solution: A couple rolls of duct tape and items from your local thrift store to create a whole new look that adds color and style to your room.
The first thing that you want to do is make a plan. Take a look around your room. What things do you want to replace? What do you want to keep? Is there anything you need? Based on these questions make a list, then select a couple of duct tape colors that you think will fit in with your room and the items you are keeping. I chose black, zebra stripe, and pink zebra stripe for my colors.
Now the fun begins. Go to your local thrift store. Look for the items that will fit your needs based on finding items that could easily be covered with duct tape. I chose items that have smooth surfaces and/or sharp corners that would be easiest to cover. As I looked through the house wares and furniture sections, I also made sure to keep an open mind. I tried to look for new ways to use items that I found. I also didn’t dismiss an item because it was ugly, scratched, or the wrong color. After all, once the duct tape was in place you wouldn’t be able to tell what the original item looked like anyway.
I went to a couple of different stores looking for the items on my list. I didn’t get discouraged when I didn’t find exactly what I wanted. This is mostly because I knew that I could just try to make items that I couldn’t find. I also wasn’t discouraged because the more I shopped the more ideas I got.
I used approximately 4 rolls of duct tape to complete the entire list of projects. It took me about 8 hours. Here are the ideas that I had and the cost I paid for each item at the thrift store.
Throw Pillow: $1.00
I covered the throw pillow with Pink Zebra Stripe on one side and Zebra Stripe on the other.
Stationary Set Box: 60¢
I covered this stationary box to hold my Kindle. On the back I made a tab with duct tape and Velcro dots to hold the power cord.
Mail Holder: $1.00
I just covered it. It could be used for mail but I am going to use it to store my cell phone, MP3 player, and their power cords. It will be attached to the wall near a power source to use as a charging station.
Tissue Box Cover: $1.00
Wine Bottle Gift Box: 60¢
I covered this wine bottle gift box to use as a place to store my brush, combs, and curling iron on my dresser.
Drinking Glass (Vase): 30¢
I just added a little black border at the top and the bottom of the glass and filled it with flowers that I made.
Memory Board: $0.00
I took two pieces from a cardboard box and taped them together one on top of the other. Then I covered the whole thing in pink and white zebra stripe squares. I then made the duct tape “ribbons” by taping two pieces of tape together and cutting it in half. It is finished off with a black border.
I used a 3 paper towel tubes, a toilet paper tube, an empty duct tape roll, and hot glue to create jewelry tree for all my bracelets and necklaces. Necklaces go on the top and bracelets on the bottom. It could also be used for hair bands. Note: I added a bottom to the duct tape roll and filled it with decorative rocks to add weight so it wouldn’t tip over when I put jewelry on it.
Other Supplies I Had On Hand