Monday, May 16, 2011

How to Make a Duck Tape Change Purse, A Tutorial

At the last Multiples Club meeting, we made change purses out of duck tape, which was easy and fun.  There were some boys of the age range of 6-9 there, and they totally got into it too, so this craft is kid-friendly.  The only supplies you need is at least one roll of duck tape (I got mine at Walmart), some sharp scissors, and a ruler.

First, measure out your duck tape.  You will need to decide if you want to do a multi-colored purse or solid.  For my example, I'll be doing dual colored.
 Measure out 4 pieces of tape 7 inches long.
Measure out 1 piece of tape 9 inches long - this will be the color you want the outside to be.

Lay down one color sticky side up, and cross it (as close to the middle as possible) with the other color piece. 

Now put the same color down. 

Flip it over and put the same color down on back. 

Fold the side up so that it is the color you want on the outside.  Don't worry if you have some uneven edges. 

Start wrapping your 9 inch piece around the outside.  I start slowly with one side.  You want to try to do this with no gaps in the sides, so that it is tight. 

Once it is all wrapped, it'll look like this, and you'll trim off the edges. 

So then your box is nice and even: 

Now you will go around and fold down each corner.  Make sure you go the same direction on each side. 

When you fold, stick your finger inside the box and work the inside well, so your creasing will be strong. 

Once you get all your creases made, start twisting the top of the box, so that it will collapse on the creases. 

And twisting a little more: 

Ta da!  Now place it under a heavy book for about a week, so it'll set. 

There are all sorts of fun combinations, and you can get many different colors of duck tape at craft stores.
These would be great for the pool, as you could tuck in a couple of dollars or some change, and the duck tape is impervious to water. 

Don't want to make your own, but still want one?  I'll be happy to send one to the first 3 readers who comment, saying they'd like one. 


Cat said...

I would like a duct tape purse please :-)
Or maybe you can just show me how to make them. I will buy duct tape.

Samantha said...

I love duct tape, beyond reason. Cute color combos!
(but please, pass these on to someone who won't lose yet another item in the vortex of her bag!)

Unknown said...

What a cute idea! I don't need one, but I love the colored duct tape.

Nancy said...

They make duck tape in a color besides gray?

These are very cute -- and a great project for the kids. :)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

My favorite color duck tape are the bright neons...or is that redundant? -smile-
I think we might be neighbors, I'm in southwest VA in the Appalachian Mtns.

Tina L. Hook said...

How cute! This reminds me of origami, which I love.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

What a clever idea! :)

jennohara said...

How cute those are!! Thanks for the idea!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

These are so cute! Honestly, you can make anything out of duck tape! I even saw a prom dress made once!!!

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Valerie Boersma said...

This is a great idea-and it makes me wish there was some barkcloth style duct tape out there!

Kim said...

What a fun idea! My guy (s) is too small I think but I will keep this in my tool belt for next summer.

Misty said...

FANTASTIC! Genny has a thing for buying fancy duct tape so she will love this!

Chatty Crone said...

You know Lisa - I never thought about making things out of duck tape - what a great idea - you did a great job at it too! Cute.

Irish Italian Blessings said...

That is soo cool and you have the COOLEST duck tape I've ever seen!

Katie said...

Alright I missed on the commenting but really duct tape purses are my kinda thing. But I've never seen such pretty duct tape on the prairie. We're literally stuck with gray.

Dee said...

How cool is that? Who knew?!? :)

Velva said...

Very creative! Very fun. Thanks for sharing.


Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I first saw this colorful duct tape at 4H Presentation Day where a member made duct tape wallets....I LOVED them! And now here with the change purse....I really need to go shopping at the hardware store for a supply of duct tape:) Very nice!

Kimbra Kasch said...

Duct tape is my hubby's fav - he uses it for everything - except sealing ducts ;)still, I don't know if he'd use a change purse...even made out of duct tape

Angela said...

That is cool Lisa! I've made a few things out of the juice pouches. The kids love them. I've made change holders, purses, a belt and a crayon holder for my daughter.

Have a Great Day!

My Mad World said...

How cute and fun! Love the new colors of duct tape now!!
I'll have to look at this again when I get on the computer. The iPhone doesn't do your photos justice, either that or I'm just so blind now that I can't really see them :)

Hopefully I'll do my Crafty Tuesday next week and you can link up!!

Myya said...

What a fun idea! Duct tape really can be used for anything huh! :)