Duct Tape Jewelry

Overview:

Dress up with duct tape! You can create fun, colorful accessories using just the sticky stuff and a few other items. This tutorial will not only show you how to make a pendant and matching ring, but also teach you the technique you can use to make anything you like!

Description:
Dress up using duct tape! You can make all kinds of jewelry out of the sticky stuff, and we'll show you how!
You Will Need:
  1. Duct tape fabric
  2. Additional duct tape
  3. Scissors
  4. Marker
  5. Pipe cleaners
  6. Beads
  7. Chain, thread, ribbon, or yarn for necklace (optional)
Supervision:
1 adult per 2 children
Difficulty:
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Age:
Tween, Teen, Adult, Senior
Mess Factor:
Dustpan, please
Prep Time:
5 - 10 minutes
Activity Length:
30 - 60 minutes
Step 1:
To begin, you'll need several pieces of duct tape fabric. (Check out our how-to here.) In this tutorial, you'll need at least two pieces, about 3 to 5 inches square. Using your marker, draw a circle shape on one piece of duct tape fabric. Draw a flower shape on the other. They should be the same size so that the "flower" can fit nicely on the circle.
Step 2:
Cut out your shapes with your scissors.
Step 3:
Fold your shapes in half, and carefully make two small snips near the center. The resulting slits should line up for both of your shapes.
Step 4:
Take your pipe cleaner and cut it in half.
Step 5:
String a bead onto the pipe cleaner, pushing it into the center. Bend the pipe cleaner in half, using the bead as a center point. Push both "legs" of the pipe cleaner through the slits in your flower shape, going from front to back.
Step 6:
Push the pipe cleaner "legs" through the slits in the circle shape, going from front to back.
Step 7:
The back of your shapes should look like this, with two pipe cleaner "legs" sticking out.
Step 8:
If you're making a ring, take the remainder of the pipe cleaner "legs" and twist them together into a ring. Use your finger to see how large you should make it; it should be able to slide on and off easily without being too loose! Be sure that any sharp pipe cleaner ends are carefully tucked away from the skin.
Step 9:
If you're making a pendant, fold the pipe cleaner legs over each other to hold everything together, then trim the excess pipe cleaner.
Step 10:
Using either a duct tape sticker or a spare strip of duct tape, firmly seal in the pipe cleaner.
Step 11:
Using your scissors, make an additional tiny snip at the top of your circle shape.
Step 12:
Loop your length of chain, twine, ribbon, or yarn through the hole.
Step 13:
Your new duct tape pendant is ready to wear!
Materials List:
  1. Duct tape fabric
  2. Additional duct tape
  3. Scissors
  4. Marker
  5. Pipe cleaners
  6. Beads
  7. Chain, thread, ribbon, or yarn for necklace (optional)