How to Make a Duct Tape Watermelon Purse

Accessorize for summer with a cool new watermelon-shaped purse made out of duct tape!
Materials List

Duct tape fabric - green and red (or pink) (Our video uses pieces 14" x 8", but our template uses pieces about 8.5" x 11".)

half-circle template -- or you can use a bowl to trace

PDF template for the half-circle, seed, and bite mark shapes - click on the Stats tab above

Parchment paper or wax paper

Additional green and red (or pink) duct tape that matches your duct tape fabric

Permanent marker


Ribbon (optional, for straps)

Hole punch (optional, for straps)

How to
Step 1

Trace your half-circle template onto both sheets of duct tape fabric.

Step 2

Cut along your tracing. The red (or pink) is the front, the green is the back. Take your green piece, and lay your red piece on top of it.

Step 3

You can either pre-cut about a dozen or so one to two-inch strips of green duct tape and set them aside, or cut strips of the same length as you go.

Step 4

Starting at the middle of the bottom of your watermelon slice (the curved part), place a strip on the red side, with half of the strip hanging off the bottom.

Step 5

Flip the purse over, and fold the remaining tape over onto the green side.

Step 6

Flip your purse back over so the red side is up. Take another strip of green the same length as the first, and place it on the red side so that it just overlaps with your first strip. Make sure the edges of the strips are even! Also be sure to leave one half of the strip hanging from the bottom. Flip the purse over to the green side, and fold the strip over. It's better to place and fold one strip at a time (instead of laying them down and folding them all at the same time), so you can see exactly how to place your next one.

Step 7

Continue laying strips down along the curved edge of the purse. This binds your two pieces together, while creating a green "rind" on the red side of your watermelon! Once you're at the straight edge of your purse, use your scissors to trim away any excess duct tape strips.

Step 8

For seeds and a "bite mark," we'll make duct tape stickers out of our black duct tape. You can take our template and place it under your parchment or wax paper, and trace the seed and bite mark shapes on the paper.  The template can be found under the Stats tab above.

Step 9

Cover the paper with black duct tape, and when you flip it over, you can see the shapes through the paper.

Step 10

Now, use your scissors to cut them out!

Step 11

Place the seed and bite mark "stickers" on the red side of your purse.

Step 12

To cover up any exposed stickiness on the inside of your purse, cut a few small strips of duct tape.

Step 13

Line the inside seam with the strips, sticky side to sticky side.

Step 14

To make your clutch purse open and shut, you can use a piece of sticky-backed Velcro.

Step 15

You can also add straps to your purse by taking a length of ribbon and either duct taping it down, or by punching a hole in the purse and stringing the ribbon through, then tying it to secure it.

Craft Length
15 - 30 minutes
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Duct Tape
Purses and Bags
Prep Time
5 - 10 minutes
1 adult per 2 children

1. If you want to make small strips with perfect edges, you can use our "duct tape sticker" technique! Place your strip of duct tape on a piece of parchment or wax paper. You're now able to cut smaller and more precise cuts with your scissors! Once you've shaped your strips, peel the tape off of the paper and place it on your purse!

Variation Photos