TPiB: Duct Tape Crafts
My teens are obsessed with duct tape (or duck tape- depending on which ones you talk to). Any time we can get the money to have a duct tape craft, I have more teens than I can handle… From the original gray to animal prints, skulls and neon, duct tape has expanded as it’s popularity has skyrocketed.
I’ve been looking all over the web for fun ideas for this summer, and I’ve posted some of my favorite ideas below. Share yours in the comments!
Note: Duct tape crafts will require use of scissors, box cutters, or other sharp instruments in order to manipulate materials into their proper shape. If you do not feel comfortable with letting your teens loose with these types of tools, you can pre-cut tape strips ahead of time. Also, make sure that you have enough tape for your teens to properly create the craft- some of the more interesting colors come in smaller rolls than the typical gray or black.
Karen’s note: Duct tape crafts will destroy your scissors. Make sure you have plenty of Googone. When the scissors get gummy – and they will get gummy – it makes it hard to cut nice, straight lines on the tape which will affect the overall outcome of your craft.
Everyone always has a different phone, and it seems that when the new model comes out, you need a new holder. Not so fast, when you have cardboard and duct tape! Skill level: intermediate.
Finally, the Dollar Store Crafts website has awesome instructions for create magic wallets….
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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