Thursday, July 3, 2014

Duct Tape Headbands: A How-To

This is another short guest post from my mom, who is much craftier than I am. We made these how-to guides for Ebay, as part of the Influenster program, but I wanted to share them with you here as well. Enjoy!

This is a really cute, easy craft, and with the variety of duct tape patterns now available, there is something for everyone! 

You will need the following for this project:
  • 1 roll of duct tape
  • scissors
  • a ruler
  • a headband

Although you can use plain or colored duct tape, patterned rolls of duct tape are available in many craft stores, as well as Walmart. They are also available on Ebay, here. Different patterns you can choose from include: mustaches, paw prints, geometric designs, owls, licensed designs such as Hello Kitty and even macaroni and cheese! Around the holidays, spiders/webs and reindeer patterns come out. We will be creating a Gummy Bear headband and a Realtree headband in this guide.
 From one roll, you can make at least ten bows. Any fairly narrow headband is suitable. The ones I am using in this tutorial are from Walmart and you get six for around three dollars. There are special scissors in the craft store that cut things that are adhesive without sticking, but you can use regular scissors as well. Another tip is that if you do not have a ruler available, you can use a dollar bill to measure, since it is about six inches long.  

All you have to do to create your duct tape headband is the following:
  1. Cut an 18-inch strip of duct tape.
  2. Very carefully, fold it almost in half, leaving a one inch piece on the end with the adhesive exposed. (It will be about 9 inches now)
  3. Fold over once again and stick together with the exposed adhesive.
  4. Fan fold into a bow and wrap a small strip around it to hold it.
  5. Cut another small piece to attach the bow to the headband. This should be off center of the headband.
See the pictures below for a visual of all of these steps! 






  1. Looks really easy to do. Crafts were never my strong suit.

  2. How cute and fun!!!! They have so many design in duct tape now a days. And if something bad happens, you are ready to go MacGiever. (spelling)

  3. These are so cute! I never would have thought of a duct tape bow! And I love the pink camo duct tape! My daughter currently has an obsession with the moustache print.

  4. These are really cute! I would love to make some as gifts. Thank you for the precise detailed instructions.

  5. I am going to do this! I think my daughter would have fun watching me make them, and she could wear it when they're done! Thanks!!

  6. wow duct tape has come a long way. these are cute

  7. Really fun and cute! I know my kids love playing with duck tape.

  8. Cute, easy and inexpensive! Love it!

  9. Love the idea.
    Our 9 year old would totally love a band like this

  10. I think duck tape it a wonderful product and I use it often. I love to see all the pretty colors and patterns that they have out now. These headbands are so cute and what a great fun idea!
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