Duck Tape Beads DIY

September 12, 2013Allison Murray

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Duck Tape Beads DIY

When I was a kid I didn’t really care about which notebooks or pencils I was carrying. Other kids were obsessed with Trapper Keepers or adorning their spiral notebooks with stickers and drawings on them, but I just couldn’t be bothered. Even when I was little, little, back to school shopping was all about my new wardrobe. And since I know a few little girls who are just the same as me, I thought I’d work up a quick project for us to accessorize their itty bitty arms with this fall.

Duck Tape Beads DIY


I got some really fun tape in a graffiti pattern but it was hard choosing. Any pattern with lots of colors will be really pretty including one called wallflowers or any of the animal prints. Solids could be chosen to to match up with team colors! So let’s make some Duck Tape® beads, shall we?

For this project you will need:

  • Duck Tape® in your choice of colors or patterns
  • small drinking straws
  • sharp scissors
  • yarn
  • cord ends and a clasp (optional)

Duck Tape Beads DIY

Making the beads is really very simple. To prepare, cut your tape into strips a few inches long, long enough to cover the straw entirely (FYI – I made mine shorter so you can see the straw in each step of the pics). Take that strip and cut it in half lengthwise so you have two long, skinny pieces of Duck Tape®.

  1. Place the straw on one edge of the tape.
  2. Begin rolling the straw to adhere tape all around.
  3. Give the straw a good rub to make sure there are no air pockets or places the tape didn’t stick as well.
  4. Use your sharp scissors to cut into beads. I went small, like the size of perler beads but you can make them any size you please!

Duck Tape Beads DIY

String your beads onto  your yarn. I tied a 6 pieces of yarn together for a really chunky bracelet. You can also make one really, really long strand that can be used to wrap around our worn as a necklace.

If using cord ends and a closure, tie knots at the each end of the beads. If not planning on using a closure, tie the cords together so that you get a circle shape.

To finish this step, place a skinny strip of tape around the knots that you make to hide them.

Duck Tape Beads DIY

If adding caps, glue those on now. Attach your closures with jump rings and pliers.

Duck Tape Beads DIY

And there she is all finished up! Isn’t it so pretty? Would you guess in a million years that these beads were made of Duck Tape® and straws?

Duck Tape Beads DIY

There are so many uses for Duck Tape® that you can buy up several patterns. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a little girl’s night in at a back to school sleepover? They could make their own beads and jewelry and wear them to school!

Goodness gracious do I love giving the kiddos a reason to be crafty! If you do too, buy Duck Tape at Walmart and grab some yarn and get those kids after it.

And if you want to make a bracelet for yourself (like I totally did) that’s completely cool, too!

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Comments (12)

  • Annabel

    September 12, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Super cute! Wish I knew where I could get cool duct tape like that in Australia!

    1. Allison

      September 12, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      I did some quick digging and you can order online from (they will ship to Australia) or on EBay. I hope you are able to find some tape!! Best of luck :)

  • Leslie

    September 13, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Awesome! I never would have guessed they were made from duct tape and straws!

    1. Allison

      September 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      I do believe that is the best possible comment this post could have received :)

  • Mehdi

    September 25, 2013 at 7:27 AM


  • Kelly Evans

    October 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    LOVE THIS! So, I’m thinking of using this as a craft for my daughter’s 10th birthday party this Sunday! I am wondering a few things….
    1. Approx how many straws per necklace?
    2. Approx how much yarn per necklace?
    3. Can we use the Ducklings mini rolls of duct tape or should we use only the regular size duct tape rolls?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Allison

      October 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      That’s so great! I don’t know if you know, but there are tons of different multi-color tapes that I think would work really well (I just looked again yesterday!) I hope your daughter’s birthday is a blast!!

      1. Kelly Evans

        October 4, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Yes….we have tons of different multi color rolls. But I want to make sure we can use the mini rolls (the ducklings…the tape width is smaller than the regular duct tape rolls)…will that still work? And do you know approx. how many straws and how much yarn per necklace? Thanks!

        1. Allison

          October 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

          The minis should work out great. I used 3 straws for a bracelet but it’s really full. I think that I’d plan on each kid using about upwards of 10-12 apiece for necklaces with several strands (and buy an extra package just to be doubly safe!)

  • Kelly Evans

    October 4, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    thank you!

  • Teri Andrus

    March 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I used skinny black ribbon (my tape was poka-dot’s with black in it) and the “beads” layed really smoothly. The duch tape to camouflage the knot worked perfect! I couldnt find the knot it became so invisible! Thanks for the great idea. My 8 year old activity day girsl are going to LOVE this!

  • Judy Williams

    January 13, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    I Love Love Love it. You are amazing! How cute!

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