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.
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
- cord ends and a clasp (optional)
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®.
- Place the straw on one edge of the tape.
- Begin rolling the straw to adhere tape all around.
- Give the straw a good rub to make sure there are no air pockets or places the tape didn’t stick as well.
- 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!
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.
If adding caps, glue those on now. Attach your closures with jump rings and pliers.
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?
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!