How To Make a Duct Tape Tote

Is your duct tape wallet not quite big enough to hold your various treasures?  Try something a bit bigger!  This duct tape tote is waterproof, and perfect for carrying around whatever you’d like.  If you’d like to decorate it a bit, simply buy some crafts to decorate until it’s to your satisfaction.  You can also adjust the size of the bag by changing the size of the measurements.

A couple of warnings before we begin:
-Be careful with the knife.  Make sure you’re cutting away from yourself, in case you slip.
-When you’re cutting the tape off of the paper, be careful not to cut off a part.

Things you will need:
-Duct tape in various colors
-Scissors
-Hobby/craft knife
-Ruler
-Piece of paper
-Pen
-Markers (for a variety of colors)

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 1: Make the bottom of the purse by drawing a 5.5 inch by 3 inch (14cm by 7.6cm) rectangle on a piece of paper. Apply duct tape to the back of the paper rectangle. Cut out the rectangle.

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 2: Line the outside of the bottom of the purse by applying duct tape to the back (paper side), leaving at least 1/4 inch (.6cm) of the sticky part showing.

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 3: Make two long sides by making two 7 inch (17.75cm) long duct tape fabric (laying duct tape out and overlapping the edges to form a piece of duct tape) of 3 pieces of duct tape.

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 4: Tape the inside color of duct tape over the outside pieces, sticky side to sticky side, in a perpendicular direction. You will need to leave at least a .25 inch (.6cm) part of the sticky tape showing on one end. Use the bottom to mark with a pen how wide the inside should be.

  • Know that if you place the two sides next to each other as you apply the inside color of tape, you can cut them apart when you are finished.

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 5: Make two narrow sides by making a 5.5 inch (14cm) long by 3 pieces wide fabric of duct tape with the outside color. Use the bottom template to mark with a pen how wide the inside should be. Apply the inside color leaving at least 1/4 inch (.6cm) sticky part showing on the long sides.

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 6: Fit the sides together matching up the inside tape and sticking together with the exposed sticky parts.

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 7: Trim the top and bottom of the purse to be straight. Trim the sides of the purse leaving 1/8-1/4 inch (3-6mm) sticking out.

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 8: Attach the sides to the bottom of the purse. This can be a bit tricky. Start with one long side, laying it next to the inside bottom. Press onto the exposed sticky part of the bottom. Repeat for each side until it is attached. Trim the corners of the bottom so that the sides will stick out again.

How to Make a Duct Tape Tote

Step 9: Make handles for the purse by folding a piece of duct tape into thirds. Attach these to the purse with a strip of the inside color of duct tape.

So there you are!  Carry around your schoolbooks, use it for collecting rocks, or simply to organize your room a bit more.  You can find a great selection of colored duct tape, metallic duck tape, camo duck tape, and even glow-in-the-dark duck tape at jmcremps.com.  If you want even more fascinating and fun Duct Tape Projects, check out our e-book series called Warfare by Duct Tape.  The easy-to-follow instructions will allow any creative kid (or adult) to create swords, armor, shields, and more!

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