Crafty Ways to Decorate Your Party with Designer Duct Tape

Over the weekend we got creative with duct tape - and not the ugly gray kind! Using a classic red and white checkered look for inspiration, we dressed up our park picnic with a bit of DIY ingenuity and a few crafting minutes.


Gone are the days when this industrial tape could only be used to seal up ducts. Nowadays, we're using the designer tape to embellish utensils, upcycle soup cans, dress up wine bottles and decorate our parties.

What's great about this designer duct tape by Platypus is that's it's inexpensive, colorful, inspiring and easy to use.

 

 

We decorated our all-day picnic Saturday with it, but you can also use it to dress up gifts, cupcakes or even toys to add festive flair to any occasion.

 

Tips and Tricks to Use Designer Duct Tape

1. You can create complex shapes by aligning and creating 'sheets' of tape onto Parchment paper. Apply little strips of tape on the front of the sheet connecting each strip to each other. This allows you to pull your cut out shape off of the parchment paper. You can then remove these little strips once tape is applied to final surface.

 

Image via Platypus

 

Use scissors or an x-acto knife. Torn tape edges are inexact and ugly. You can use these shapes to dress up glasses or bottles at your party, but don't limit it to that - we love the idea of dressing up your party games like in this Frisbee shot.

Don't let the tape edges barely wrap over corners or edges. It's best to strive for at least 1/4" - 1/2" overlap.

 

Image via Platypus

 

2. Adhesive to adhesive bonds are incredibly strong. When making purses and wallets it's a good idea to have major stress points done this way.

 

Image via Platypus

 

3. You can create a double sided craft by laying tape strips adhesive to adhesive. Did you ever think you could create an elaborate decoration like this bouquet with just duct tape?!

4. It can sometimes (depending on the craft) be easier to cut a form out of paper and cover it with tape on one or both sides. 

 

 

5. You can cover tapered items (like soup cans or wine bottles) by laying them on their sides and rolling them. Trace the pattern onto paper, cut it out and test wrap it on the item if it fits correctly, use this as a pattern for creating sheets of tape, etc.

6. Use re-positionable spray adhesive to mount printed designs on top of duct tape. Use and X-Acto knife to cut shapes or letters out, then remove paper. Voila!

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