Tips for Working With Duct Tape
It's long-lasting, water-resistant and neater than paint — and if you mess up, you can just peel it off and start again. It's easiest to cut the tape with a utility knife with a sharp blade. But if you do use scissors and the blades get gummed up, wipe them with a little Goo Gone.
To cut the tape with a utility knife, stick the tape on a cutting mat (available at craft stores) or parchment paper. Use a straight edge, like a ruler, to get precise lines. After cutting, just peel off the tape and apply. To make sure the edges don’t peel up, run over each strip firmly with a straight edge, like an old credit card, after you apply it.
Make Pop Art
Cut a 2-inch square of duct tape and place it in the center of a 12-inch-by-12-inch canvas panel (from $2, at craft stores). Surround it with four 6-inch-long pieces of tape in a contrasting color, slightly overlapping the edges to form a bigger square. Repeat with four 10-inch-long pieces of your center color, pressing tape down firmly.
Tape: Scotch Cherry Red and Sea Blue; Scotch Green Apple and Cherry Red; Scotch Violet Purple and Sunshine Yellow
Stripe Bath Accessories
Trim strips of tape with a utility knife so they are each 1 inch wide and vary in length. Round the edges (you can eyeball the shape), then adhere them to each container, wrapping the tape under the bottom.
Tape: Duck Brand Wavy Green and Scotch Green Apple
Jazz Up a Ceiling Fan
If you can, remove the blades. Starting at the part of the blade closest to the center of the base, apply strips of tape 2 inches apart. (You can use 2-inch painter’s tape as a guide to keep spacing even.) For the rounded edge, lay a strip of duct tape over the end of the blade, then flip it over and trim the excess with a utility knife. Remove painter’s tape and reattach blades.
Tape: Platypus Pool Chevron
Brighten Switch Plates
Line up two strips of tape on the front of the plate. Trim to fit, leaving a little to fold over the back. Turn the plate facedown and cut out the openings with a utility knife.
Tape: Clockwise from top left: Duck Brand Zig-Zag; Scotch Safari; Kid Made Modern kit in Tonal (crosses and green dots); Platypus Modern Houndstooth; Scotch Retro Tiles; Platypus Blue Paisley; Platypus Pink Polka Dot
Add Plaid to a Chair Seat
Unscrew the chair seat if you can. Trim four colors of tape into 1-inch-wide strips, using the seat’s diameter as a guide for length. Starting in the middle of the seat, apply the strips of tape diagonally, 2 inches apart, working toward the corners. (Use painter's tape as a guide for spacing.) Wrap the tape under the seat’s edge and press firmly; remove painter's tape. Then apply stripes on the opposite diagonal, following the same steps.
Tape: Duck Brand Deep Blue Ocean; Scotch Sunshine Yellow, Tangerine Orange and Blue Turquoise
Zigzag Magazine Files
Starting at a corner, place a strip of tape diagonally across the back of the file. Cut it to fit so the tape overlaps the file's sides by about 3/4 inch. Repeat, alternating tape colors, leaving about 1/2 inch of space between each tape strip, until you've covered the file.
Tape: Scotch Tangerine Orange and Hot Pink