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Do-it-yourself fun with duct tape

May 27, 2008|By BRIGITTE GREWE and KACEY KEITH/Pulse Correspondents

Duct tape went viral years ago.

The tough, durable, water-resistant tape originally developed in America during World War II for military uses is now used around the world in an amazing number of ways - to make fashion accessories, to repair household items, even to repair the lunar rover buggy.

Two of the Pulse team's DIY queens put their heads together and came up with five things you can do with duct tape (other than taping things together).

Belt

You need:

· duct tape

· scissors

· Sharpie brand markers in several colors

· tape measure

Using the tape measure, measure around your waist. Add 3 inches to that measurement and cut two strips of duct tape that long. Carefully, put one strip directly on top of the other strip so both sticky parts are stuck together. You should now have a non-sticky duct tape strip.

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Draw pictures or write words all over the belt. Make a design or make a pattern.

Cut about a 3- or 4-inch piece of duct tape and roll it as tight as possible lengthwise so you have a 3- or 4-inch long rod of duct tape. Using the scissors, cut two pieces off the roll that are as wide as they long. Use two small strips of duct tape to tape these round cubes, or balls, of duct tape onto the belt.

Tape the balls above each other at one end of the belt. Cut out two holes the same size of the balls on the opposite end of the belt. Now you can use the balls and the holes as a clasp to hold the belt together. Voila!

Bracelet

You need:

· duct tape

· tape measure

· scissors

· Sharpie brand markers

Measure around your wrist. Add a half-inch to that measure and cut four strips of duct tape that size.

Lay a piece with the sticky side face up on a table or hard surface. Lay another piece, also face up, next to the first. Overlap the long sides slightly and press together so the two a piece about. Repeat with the other two pieces of tape. Now you have two double-wide "sheets."

Put the two "sheets" together, sticky sides together. Using markers, make designs, patterns or pictures on the bracelet. Cut two small strips of duct tape to tape the bracelet together and attach around your wrist.

Complete.

Headband

You need:

· duct tape

· scissors

· Sharpie brand markers, paint, contrasting colors of duct tape

· tape measure

Measure the part around your head where you usually wear head bands. Cut two strips of duct tape that length. Place the sticky sides face to face and press firmly.

Cut off about 5 inches from the strip. Cut a 6-inch piece of duct tape and fold it in half so the sticky sides touch each other. Tape one end of the narrow strip to one end of the handband. Tape the other end to the other side of the headband.

Try the headband on to make sure it fits. If not, adjust the narrower strip of duct tape so headband fits snugly.

Decorate the wider part of the head band any way you want.

MP3 player case

You need:

· several rolls of duct tape in different colors

· scissors

· craft knife such as an Xacto

· piece of scrap cardboard or scrap wood

· MP# player template (search online for a template that matches your model; one site offering templates is www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/ipodcover.htm)

Cut out the iPod template on this page and fold it up to see how well it fits your MP3 player. Using cardstock or paper, if needed, to create a new template based on your MP3 player's measurements.

Duct tape the back of the template (not on the side showing the lines) in the colors of duct tape you desire. Make stripes or dots or other patterns in contrasting colors, if desired.

Cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines. Lay the template on the scrap cardboard and use the craft knife to cut out the headphone jack and USB port connection openings. (Or, after it's all assembled, stick the headphone jack through the tape into the opening. This will show you where it is, and you can trim off the ragged edges.)

Wrap the case around your MP3 player. Mark where the Hold button is, lay the template on the scrap cardboard and cut around it.

Duct tape the case in place while around your iPod.

Bathing suit

· worn-out underwear and bra

· duct tape

· a friend

Find an old pair of underwear, and, if you're a girl, an old bra.

Put on the underwear and bra and ask a friend to tape over the outside, making sure the sides and everything else are comfortable.

The bathing suit might be too tight to just slide out of at this point, so you might have to cut the sides and other places and re-tape them later.

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