Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Duct Tape Beads

Duct Tape Beads

Hey Ladies!
Sorry I've been absent for almost a week! I have a show coming up and it's been hard balancing kids, crafts and life this week :)

I'm super excited to show how to make these Duct Tape Beads!!
They are super easy, affordable, waterproof, and pretty...
does it get any better than that?

I love all things Duct Tape and have made some new stuff lately so I will be posting more DT crafts soon.

Let's get started!!

You will need Colored Drinking Straws

And you will also need Colored Duct Tape

Step 1: Cut your Duct Tape into 11 inch long triangles, with the base of the triangle being 3/4 of an inch.
I was able to get 4 out of one 11 inch strip of Duct Tape.

Step 2: Put the base (biggest part) of the triangle on the straw.
Making sure it's on there evenly, and start rolling the tape around the straw.

Here is what it will look like after a few wraps around the straw.
I make sure to keep the strip of tape in the center so that a perfect shape will occur when finished.
Otherwise your bead will be all lopsided.

This is what it will look like finished.

Step 3: Continue wrapping beads down the straw, leaving some space between the beads.

Step 4: With Sharp Scissors, cut the beads off the straw, making sure to cut right at the end of each side of the bead.

Step 5: Making something fun with your beads! 

I put my beads on stretchy string, and made a bracelet, aren't they fun??!!

You can make your beads any size you want!
Here are Large, Medium and Small Beads.
The width of the base of your triangle determines how wide your bead will be.

By using the Colored Straws you can make all sorts of color coordinating designs with your beads.  You can also use Coffee Stirrers as well.

Have a great day 
Happy Crafting!


  1. This is a great idea. I love that you use the straw! Genious. The main character in my debut novel loves crafts... and duct tape. Maybe she can try these if she get to appear in a second book! www.kamikinard.com

  2. Thank you Kami! Your mail character sounds like we have a lot in common!! I have a serious LOVE affair with Duct Tape..I make TONS of stuff out of Duct Tape. If you ever have any questions feel free to ask :) Best of luck with your novel!

  3. I was just checking up on all your great posts. These beads are too cool. You must have stock in duct tape by now, lol. Sorry I we have not chatted much. I am happy to say my Twilight event is almost here and life should get back to normal soon, I hope.

  4. LOL..Mindie you have NO idea! I should've called my blog "All things Duct Tape" LOL!! This time of year is crazy for me too, I get a lot of orders, and then the holiday's and birthdays..! Looking forward to watching Breaking Dawn though...So exciting EEK!!!!

  5. These are veryy cool! These made great stocking stuffers! I am really enjoying looking through your website...ive always dreamed there would be a website like this.THANK YOU!!!

  6. Emily! Thank you so much, you made my day..and today just so happens to be my birthday! I'm so glad you enjoy my blog, you put a huge smile on my face :)

  7. Your Welcome! and happy birthday!Is there anyway i can "subscribe" to this website and get email updates on new crafts? i really love them! this whole day i have been completing them! i combined the beads and the lanyyard so i got a beaded lanyard!it is very cool! you should make one and post it as a new craft:)

  8. lets just say that i too am obsessed with ducktape!

  9. Thank you!! I would love it if you would sign up for my blog posts!! There are two ways, and you can do one or the other, or both.
    On the left side of my blog you will see Google Friend Connect (in blue it will say "Join this site") Click that and go from there. OR you can go to the left hand side of my blog to where it says "Follow by email" and put your email address in.
    I have a ton more Duct Tape Crafts that I will be posting..so sign up so you can join in the fun! Thank you again for all your kind words, have a great day :)

  10. alrightie well im signed up and cannot wait to see what you post next! hope you have a wounderful birthday!

  11. I love seeing what other people come up with to make out of Duct Tape, this is a vary cool and creative idea. I'm going to try to make it. thanks for the idea!

    1. I lovvvvveee Duct Tape :) These beads are super fun and easy. Have fun!!

  12. This is great! I've done paper beads but it's tricky with the glue drying times etc. Plus you could use smaller coffee stirrer size straws for smaller beads, big pixie sticks for bigger sizes. Awesome idea!

  13. This is great! I've done paper beads but it's tricky with the glue drying times etc. Plus you could use smaller coffee stirrer size straws for smaller beads, big pixie sticks for bigger sizes. Awesome idea!

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  16. I am interested in making these, but I do have one question before I start. In your first picture, you show that you cut 11" triangles. How do you keep the duct tape from sticking on everything in the room until you can turn it over and start the wrap?

  17. Having trouble cutting the duct tape- any tips? Are there different brands/qualities that are easier to cut than others? How do you get your lines so straight? I was going to use this activity for a homeschool jewelry-making class, but I can't even do it myself!

    1. Hi Jennifer!
      Duct Tape can be super hard to work worth! I use an exact knife and a ruler on a self healing may to cut my Duct Tape.
      An easy way, possibly safer for kids, would be to put a piece of tape on the shiny side of wax paper and let them cut long triangles with scissors.
      I hope that helps!

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