Christmas crafts with colored duct tape
You guys know that Jo loves to decorate for Christmas much more than the average person does, and she likes to hang decorations everywhere. A tour of her house will show you stockings and wreaths on every door, jingle bells on the tables, and festive touches wherever possible. This year she wanted to do some extra decorating in the kitchen, but since anything in the kitchen has the potential of getting food/grease/etc on it, she really wanted something durable. We thought for a bit and decided to make a decoration out of duct tape, which is really easy to wipe clean.
She decided to make a wreath to hang in the kitchen, so she gathered together a simple Styrofoam wreath form, some green duct tape, and non-stick scissors. Then she cut the tape into pieces as long as the tape was wide, forming a square.
Next, she folded two corners of the tape down on itself, forming a point.
Then she put the piece of tape onto the wreath. She continued these steps over and over, overlapping each row of tape points a little bit and staggering the points. Pretty easy, right?
Before long, the wreath was totally covered and looked awesome!
Next, the wreath needed a bow, but Jo had previously loaned me her roll of red duct tape, so she handed the wreath off to me to finish. Don’t you just love tag-team crafting? To make the bow, I cut a long piece of tape and folded it in half — sticky side to sticky side — to create a ribbon that wasn’t sticky at all. Then I looped that ribbon into a bow shape.
I made another piece of tape “ribbon” and cut a decorative notch in each end. This would be the tail ribbon for my bow.
Then I pinched the bow in the middle to make it poof out like a nice bow should. I pinched the tail together in the center as well.
I held the two pinched pieces together, secured them with a piece of red duct tape wrapped around the middle, and attached it to the wreath with a Zots adhesive dot.
Pretty neat results, don’t you think?
I love how it looks hanging on the pot rack in my kitchen. And if it gets spaghetti sauce splashed on it, it’s so easy to clean!
It also looks good on a closet door. I am not sure I’m going to give this wreath back to Jo, actually.
Making the bow for Jo’s wreath was so much fun that I wanted to do more. I wanted to see what else I could apply the duct tape technique to, so I grabbed a couple of Styrofoam cones so I could make some trees. You might think green tape would be the way to go here, but I wanted something more modern and fun, so I grabbed some red and white duct tape. The first thing I did was cover the bottom of the cones with white tape so that they wouldn’t scratch whatever surface I set them on later.
Then I used the same technique Jo did for creating little squares of tape and folding the corners in to make a point. I had little tape pieces everywhere!
I started with a red point that I lined up so that it just came to the bottom of the cone. Then I put another one next to it.
When I had the red points going all the way around the cone, I switched to white and did another row.
I continued, row after row, alternating the colors between red and white, until the tree was covered. Duct tape is so easy to work with on this project because it sticks so well but is also totally removable if you need to adjust it.
I absolutely love how they came out! They would’ve looked cute in all green, too, but I really dig the candy cane look.
The trees look great on my mantle. Next year, I may make a few more in different sizes to add to the collection. A little forest of duct tape trees, nestled in a some fake snow, would look really neat in the center of a large table.