Duct tape seems like something that you just have in your house and don’t really think about, but surprisingly, it can actually be used for many different kinds of things. Have you ever used it to open a jar or make a nice bag for your children? Soon you will understand what we’re talking about. Check out all of the ways you can use duct tape that you never thought about before.
Open A Tough Jar
Are your hands too slippery or is that jar lid just too tough to successfully open up? Try this hack to get the jar open. Wrap part of the lid with duct tape and wrap it around your hand, then pull to try to get the lid open. You’ll either get the jar open or you’ll rip your hand off trying!
Fix The Grip On Your Shoe
If you’re a lover of high heels but you find far too often that you’re slipping and sliding all over the floor in them, this solution is for you. It’s truly simple and will make your life so much easier. All you have to do is put duct tape on the bottom of your shoes and score the tape a bit. Just like that, they’ll be fixed.
Make Your Own Shirt
Is it Halloween time and you don’t want to spend so much money on a costume for your kid this year? Maybe they want that awesome graphic tee but it’s just too expensive. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Using duct tape as a stencil for a graphic tee is a cheap and fun way to get a one-of-a-kind tee!
Repair A Flat Tire
Lately more and more people are posting online about this hack they’ve used. It’s not a fix, but it’s definitely a temporary solution. If you notice you have a flat tire, fix it with duct tape while you drive to the mechanic. Then, of course, get it really fixed.
Remove Pet Hair
There is absolutely nothing worse than inviting guests over and having pet hair all over your furniture. If you don’t have time go out and buy lint rollers, here’s an at-home fix! You can make your own lint roller by covering your lint roller with duct tape and rolling over your couches and chairs.
DIY Snow Sled
Hear us out. If your child is one who loves arts and crafts, this could be a super fun project for them to do with their friends. On the other hand, if you are the kind of parent who loves making things from scratch and doing DIY projects, you might love this. If you got snowed in and your only option for letting your child go sledding is to make your own sled, that’s another reason to try this, too.
Save A Boat Load
If you’re trying to knock the socks off of someone and impress them at the harbor, we don’t recommend using this project to do so, but if you’re looking for a fun and entertaining project to do on a nice summer day, this could be perfect for you.
If you’re stuck at home with the kids on a rainy day, make some rain shoes out of duct tape! If you live in an area that tends to get muddy when it rains, your kids can slip these on over their shoes when they go outside and take them off when they get back into the house.
If you love creating new clothing for yourself but find it hard to guess what size you are, you can make a mold of your body with duct tape! Just be careful not to do this on your bare skin, as it will not end very pleasantly for you.
Make A Hammock
If you know how to assemble it properly, duct tape can actually hold a lot more weight than you’d think it could. If you put the time and effort into making this hammock properly, it will hold your body weight and may be comfortable enough to take a little snooze on… just not on too sunny of a day!
To Avoid The Doctor
If you would rather try to fix something yourself than go to the doctor because you’re afraid of them, you’re not alone. Sometimes it’s okay to avoid going to the doctor, and in this case, duct tape is just as good as a medical sling.
This looks a bit insane to think that someone would lay here, but if you come across someone that needs immediate medical care, this could be something that saves the day. One of the first and best things you could do for someone in need of medical assistance is to get them onto a stretcher.
If your dryer isn’t working, is already in use, or you simply don’t have a dryer in your house, don’t worry, you can hang dry your clothes in a way that will dry them quickly and evenly. Stick duct tape on each side of a pole, then stick it to your clothes and let them dry out for a while.
Make Your Own Cup
If you’re on the go, perhaps camping for the weekend and don’t have a regular cup with you, have no fear, making one out of duct tape it actually pretty easy. When you’re thirsty enough to need something to drink out of, you’ll find a way to make it work.
Save Your Raft
There’s no kind of damper that you put on a camping trip like when you find a hole in your raft. Don’t worry, we have a quick and easy fix for that! Hopefully you brought some duct tape with you, which you always should; place a layer of duct tape in the shape of an X on top of the hole and it will at least be a good enough fix to get you through the trip.
Create A Purse
If you are someone who is crafty and loves DIY projects, this could be the best one you’ve ever tried. On the other hand, if you aren’t super crafty, this project could end pretty horribly for you and you could end up with something that is definitely not a purse. You just need to be careful and pay attention to where you’re sticking the tape!
Waterproof Home Decoration
It’s true, you can buy waterproof pillows on Amazon, but why do that and shell out tons of money when you could make your own design and have a waterproof pillow to show off on your front porch that no one else in the world has? It seems like a better option to make your own.
More DIY Doctor Avoidance
Once again, if you’re someone who hates going to the doctor, we’ve got some tips for you. If you suffered from a cut somewhere on your body that wasn’t bad enough to really have to go to the doctor but definitely bad enough to need to hold it together somehow, bring in some duct tape. To be safe, you could put a layer of gauze over the actual wound so the duct tape isn’t touching the cut itself.
If you are the kind of person who always needs their phone close to them but your only outlet is not near a table, we have a great little trick for you to try. You’ll need to measure the dimensions of your phone to be sure your pouch is big enough, but this project shouldn’t take so long, and it’ll add a nice flair to your room!
Makeshift Luggage Tag
If you’re a frequent traveler, odds are that you have accidentally almost taken someone else’s luggage once because it looked just like yours. If you want to be sure that no one ever mistakes our luggage for their’s ever again, make your own luggage tag and stick it on the handle of your suitcase. If you want to be extra safe, tape a band around the side of your bag so you will be able to see that it’s yours from all sides.
If you want to be sure that no one else at the senior prom has the same outfit as you, then you should make your outfit out of duct tape! And of course, your date’s outfit needs to match yours to make the set complete. You two will be the talk of the town at prom if you do this.
Here is a perfect photo of people who decided to make the most of their love for duct tape circus suits instead of trying to fit in with the crowd. In the real world, outside of dressing up for a costume, we highly do not recommend dressing fully in something that you will sweat profusely in and then have to cut off of your body later, but hey, whatever makes them happy.
Dead & Co’s Biggest Fans
If you are a fan of Dead & Co, Coachella, or the Magna Ball festival, you can probably relate to what these two are wearing. This is one of those things that they probably thought was a really great idea at the time, until they realized how hot it was outside.
If you have multiple children and can’t necessarily afford to spend a ton of money on Halloween costumes each year for all of your kids, why not make their masks or props out of duct tape? It will be a unique way for them to show off how cool their parents are, and it will surely save you a ton of money.
Breaking Bad Art
Though this art masterpiece is super awesome to think about when you notice that it’s made out of duct tape, it’s not really something that most people would want hanging up in their house. Can you imagine this close-up portrait hanging over your bed or your fireplace staring at you?
Lawn Chair Renovation
Whoever had the idea to create a lawn chair out of duct tape likely lived in a place that has a lot of cold and rainy days, because the idea of making a chair made of duct tape and taking it to sit in the sun on the beach sounds like a nightmare. Duct tape retains heat and sunlight, so sitting on this chair in the summer will not be fun.
This hat will definitely block your head from the sun, that’s for sure. It will also likely cause you to overheat and pass out if you’re wearing it in a place that’s hot and sunny. Once again, duct tape retains heat, so wearing this hat in the summer will for sure put you at risk for heatstroke.
Pack Your Lunch
Opening your lunch every day at school as child was the most exciting thing ever; there was nothing more thrilling than seeing what your parents packed for you today. To add a bit of flair to your child’s lunch each day, give them a homemade lunchbox made of duct tape!
Store Your Pens And Pencils
Many schools, especially elementary schools, require kids to have a pencil case with them at all times. To carry their pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils, etc. But what happens if someone can’t really afford to buy a pencil case, sometimes multiple if they have more than one kid? Make one with duct tape!
The Worst Good Idea
Whoever had the idea to seal an open lid while also creating something to hang on your tool shed wall deserves a nobel prize. Look, in the long run this likely wasn’t a good idea, as you’ll need to fight to peel off the duct tape if you need the tool again, but in the meantime, it’s brilliant.
Dust Pan Hack
After you’ve spent so much time sweeping your home, there’s nothing more annoying than little pieces of dirt and dust slipping under the dust pan, or worse, simply getting stuck in front of it. To fix this, just stick a piece of duct tape between the floor and the edge of the dust pan.
Cup Holder Magic
If you aren’t someone who has a fancy folding chair that has a built-in cupholder but you enjoy spending time outside in your chair, this DIY is perfect for you. Enter: duct tape cup holder! Make a sort of cup out of the duct tape, then wrap it around the arm of the chair and voila, you have a perfect chair cup holder.
Get Rid Of Bugs
There’s nothing more frustrating than having tiny bugs flying around your home and not being able to catch all of them, and with summer coming up, they’re about to be everywhere. If you want to spice things up a bit and get an arm workout in, attach the bugs to a tennis racket and swing it around when you see a bug!
If you have a garden at home, you likely have some sort of way to tell which plants are which so you don’t confuse them. Why not make some super fun and unique tags by using duct tape? Break up some popsicle sticks to the length you want and put some duct tape on them, then label them as you please.
These may look tricky to create, but they’re actually much easier than you’d think! They’re the perfect project to keep your kids occupied while you’re cleaning or cooking dinner for the family. All you need to do is cut up about 15-20 squares of duct dape that are all about 3-4 inches big. Fold them into triangles with a bit of the sticky side showing, then wrap them all around each other with the pen being in the center.
Do you tend to get clumsy when the lights turn off? Purchase some glow in the dark duct tape and place it at the edges of each step on your stairs. This will be extremely helpful for you if you’re walking up or down the stairs in the middle of the night.
Protect Your Floor
If you have hardwood floors, you likely know the pains of having furniture scratch them up and leave marks all over the place. You could go out and spend a ton of money on floor savers and cushions, but why do that when you can buy one roll of duct tape? Just cut a piece of duct tape to the correct size and stick it to the bottom of your chairs.
Perfectly Fold Your Clothes
If you’re someone who could never figure out how to get your shirts to fold up perfectly, now is the perfect chance for you to learn. All you need to do is cut up a cardboard box into six rectangular pieces, then place duct tape in a three by two fashion and you’ll have your own folding board.
Make Your Own Food Clip
Don’t have any extra food clips laying around but can’t leave that bag of chips open to go bad? Just hang a few strips of duct tape on the inside of your cabinet so you have them when you need to close a bag of chips on the spot. This will work for any type of food container you need.
Mend Your Broken Spectacles
Anyone who wears glasses knows that wearing glasses is the worst. They are super expensive, and you have to pay to be able to see things! How unfair is that?! If you’ve ever experienced your glasses breaking, you know how horrible it is, as you then have to decide if you’ll get them fixed, buy a new pair, or just not see things. With duct tape, your life (temporarily) just got better. Tape your glasses back together while you save up for new glasses.
Did you go on a weekend getaway but forgot to pack a belt? If you don’t mind standing out in a crowd with a metallic duct tape belt, then this can be a perfect option for you! All you need to do is take a super long piece of duct tape and fold it into itself so it will fit through your belt loops. Jazz it up as you wish, but it’s really that easy.
Stop A Leaky Hose
A leaky hose can cause all sorts of problems, like water getting into places where you never intended for it to. If your hose is leaking and you don’t want to buy a whole new one, this is the best and easiest way to fix it. All you need to do is wrap a piece of duct tape tightly around the hole.
Decorate Your Water Bottle
If your kids have the same water bottle and they want something a bit more personalized, duct taping the bottle is a perfect alternative to buying them a brand new one. Just buy a few colors of duct tape and sit with your kids while you all decorate their water bottles together!
Spice Up Your Tissue Box
For something you use almost exclusively when you have a cold or are actually ill, something as simple as decorating your box of tissues can quickly make yourself feel just a little bit better when you’re feeling under the weather. You can make cool designs on them and decorate them however you want, then reuse them!
Don’t Lose Your Pen
If you’re past the stage of carrying a pencil case around with you, but you’re one of those people who simply can’t live without a notebook or planner on you at all times, consider this easy hack. Choose from your favorite duct tape designs and put a folded piece on top of your notebook for a pen holder!
Say Goodbye To Blackheads
If you’re desparate to clean your pores out but don’t have any face wash or pore strips at home, you can use duct tape. This is only for the brave souls who have a high pain tolerance, but it will certainly get the job done. It’s not really great for your skin, so you shouldn’t use this as a permanent solution, but once or twice is okay.
Mark Your Chair Settings
If someone who is a much different height than you just drove your car, chances are they rearranged all of the seat settings you’re used to! Luckily, duct tape can save the day here. Next time you find that your seat is out of place, just take two strips of duct tape and align them with one another where your seat setting should be.
Measure Your Drill
Drilling a big hole into your wall is definitely one thing that you want to get right the first time. In order to make sure you’re drilling the exact length you need, measure the object you’re sticking into the wall to make sure it’s the same length as the drill, then cover the rest of the drill head with duct tape so you’ll know where to stop.
Did you know that duct tape is actually quite flammable? It burns better than a match and won’t run out of flame so quickly. It will also produce a bigger flame than a match, which can be helpful sometimes. If you’re going camping, keep in mind that a ball of duct tape with lint inside will be the best fire starter you can find.
Tighten Your Grip
When your tools are made of metal, they can easily leave your hands covered in painful blisters. Taking soft duct tape and wrapping it around the handlebars of your tools will soften the material and make it more comfortable for your hands.
Buying brand new shoelaces every time the plastic piece falls off and they start to fray can get pretty costly. The good news is that you absolutely do not need to keep buying new shoelaces every time this happens! All you need to do is cut a small piece of duct tape and wrap it around the affected area of your laces.
Pet Water Bowl
If you’re taking your furry friend camping or just outside for a while, it’s a great idea to bring a portable water bowl with you. If you don’t feel like spending a ton of money on one then you can make one! If you aren’t so crafty, you can wrap a paper or plastic bowl in duct tape so it won’t get ruined by pouring water in over and over.