You can make all sorts of things from duct tape, from top hats to wallets to dresses. One of the simplest duct tape projects, however, is the braided bracelet. There are a few tricks to getting it done to ensure a proper fit and a neat finish. If you are up for a real challenge, you could even add some magnetic closures to it!
Part.1 Creating the Strands
Choose your duct tape. You can use the same color for all 3 strands, or you can choose different colors. Duct tape comes in many different patterns, so that is an option too. You will need 1 roll of duct tape for each color/pattern that you will be using. If you'll be using the same color for all 3 strands, then you only need 1 roll of duct tape in that color.
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Cut a 14 in (36 cm) strip of each color you will be using.
You will be cutting these strips into narrower strands. For example, if you will be using the same color for all 3 strands, then you only need to cut one 14 in (36 cm) strip.
- Set the strips of duct tape on your stable, sticky-side-up so that they are ready for the next step.
Fold each strip in half lengthwise to make it narrower. Lay down your strips with the sticky side facing up. Fold the strips in half lengthwise so that the colored side is facing out. Try to avoid wrinkles and air bubbles as much as possible
Cut 3 thin strips from your duct tape, using the threads as a guide.
If you look closely at duct tape, you'll notice that it has horizontal and vertical threads running through it. Cut the tape into narrow strips with scissors using the long, vertical threads as guides. Something between 1⁄8
inch (0.32 to 0.64 cm) wide will work the best, but make sure they are all the same width.
- If you are making a 3-color bracelet, cut 1 strip from each color.
- If you are making a single-color bracelet, cut all 3 strips from the same color
Tape the ends to your desk, side-by-side.
Arrange all 3 strips on a flat surface so that the long edges are touching. Cover the ends with a short piece of duct tape. You are now rest to start braiding!
- Do not stack the pieces together. You need to see all 3 strips.
- Cover the first 2 inches (5.1 cm) of the ends with the short piece of duct tape.