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How to Make a Retro Holiday Ornament out of Duck Tape – Duck the Halls Tutorial

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Duck® Brand tape comes in so many festive prints and colors- polka dots, metallics, candy cane stripes, snowmen… it’s the perfect material for handmade holiday decorations!

Check out these decorations I made out of tape:

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All of the ornaments use the same basic shape. It’s just a piece of tape folded into a strip, as shown below.

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That’s it! If you can fold a piece of tape and wield a stapler and a glue gun, you can make all of the ornaments in the photo! This would be a perfect project to do with little kids, just put them to work folding those strips!

Here’s how to make the 2 ornament decorations from the right hand side of the photo (I’ll post instructions for the chain and the flower in a few days).

1. Cut one 5.5″ piece of tape, two 7″ pieces of tape, and two 8.5″ pieces of tape, and fold them into the strips, as shown above.

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2. Stack the strips with the 5.5″ piece in the middle sandwiched between the 7.0″ pieces. The 8.5″ pieces are the top and bottom layer.

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3. Line the ends of the strips up and staple in place.

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4. Gather the unstapled ends, line them up the same way, and staple.

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5. All we need now is a loop to hang it from. Make another 5.5″ folded strip. Cut an additional piece of tape, approximately 1/2″ wide.

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6. Fold the strip around one end of the ornament and staple.

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7. Cover the staple with the 1/2″ piece of tape.

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You can of course use this tutorial to make decorations from strips of paper or felt. But the tape ornaments are durable enough that you could put them outside. 

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I don’t know if I’d put them where they’re completely exposed to the elements unless you’re okay with them being just for this year, but I think a whole row of Duck Tape® ornaments along the edge of a porch would be totally cute!

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