Duct Tape Crafts: Make a Duct Tape Bag

You can create useful, inspired objects simply by folding duct tape! Follow these instructions to craft a flashy, fun (and 100 percent waterproof!) duct tape purse.

| January 5, 2010

The following is an excerpt from Ductigami: The Art of the Tape by Joe Wilson (The Boston Mills Press, 2006). 

Not to be confused with origami — the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding to create delicate, fragile items for the moment — ductigami employs ordinary off-the-shelf duct tape in the creation of functional folded objects that are built to suffer the rigors of modern life. Once you master the art of the tape, you will be able to construct some of the world’s most unique items of function and fashion. And part of their beauty is that if they ever wear out, they can be repaired quickly with more duct tape.

I am sure that you have enough knowledge and imagination to create a purse out of a solid sheet of tape, but here is a twist. We are going to do advanced ductigami: the weave. (Doesn’t work for hair, if anyone asks.)

And remember: A number of companies sell different colors of duct tape, so you’re not limited to just classic gray.


1. Make 14 14-inch little strips in the color of duct tape of your choice.

bob farley
5/6/2011 10:39:50 PM

That's so cool. Yea did you know you can actually buy duct tape products? it's pretty amazing check it out. nice article

12/29/2010 10:26:04 AM

My husband retired from a chemical plant. They saw the hydrochloric acid was eatting the leather on their safety boots and began patching them with duct tape. Soon they covered and sealed their entire boots with duct tape. It worked!! So there is a safety reason to use duct tape!!!!

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