Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Joys of Duct Tape

Faster than a a hammer and nails, more powerful than Elmer's Glue, and able to leap tall projects with a single wrap. Duct tape.

Here's a little history according to Wikipedia:

...duct tape was originally developed during World War II in 1942 as a water resistant sealing tape for ammunition cases. Permacel then a division of Johnson and Johnson, used a rubber-based adhesive to help the tape resist water and a fabric backing to add strength. It was also used to repair military equipment quickly, including jeeps, firearms, and aircraft because of these properties...

Ok, if it's good enough to repair military equipment, it's good enough for me! And, it was good enough for my dad. I swear that man would never not have duct tape around. It was the bandage for anything he didn't have the time deal with properly. A temporary fix in desperation that sometimes became permanent.

I don't know too many haunters that don't sing the praises of duct tape. You can use it to build props, hang decorations and even make costumes. I'm telling ya it's the wonder invention of the 20th century. No longer limited to battleship grey, it now comes in a plethora of festive colors including a glow in the dark version. Nirvana!

The Duct Tape Guys have written several books and they have a duct tape costume picture gallery. (Duct tape knight shown below.)

Our good friend Susan convinced her son Josh to suffer through the duct tape body double and provided a quick Indestructibles.com tutorial on how to pull it off. Perfect for making a custom prop!

This kid cracks me up! From Parker's Tutorials we bring you this video on how to make a peg leg and parrot props for your pirate costume. (Get his autograph if you can - he's going to be a star someday!)

Want more inspiration? Drop by StuckAtProm.com where you can view high school prom goers who have constructed their entire ensembles from, what else? Duct tape!

And in closing I'm going to leave you with the zany Original Duct Tape Guy's video from their video collection on YouTube. Now that's a wrap.


  1. Love love love all the duct tape clothes... thanks for all the different places to check out! (Don't know if I would have worn it to prom, haha)

  2. You're very welcome Dawn!

    The prom thing is pretty cool - you win a nice cash prize but the contestants have said it's very hot to wear duct tape. Think I'll pass as well ;)


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