March 31, 2014

DIY Duct Tape Bead Bracelet

I've partnered up with Scotch® Duct Tape again (check out past projects, like these DIY studded bracelets and my DIY snakeskin pattern clutch) to make some fun, colorful beads that you can use in tons of ways. I chose to make a bright wrap bracelet, and I love how the colorful designs of the tape look when rolled up into beads. It's really easy to do, requiring only a few steps. Read on to find out how!

Tools and materials:
Scotch® Duct Tape (the patterns I used were Rainbow Scales and Pattern Crazy, along with a few colors)
Cutting mat
X-acto knife 
Extra beads
Something to roll the tape around, like a toothpick or coffee stirrer 

Begin by cutting a few strips of tape between 8 to 11 inches long and sticking them to your cutting mat. Use the knife and ruler to cut the strips of tape into skinnier rectangles.

Use the knife and ruler to make another cut, this time angled to make a very long triangle. Tip-- the wider the base of the triangle, the wider the bead. Try experimenting with skinnier triangles.

Fold over the edge of the tape so it doesn't stick to the toothpick.  Begin rolling up the tape around the toothpick.

Continue rolling, sticking the tape to itself and keeping it centered to keep the bead even.

Roll up a whole bunch in different patterns and colors.

Cut a long (30 or so inches) piece of bead elastic. Thread on your duct tape beads, along with any other you want to use.

Once it's long enough to wrap around your wrist a few times, tie the ends together and trim any excess string. Secure the knot with a dab of glue or clear nail polish.

Happy crafting!

For more ideas on crafting with Scotch® Duct Tape, check out their Pinterest account, follow on Twitter, or like them on Facebook!

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from Scotch® Duct Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.


  1. Well I never.....I'm now looking at Scotch tape in a completely new light!!

  2. That's pretty interesting. I didn't know there were those great patterns in Duct Tape.

    You could also cover wooden beads with it.

  3. Wow what a unique idea never new tape could be so versatile! I will definitely be making one of these one day :)

  4. This is so cool! I didn't know Scotch made such colourful duct tape, must try this! x


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