The girls and I stayed in all day Saturday and had a craft day so I decided to look at my pins for some easy projects they could do. They are obsessed with duct tape projects and all the different prints they come in. Duct tape is so popular with girls lately. They can make bows, belts, wallets, and more. I found this fun and easy duct tape belt for girls tutorial by Randi at DukesandDuchesses.com. (She also has one for boys!)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- duct tape
I used the checkered tape and gold tape from the Duck tape brand that I found at Michael’s but the blue tape was from the 99 cents store and it actually was a lot easier to use because it wasn’t as sticky and it was more ribbon-like and that made it SO easy to slide under the belt straps. Also, a simple pattern or solid color works best unless you don’t mind the pattern not aligning.
- pair of D-rings (2-inch rings for the wide belt, 1 1/2-rings for the skinny belt)
It was difficult for me to find these in the sewing section at Michael’s so try Jo-ann Fabrics (about $2.50 per pair) or another fabric store. They come in silver, gold, and pewter—pick one that coordinates with your tape!
- yard stick
- craft mat
- measuring tape or a belt for reference, pants for reference
To make the wide belt:
- I measured an existing belt the girls had and added a little extra like the tutorial said for folding in and sealing the ends. The girls cut two strips of this length.
The tutorial says to use a white tape for the inside of the belt but since this shows when the belt is worn, I decided to use the same tape for both strips.
- I overlapped two strips of duct tape together by holding and pulling each end of one strip and laying it on top of the other.
Pulling from the ends helps to place it down straight. You need to make sure that the overlap height would fit through the d-rings and through the belt straps of a pair of jeans. Using a craft mat works great because it prevents debris from getting on the tape while you are working and the lines help you to measure and keep things aligned.
- To finish off, you fold one end and tape it down. Then, at the other end, place 2 d-rings through and seal it with another piece of tape. Don’t worry to much about aligning the pattern, you’ll barely notice when it’s on!
For the skinny belt:
- I rolled out the same length but only cut one strip.
- I then folded over one edge length-wise so that the overlap would be the height of my belt.
While folding, pull the two ends and press down at the ends first. The kids can press down every 5 inches to help while you pull the ends. Once that’s done, you can safely press down along the entire belt.
- After that, starting at one end, slowly fold the non-overlapping tape down to seal the top edge of the belt.
- Finish with the last steps looping the rings in and sealing both ends.
Trust me, this tutorial was extremely easy and the girls love their belts. Thanks Randi!
Although Duck tape brand duct tape gets expensive sometimes, ranging from $5-10 at Target and Michael’s, you can always use a Michael’s weekly coupon or get them for a little bit cheaper at Wal-mart and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. If there is a Dollar Tree or 99 cents store near you, these generic brands work great too! I’ve also seen a pack of 6 Duck tapes at Costco for $15. I hope these tips help you when making your own duct tape belts. Happy crafting!