Nearly every household has a roll of duct tape handy. While adults reach for the flexible, sticky stuff for construction projects and home repairs, kids often grab the same roll to make picture frames, jewelry and flowers.
Ellie Churchill, 11, (pictured) of Richmond, has been experimenting with DIY duct-tape creations for a year or so. Ellie uses duct tape to transform everyday household items such as pencils, pens and coffee mugs into easy-to-make artwork. Accessories such as wallets, purses and duct-tape beaded bracelets take a little more time, she says.
Ellie gets her project ideas from friends — and from the Duck brand duct-tape website, duckbrand.com. For supplies, she looks no further than the junk drawer. Her approach: "Don't over-think it and just try it."
Ellie recently detailed the steps to make a simple duct-tape flower out of a pen. She notes that you can measure the tape with a ruler, and cut it with scissors, but it's not necessary. Ripping is easier than cutting. And, as it turns out, imprecise measurements and uneven taping only add to the project's appeal.
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