The following post originally appeared in 2010. I’m republishing it today with a few updates. Note: there are affiliate links in this post. Thanks!
If you are a regular reader of my other blog, then you have probably noticed that one of my family’s favorite crafting materials is duct tape. We love creating with this sturdy, sticky, colorful tape.
Duct Tape Knight
We were inspired by one of my daughter’s favorite reads, Igraine the Brave and a booklet from CurrClick, The Shield and Buckler booklet. Our own “Igraine” and her little brother, Sir Max the Bold, were in need of some knightly attire.
The booklet costs $1 and taught us how to make duct tape shields using five gallon bucket lids. But, you certainly wouldn’t need the booklet to get started.
Basically, you’re covering a 5 gallon bucket lid with duct tape and creating a handle on the back (also from duct tape) for your child to slide their arm into.
We made a shield for each of our older kids. The cost of each shield was just under $3.oo (each lid was 99 cents and the duct tape was approximately $6 – and we’ve got some leftover for future projects).
Duct tape comes in a wide variety of colors, so you can personalize this project for your kids. We chose red and chrome for this project. Jillian embellished her shield with Sharpie markers.
After our success with the shields, we began to experiment and design on our own knight’s gear. Recycling some cardboard to use as a base, my husband Chris made two different styles of knight’s helmets (I’ll share how he made those in a future post) and we’ve refined our shield decorating technique, too.
The possibilities are limitless!
Our Favorite Brand
We have discovered a few things along the way with our duct tape adventures. One of those things we learned is that not all duct tape is created equal and not all brands offer a wide selection of colors and patterns. Our favorite brands of duct tape to craft with is Duck Brand by Shurtech, which we found at our local hardware store, and the Kid Made Modern tapes found at Target.
This craft would go nicely with one of our Unplugged Play Ideas: creating a cardboard castle.
Our duct tape adventures are continuing as Jillian, challenged by Todd Oldham when we were at Crafting Community to make her Halloween costume this year, has been using duct tape to create an evil queen costume. I’ll be sure to share her creation once she’s finished!
What are some of your family’s favorite frugal crafting materials?