Invented during World War II, duct tape started with a simple purpose: keep water out of ammunition cases. Today, most people probably couldn’t tell what the intended purpose of the stuff is. But somehow that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the most useful instruments around.
Indeed, duct tape has evolved over the decades as people have devised uses for the sturdy silver tape that would make your head spin. From simple fixes to everyday problems to arts-and-crafts projects, duct tape’s many uses are almost impossible to count. Here are 20 you may have never considered!
1. Make a pencil case: For a kid, heading back to school after a long summer can be equivalent to receiving a life sentence in prison. Get the kids—or yourself—pumped up for the new school year with by decorating zip-lock bags with colorful duct tape to make pencil pouches!
2. Create makeshift stencils: In the shirt-making game? Layer a printout of whatever you want stenciled on a T-shirt over duct tape, then cut it out to make a duct-tape stencil. Then, you can use it with markers or paint to make the perfect T-shirt design!
3. Craft a prom tux: Because high schoolers aren’t the type to be judgmental, dazzling them with duct tape outfits on the most formal night of the year should be easy. Tape dresses are on the table, too.
4. Patch a wound: While it’s certainly not a substitute for a legitimate trip to the hospital and sterile medical supplies, duct tape can patch up or close a serious cut if you’re in a tight spot.
5. Cover up blisters: Blisters on the back of your heel can make every step a special kind of torture. A strip of duct tape over the blister can help cut down on friction and stymie a bit of pain.
6. Open tight lids: With a little origami folding, duct tape can pull a tight lid off a bottle. Finally, you won’t have to defeatedly pass a stubborn jar of spaghetti sauce to someone else to open!
7. Make a sled: When a trash can lid just won’t cut it, duct tape and a folded cardboard box can serve as a sled in a pinch. Let the kids go bananas with different colors so they can personalize their snow day equipment!
8. Seal and store caulking: Dried-out caulk is a pain in the backside and a waste of money. By folding duct tape over the caulk nozzle, you can preserve bottles far longer and even hang them on peg boards!
9. Patch a tire: Facing a flat tire in the middle of nowhere can feel like the start of your own personal horror movie. Why not skip that situation to begin with and carry duct tape in your trunk? It’s perfect for a quick patch job to get you a few extra miles.
10. “Brown bag” it: Bringing lunch in a lunch box is so ordinary! With a bit of duct tape in your life, you can mix it up by making your own air-tight lunch containers that just flat-out look cool.
You can put your duct tape to work in just about any way imaginable. What are your favorite duct tape hacks?
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