Duct Tape Hacks: These Amazing Duct Tape Hacks Will Blow Your Mind
You’ve heard that duct tape is the solution to every problem, but we bet you don’t realize exactly how true that is! Got a punctured tire? Duct tape. Need a portable doggy bowl? Duct tape. Last-minute gift ideas? Duct tape. There are duct tape hacks for almost every situation you can think of, and while some are completely normal, some are so out of the box that you might never have even considered them. Check out these 20 duct tape hacks that are just crazy enough to work!
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Makeshift Pore Strip
If your nose is covered in blackheads and you don’t have any pore strips lying around (or if it’s just not MASCULINE enough for you), duct tape will also do the trick. Just apply a strip to the affected area, wait about five minutes, and rip it off like a band-aid.
(NOTE: This is not great for your skin, and you should not make it part of your regular routine, but it will work in a pinch.)
Don’t you hate it when you get in the car, remember you weren’t the last one who drove it, and then have to spend five minutes adjusting your seat? Duct tape can solve that problem! Next time you have your seat adjusted just the way you like it, simply take two small strips of duct tape and line them up, one on the floor and one on the seat. Now the next time someone moves your seat, you’ll know exactly what spot to realign it to!
Do you get frustrated by the lack of cupholders on your lawn chairs or other furniture? Duct tape can provide a temporary (or permanent!) solution. Simply take a roll of duct tape and stick a couple of pieces to the bottom. Then, wrap the end around itself and through the arm of the chair. Voila! You have the perfect place to put your drink!
Isn’t it annoying when you’re sweeping and the littlest bits of dirt just won’t go into the darn pan? Duct tape can fix that: Just add a piece between the dustpan and the floor as a sort of landing strip, and all the dust goes in. (Bonus: You don’t have to bend over to hold it in place!)
If you’re looking for something a little more artistic to do with your duct tape, give these pen toppers a try! They look difficult to make, but they’re actually very simple.
Step 1: Cut up several square pieces of duct tape, about 3-4 inches. How many depends on how thick you want the flower, but we recommend around 14 to 20.
Step 2: Fold one into a triangle so there’s a little adhesive showing on each edge. Then, fold it over itself again so there’s one adhesive edge left.
Step 3: Wrap that triangle around the top of your pen, with the point sticking up.
Repeat this process, offsetting the tip of each triangle, until you have a rose of the desired size!
If you get up in the middle of the night a lot, you’ve probably tripped down (or up) the stairs more times than you care to admit. Keep your evening excursions as quiet and painless as possible with a few strips of glow-in-the-dark duct tape. Just apply a piece to the edge of each stair and you’ll always know exactly where you’re going.
You CAN Open That Jar!
Don’t go running for help just yet: Your issue with opening that pickle jar is just one of leverage! To solve this issue, simply wrap a good amount of duct tape around the top of a jar, leaving enough hanging off for you to use as a handle. Grab that handle, pull at a 90 degree angle to the direction you wrapped it, and that lid should pop right off!
Patch Your Tire
When you puncture a tire, you aren’t usually in a place where you can immediately replace it. Even if you have a spare in the trunk, if you’re on the highway or in a high-traffic area, it might be safer to wait until you can get to a calmer spot to replace it. If you know where the problem is, you can patch it up with duct tape and still drive on it for a little while before it goes flat. For the most effective patch job, make an X shape with the duct tape, and be sure to smooth out any air bubbles that form.
Waterproof Your Shoes
It’s not always worth it to put on rain boots, or other waterproof shoes, for everyday tasks. If all you’re doing is mowing the lawn or doing work in a muddy yard, there’s a simple way to waterproof your more comfortable shoes. Just wrap them in a plastic bag, and then wrap that plastic bag in duct tape. You get a tight seal, and nothing will stick to your shoes.
Perfect Drilling Measurement
Nobody wants to mess up when drilling a hole into their wall. For the perfect measurement every time, you can use the drill itself. Just compare the size of whatever you have to stick into the wall with the tip of the drill, and make a little duct tape “flag” where it stops. That flag will stick up and alert you to where to stop drilling.
Get More Out of Your Matches
Duct tape actually burns really well, and for a long time. So if you want to get more life out of your matches, or simply need a bigger flame, an easy solution is to duct tape several matches together. Also, if you’re going camping and looking for an easy fire starter, a duct tape ball with some flint in the middle will definitely do the trick!
Add Grips to Your Tools
Are you sick of getting blisters from your old metal tools? Duct tape can help your hands. Just take a smaller roll of your desired color and wrap it around the handles of your tools. They’ll be much less painful to grip next time, and you can choose any color you want and have a more personalized toolkit!
Fix Frayed Shoelaces
Don’t you hate it when the little plastic tab falls off your shoelace? Don’t go out and buy new ones just yet. All you have to do is cut a small piece of duct tape and wrap it around the end a few times. Your shoelace won’t fray anymore!
Prevent Hardwood Scratches
Do the feet of your furniture scratch your nice hardwood floors? Don’t risk damage to your home — just cut a piece of duct tape about the size of the legs of your chair or table and stick it to the bottom. Nobody will ever know, and your furniture will slide smoothly and silently across the floor, leaving no traces.
No More Stale Food!
Don’t you hate it when you forget to put a bag clip on your chips and they go stale? Stop wasting your favorite foods. Just take a couple of strips of wax paper and affix them to the inside of your cabinet. Cut up several small strips of duct tape and leave them on the wax paper. Now, every time you open the cabinet, you have a method to seal your bag right there! You can use this for anything: chips, pretzels, boxes of pasta, you name it. No more stale surprises!
Homemade Folding Board
If you’ve ever wanted perfectly folded shirts, but going out and buying a folding board just seemed like a little bit too much for you, we have a simple substitute. Just cut up a cardboard box into six rectangles, about the size you’d want a folded T-shirt to be. Lay them out three by two and duct tape the three middle pieces together along the long seam, as well as the two top ones along the short seam. Ta-da! You have a free folding board!
Makeshift Lint Roller
About to go on a date only to realize you’re covered in pet hair, with no lint roller to be found? Don’t worry! You can make one if you have duct tape and a paint roller. Just wrap some duct tape (sticky side out) around the paint roller and secure it with duct tape (sticky side in) at the ends. (Don’t have a paint roller? In a pinch, you can just use a smaller piece of duct tape wrapped around your hand and dab at your clothing with that instead.)
Easy Luggage Tag
Can’t be bothered with those fancy luggage tags, which are too tiny to see at baggage claim anyway? Duct tape has you covered. All you need to do is get a brightly colored roll of duct tape and make a big X (or any shape you like) on your bag, and you’ll instantly know which one is yours. (This works better if you do it on both sides.)
On-the-Go Doggy Bowl
Ever wish you could make a portable doggy bowl? This seems complex, but it’s actually easier than it looks. What you do is take your doggy bowl and wrap duct tape, sticky side out, around the outside. Then rewrap it, this time with the tape facing the other way, so there’s no adhesive showing. Remove it from the bowl, and you can fold it up and put it in your pocket to take on walks! (You can do this with any dish you want. Want a portable cup for yourself? Go for it.)
Duct Tape Wallet
A duct tape wallet can be a quick holdover until you can get a new wallet, or a fun craft for kids! Making a wallet out of duct tape is a simple four-step process:
Step 1: Lay out about four 7-inch-long strips of duct tape on top of each other.
Step 2: Fold them in half and cut off any uneven edges. Repeat these first two steps so you have two of these.
Step 3: Tape the two pieces together down the middle.
Step 4: Fold in half and tape the edges together, making sure to leave the top open.
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It’s that simple! You can even fold it in half again to make a true wallet.