You Will Need ...
  1. Multi-colored duct tape

  2. Magnets or sticky-backed Velcro (optional)

  3. Scissors

  4. Measuring tape or ruler

  5. Flat, smooth work area

  6. String or yarn

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Step 1: 

Begin by wrapping a piece of string or yarn around your wrist to measure the size of your wrist. Cut the string about 2 inches longer than your actual wrist size and lay in on your work space.

Step 2: 

Start with a strip of tape about the same length as your measured string. Lay the tape flat on your surface and smooth out. (We will call this "Side A.")
Once you have smoothed it out, pick it up and flip it over so that the sticky side faces up and Side A (the colored side) faces down.

Step 3: 

Rip smaller strips about 3 inches in length - they should go over the edge of Side A.
Place the small strips on top of Side A. (We will call this pattern side "Side B.") Make sure to overlap your pattern by about 1/4 inch - that way no sticky tape will sneak through. You want your pattern to be tight and overlapping slightly.

Step 4: 

Continue with your pattern to the end of Side A. You may want to come back after you have set your pattern and add "accent" strips.

Step 5: 

Once you have finished your pattern, lift up the project (careful to keep sticky edges from Side B flopping over onto the Side A). Flip it over so Side A faces up. Using scissors, cut slightly inside the edge of Side A to trim away all excess tape (you are basically trimming away all the sticky backs from Side B).

Step 6: 

Place the trimmed Side A facing up. Place a small magnet about 1/2 inch in from the edge and cover securely with a square of matching tape. Make sure there is enough tape around the edges to completely seal in the magnet.
Wrap the tape around your wrist to form a bracelet cuff, Side A on the inside touching your skin, Side B facing out. Trim to the tightness you want - but make sure you add one extra inch for the magnet closure that you will put on the other side.

Step 7: 

Take a second square of tape (it should match the tape on your Side B end - the end without a magnet). Lay the tape square sticky side up over the Side A taped-down magnet. Drop the magnet so that it attracts to the taped down magnet (forming a seal between the two, with the sticky tape in between). The attraction of the magnets will allow you to know exactly where to tape the magnet on Side B.

Step 8: 

Fold Side B over, adhering the sticky tape side to the end of the Side B pattern. When the magnets attract they form a cuff!

Step 9: 

And there you have it: a duct tape bracelet.

Step 10: 

You can make your cuff wider by doing 2 strips of tape on Side A, or making it thinner by trimming with scissors - it's up to you. You can also embellish your bracelet by adding stick-on jewels, buttons, lace, Sharpie pen designs, stickers... whatever you like! The more you play, the better they get.

Age: 
School-age
Tween
Teen
Craft Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Difficulty: 
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Duct Tape: 
Jewelry and wearables
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Supervision: 
1 adult per 10 children
Variations: 

1. If you don't have magnets, don't fret - just make the bracelet big enough to slide over your hand and tape the ends together instead, like a bangle bracelet.
2. Use sticky-backed Velcro instead of magnets.
3. If simplicity is your way - or you only have one roll of duct tape - feel free to make your cuff one single color and then embellish with your own designs using a Sharpie marker.