You Will Need ...
  1. Duct tape fabric - green and red (or pink) (Our video uses pieces 14" x 8", but our template uses pieces about 8.5" x 11".)

  2. half-circle template -- or you can use a bowl to trace

  3. PDF template for the half-circle, seed, and bite mark shapes - click on the Stats tab above

  4. Parchment paper or wax paper

  5. Additional green and red (or pink) duct tape that matches your duct tape fabric

  6. Black duct tape

  7. Sticky-backed Velcro

  8. Work surface

  9. Permanent marker

  10. Scissors

  11. Ribbon (optional, for straps)

  12. Hole punch (optional, for straps)

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Step 1: 

Trace your half-circle template onto both sheets of duct tape fabric.

Step 2: 

Cut along your tracing. The red (or pink) is the front, the green is the back. Take your green piece, and lay your red piece on top of it.

Step 3: 

You can either pre-cut about a dozen or so one to two-inch strips of green duct tape and set them aside, or cut strips of the same length as you go.

Step 4: 

Starting at the middle of the bottom of your watermelon slice (the curved part), place a strip on the red side, with half of the strip hanging off the bottom.

Step 5: 

Flip the purse over, and fold the remaining tape over onto the green side.

Step 6: 

Flip your purse back over so the red side is up. Take another strip of green the same length as the first, and place it on the red side so that it just overlaps with your first strip. Make sure the edges of the strips are even! Also be sure to leave one half of the strip hanging from the bottom. Flip the purse over to the green side, and fold the strip over. It's better to place and fold one strip at a time (instead of laying them down and folding them all at the same time), so you can see exactly how to place your next one.

Step 7: 

Continue laying strips down along the curved edge of the purse. This binds your two pieces together, while creating a green "rind" on the red side of your watermelon! Once you're at the straight edge of your purse, use your scissors to trim away any excess duct tape strips.

Step 8: 

For seeds and a "bite mark," we'll make duct tape stickers out of our black duct tape. You can take our template and place it under your parchment or wax paper, and trace the seed and bite mark shapes on the paper.  The template can be found under the Stats tab above.

Step 9: 

Cover the paper with black duct tape, and when you flip it over, you can see the shapes through the paper.

Step 10: 

Now, use your scissors to cut them out!

Step 11: 

Place the seed and bite mark "stickers" on the red side of your purse.

Step 12: 

To cover up any exposed stickiness on the inside of your purse, cut a few small strips of duct tape.

Step 13: 

Line the inside seam with the strips, sticky side to sticky side.

Step 14: 

To make your clutch purse open and shut, you can use a piece of sticky-backed Velcro.

Step 15: 

You can also add straps to your purse by taking a length of ribbon and either duct taping it down, or by punching a hole in the purse and stringing the ribbon through, then tying it to secure it.

Age: 
Tween
Teen
Adult
Craft Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Difficulty: 
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Duct Tape: 
Purses and Bags
Prep Time: 
5 - 10 minutes
Supervision: 
1 adult per 2 children
Tips: 

1. If you want to make small strips with perfect edges, you can use our "duct tape sticker" technique! Place your strip of duct tape on a piece of parchment or wax paper. You're now able to cut smaller and more precise cuts with your scissors! Once you've shaped your strips, peel the tape off of the paper and place it on your purse!

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