Duct tape is the do-it-yourself trifecta: A perfect blend of fabric, paper and adhesive. The inexpensive, sticky substance makes home repairs like torn siding and broken trash cans a cinch to fix! Plus, with new products like the Duck Duct Tape color series, you’re no longer stuck with silver. Is your yellow siding loose? Tape it up. Do you want to make pink earrings? Design them with duct tape.
Here are a few of our favorite uses for this heavy-duty tape. What else can you do with duct tape?
1. Fix a hole in your siding. Strong winds, torrential rain or even an errant tree limb can damage your vinyl siding. If you have small tears in your siding, delay a costly siding replacement by patching the problem with duct tape. Choose a color that matches your siding and apply it when the surface is dry. Make sure the duct tape is completely smooth (you might want to use a rolling pin) and sealed tightly. This fix should last for at least one year!
2. Make fluorescent feather earrings. Have you noticed that neon is everywhere this season? To inexpensively include neon in your wardrobe, make simple feather earrings out of brightly colored duct tape. For step-by-step instructions, visit Brit Creative Living.
3. Trap cockroaches at night. Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures. Before you go to sleep, place crumpled balls of duct tape in your kitchen with as much sticky surface as possible showing. When the roaches come out of hiding to search for food, they’ll see the ball of tape as a safe place to hide and then get stuck. In the morning gather your courage and toss out your cockroach-infested duct tape traps. To learn more about cockroaches, read Know Thy Enemy: Cockroaches.
4. Mend a window screen. If you have a small tear in a window or door screen, unwanted insects will find their way inside eventually. If you can’t permanently fix the screen right away, use duct tape to cover the hole and keep bugs at bay.
5. Mail brightly colored packages. Instead of purchasing costly envelopes or uninspired gift wrap, use duct tape! These simple gift sleeves work best for flat presents like books and DVDs. For detailed instructions and a list of required materials, read 12 Days of Wrapping: Neon Duct Tape.
6. Repair a photo frame. If a photo frame is constantly falling when it’s propped on a table, the foldout leg on the back of the frame might be loose. Use duct tape to reattach the broken leg to the frame. Don’t worry about finding black duct tape! Because it’s on the back of the frame, your duct tape fix will be invisible.