Just ducky

Or maybe I should say, “Just duct-y.”
I’m not sure what’s proper anymore. All I can tell you is this post is going to be covered in duck tape… er, duct tape.
Last summer, I was sitting around being pregnant when I read this awesome blog post by my make-believe, bloggy friend, Jenny. “What?!” I said to my pregnant self. “I have got to try that!”
But being rather tired for the next three months, I didn’t try it. Instead, I told my homeschool friends about the awesomeness that can be achieved with colored duct tape.
Fast forward to Friday when my 10-year-old showed me a project from one of his final duct tape classes at co-op. Another mom had heard about the wonders of duct-taping things — other than things that needed to be repaired — and my son had become a bit addicted to the stuff.
He has been duct-taping everything he can get his hands on the past few months. He’s made a notebook holder, a wallet, a bag, a cup holder, flip-flops, a belt and more swords and daggers than you can imagine.
When I saw the super cute bags the girls in the class had made, I couldn’t stop thinking about it either. Yes, it’s true. Bags might be the one fashion item that I love almost as much as boots… and necklaces.
To say I couldn’t sleep the next night because I was so busy thinking about how I was going to turn a bag I have into a duck-tape bag would sound ridiculous. So, I won’t include that part.
However, my son and I made a date to go duck tape shopping right after church. We spent two hours in the freezing cold running in and out of stores before we could find all of the colors we wanted. Of course, I was searching for those colors. It was two awesome hours of shopping, eating candy bars, drinking Sierra Mist and laughing as my 10-year-old talked non-stop about his life.
We went to Target, Meijer, two different Michaels and a Jo-Ann’s to come up with this:

My project?
I started with this bag:

And turned it into this:

The electric Sanctuary bag. You want one, don’t you?


  1. Oh yes, your namesake here is a true duct tape artist. Her daddy has been funding the duct tape investment. She makes bracelets, rings, headbands, ipod covers, Bible covers, and colorful folders. She even sells some of her wares on the bus!

  2. Very cool bag! Love those colors! Also love the wild duct tape colors you found! I've only seen solid colors here… altho I haven't checked out Michaels lately… it's way too dangerous of a store to go to often… glad it's an hour & a half away from me!Anyway, great idea & a fun way to spend the afternoon with your son!Laurel

  3. When you all come over on Wednesday, Nathan can teach you how to construct an entire handbag out of duct tape, not using an already existing bag. You weave the sides like we used to do on those construction paper mats when we were kids.Also, my niece just took second place in an art contest with a duck made entirely out of duct tape. It is awesomely beautiful. Take a look:http://nrablog.com/post/2010/11/23/2010-Youth-Wildlife-Art-Contest-Category-III.aspxBlessings, Holly

  4. Lynn, I'm so glad to hear I finally got in with the cool crowd of teens!Jenny, thanks for the inspiration!Amy, I figured SOMEONE in your family had to be into duck-taping. I can't wait to see Mo's creations.Laurel, Oh yes… many dollars can be spent in Michaels on duck tape!Holly, we do know how to make a bag the other way, but I thought it would be easier to get it just right if I covered the bag I already had. I would love to see all of your son's creations!

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