Duct-Tape Desk Accessories

Duct-Tape Desk Accessories

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
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Additional Information



  • Assorted Colors and Patterns of Duct-Tape (Duck Brand)
  • Detail Knife (Fiskars)
  • 45mm Rotary Cutter (Fiskars)
  • Cutting Mat (Fiskars)
  • 3" x 18" Acrylic Ruler (Fiskars)
  • Non-Stick Scissors (Fiskars)
  • Tool Taxi (Fiskars)
  • Acrylic Alphabet Stamps (Fiskars)
  • Clear Acrylic Stamp Block (Fiskars)
  • Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko Co.)
  • Tape Dispenser (Scotch)
  • Magazine Holder (IKEA)
  • Recycled Canisters/Cans/Glass Jars
  • Spiral Notebook
  • Self-Adhesive Rhinestones
  • Self-Adhesive Flatback Pearls
  • Self-Adhesive Buttons (Pebbles, Inc.)


Before you get started...
Four Tips For Working With Duct-Tape
Tip #1: The detail knife is ideal for lifting up the corners of your duct-tape without stretching them out or curling them under. It’s nearly impossible to lift a corner, unstretched, without one. It is also perfect for trimming excess duct-tape when going around the contour of the object you’re altering.
Tip #2: Your second best friend is a pair of non-stick scissors.
The duct-tape is quite sticky making it difficult to cut without non-stick scissors. The Original Orange-Handled Scissors by Fiskars will work, but if it sticks to the blade you’ll get some distortion of shape as you pull the tape away. Stick with the Non-Stick Version and you won’t be sorry.
Tip #3: A measuring device is essential.
I highly recommend using the built-in measuring tape you can find on the Tool Taxi or the Sew Taxi, both by Fiskars. The flexible tape makes it a breeze to measure contoured items quickly and efficiently.
Tip #4: Keep replacement detail knife blades handy.
The detail knife was the common tool used for completing all of the desk accessory makeovers. A fresh blade makes every crafting project easier.

To Cover the Tape Dispenser
1. Cover the dispenser by placing horizontal rows of pink polka-dot patterned duct- tape draped over the dispenser from the front to the back.
2. Use a detail knife with a fresh blade to cut away around the openings and tape-tearing mechanism.
3. Finish filling in with additional swatches of tape on the front and back contours using the detail knife to slice away any excess.
4. Bling up your newly covered dispenser using self-adhesive rhinestones added to the centers of random polka-dots.

To Cover the Magazine Holder
1. Unroll several strips of duct-tape in a variety of patterns/colors horizontally across a large cutting mat without overlapping them.
2. Using a acrylic ruler and your rotary cutting tool, cut the strips into squares by first trimming all the ends on one end of your strips even, then measure and make a pass with your rotary cutter every 1 7/8" (adjust this measurement if you are using a wider duct-tape).
3. Use your detail knife to lift each square off the cutting mat placing one square at a time on your magazine holder to create a color-blocked pattern. Start with the first square placement at the bottom-center of the holder and work your way upward. Instead of matching corners exactly, I chose to have the square from the second row to be off-center from the first row and so on and so forth working all the way upward.
4. Use the detail knife to cut away any excess overhang along the contour of the holder.

To Create Your Own Duct-Tape Sheet
1. Unroll your rolls of duct-tape across a cutting mat, slightly overlapping tape strips as you go to create your own tape sheets in any color & size you need.
2. Rolling the strips out is made easy with the cutting mat because of the unique guideline/grid printed on the mat. You can follow the straight lines, the dots or the diagonals.
3. Once you have your strips aligned, simply use your acrylic ruler and a detail knife (or rotary cutter) to cut the size sheet you need.

To Cover A Tall Canister
1. Measure the height and circumference of your canister.
2. Create your own duct-tape sheet as described above.
3. Cut to size.
4. Remove from cutting mat and apply to canister.

To Create A Flower Vase
1. First cover the original glass jar label with white duct-tape.
2. Working with small pieces at a time, unroll tape onto a cutting mat. A 6" length is a good start.
3. Stamp a random pattern of both uppercase and lowercase alphabet letters onto white duct tape using Staz-On ink and acrylic alphabet stamps.
4. Remove from cutting mat by using the tip of your detail knife and apply over the blank duct tape already covering the jar label.
5. Repeat the stamping process one or two more times until you have adequate coverage all the way around the jar.

To Cover A Journal
1. Gather an unused journal with thick chipboard covers and spiral binding.
2. Measure the width of the cover and add ½".
3. Lay duct tape side by side along the edge of the journal to get an idea of how many strips you will need and to find a pattern you are satisfied with.
4. Using the width measurement, cut your first strip of duct-tape and adhere it along the bottom edge of the journal.
5. Then, adhere the top strip of tape, then the middle strip, then fill in with the remaining strips in the same fashion if you are going for an evenly spaced look.
6. Add additional embellishing in the form of buttons, rhinestone, pearls and even alphabet stickers to give the journal cover a little dimension and character.