Introduction: Backyard Duct Tape Kayak

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I was looking for a small kayak to paddle around our creek and I found out that they are $100-200! I knew that I could make one on the cheap and what better material than duct tape!

Step 1: Gather Materials

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  1. four 10 ft long 1/2 in diameter of SCH 40 PVC pipe (3.048 meters) $6 £4
  2. around 4 rolls of duct tape $28 £17
  3. 2 corner tees $2 £1
  4. 4 tees $4£2.5


  1. saw
  2. scissors
  3. thats all!

Step 2: Put the Frame Together

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cut two 7.5 ft (2.2 meters) long pieces

get a corner tee and put the 7.5ft long pieces into it then get another corner tee and stick the other side of the pvc pipe into it. (its supposed to bend :) ) I had to wrap some duct tape around the middle so the PVC pipe wouldn't come out of the corner tee.

Cut the middle of the PVC pipe and add a tee.

Get a two pieces of pvc pipe and put them in the corner tees.

Add an elbow to the two pieces (make sure the elbows point towards each other)

Put a piece 7ft 2in long of PVC pipe into the two elbows.

Cut the piece you just added in the middle and add a tee then cut about an inch away from it and add another tee.

Put a piece 20 in of PVC pipe in to the tees

now you are ready for DUCT TAPE!


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Get the duct tape and put pieces around only one side (this will allow you to achieve the "boat" form)

wrap about a foot then wrap horizantally all around the frame make sure you overlap the duct tape about half do this for the whole frame

then if there are any "creases" (see picture) duct tape horizantally

Step 4: Make a Name!

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make up a name! I named mine "fixed it" because thats what duct tape does it fixes stuff!

Step 5: Leaks

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When you test it if there are any leaks the culprit maybe in the middle where there are horizantal pieces of duct tape to fix this just add a piece of duct tape where the horizantal and vertical pieces meet

Step 6: Make the Paddle!

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No kayak is complete without a paddle!

what you need for a paddle

  1. a little length of vines
  2. duct tape
  3. 25 in piece of PVC pipe
  4. a PVC pipe tee

make a loop and duct tape where the two ends of the loop meet then wrap the whole thing (except a little part of the vine on the end) in duct tape. put a 25 in piece of PVC pipe on the part you didn't duct tape then add a tee to the end of the PVC pipe

then go kayaking in a river!


DarinM (author)2016-04-09

Don't forget to bring some extra duct tape, to fix the "Fixed It", of course!

nathansandberg13 (author)2016-02-03

going to make it with my friend

Awesome! remember to post a picture if you do!

nathansandberg13 (author)2016-02-03

thats awesome

Steve Crayons (author)2015-09-30

This is hilarious and awesome!

thank you!

CuriosityMachine (author)2015-05-27

Cost effective design, I like it.


Tater Zoid (author)2015-05-22

This is great, you got my vote.


CraftS1 (author)2015-05-20

Absolutly astonishing, there are crazy things that crafters could make.


EvolvedAwesome (author)2015-05-18

This is crazy, but awesome! lol


mhairi80 (author)2015-05-16

Amazing! Great one to make! Thanks!

thank YOU!

Kafukai (author)2015-05-16

LOL :-) It's actually float, this is awesome! I didn't thought duct-tape is a good sealer.

i had a few small leaks but other than that it was great sealer!

Saiyam (author)2015-05-16

Oh, that's great! voted.

thanks a lot!

ethan_hair7 (author)2015-05-14

Awesome! I voted for all three.


tenthdoctor3946 (author)2015-05-15

Voted btw ;)


tenthdoctor3946 (author)2015-05-15

You didn't use pvc cement for this- does the duct tape hold the pipes together?

yes though the pipes kept flinging out when i was building the frame

tenthdoctor3946 (author)2015-05-15

Swell idea!! Nice execution too... ;)


ashleyjlong (author)2015-05-15

Wowee! That is some serious duct taping! Is it hard to balance in the water with the steep angle of the sides?

It wasn't that bad the real problem was I didn't have much support between the middle support and the back and front so it ballooned in a lot
Thanks for commenting!

esl401k (author)2015-05-15

This is awesome!!!!!!


Phoil (author)2015-05-15

Cool idea

bravoechonovember1 (author)Phoil2015-05-15

thank you!

ernst45 (author)2015-05-15

mythbusters did this a very very Long time ago

they also did a more recent episode with duct tape and bubble wrap in the grand canyon

Madman146 (author)ernst452015-05-15

yeah i saw that episode "duct tape island"

Mysterious_Gal (author)2015-05-14



Voted :)


Pavithra Arunkumar (author)2015-05-14

Very Impressive!!!

thank you!

Flash67 (author)2015-05-14

OMG this is GENIUS! I voted for all three contests you entered! I'm a big fan of duct tape too but you just took it to whole other level! Keep it up and good job!

thank you!!

and thanks for the votes

TheTutor11 (author)2015-05-14

You are so Brave!

thats a model i hired for a photoshoot ;)

just kidding

Rubeus Hagrid (author)2015-05-14



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