This is one of the 48 projects for our Instructables: Made In Your Mind (IMIYM) exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Houston showing from May 26, 2012 - November 4, 2012. Produced in partnership with Instructables, IMIYM is an exhibit where families work together to build different fun, toy-like projects that help construct knowledge and skills related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while instilling a “do-it-yourself” attitude in kids so they feel empowered to explore, tinker, and try to make things themselves. To learn more, check out the article here.
For this project, we were inspired by the How To Make A Duct Tape Bag Instructable created by heatherdanielle, but there are others on Instructables that are also similar. Often, the materials and process for building our projects are designed for use with a large number of visitors (we see over 800,000 annually) and the need to ensure safety in a mostly non-facilitated environment. So, yes, many of these projects have room for improvement in both materials and methodology, which is PRECISELY what we want to encourage the kids to do. So please do share your ideas for improvement and modifications!
By the way, I call this a "bag" and not a "purse" because, I figure that with some flame-printed duct tape, you could make a man-bag, right? Okay, maybe not - this is about the size of a clutch, to be honest - but with some modificiations to size, it could be turned into a man-bag. If you do this, please add a pic to comments or, better yet, link to your Instructable!
Step 1: What You Need
- 2-3 – Rolls of Duct Tape (different patterns/colors are available just about anywhere). Because of how much we needed, we purchased ours in bulk from Tape Brothers
- 2 - 8½” x 11” Chipboard (cereal boxes work well). We purchases ours in bulk from U-Line
- Scissors (optional - depends on how well you can tear duct tape)
Step 2: The Video
Step 3: Step 1 - First Chipboard
Step 4: Step 2 - First Chipboard (cont.)
Step 5: Step 3 - Second Chipboard
Step 6: Step 4 - the Inside Covering
Step 7: Step 5 - Lining Up the Pieces
Step 8: Step 6 - Covering the Outside of the Bag
Step 9: Step 7 - Forming the Bag
Step 10: Step 8 - Making the Sides
Step 11: Step 9 - the Strap
Step 12: So What's the Educational Value?
Basically, it is a great project to explore geometry and to practice meauring skills. This is a great project to also reinforce the mantra to always “measure twice and cut once,” meaning double check your measurements before you cut because if you cut incorrectly you may waste materials.