Introduction: Duct Tape Duck

For a long time, I've wanted to make a duck out of duct tape. It's made out of newspaper, cardboard, dowels, a couple of black marbles, and lots and lots of tape.

I hung him in my office where he acts as my own personal attack duck to scare off my enemies. So far, everyone just says "aw, that's cute."

They'll not think he's so cute once he pecks their eyes out.

Read on to see how to make your own!

Step 1: Body Base

For this project I began by studying some photos of landing mallards. When I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted this to look like, I began the body by creating a bean shape out of newspaper and tape.

Sculpting with newspaper and masking tape is easier than you might think.

You begin by just wadding up newspaper and wrapping tape around it. You can mold it into the shape you want by nipping and tucking the wad of paper together and putting tighter pieces of tape in place.

To add more material you just tape on more wadded newspaper, and a sharp knife can be used to remove material. I've found that a heavy duty snap-style utility blade with the blade extended and locked in place works very well for carving and shaping.

Step 2: Body Shape Details

I added the neck, head, tail section, shoulder area, and leg nubs using the method described above, adding material and shaping it as needed.

Step 3: Body Modifications

Once the basic body shape was put together, modifications were made by slicing and carving with a utility knife, and then re-taping everything back together.

As you work you have to constantly evaluate what you've got, and change it as you go. You can't be afraid to hack off a portion if it doesn't look the way you want.

Note the second photo--I had to do some drastic reconstruction to the head to acquire a decent duck-like head shape.

Step 4: Beak

The beak shape was made with cardboard that was hot glued in place. Newspaper was added with masking tape to fill out and finish the shape.

Step 5: Wings and Tail

The wings were started with newspaper and tape, and cardboard was added with hot glue to further develop the shape.

A small cardboard tail section was also added.

Step 6: Head Details

I used colored packing tape to cover the head. Black tape was used first and then covered with green. I tried a couple of other things but liked the way this looked the best, based on what I had to work with.

I used yellow electrical tape to cover the beak.

Black marbles were glued into small holes cut into the head above the cheeks.

Step 7: Duct Tape Body Covering

I used white duct tape to cover the front half of the body and wings.

Tail feather tips were cut with a utility knife.

Step 8: Back and Chest Covering

Camouflage duct tape was used to cover the back of the bird's body and wings, along with the chest section. I think the camo makes it look really good.

Step 9: Wing and Tail Details

More colored duct tape was used to add the details to the back of the wings. The black tape is actually Gorilla Tape.

After all the details were added, the feather-shapes in the wings were cut with a utility knife.

Step 10: Feet

Webbed feet were made with pieces of dowel and bamboo skewers covered with orange duct tape. These were glued into the little leg nubs that were sculpted into the body.

Step 11: Final Details

Simple details were added to the beak and toes with a black marker, and a screw eye was placed in the duck's back so it could be hung up.

Let me know what you think. If you make one, be sure to post a photo!

Thanks for looking!


Orange robot made it! (author)2017-02-09

I will do this one day...

DOUGMARTIN22 made it! (author)2016-04-10

This is SOOOOO cool, great idea

CootiePatootie made it! (author)2015-11-28

This is awesome. LOVE it!

CHESEA made it! (author)2015-11-06


TurboT1 made it! (author)2015-10-17

i`m working on it!!! XD Already made everything just have to make it not silver LOL!

Prisoner24601 made it! (author)2014-04-23

Wow! This is amazing! I've got to make this now!

TN777 made it! (author)2014-01-04

Use for waterfowl hunting, maybe?

thehbird made it! (author)2013-12-31

I would love it if used a owl

TeamDuck made it! (author)2010-11-29

WOW. NEED THIS. (yes I am duck obsessed)

xxduckxmasterxx made it! (author)xxduckxmasterxx2013-09-09

ME TOO!!!!!

cdog557 made it! (author)2013-07-17

Can you make one that's a falcon.

Trollgunn made it! (author)2013-04-04

Nice! Do you do cats as well?

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-04-04

Sure! Do you want to buy a duct tape cat?

xxduckxmasterxx made it! (author)2013-01-11

how much would you charge somebody to make one for them? my artistic skills are ridiculously horrid.

35Timmy made it! (author)2012-12-23

epic i like the creativity.

Puzzledd made it! (author)2011-01-17

Just spotted this- brilliant!!

octo137 made it! (author)2011-01-13

Wow. This makes my tape butterfly look really lame. Great job:D

artonline made it! (author)2010-12-29

Nice duck! ) Good idea! 

Modern Art

fallental made it! (author)2010-12-18


seamster made it! (author)seamster2010-12-18

Thanks! And right back at you!

I don't know about you, but I'm REALLY excited about the flip camera. I've wanted one for quite a while. Great contest, huh? Keep up the good work!

fallental made it! (author)fallental2010-12-18

So have I! and now I can do videos for my instructables instead of just pictures!

porcupinemamma made it! (author)2010-12-14


sub893 made it! (author)2010-12-07

that is really cool. no wonder you're a finalist!

handprints made it! (author)2010-11-30

Nice instructable but c'mon, you have to admit you are an artist...

seamster made it! (author)seamster2010-11-30

Ha! I'll take that as a huge compliment. I'm no artist. I just like to make stuff in my spare time to distract me from my day job!

handprints made it! (author)handprints2010-11-30

meant only as compliment! and even artists have day jobs. :)

ostomesto made it! (author)ostomesto2010-11-30

we all are that way, well except for minors like me who dont really have day jobs cept chores. we like to make stuff with our spare time and extra stuff to distract us from our jobs(day jobs and for minors homework) but seriously your an artist. i mean really. you made that work of art from nothing but newspaper and tape. good job very well done.

vote for mine insulated duct tape coat. it took me a lot of time, effort, and duct tape to make it

coregeek made it! (author)2010-11-30

Seriously awesome skills here. I have my own entry in the contest but had to vote for this too. Nice Job.

seamster made it! (author)seamster2010-11-30

Thank you for the compliment.

Your ipad folio instructable was very well done. I'd make one of those for myself, but I lack the ipad!

l8nite made it! (author)2010-11-30

he turned out AWESOME ! ! to make him scary how about some fangs aka count duckula !

seamster made it! (author)seamster2010-11-30

yes, and some droplets red duct tape blood! That's a great idea.

Kaiven made it! (author)2010-11-29

Coolest ever. Really makes me want to make something I have no use for :D

Arbitror made it! (author)2010-11-29


bobby sissom made it! (author)2010-11-29

you are king of duct tape and i bow before you saying" i am not worthy"
favorited and voted for sheer awesomeness

seamster made it! (author)seamster2010-11-29

Thank you!

isobel44art made it! (author)2010-11-29

brilliant - can the same method be used for seagulls?

CraftyGal1965 made it! (author)2010-11-29

Wow! I am in awe!

jeff-o made it! (author)2010-11-29

Wow, nice work!

Warlrosity made it! (author)2010-11-29

Naaaw, its cute :)

ijibang made it! (author)2010-11-29

real cool.....thanks for sharing...good day.....

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