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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!
 
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Step 1: Body base

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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

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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

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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

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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.
Prisoner246017 months ago
Wow! This is amazing! I've got to make this now!
TN77711 months ago
Use for waterfowl hunting, maybe?
thehbird11 months ago
I would love it if used a owl
TeamDuck4 years ago
WOW. NEED THIS. (yes I am duck obsessed)
ME TOO!!!!!
cdog5571 year ago
Can you make one that's a falcon.
Trollgunn1 year ago
Nice! Do you do cats as well?
seamster (author)  Trollgunn1 year ago
Sure! Do you want to buy a duct tape cat?
how much would you charge somebody to make one for them? my artistic skills are ridiculously horrid.
35Timmy1 year ago
epic i like the creativity.
Puzzledd3 years ago
Just spotted this- brilliant!!
octo1373 years ago
Wow. This makes my tape butterfly look really lame. Great job:D
artonline3 years ago
Nice duck! ) Good idea! 

Modern Art
fallental4 years ago
Congratulations!
seamster (author)  fallental4 years ago
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!
So have I! and now I can do videos for my instructables instead of just pictures!
Wow!
sub8934 years ago
that is really cool. no wonder you're a finalist!
handprints4 years ago
Nice instructable but c'mon, you have to admit you are an artist...
seamster (author)  handprints4 years ago
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!
meant only as compliment! and even artists have day jobs. :)
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
coregeek4 years ago
Seriously awesome skills here. I have my own entry in the contest but had to vote for this too. Nice Job.
seamster (author)  coregeek4 years ago
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!
l8nite4 years ago
he turned out AWESOME ! ! to make him scary how about some fangs aka count duckula !
seamster (author)  l8nite4 years ago
yes, and some droplets red duct tape blood! That's a great idea.
Kaiven4 years ago
Coolest ever. Really makes me want to make something I have no use for :D
Arbitror4 years ago
Win.
you are king of duct tape and i bow before you saying" i am not worthy"
favorited and voted for sheer awesomeness
seamster (author)  bobby sissom4 years ago
Thank you!
isobel44art4 years ago
brilliant - can the same method be used for seagulls?
Wow! I am in awe!
jeff-o4 years ago
Wow, nice work!
Warlrosity4 years ago
Naaaw, its cute :)
ijibang4 years ago
real cool.....thanks for sharing...good day.....