Introduction: Duct Tape Figures

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These bendable figures are great for making stop-action movies. These are great for stop-action because they are easy to make, they hold their shape, and with magnets, they can stick to metal.

Step 1: What You Need

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To make these figures you will need:

Bendable wire
Duct tape (different colors if you want)
Wire cutters
Something round that is as big as you want the head to be. (I used a candle)
Strong magnets (if you want)

Step 2: Make the Body

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Cut out a piece of wire that is double the height that you want your person to be. Bend the middle of the wire around the round thing you found to make the head. You don't need it, but it will make your person look better.
Bend out the legs.

Step 3: Make the Arms

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Cut a piece of wire that is as long as two arms. Bend it around the body and flatten it with the wire cutters. (see pic)

Step 4: Tape 'er Up

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Now is time to use your duct tape skills. Before you start taping you might need to trim the arms or legs so they are even.

Step 5: Finished!

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Now you should add more duct tape to arms and legs, to even them up.
Make another one to have more fun!


Pee-Ka-BooG (author)2016-04-23

this is pretty cool

owen5702 (author)2014-04-25

Made it

yoyojoeco (author)2010-10-29

these are really good christmas presents

spikecartoons (author)2010-03-03

I  just made a tiny one using paper clips. It's so cute!

jacobzman (author)2010-01-14

mete hanger is bad :(

cheesefetty (author)2009-06-22

duz it work with electrick tape

Furloy (author)cheesefetty2009-10-23

yeah-not as good

sharlston (author)2009-08-07

woaa thats well good,neat design -sharlston

Brother_D (author)2009-05-01


punkrules (author)2009-02-16

i didn't have wire so i used paper clips. i just straightened out the paper clips and then started to make the people with that. so if you don't have wire, then paper clips work ;) and it's 3 paper clips for each person. 1 for the head, 2nd for the arms and 3rd for the legs.

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SOGcamping (author)2009-03-19

Awesome 'ible cant wait to make 1... just need wire

budd42 (author)2009-03-15

we did this as a art project at school once, grd 4 i think

gorgous_butt7890 (author)2009-01-20

awesome!!! i wanna make 1 but were all out of wire but ill buy sum

Tvman (author)2007-08-10

COOL!!!! dude i just made mine...first one i tryed i made kinda screwy and lost it cuz i showed it to my dad and now i dont know were it is :( so i made another one cuz i was up late last nite cuz i couldnt sleep frickin looks da shit man nice instructable by the way PLZZZZZ!!!!!!!!! make a instructable on stop-motion films ive always wanted to do that i hear they take hours but i got time..just chillin for the summer D: enyway cool stuff man i might hang this sucker on my desk near my bamboo skewer crossbow pistol that i made :D enyway sweet!

bikeparts24 (author)Tvman2007-08-10

Glad you liked it. Also- there is an easy way to make stop-motion movies. Just put a video camera on a tripod. Put the object in place, then press the record button on and off as fast as you can. Then just make it frame by frame. When your done upload it on your computer as a movie. I'll post an Instructible on how to make it the hard way soon. -Bikeparts

doctor_steam (author)bikeparts242009-01-16

there is an easier way. move the object litle by litle and take a picture for every frame. then upload them to your computer and put them in order in windows movie maker. i should know, ive made over 30 lego animations with my cousin this way.

Tvman (author)bikeparts242007-08-13

cool thanks man

Rawring4Fun (author)2009-01-10

I love this. I made one, and named it Mac.

chaoszerom (author)2009-01-04

There is a way to make things like these with pipe cleaners which I was shown in Grade 5. I'll post an Instructable on them when I find some pipe cleaners. The pipe cleaner men are quite strong, contrary to belief, although after a lot of wear, parts fall off.

amakerguy (author)2008-12-27

Sweet i just need some wire.

stich900 (author)2008-08-07

this is nice. i cant wait to make very own mini dude.

CapnTac (author)2008-04-02

Instead of wire, could you use pipe cleaners?

bikeparts24 (author)CapnTac2008-04-02

I suppose, yes, but it might not be nearly as strong as the wire is, so it won't be able to hold its shape as much. Worth a try, though.

Spectrace (author)2007-07-26

another thing is get green duct tape and put on the head and you can make faces in the movie with green screen effects. Great instrucable.

bikeparts24 (author)Spectrace2007-07-27

Hmm... good idea I might try that

Koontay (author)2007-07-20

wow. These are sorta like the "Make your own Bendy Toy" guys, except in color! You should do something for the feets though.

T3Hprogrammer (author)2007-07-19

Can you post a stop-action movie?

I am working on one now, and I will post it when I'm done!

punkrunner204 (author)2007-07-19

okay so this is actually one amazing instructable. -runs to the ducttape-


lemonie (author)2007-07-19

An alternative approach is to dip the wire in paint / varnish. If you can create a film the covers the hole in the head you can get a nice effect. L

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