Introduction: Duct Tape Hammock

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This red, white, and blue hammock is the perfect place to relax on the 4th of July!

Step 1: The Pieces

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3 x roll Scotch duct tape
2 x wooden dowel (48" x 1" diameter)

Step 2: The Set-Up

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Since this hammock is woven, and duct tape is as sticky as, well, duct tape, a rigid set-up is necessary. I used a wooden table I had built and screwed 2x4 scraps (12" long) to the sides then attached the dowel with another screw.The distance between the points of attachment of the dowel will be slightly more than your hammock width. My final width was about 34".

Step 3: Long Loops

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Roll tape out sticky-side up. run under dowels on each end.

Step 4: Folding Over

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Press tape down onto itself one one side, then roll out enough tape to complete the loop and press the loop together.

Step 5: Lots of Long Loops

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Continue making loops, close but not touching, until full width is reached. Stagger tape joints.

Step 6: Marking for Weaving

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The important thing to remember before starting to weave is that the side facing up is the bottom. Take a ruler and mark where the tape edges go on the outer two loops of each side of the hammock. To duplicate my pattern, start on the outside with a mark about 2" from the end, then make a mark every 7.5". Move to the inside loop and make a mark 5.75" from the end, then make marks every 7.5" inches.

Step 7: Weaving

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I used a piece of 1/2" PVC (you could use a broom handle) to seperate my loops then used the ruler as a shuttle to pass between them. Making these loops is the same as before, sticky side up then fold over. Be careful not to pull the outside loops in when you fold over.

Step 8: Weave Set-up

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Be careful when weaving duct tape, it will hang up given half a chance.

Step 9: Bottom Side of the Weave

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When weaving is finished it will look like this. Remember, at this point the bottom side is still up. Only the top side of the loop is woven. The bottom side (visible here) is stuck down all the way across. Also notice how the weaves shift up and down. This is because I have an even number of long loops. With an odd number it would shift inside and out.

Step 10: Attach Rope

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Make a triangular rope support for each end of the hammock. The length of the rope will be approximately 10' and tied to the hammock on either side.

Step 11: Securing the Hangers

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You wouldn't want the ropes to slip so secure them with...wait for it...duct tape! Tape over the dowel, the knot, and the dowel on the other side of the knot.

Step 12: Enjoy!

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Find some suitable trees, hang the hammock, and relax...or fake relaxing, like my son in the picture.


Livvy1217 (author)2014-08-12

it was amazing

Midgemomma (author)2014-07-19

Thanks for sharing. Love this idea!!!

Alumirust (author)2012-12-29

Go 'Murica!

linny (author)2011-07-28

Wonderful! Is it weatherproof and -- is it a little sticky to lie in?

bbgun_sniper (author)linny2012-03-19

duct tape is waterproof and if u tape duct tape sticky to sticky it will make wats called a fabric which will not be sticky

magickaldan (author)2011-08-20

Your failure point will be the two dowels snapping in the middle, a traditional hammock has ropes all along the dowel to a central ring or know.

jmiester (author)2011-08-19

DUCT TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

27-ton Artillery Walker (author)2011-07-24

out of all the duct tape hammocks ive seen, yours is the best by far. how much did all the materials cost?

lookwhatjoeysmaking (author)2011-07-06

OMG i was going to do that but i dedint have any were to hang it so i coldint do it thats frusterating.well congrats to you.

chaceangel (author)2011-06-21

use better colors

123Chimmy321 (author)chaceangel2011-06-26


Lindie (author)2011-06-20

Very nce!

bwheeler96 (author)2011-06-20

That is gonna get SO sticky in the sun. but nice work

ernestmac13 (author)2011-06-20

what type of rope did you use, the hardware store was of no use in pickin out the proper rope? Thanks.

Dadzilla (author)ernestmac132011-06-20

I used some 1/2" braided nylon rope I happened to have laying around. I had used it to pull a tree over and figured it was strong enough. Sorry I can't be more specific as far as the load rating.

love4pds (author)2011-06-20

AWESOME!!! Did the tape stretch much when you used it or do you think it will?
Very cool though. After you do replace the dowels I wonder how much weight the tape can stand? Still this is a winner in my eyes. I will come back and vote for you when I can.

Dadzilla (author)love4pds2011-06-20

I think it will stretch, duct tape does, but it hasn't yet.

ernestmac13 (author)2011-06-20

PS, my dowels are 2" x 72", & will hopefully support one big person, or 2 150 - 165 pound people. I plan on having the rope attach to a metal ring from several points along the dowel, so as to even out the body weight, so they wont's bend as in the picture. I also figure 2" dowels are pretty hard to bend. I'll post an instructable when done. I'm using black & white tape.

flamming arrow (author)2011-06-19

when this contest first came out the first idea i had was to make a duck tape hammock. but i never did it. now you did one and its preety cool. hope you win something.

jn126 (author)2011-06-19

The 2 ropes on each stick are about 40" apart. If you add another 2 ropes
about 14" apart , then the whole family can use it at the same time
without any bending.

cprincipe (author)2011-06-19

If you added more roping to the dowels and shared the load along the entire length of them, they would not bend and easily.

BubbaJCrow (author)2011-06-19

By tying additional ropes to the dowel in between a few of the red and white strips you *might* be able to take up some of the load that's causing the dowels to bend.

Looks good, though.

weeeezzll (author)2011-06-17

Looks awesome! You might want to consider making each strip of tape progressively longer as you move towards the center along the length and width. This way it forms a slight curve.

kshedlock (author)2011-06-16

This is a great idea! But the dowel rods look like they are bending. how much do you think it would hold?

martelvonc (author)kshedlock2011-06-17

You can purchase heavier dowels/clothing poles at any home improvement store.

Dadzilla (author)kshedlock2011-06-17

I hate to admit it, but not much more than my 150 lb. son. Before I gave it any serious use I would replace the dowels with thicker dowels, steel pipe, or add a middle support to the hanger. We toyed with the idea of making duct tape web hangers but after the tedious weaving we were a little anxious to try it out.

wilgubeast (author)2011-06-16

That is awesome. I just want to lay in one of those and wave a sparkler around, possibly with some corn on the cob in my other hand. *Salute*

Dadzilla (author)wilgubeast2011-06-17

Thank you!

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