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

Livvy12177 months ago

it was amazing

Midgemomma8 months ago
Thanks for sharing. Love this idea!!!
Alumirust2 years ago
Go 'Murica!
linny3 years ago
Wonderful! Is it weatherproof and -- is it a little sticky to lie in?
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
magickaldan3 years ago
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.
jmiester3 years ago
DUCT TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
out of all the duct tape hammocks ive seen, yours is the best by far. how much did all the materials cost?
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.
chaceangel3 years ago
use better colors
Lindie3 years ago
Very nce!
bwheeler963 years ago
That is gonna get SO sticky in the sun. but nice work
ernestmac133 years ago
what type of rope did you use, the hardware store was of no use in pickin out the proper rope? Thanks.
Dadzilla (author)  ernestmac133 years ago
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.
love4pds3 years ago
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)  love4pds3 years ago
I think it will stretch, duct tape does, but it hasn't yet.
ernestmac133 years ago
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.
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.
jn1263 years ago
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.
cprincipe3 years ago
If you added more roping to the dowels and shared the load along the entire length of them, they would not bend and easily.
BubbaJCrow3 years ago
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.
weeeezzll3 years ago
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.
kshedlock3 years ago
This is a great idea! But the dowel rods look like they are bending. how much do you think it would hold?
You can purchase heavier dowels/clothing poles at any home improvement store.
Dadzilla (author)  kshedlock3 years ago
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.
wilgubeast3 years ago
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)  wilgubeast3 years ago
Thank you!