Introduction: Duct Tape Tie

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This tie is 100% duct tape. It is durable and easy to make. It ties like a normal tie and sparks people's interest. Great for a casual friday or something like that!

Step 1: What You'll Need

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Although this seems simple, this project requires time and dedication because duct tape is really annoying to work with
You will need:
- One Tie (Don't worry, it won't get ruined)
-A pair of scissors
-A role of Duct Tape
-A sharpie marker

Step 2: Creating the Part Which Goes Around Your Neck

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This tie will be made of two pieces, a thin piece and a thicker piece. Like a typical tie, the thinner end will wrap around your neck. Here's how to do it.

From the thin end of your sample tie (aka real tie) measure a piece of tape up to where the tie begins to get thicker. The red pencil below marks where I stopped.

Then cut another piece of equsize and cover the other piece with it so neither side is sticky

Step 3: Outlining and Cutting the Tape to Fit

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cover your current piece of tape with your sample (real) tie making sure that the entire "thin end" fits on the tape. Using the sharpie, carefully outline the regular tie being careful not to color your tie with the sharpie. Take your time with this one. Afterwards, cut along the outline you made.

Step 4: Reinforcing the Thin End and Covering the Edges

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Since this part of the tie will experience the most "wear," it is recommended to reinforce the edges and the tie itself. Using small sections of tape, cover the edges of the tie so they are sort of rounded. Reinforcing the triangle at the end is harder but it can done. Be creative, I just used smaller pieces. :-)

Step 5: Making the Other Half

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For the second half, measure out 3 long pieces of tape matching the length of the rest of the tie.

Step 6: Covering the Second Half

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The second half of the tie will be covered differently than the first. First, align all three pieces of tape and secure them with 3 equally spaced smaller pieces. Then, cover the rest of the empty spaces with pieces of about the same size. In the end, it should look like the picture below.

Step 7: Outlining

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As before, outline the second (bigger) half of the tie on your tape you just covered. Don't worry about straightness, you will end up cutting almost inside of your lines. Make sure no sharpie is left on your tie when it is cut out, it looks bad otherwise.

Step 8: What You Should Have

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You should now have two pieces of the tie. Now, simply connect the two with tape by overlapping the thicker piece's end over the thinner's. The two ends are facing left in the picture. You may reinforce the piece you just made like the last one (recommended) but i didn't. This doesn't mean I won't though.

Step 9: Now You Have Style

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Yo, u have an excellent tie now, wear it with style! Have Fun and I will be posting my full suit very soon!


RegularGuy (author)2013-04-06

I just made this, hard to take off though, but that's duct tape!

P.S. instead of making one big section, I cut smaller pieces and put them on that way, it's much easier putting both sides on that way. Other than that, great tutorial!

linny (author)2010-01-26

Another version of a duct tape tie might be that you take a real tie (one that you will cover) and  cover only the front of your tie. 

Forget the under side, that is the narrow tip right up to where you tie the knot, and here you don't apply any tape at all. You in fact let all that fabric from the knot on, stay as it is, because it will be the under side and the part on your neck will remain softer.
The  the front, however, the broadside you do all the taping: you might do diagonal stripes OR one solid front of tie. This way the part around your neck remains as comfortable cloth.  It'll be a different look, but just as enamouring / powerful.

x z i t (author)linny2010-11-30

nobody will actually wear a duct tape tie

Nicholas G. (author)x z i t2010-12-29

I would.

so would I

ashwinlit (author)BlackNWhite472011-06-15

me 2 :)

Nexismyname (author)ashwinlit2011-07-19

I am right now lol
That's like saying nobody would ever wear a top hat ;D

Langarulz (author)Nexismyname2011-07-27

Everyone EXCEPT you wants and would wear a duct tape tie

lolsniper541 (author)Langarulz2011-07-27

seems to be that way! id definately wear one!

builderkidj (author)lolsniper5412012-08-25

So would I!

dudemanclc (author)x z i t2011-02-04

I would to

thatotherdude (author)2009-12-27

Hey! You're the first person under 30 I've seen in a long time that has (and applies) good grammar skills online! :o Oh, and nice instructable. Really helpful!

kvnfln9000 (author)thatotherdude2012-05-31

So do I but i still make some mistakes (most are intentional for lolz[internet funny term])

stranoster (author)thatotherdude2010-01-16

"has (and applies) good grammar skills online!". You must be reading a different instructable :P I love it though, excellent work Spazbagg!

spaten0 (author)2011-07-08

im going to use checkered duck tape FTW

Perk1ns (author)2011-06-28

My school is having a fundraiser where we get to wear any tie we want. Definitely making this.

weekendbuilder26 (author)2011-06-01

i would wear it to homecoming.

maple grover (author)2009-03-18

haha im gunna make one of thease and make a duct tape hat an wear it to my school formal......either that or my tuxido shirt..........mann thoue things r awsome

Furloy (author)maple grover2009-10-23


sharlston (author)2009-08-07

red eyes lol

sharlston (author)2009-08-07

woaa thats well good,neat design -sharlston

sharlston (author)2009-08-04

thats cool maybe striped with diffrent colours? :)

abadfart (author)2009-06-01

lol that is amazing i might make one for work "i work at a collage"

matroska (author)2009-05-24

Funny enough, my preferred Duct Tape cutting surface is a glass. Recently I've dismantled a window we were replacing in my house, and I kept the big glass part. It's now a big, nice and very flat work surface that never gets scratched (yes, of course you remember you science classes where they told you that the hardness of glass is much superior to common metals). Since it's so hard, it's very easy to get straight cut with an exacto knife. Instructable realisation in progress!

spazbagg (author)matroska2009-05-24

i like that, i forgot that glass was high on the hardness scale

matroska (author)spazbagg2009-05-25

That's funny, again, because I was just checking the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. According to the scale, glass is around 6-7 on the scale, while steel is much lower: around 4 and 4.5. Hardened steel though gets to 7-8 which is pretty high. Man I love physics!

chrislizbert (author)2008-03-17

Well, that was fun. It's super difficult to tie a duct tape tie, I still haven't managed it. I also added a little piece to the back for the thin end to slip into (like a 'real' tie would have). Thanks for the post!

coreyjune12 (author)chrislizbert2009-04-23

I've had to cut a little off the sides where it ties together and it looked better. I also "broke it in" so it worked more like fabric.

spazbagg (author)chrislizbert2008-03-18

yea i put that in after i finished the instructable. About tie-ing the tie, it takes practice and eventually ull wear the tie in and it will become easier, good luck and thanks for the comment

mg0930mg (author)2009-03-03

Where's the suit?

Matt D655 (author)2008-12-29

i am a redkneck too :D

Matt D655 (author)2008-12-29

well i would've worn that to my sister's wedding if i had heard of it 1 1/2 yrs before this :D Dave her husband is a absolute redkneck.

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KBHELLSPAWN (author)2008-03-10

One of the better duct tape projects, though mine did not come out as nicely. lol

spazbagg (author)KBHELLSPAWN2008-03-13

yea, duct tape is annoying to work with but given patience, it should work out

Babyshoes (author)2008-03-05

I may have to find some really offensively -coloured duct tape and make it for a guy I work with! (He likes offensive ties, so this seems ideal.)

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-04

This is probably one of the coolest duct tape things I've seen so far. Great job, I actually really want to make one of these!

spazbagg (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-05

go for it, its cheap, easy, and a lot of fun

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