Instructables
Picture of Duct tape tie
IMG_0201.JPG
IMG_0202.JPG
IMG_0213.JPG
IMG_0214.JPG
IMG_0215.JPG
IMG_0220.JPG
IMG_0221.JPG
IMG_0222.JPG
IMG_0223.JPG
IMG_0224.JPG
IMG_0225.JPG
IMG_0203.JPG
IMG_0206.JPG
IMG_0207.JPG
IMG_0208.JPG
IMG_0209.JPG
IMG_0210.JPG
IMG_0211.JPG
IMG_0212.JPG
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!
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: What you'll need

Picture of What you'll need
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

Picture of Creating the part which goes around your neck
IMG_0202.JPG
IMG_0207.JPG
IMG_0203.JPG
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

Picture of Outlining and cutting the tape to fit
IMG_0212.JPG
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

Picture of reinforcing the thin end and covering the edges
IMG_0208.JPG
IMG_0209.JPG
IMG_0212.JPG
IMG_0210.JPG
IMG_0220.JPG
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

Picture of Making the other half
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

Picture of Covering the second half
IMG_0223.JPG
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.
RegularGuy1 year ago
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!
linny4 years ago
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 linny3 years ago
nobody will actually wear a duct tape tie
I would.
so would I
me 2 :)
I am right now lol
That's like saying nobody would ever wear a top hat ;D
Everyone EXCEPT you wants and would wear a duct tape tie
seems to be that way! id definately wear one!
So would I!
I would to
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!
So do I but i still make some mistakes (most are intentional for lolz[internet funny term])
"has (and applies) good grammar skills online!". You must be reading a different instructable :P I love it though, excellent work Spazbagg!
spaten03 years ago
im going to use checkered duck tape FTW
Perk1ns3 years ago
My school is having a fundraiser where we get to wear any tie we want. Definitely making this.
i would wear it to homecoming.
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
both
sharlston5 years ago
red eyes lol
sharlston5 years ago
woaa thats well good,neat design -sharlston
sharlston5 years ago
thats cool maybe striped with diffrent colours? :)
abadfart5 years ago
lol that is amazing i might make one for work "i work at a collage"
matroska5 years ago
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)  matroska5 years ago
i like that, i forgot that glass was high on the hardness scale
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!
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!
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)  chrislizbert6 years ago
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
mg0930mg5 years ago
Where's the suit?
Matt D6555 years ago
i am a redkneck too :D
Matt D6555 years ago
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.
cool
smithy8136 years ago
nice
KBHELLSPAWN6 years ago
One of the better duct tape projects, though mine did not come out as nicely. lol
spazbagg (author)  KBHELLSPAWN6 years ago
yea, duct tape is annoying to work with but given patience, it should work out
Babyshoes6 years ago
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.)
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)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
go for it, its cheap, easy, and a lot of fun