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Step 1: Clean up the chair

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Cut off all the old straps and wipe off the aluminum with a damp rag.

Step 2: Preparation

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We used a rust proof, hammered bronze spray paint finish. We applied several thin coats making sure it did not run.

Step 3: Making the Straps

Measure the width of the chair and add about 3 inches, which will allow an inch and a half on each side for the tape to wrap around the post. Stick it, sticky side up to two secure places (not on the chair). This step is to layer the tape to make it strong enough to sit on and to cover the sticky side. Make sure it's tight. Then place another layer of tape (sticky side to sticky side, leaving an inch and a half on each end uncovered) on top of the strips. Make sure it is aligned correctly. Once centered, slowly run your finger along the tape to stick them together. Be sure to remove as many air bubbles as possible. Repeat this step on the top and bottom to attain the desired strength. (more layers = more strength and less stretch). We did three layers.

Step 5: FINISHED

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We can't wait to present our grandmother with her "new" Duct Tape chair on the 4th of July so she can sit and enjoy the fireworks in STARS AND STRIPES STYLE!!
kb1ooo19 days ago

Nice job, but it appears that the part you stick to the chair post is only 1 layer thick? So you have a "weakest link" that is only 1 layer thick. I think I would build up 3 layers sticky side to smooth, then 1 layer sticky to sticky. That way the part you wrap around the chair post is 3 layers thick.

sbusbee2 years ago
I'm curious how this holds up. It looks great btw.

Also, how do you get the tape stuck to the chair exactly? I can see the first side being easy but, when you stretch it tight to the other side you aren't able to get any overlap with itself when wrapping around the aluminum pipe are you? I would imagine that would start to slide after a while and especially if 300 lb. uncle Rosco sits in it.

So, is this chair still in use and still intact?
code32 years ago
Good idea, and good intentions. Unfortunately, United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1, §8c states "The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise [or someone's butt]. In my opinion, this project would go over better if it were in some sports team's team colors, or in olive drab green as a camping chair.
bobbyesox code32 years ago
I have a couple of chairs I've been trying to figure out what to do with...now that Staples has colored duct tape, my problem has been solved! (And.. code3, lighten up. I'm really serious about proper flag etiquette, but this chair is no more a copy or replica of our flag than any other piece of red white and blue material. Very cute and patriotic.)
Kapaow (author)  bobbyesox2 years ago
Thanks!
PS1183 years ago
I really like this idea. I have a chair I want to redo, but nylon webbing is almost impossible to find anymore as our society is going more and more disposable.

The main thing keeping me from running out and doing this instructible right now is getting the two strips aligned *exactly*. (If there is any exposed sticky, such a chair would be suicide for those of us with machoriffically hairy legs.)

Somebody invent this: A duct tape - to - duct ribbon extruder spool!!!
Kapaow (author)  PS1183 years ago
On the episode of Mythbusters: "Duct Tape Bridge", Adam and Jamie made one to make the extremely long double sided strips
tokiryu3 years ago
How do you get the red tape to stick to the chair exactly?
rhondarue3 years ago
You can get the webbing for lawn chairs at your local Ace Hardware. If there is not one in your area, you can order at www.acehardware.com. I am a Manager at my local Ace and we carry it in our store.
Kapaow (author)  rhondarue3 years ago
This was a contest using 3M Duct Tape. Of course any of the items in these entries can be purchased at a store in their traditional form, but this was a creative exercise using duct tape.
johnieboy3 years ago
Great idea, like it!
VERY nice! I love the one blue stripe!
Kapaow (author)  Strombergundy3 years ago
Thanks!
Creativeman3 years ago
Looks good, but how did you do the stars?
Kapaow (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
We used a star we printed off the internet, traced it with a sharpie, and cut them out.
Awesome, very patriotic!