Everyone loves to make things out of pure duct tape. The only problem is that it is so difficult to work with. So, if you have enough patience and want to make something cool out of duct tape, then this is the instructable for you. I will walk you through the making of a duct tape tie that ties like a regular tie and is great for a last minute gift or maybe even a halloween costume.
Step 1: Materials
Since the tie is not going to appear into your hands(Although that would be so much easier) the materials you need are:
* Duct Tape- you could have more than one color if you wish to have a pattern
* A Real Tie- It serves as a tracer. It should be one that fits well and possibly old if you happen to draw on it.
* X-acto knife
* Sharpie Permanent Marker
* A nice, big, open workspace.
* Patince, my friend.
Step 2: Part One (Skinny Part/collar)
As to save time and tape and because not everyone has over a 6 foot wingspan, the tie will be divided into two parts. This step will cover the skinny part that goes around your neck.
First, take your real tie and mark the point just before the tie expands and becomes wider. Cut a piece of tape generously longer than that length and lay it face up on your workspace (Picture 1). Then, cut another piece of tape that same length and put it over the first doing your best to cover all of the sticky parts.(picture 2)
Next take the part of the tie that you just measured(up until it gets wider) and trace that along your "no stick" piece of tape(picture 3+4). Use you X-acto knife to cut out the traced part. Try to stay inside the lines to avoid the marker being seen on the finished product(picture 5).
Now, to avoid the tie sticking to your shirt, we want to cover any edges that may be sticky on this part. Simply take a length of tape around 4-5 inches and cover the front and plant down the sides on the back of the tie(picture 6).
This completes the first part of the tie.
Step 3: Part Two (Big Part/what You Actually See)
This part of the tie will use a bit more tape. Cut three lengths of tape measuring from where the skinny part left off to the tip of on your real tie. Lay all three face up and slightly overlapped so they are like one big piece of duct tape(picture 1).\
Now, lay two pieces of tape face down over the huge piece of tape so it is easier to handle the body of the tie (picture 2). If you're planning on doing a pattern, this is the time to do it. Cover the rest of the humongous piece with pieces of tape however your little heart desires. My pattern is obnoxious(picture 3).
Trace the length of your real tie onto your finished mega piece or "sheet" including the tip (picture 4). Cut this piece out (picture 5). Finally, do what you did with the skinny part of the tie covering the edges and extra sticky parts that we don't want.
Second part of tie: Check!
Step 4: Joining the Two Parts.
You now have two parts of a tie( picture 1). Simply join the parts by taping the ends THAT ARE NOT THE TIPS with the big part's end over the other part's end(picture 2+3) . You have now just made your very own duct tape tie. Please vote for it in the Office Supplies Contest if you like it.