Introduction: Make Holiday Mats Purely of Duct Tape!
I wanted to make a great table piece to mount candles on, so i thought of these fun and easy to make duct tape mat. These festive mats can be used for any holiday, but since christmas is coming up, i decided to make a christmas colored one.
Step 1: Step 1: Materials
There are not many materials you need, but what you WILL need is:
-Duct tape (I used GREY, chrome colored, red, dark green, and light green) it doesn't matter what color, though, grey duct tape saves your colored tapes.
-A hobby knife
-Measuring tape (optional)
-A very clean, flat surface to work on
Once you have these materials you are ready to begin!
Step 2: Step 2: Make the Fabric, Part One
To start, you are going to make this thing called " Duct tape fabric". Use the grey to make this. It eliminates all stickiness, yet gives you a soft, shiftable piece of tape. Start by puting one piece of duct tape, about 16 inches long, flat down on the work surface, sticky side down. Make sure that there are no air pockets or wrinkles to make the piece look bumpy.
Then, layer another piece of the same length on top of it, not fully, but overlapping. Continue this process until four pieces of duct tape have been laid down. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT HANGING ENDS! ( by hanging ends I mean loose duct tape hanging off the sides. We will take care of those much later.)
Step 3: Step 3: Make the Fabric, Part 2
Now, you are going to eliminate the stickiness. First, take the fabric and flip it over, so the sticky side is up. Then, layer it like you did before, to completely cover up the sticky side. Make edges line up as exactly as possible, but if they don't, we will fix that next step. Continue layering until it is done. You have to be NEAT!!!!
Step 4: Step 4: Seal Off the Stickiness
Now, you will close the edges to make sure that it is not sticky. Take a piece of tape and put it halfway on and halfway off the edge of the fabric. Then, just fold it over to close it. Repeat on the other side.
Step 5: Step 5: Add the Color!
Now you will add some color to this! First, fasten your mat in place with duct tape. Put your first color(i use red) down on the mat diagonally, like the picture shows. Keep striping, and eventually, you will have a blob of color. STILL DO NOT CUT THE EXCESS OFF! It may not look like much, but in the next step, it will be awesome!
Step 6: Step 6: Cut Off the Excess (Finally!)
Now, carefully flip your fabric over, being careful not to rip off the stripes. Once over, use an hobby knife to CAREFULLY cut off all the excess stripes and duct tape. You should be left with a rectangle. Flip it over and you will get a big surprise!
Step 7: Step 7: Make the Border!
I use red for this. Do the same thing as in step 4, but on a smaller scale. Make it thinner. Enjoy your christmas mat!