Velcro. Raise your hand if you have something in your home with velcro on it. I’m sure you all raised your hands enthusiastically, but do you know how velcro was invented? Neither did we, but we found out in a short story we read on GenZ Read Together.
Since I read about the invention of velcro with Fen, I’ve been wanting to try to make duct tape velcro bracelets for ages. We also watched a video of David Letterman with his velcro suit jumping and sticking onto a velcro wall- remember when he did that? We rounded out our velcro exploration with the duct tape bracelet project, and I decided to get Beckett in on the action by making him duct tape watches.
Want to make some? Here’s our process: Materials:
- duct tape and washi tapes if you so desire
- velcro squares (they’re almost 1″ x 1″ square)
- printer paper
- permanent marker (for the watch faces)
Directions: You can approach the bracelet in a couple of ways. The easiest way is to cut off a long piece of tape and fold it sticky-side together, lengthwise. Wrap it around your wrist to measure the length, keeping in mind you will need about 1″ of overlap for the velcro square to be attached. Cut it to size with scissors. Decorate the bracelet with more tape, and add the velcro squares onto the ends. It’s that easy!
The second way we made the bracelets was by laying out stripes of tape onto a piece of printer paper, and then cutting out the strip to fit Fen’s wrist. For Beckett’s watches, we followed the bracelet directions, but added a watch face to the top. To make the watch face, simply place a strip of duct tape on either side of a piece of paper or card stock, trace around a small circle (we used a cap), and cut out. Draw on your watch numbers and attach it using more velcro. You can make several different watch faces to switch out according to your wee one’s outfit. Stylish.
12 thoughts on “Duct Tape Bracelet Craft”
I’m so glad that you were not treated to eye rolling! Fen must be practicing to be a teen!
Half the time she is, and half the time she is still my little girl. 10 year olds are weird…
This looks awesome! Thanks!
Sure thing- it’s really a great reading program- good luck!
We joined the summer reading program at the library and have been reading a TON.
Thanks for the chance. Love your bracelet/watch idea.
I think I need to get some of that cool colorful duct tape.
We learned that Velcro is an example of biomimicry (at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History) this week. Reading this and and making these would be a fun follow up.
My girls love to read, but it’s usually fiction. This sounds like a neat way to help them branch out a bit more. Thank you for the post!
love this giveaway! you totally help me keep my kids busy this summer.
Yay! Someone has to keep all those crazy kids in line. 🙂
I am LOVING the duct tape bracelets. I tried to do duct tape art with the kids this summer and it wasn’t a huge hit (mostly due to my own inability to not fold the duct tape on itself at improper times). I wish I would’ve seen this idea first!
Nice and easy! I linked to your tutorial on The Crafty Crow!
Yay! Thanks so much!