So you’ve always thought duct tape was cool, and been jealous of those totally unique people with their original fashion sense? Then a duct tape mini skirt might satisfy you on both counts! But even if none of the above applies, it’s still a fun project!
- Take a few measurements. Measure your hips and the length you want the skirt to go down from your hips. Now add two inches to both measurements. (Measurements are made bigger because it is easier to cut off than to add on when using duct tape.)
- Divide your hip measurement in half, and then cut a strip of duct tape a little longer than that measurement. Lay it flat on the floor (or other large flat surface) stickyside up and cut another one. Lay that one stickyside up so that the long edge overlaps the long edge of the first piece just a little. Add more strips in the same fashion till it is a little bit longer than your skirt length. What you’re essentially doing here is making duct tape fabric that forms the front half of your skirt.
- Cut another strip of duct tape the same length. This time, instead of laying it overlapping one of the other strips, lay it stickyside down on top of the top piece of duct tape. It is a good idea to make sure you have a firm hold of the tape so that a part you don’t want to touch your skirt will not accidentally become stuck to it. Put one end of your new piece of tape down and slowly smooth the rest out across the skirt. Don’t worry if your ends don’t meet up on either side. Just continue this until you’ve covered your entire sheet.
- Make another one, but this one should be at least several inches wider so it can wrap around the back. The more ample your backside, the wider the fabric should be!
- Cut off any extra sticky parts on the sides.
- Tape one side of two pieces loosely together and hold it up to your body. Measure where you should cut off the other side and make a mark using a pen or pencil. (Remember, you’ll need room to get in and out!)
- Tape both sides together firmly, making sure they won’t come apart. Cut little slits on each side, as it will be hard to maneuver otherwise.
Cut a long gash that allows you to slip out of it easily on one side of the top of the skirt, and add a button to it so it doesn’t fall off while you wear it.
Fold another layer of duct tape around the edges of the skirt so that any rough edges will be smoothed over.
- Duct tape comes in all types of colors and patterns. Don’t just be limited to a grey skirt! denim colors are best for an original/modern look.
- This project can be very difficult, so don’t be discouraged if your first attempt is a failure. Duct tape is a hard material to work with. Start with a smaller project, like a bracelet, then graduate to the mini skirt.
- Tie up loose hair, tidy up your work area, and thoroughly moisturize your hands before beginning; minimize the irritation of the tape’s stickiness by minimizing the availability of things for it to stick to.
- Remember to take your time!
- Duct tape can be very irritating to the skin so it is a good idea to wear shorts, tights, leggings or jeans under the skirt. (As tacky as it sounds, a duct tape skirt looks great over light jeans.)
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