A few days ago, a received a really fun package from Duck Brand® with four different holiday tapes. I don’t know why, but my first thought was to make a holiday stocking out of Duck tape. Why would that be fun? I don’t know… probably just because it’s unexpected and different, a bit novel and takes some creativity to make it happen.
I also think it would be really fun to make little pennant buntings out of the tape, just tape little tabs across a piece of string or ribbon, then either cut notches, scallops, or points into the edges of each tab. A Duck tape gift card wallet would be a clever way to wrap a gift card – something different than just sticking it into a greeting card. Or you could mark gifts for each person with a different print of Duck tape to designate who each one is for. Or make a set of holiday napkin rings, placemats, or a table runner.
But the stocking thing kept coming back to mind and I had to try it. It’s not for the faint of heart. In fact, after making one, I think the best application for this project would be as a challenge or competition between teenagers. Give each teen 2-3 rolls of Duck Brand® holiday tape, and see who can come up with the most clever/cool and functional stocking (and they can hang their self-made stockings by the chimney with care, of course).
- To make my stocking I began with the leg/ankle part. Make two identical pieces of Duck fabric by layering the tape and staggering it (like bricks or tiles) on front vs. back. Each should be a rectangle.
- When the leg parts are complete, make a triangular wedge along the bottom edge of the ankles. Just do this by overlapping three or four strips of tape at one end, sticky side up. Then layer more tape the same way, sticky side down. Make sure the two separate sides (the two separate pieces of fabric) are mirror-images to each other so they’ll fit together like a sandwich.
- After that, make a shorter rectangle coming off of the exposed edge of the heel turn, in the same manner. Sticky side up first, attached to the heel, then sticky side down on top of that.
- Sandwich togther the two pieces of fabric, and trim with scissors to make the heel curve and toe arch.
- Tape the sides together along all edges, using matching tape for each area.
- Trim the top edge, and apply coordinating tape carefully.
- Fold a length of tape into thirds lengthwise, and tape to the inside of the stocking to make a hanging loop.
Obviously, your stocking can (and should) be different than mine. My method is just a jumping-off point, or an example for inspiration. I hope you try it, and let me know how it goes! If you have a friendly competition, I’d love to see photos! Just mention me ( @JoyfulAbode ) and @TheDuckBrand on twitter to share!
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