Duct tape (or duck tape) is so fun to craft with! Here’s a fun craft idea for kids – make velcro duct tape arm bands.

This craft is perfect for a summer camp activity, or just for a rainy day! They’re fun for a wide range of ages, and with the velcro, they are easy to put on and take off.

Since we have mostly boys, they were calling these arm bands. But they can totally be bracelets too!

We originally posted this craft idea in May 2013 and updated it in July 2019. It’s really fun to go back and do some of the projects with my younger kids that I did when the older ones were little!

Supplies Needed:

  • Duct Tape – we really prefer Duck brand. It’s the best! We have found that Walmart has the best price. Or you can use a 40% off coupon at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.
  • Scissors
  • Baby wipes (optional) – more on this in a minute!
  • Sticky-back Velcro

To make them, we stuck two strips of duct tape together back-to-back. Then trim the ends so that they are straight. It’s really easy to cut the duct tape when it’s stuck together.

We chose to use different colors of duct tape for each side of the bracelet.

TIP: For cutting single layers, try wiping the blades of your scissors with a baby wipe first. I saw that tip on Pinterest, and it works AMAZINGLY well. No more gummed up scissors and ruined duct tape!

We made some of our arm bands with narrow duct tape (those little rolls are so cute!) and some with regular width duct tape. We also made some with the regular width tape and then trimmed it down. If you’re going to cut lengthwise, I really recommend drawing a line with a ruler first.

Stick on the velcro as shown. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that the bracelets are automatically reversible! So cool!

It’s fun to make an arm band with buttons so that kids can pretend to activate their lasers and perform other superhero moves! For the buttons, I just cut out circles and rectangles from duct tape. You’ll definitely want sharp scissors for this! Or a baby wipe to wipe down your scissor blades! (It’s magic I tell you!)

One of my sons had the idea to make an armband with a rocket piece that would velcro on and off.

Duct Tape Arm Bands - fasten with velcro! We added velcro to the armband and to the rocket. I thought it was a pretty clever idea! (For the black decorations, we used electrical tape left over from our lightsabers.)

Duct Tape Arm Bands - fasten with velcro!

Our dog also ended up wearing a cool Texas Rangers arm band, much to his chagrin! Ha!

Have fun crafting with duct tape!


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  1. Heather {LocalFunforKids} May 8, 2013

    Those are very cool! A few weeks ago, I made duct tape bracelets for my son's entire baseball team! I didn't use velcro though. I just used a hole punch on each end, and then used a thick string to tie them on.

    I think crafting with duct tape could be very addictive!!!

  2. Emma May 9, 2013

    What a great idea. I have boys that will love this too. Have pinned it.

  3. Emma May 9, 2013

    They are great! Pinned!

  4. Heidi May 10, 2013

    AND GIRLS will like this too!!!

    1. Sarah May 10, 2013

      Definitely! I didn't title this as a girl craft since I have only boys, but girls would definitely enjoy this too!

  5. Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft May 14, 2013

    How fun! I'd love for you to link this up to Tot School Tuesday: http://seevanessacraft.com/2013/05/tot-school-tuesday-healthy-fruit-popsicle-recipe-fine-motor-skills/

  6. Ammo Aug 27, 2013

    We did these with our scout troop last week. It's a great starter project for the duct tape novice. My kids (boys and girls) have been doing these all week. It's fun to see how creative they can get with a few rolls of duct tape. I had a large

  7. Gude @HodgePodgeCraft May 15, 2014

    These are fantastic! Would you link up to #Pintorials pretty please?


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