Although we’ve tried sewing before, we were happy to get this idea for duct tape bean bags from a college friend of mine! All you need to make them is fabric, duct tape, and dried beans, and they are much faster to make since you don’t have to sew!

We used some fabric left over from various projects, and also scraps cut fromjeans with holes in them – which we have in abundance!

They turned out very manly, I’d say! I made the denim one first, and decided that the duct tape was a little too wide. I made the strips more narrow for the other two. We used dried pinto beans, and I would definitely recommend using a smaller bean. These bean bags pack quite a punch!

There are SO many things that you can do with bean bags! You can do relays with your kids balancing the bean bags on their heads, tossing games, through them at an alphabet letter, etc. We decided to make a target on the floor with masking tape.

This was a great craft for us because we only needed items that we already had on hand. Find more frugal tips at Frugal Friday!

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  1. Jodi Feb 3, 2011

    What a great idea! As a mother of three boys, I am always looking for fun/frugal ideas!

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    1. DawnJoy Feb 4, 2011

      This is an excellent idea, thanks for sharing. The kids and I will be making these very soon. We are going on day 4 of snow days and need to ACTIVE inside ideas that hopefully won't break anything. Thanks.

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      1. mom2fur (aka Clare) Feb 4, 2011

        Omgosh, those are so funny! Honestly, I wish the internet had been around (or at least this abundant with ideas) when my kids were little. My 3 boys (now all in their 20s) would have loved these! In fact, their sister would have loved them, too.

        At least I can make some for my 5-year-old nephew. I think he'd love these!

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        1. Melissa Barnett Feb 4, 2011

          I am so glad you used this idea. We have used these a lot. I use them to practice shapes and colors with Emma or I just toss them across the room and let the girls squeal. We made ours more feminine with pink duct tape and flowery material. By the way, rice works well. I have even used coffee beans which makes them very aromatic.

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          1. Sarah Feb 4, 2011

            Rice is a great idea! In fact, I'll probably dump out our pinto beans and switch to rice!

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          2. Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids Feb 4, 2011

            These are wonderful. I love your use of tape...tape on the bags and the floor, very creative and simple. I like using what I have around the house.

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            1. thefarmerfiles Feb 8, 2011

              LOVE this idea. My son just made ginormous holes in his pants. This is a great inspiration!!

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              1. [email protected] May 23, 2011

                i LOVE this idea!!! we're getting ready to do a spring fling at our elementary school and this will be a fun, easy and inexpensive way to add more games to the day. glad i found your post at just the right time!

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                1. April May 27, 2011

                  Hi there! I'm a mom of 3 boys under the age of 5 and your website is so awesome!! I just stumbled upon it, and I know its a gift from God! Thank you so much for posting this, we can't wait to mkae our own duct tape beanbags!

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