How to Make a Duct Tape Belt

What do you do when your 4 year old has the tiniest waist ever and doesn’t fit any belt? You make your own belt out of duct tape!

I used this tutorial on Dukes and Duchesses for making a boy’s style duct tape belt.

All you need to make one is duct tape, scissors, a piece of string for measuring waist size, and a buckle. We bought our buckle at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 minus a 40% off coupon. They had a couple of different styles, but we really liked this one with the red reflector! The only thing about the reflector buckle is that it is a little wider than the others and doesn’t fit through the belt loops of all of Owen’s pants. It fits in two pairs of his jeans (Children’s Place brand) but not in his Land’s End jeans. Hobby Lobby also had a smaller plain black buckle which would definitely fit in all belt loops. Or, you should be able to find one in any craft store that has a sewing section.

Step 1: Measure the child’s waist size with a piece of string. I cut the string off at the exact waist size with no overlap.

Step 2: Tear off a strip of duct tape a few inches longer than the string. Rip this strip in half lengthwise. This piece will show on the inside of the belt. Make sure that this strip is not wider than your buckle, because this will be the finished width of the belt.

Step 3: Tear off another strip of duct tape the same length. This piece will show on the outside.

Note the the black strip is the same width as the belt buckle.

How to Make a Duct Tape Belt

Make sure that your belt is a few inches longer than the string!

How to Make a Duct Tape Belt

Step 4: Carefully fold over the edges.

Step 5: Trim one end of the belt and thread it through the side of the buckle that has two openings. This makes it adjustable. Since the outside shows on this part, I added a little more camo duct tape to cover up the black. For the other side of the buckle, I threaded the belt through, folded it over, and held it in place with a strip of black tape.

How to Make a Duct Tape Belt

Owen loves his belt! In fact, the other two boys decided that they really wanted duct tape belts too, and I had to go back to Hobby Lobby for more buckles!

How to Make a Duct Tape Belt

With the coupon, this project only cost me about $2 per belt. When the duct tape gets too worn, I can just cut it off and use the buckle to make another belt!

Some helpful tips:

  • If you wipe down your scissor blades with a baby wipe, they will slice right through the duct tape! I saw that tip on Pinterest, and it really works!
  • We have found that the fun patterned duct tape will not rip vertically as well as the solid colors. I can usually rip the solid colors in perfect straight lines, but the patterned stuff makes a mess! So if we need a narrow piece, we usually stick to a solid color.

We’ve been on a roll with duct tape lately! (Ha ha, like the pun?) Here are some more ideas for duct tape crafts:

Duct tape velcro bracelets

Duct tape wallets

Use duct tape and a cardboard box to make a jump for hot wheels cars


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  1. Hadassah Jun 4, 2013

    Cool! Gotta try this!

  2. Anna - the Measured Mom Jun 4, 2013

    Now the question is... would GIRLS wear a duct tape belt? :) I have one girl and three boys - I love how different they are.

    Definitely pinning this for the future - I've got some skinny kids!

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