Have you ever crafted with duct tape before? We have and my kids love it. Your imagination is the limit! We’ve made top hats, checkerboards, bow ties, bracelets, rings, wallets and more! When Gorilla Tape challenged me to make something fun with their double-thick adhesive tape I went straight to my kids and asked them if they wanted to make something with me. My daughter jumped at the chance. I asked her what she wanted to create and she settled on a purse, though she didn’t believe me when I said we could actually make one! Read on to see how we used Gorilla Tape to make an adorable Minnie Mouse Purse! This little character purse is water proof thanks to the weather-resistant shell of the tape, so no need to worry if you’re out and about and experience a little rain, which is what happened the first day Olivia wore it out! This duct tape craft took us about 30 minutes, start-to-finish, so grab a roll of Gorilla Tape, your mini-me and get started. SUPPLIES:
Gorilla Tape – 1 roll
Red Tulle or Ribbon (unless you want a Mickey purse, in which case you won’t need this)
Measuring Tape GORILLA TAPE CHARACTER PURSE DIRECTIONS:
NOTE: Although you CAN rip Gorilla Tape, I actually recommend using scissors so that you have a clean edge (at least for the assembly of the purse section).
First, we will create the head. Measure and cut a 7″ length of Gorilla Tape. Lay it on a flat surface, sticky side up. Measure and cut a 2nd 7″ length of tape. Overlap the first piece about 1/4″, again, sticky side up. Repeat two more times. Next, measure and cut a 7″ length of Gorilla Tape. Lay it sticky side down onto the first strip of tape. Measure and cut a 2nd 7″ length of tape. Overlap the first piece, about 1/4″, again, sticky side down. Repeat two more times.
Repeat for the 2nd piece, creating two head pieces.
The next step is to create the ears.
Measure and cut a 5″ length of Gorilla Tape. Lay it on a flat surface, sticky side up.
Measure and cut a 2nd 5″ length of tape. Overlap the first piece about 1/4″, again, sticky side up.
Next, measure and cut a 5″ length of Gorilla Tape. Lay it sticky side down onto the first strip of tape. Measure and cut a 2nd 5″ length of tape. Overlap the first piece, about 1/4″, again, sticky side down.
Repeat for the other three pieces, creating four ear pieces.
Creating the strap. My daughter requested a cross-body purse, so I cut a long length of Gorilla Tape – eye-balling her torso as I went. Our piece was approximately 24″. Lay it on a flat surface, sticky side up. Carefully fold the tape in half, creating a long, skinny strap. Don’t worry if the ends of the tape don’t meet perfectly, you can trim it with a pair of scissors.
Place the second head piece on top, rub above the ears ensuring the tape adheres.
You should now have two separate head pieces, both with ears attached. Set aside one.
Assembling the purse. Place the second head/ear piece onto the first, with the strap sandwiched between the two, lining the edges up as best as possible. With 2″ lengths of tape, attach half of the tape to one side of the head, right up against one ear. Flip the whole purse over and wrap the other half of the tape around and attach to the back of the head. NOTE: when I flipped the purse over, I cut a slit into the middle of the tape, which allowed me to fold half of the tape over and adhere to the purse and then fold the second half over, which avoided created wrinkles in the tape. Continue this process until you reach the other ear. To secure the ear to the head of the purse I cut small strips of tape and attached them half on the head, half on the ear.
Repeat for all ears.
Roll the tulle up and pinch in the center. Using a 1/4″ wide piece of Gorilla Tape, secure the pinched section of the bow. Trim to the width that is desired. Cut a 1/4″ wide piece of tape and attach the bow to the purse. And you’re adorable little purse is ready to be filled with trinkets and treats! Gorilla Tape can be found at Home Depot. And guess what? They’re hosting a giveaway for a $250 Home Depot Gift Card! Enter here: Gorilla Tape $250 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway