This is a super easy project that everyone can participate in. Platypus is the perfect tape for making garland. It has just enough structure that you can make perfect little circles out of it without resorting to complicated layering like you’d have to do with other tapes. It can be used in any room for decoration, to spruce up a party, or for Christmas tree garland.
To make the strips simply cut out two 8.5″ strips then stick them together leaving about a half inch of sticky-side exposed on each end. If you’re not going to make the garland immediately, you can put parchment paper strips over the adhesive to save them for later (see our video on using parchment paper here). This allows you to create all the strips beforehand and have a garland party later!
To make the circles, just attach the two sticky ends together and voila–you’re done. Thread the next strip through the middle of the previous circle.
We cut our strips down to 1.5″ wide because we liked the way it looked and it allowed us to clean up the edges when we didn’t stick the two sides together perfectly. This allows for a little slop which is always good. This is a great project to do with kids too. You can make the strips ahead of time and let them choose the patterns and stick them together. If you’re doing it for Christmas decoration you can pack it away and use it again next year!
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Introduction to Making 3D Shapes
Platypus Designer Duct Tape is very different from most duct tapes. Our tape has a beautiful matte finish, uses more fabric backing, and has a different kind of polymer substrate than other duct tapes. This makes it more structural which is a quality that opens the door to some amazing possibilities. Having structure frees you to design duct tape sculptures, and to create duct tape models such as this pyramid. The duct tape pyramid that you’re about to make is 100% duct tape.
In order to make this pyramid you’ll cut out an unfolded pyramid shape and fold it up, using duct tape tabs to secure the shape closed. In order to cut out the right shape, you’ll need a good template and some easy to follow instructions.
Click on the underlined link below to download a step-by-step instruction guide and templates for making a pyramid.
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Hi everyone! Please mark your calendars for July 12-16, 2013 and come visit us in Atlanta! We’ll be in Building 3, booth 5-1110. We’ve got tons of new stuff to show you! Send us an email to email@example.com if you’d like to schedule an appointment.
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Today we have a quick and easy way to personalize your phone chargers. At my house, we literally have 8-10 of them floating around in various states of disrepair. One nice thing about Apple phone chargers are the simple basic shape of the plug. All you need to do is cut out a rectangle 3 3/4″ x 1 1/8″ of Designer Duct Tape and wrap it around the plug. Voila! Super easy, and satisfying. What else is easy to personalize with Designer Duct Tape? Send us pics of your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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We want to send our best vibes and well-wishes to Maggie who is undergoing surgery today. She’s an avid snowboarder who injured her hip several times while ripping it up and now has to have surgery to repair it. She hated the idea of limping around on boring old unfashionable crutches and decided to uplevel hers with some Purple Polka Dot Designer Duct Tape. She’ll certainly be ‘hip’ with these!
Check out her awesome crutches. We think she did a stellar job!
Hopefully she’ll send some pics of herself shredding next season and we’ll update this post.
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Spring is in the air here in North Carolina! The flowers are starting to bloom and people are shedding their jackets, donning yard clothes, beautifying their lawns and homes. It feels electric! Or maybe that’s just the bees buzzing.
You may have noticed the Designer Duct Tape® covered vases on our home page scrolling by from time to time.
We made those vases for our trade show booth, and we get so many compliments about them that we decided to do a post about it. It’s a fun and simple project.
For this project we wanted to do something fun and happy that felt bright and fresh for Spring. It could be used as a shelf (of course) or even a centerpiece. The vases are great outdoors too and could be used for picnics or parties.
For this project we covered a 24″ hidden bracket shelf from Lowe’s with our Summer Grass Designer Duct Tape. IKEA shelving is also great for this. Try to choose shelving with squared or simply angled edges so the tape is easy to put down.
Next we purchased 2″ plumbing pipe at Lowes (about $3 gets you a two foot length that we cut into these three sections) and 3 pipe caps.
In this photo you can see the full length 2′ pipe and one of the 3 pipes we cut down to size with a saw.
Next, we used a cap that can be found on the same aisle in plumbing supplies. If you glue this cap on with pipe glue, the vase will be waterproof!
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We’re thrilled to have been featured in the January/February 2013 HGTV Magazine! Please go pick one up and see some great home decor ideas and uplifts using Platypus Designer Duct Tape.
Also, you can see a segment that we were prominently featured in on NBC’s The Today Show! We couldn’t be happier to start the new year off like this. Natalie Morales certainly has good taste and looks very stylish sporting a Blue Paisley Designer Duct Tape cast!
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Today the weather here in North Carolina is changing from a gorgeous unseasonably warm weekend into a gray, chilly, damp week. It’s not motivational Monday weather. I walked into my office this morning (which is in the middle of a renovation) and stuff was piled and discarded everywhere. No flat service was visible. My coffee alone wasn’t going to do it, so I cranked up Grouplove on my computer and immediately my whole mood changed–I was knocking stuff out on the left and kicking it on the right. So in the spirit of what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, I decided to take a break and share one of my new favorite bands with you.
Grouplove formed in 2009, and released their debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, in September 2011. They’re a relatively new band that has already had a number one song on the indy charts. They’ve had fantastic support from their label (Atlantic/Canvasback) and also have been featured in an iPod commercial which I’m sure didn’t suck for publicity. The drummer’s dad was a guitarist for Yes (another awesome band from the 70′s).
Inhabiting a happy place between the Pixies and Arcade Fire they are a hook-heavy, high-talent band that really sounds like they’re playing for the sheer joy of it. In fact, it’s that overwhelming sense of elation I get listening to them that keeps me coming back for more of the same thing over and over again. I can’t wait for their follow up album.
If you listen on Spotify, they also recorded a few of their songs for a live Spotify Session that’s here.
Never Trust A Happy Song is a great album to exercise/run too also which I’ve done a few times (with the exception of Slow, which is a bit slow for me. Ha.)
Go get your happy on!
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