How to Make a Duct Tape Barbie Dress

It all started with the “I love bacon” duct tape. C saw it in an ad from Five Below and thought it would be the perfect gift for her dad and G who are bacon eating machines on the weekend. Even better: when I showed her that you can actually make things with the duct tape instead of just using it to patch up every home project like dad does! Duct tape crafts became the thing to do in this house!

C decided that a bacon wallet was in order and so off we went into the glorious world of the internet to find a pattern on how to make a wallet. We came across one on the Duck Tape brand website and in less than 10 minutes we had a wallet for dad and then in another 5, one for G, wrapped and under the tree. She was SO excited to give them to the boys for Christmas!

Crafting with duct tape has been popular for a while now. C is one crafty girl and so I wondered if she would enjoy it, but honestly figured that it wouldn’t be that interesting to her. I was wrong. She loved it and is now slightly obsessed with what she can make with duct tape!

Shortly after we made the wallets was her birthday and then Christmas follows right after, so I picked up some neat “girly” patterns for her to try out. Before I knew it, she was making wallets with her friends and wallets for everyone! One of my very best friends came for a visit last week and ended up leaving with her own chevron wallet {jealousy set in on my part}.

She has been asking me to find more and more duct tape crafting tutorials on the computer and has even come up with some patterns on her own. Just the other day, she set out to make a Barbie dress with duct tape. A TOTAL success. Her new hairtastic Barbie is now the most stylish of the bunch! Here is how she did it:

One thing that I have learned from just these two projects is that you can go a lot of places with a square of duct tape, so that is how we started out…with a square.

Step 1: Rip off 4 strips of Duck tape and overlapping them slightly, make a square (or rectangle). Duck tape doesn’t really tear that cleanly, so make sure to have some scissors on hand!

Step 2: Rip more strips of about the same length and putting sticky sides together, line up the pieces of Duck tape. When you are finished, you should have one big rectangle or square that is not sticky and is patterned on both sides.

Step 3: Trim the edges to make sure that they are all lined up and even. 

Step 4: Decorate your dress. We used a piece of silver Duck tape to make a hem at the top. They also sell sheets of Duck tape where you can cut out shapes or letters to stick on your dress as well.

Step 5: Try the dress on your Barbie or other doll that you choose. Ours didn’t go all the way around, so we just added extra strips to the edges to make it larger.

Step 6: Make a strip using Duck tape for the belt and tie it around the waist to keep the dress on the Barbie. 

Here she is, all dressed up! There are so many different avenues you can take with this. I am sure it won’t be our last time designing clothes for our dolls!


Moral of the story: If you have a child that is into creating…go and get some Duck tape! It is amazing what they can come up with and the creative juices that will start flowing.

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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