How to Costume With Duct Tape


Duct tape is an extremely durable and strong tape that typically comes in silver, white or black. Duct tape can be the foundation for a unique and interesting costume that is also inexpensive. Plan on using one or two rolls when constructing your costume. As the costume is not easily taken off, pre-planning how you will tape the costume can be difficult. Be sure to wear a long sleeved shirt and leggings as duct tape can be painful to remove from skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Duct tape
  • Poster board
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Leggings
  • Scissors
  • Glow in the dark paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hook and loop fastener

Homemade Duct Tape Costumes

  • Plan on dressing in a black shirt, leggings or pants and gloves. Cut bone shapes out of white or silver duct tape. Mount the tape on the clothing in the formation of a human skeleton. Highlight the duct tape with a glow in the dark paint if desired.

  • Cut and roll tubes of poster board to cover every limb as well as your torso and neck. Wrap the tubes around your body and secure with a piece of silver duct tape. For added support, before securing the tubes with tape, add some hook and loop fastener to the inside of the tube and your shirt, if desired.

  • Cover all visible poster board with silver duct tape once all the tubes are in place on your body. This will create a robot costume. To create a Wizard of Oz Tin Man, roll a funnel or cone shaped piece of poster board to fit on your head and cover with silver duct tape.

  • Create a mummy costume using white duct tape. Wind white duct tape over your legs, torso, arms and neck (for this costume you may want to consider wearing a turtleneck shirt underneath). Place a winter hat that covers your fact with the exception of your mouth and eyes and wind the tape around the hat as well. Do not wind any of the tape too tightly, as this could cause discomfort and make it more difficult to remove.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove all traces of duct tape from clothing prior to washing, as washing fabrics with stickers or tape on them can cause permanent damage to the clothing.
  • Never wind any tape so tightly that it cuts off circulation or makes it difficult to remove the clothing.

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