You can make animal figures and other simple toys out of many different things, but duct tape is one of the cheapest and simplest to work with. Duct tape is not only strong and waterproof, but it also has some flexibility. If the kids need something to make or to play with on a rainy day, give them a roll of duct tape and a few other around the house items and let their imaginations take over. Since duct tape comes in many colors, choose the colors you will need for your animal.
Things You'll Need
- Duct tape
- Twist ties or pipe cleaners
- Markers (optional)
- Hobby knife (optional)
Create a "skeleton" for your duct tape animals using either twist ties (such as from loaves of bread or garbage bags) or pipe cleaners. Make the skeleton of the animal by twisting the ends into the arms, legs, head, backbone and any other appendages. Form a rib cage by twisting the ends of three or four pieces around the spine, looping them around and linking the other ends together.
Break off small pieces of duct tape and begin covering the skeleton. Think of this first layer as the muscle of the duct tape animal sculpture. Build up the duct tape and even wad it up to make certain body parts more fleshy than others.
Cover the muscle layer with a smooth skin layer. You want to avoid having too many wrinkles in the top layer of skin, so you'll usually need at least two or three layers of duct tape to achieve this.
Add details to the skin. You can break off different colored pieces of duct tape to distinguish certain body types, like small pieces of black duct tape for the eyes or around the ends of the legs for hooves on a horse; if desired, you can use a hobby knife to cut very small and precise pieces to add to the skin. Most markers will be permanent on duct tape, so you can use this to add details too small for individual pieces. If you have more pipe cleaners, you can add some to the skin for things like a horse's mane or tail.
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