On another visit to Target, I was drawn to this plaid Duck Tape:
There were other colors and styles like animal prints ( and even themes like Hello Kitty) which kind of got me thinking about the craftier side of duct tape. I remember a while back seeing posts about kids who went to their proms in duct taped outfits and currently, Duck Tape even has contests for it. So when I got these boots from Goodwill, I realized I had a project. They were the perfect candidate as some of the original pleather was scratched off in places:
And they ended up like this.
I googled around and came across great posts about such a project here, here, and this great tutorial by Crafting in the Rain here. Anyhoo, I ran into one major issue: matching the plaid exactly was not possible due to the way the pattern is printed on the tape. So I focused on syncing the broad purple lines as much as possible:
As I was using a pair of somewhat dull scissors of my mom's that got stickier as I cut more tape, I found it advantageous to work as much length as possible to prevent tearing the tape (due to cutting with dull scissors) and pattern consistency:
Be sure to press the tape into all the wrinkles of the boot by pressing outward with a hand inside the boot and pressing the tape into the wrinkles with the other hand on the outside of the boot. When I was able to lay the pieces evenly next to each other, it didn't look too bad:
The hard part was hitting the curves, where the tape can't just be laid side by side in rows:
So I would fill the blank spaces with shorter pieces of duct tape trying to sync the purple lines as best I could. I also made a boundary near the bottom edge with little pieces of duct tape so that when I cut the bottom edges of the long strips roughly with the scissors, the boundary would keep the bottom edge looking clean:
Unfortunately it was really challenging to match even just the purple lines around the bottom curve, so the bottom part of the boot definitely has a more collagy look.
Well they may not be perfect, but they lend a fun accent to simple jeans, don't you think?
This project took less about two hours so I give a thumbs up on the fun plaid Duck Tape for this upcycled boot project. Anybody else have ideas of what I else should duct tape?