DIY Duck Tape Lanyard


This post is part of The Craft Challenge. You can read more about it here.

diy duck tape lanyard
Do you ever lose your keys?

I do at least twice/wk. And it’s the only thing, most of the time.

I needed something to make my keys stand out more. Maybe a lanyard? Yeah that sounded good. Do stores even sell those anymore? I wasn’t about to shop for a lanyard I probably wouldn’t like. You guessed it… I made my own.

Materials are super cheap and it took about 5 minutes to craft the lanyard. It’s surprisingly easy, too, considering the stickiness of the Duck Tape.

You should definitely make one! Follow the steps below.

make your own lanyard materials

Lanyard Materials

  • Scissors
  • Duck Tape
  • Keys

Step 1: size the Duck Tape

Stretch out your tape and cut down to the size you want.

I chose a smaller lanyard, but you pick what will work best for you.

folded duck tape
soon-to-be lanyard

Step 2: fold it

Lay the tape on a flat surface, face up. Fold one half into the center.

Then, fold the other half inward. Make sure you overlap the edges a little bit to keep from leaving the sticky side exposed.

Cut the ends to even them out if you want.
diy lanyard

Step 3: loop it

Hold the two ends between your fingers so that the Duck Tape forms a loop.

Match up your ends and fold them over (like in the image above) to form a smaller loop.
diy lanyard from duck tape

Step 4: fasten it

Adhere the smaller loop to the rest of the lanyard with another piece of Duck Tape.

 

key lanyard made with duck tape
That’s it!

Attach your keys and you’re done.

 

make your own lanyard
I love it ūüĎć

Let me know what you¬†think and don’t forget to check out Emily’s and Erika’s crafts too. Their projects will be posted sometime today.

Happy crafting.

DIY Paper Beaded Earrings

DIY paper beaded earrings

Making these earrings was so much fun! Why? I made the beads from paper.

Pretty cool, right?

You can make them too! You could use old photographs, magazines, scrapbook paper… anything you have around the house.

Take what you have and upcycle it. Upcycled crafts are the best kind.

 

materials for paper bead earrings

Materials needed to make paper beaded earrings

  • Scissors
  • Paper clip
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Earring wire
  • Earring hooks
  • Round-nosed pliers
  • Clear nail polish (optional)

 

scrapbook paper cutouts for bead making

Step 1: cut the paper

Cut your paper into a long triangle.

I used 12×12 paper but you can use whatever you want.

 

Step 2: glue and roll

Brush on a little bit of Mod Podge to the larger end of the paper. Then begin to roll up the edge toward the smaller end. Roll tightly.

Continue to glue and roll until you run out of paper.

 

wrapped paper bead

You should have a bead that looks similar to mine in the image above.

 

Step 3: seal the paper

Unfold your paper clip leaving one end slightly bent.

Slide your new bead onto it.

Brush two layers of Mod Podge to the outside of the bead to seal it.

Let it dry.

 

glazed coating

Step 4: glossy finish (optional)

You don’t have to participate in this step, but I think it adds an extra pop to the beads.

While your bead is still on the paper clip, paint on a layer of clear nail polish.

Let it dry.

 

wire bead

Step 5: add the wire

Place the earring wire (with the flat end at the bottom) up through the bead and create a loop at the very top.

You can add any other accents during this step as well. I chose to put a small metal bead at the bottom.

 

earrings made from paper beads

Step 6: add earring hooks

Add the earring hooks to the wire loop and you’re finished.

 

DIY paper beaded earrings

They’re likely not going to look exactly the same, but they’re pretty close.

As you can see in my example, I wrapped one bead (left) tighter than the other. I like the look of that one better. I suppose that will come with practice.

I’ve seen these types of earrings at craft fairs all over the place and had to try to make some myself. Since they’re upcycled, i love them even more.

Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Tiered Tray

diy tiered fruit tray
It’s always nice to work on a functional craft. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy crafting home decor pieces, but there’s a sense of real accomplishment when you put a project together that you will use day in and day out.

This is one of those crafts: the tiered tray. I’ve considered making one before, but didn’t know what I would use it for. I’m not a baker, so it wasn’t going to be used it for cupcakes or anything like that, which seems to be the most popular choice of food for these.

I do eat a lot of fruit though, so I thought it would be perfect for that! Apples, bananas (I know you’re supposed to hang them, but I never do), avocados, lemons, etc would be much better off on a tray than strewn across my counter.

My tray cost about $6 because I got all of the materials at the Dollar Store. Score! They’re prepping for Independence Day so they have a ton of cute plates and bowls with fun designs.

Want to make one? Keep reading.

DIY tiered tray materials

Tiered Plate Materials

  • bowl
  • 2 plates
  • super glue
  • 2 candle sticks

 

candle stick glued to place

Step 1: glue on the candle stick

Super glue one of the candle sticks to the center of the first plate.

 

candle stick glued to top plate

Step 2: layer the plates

Glue the second plate to the top of the candle stick.

 

layered plate craft

Step 3: add a second candle stick

Glue the second candle stick to the middle of the second plate.

 

Tiered Tray

Step 4: Glue on the bowl

Now, glue the bowl to the top of the candle stick.

Let it dry for about 24 hours before you put any food on it.

 


It’s a functional, easy craft right? I could take it to family reunions, parties, or wherever. All of the fruit or veggies could be layered on the plates and dip can go in the bowl. Oh, and the superglue is waterproof, so you can throw it in the dishwasher when you’re done.

Let me know what you think! What would you put on your tiered plate?

Happy crafting ¬†ūüėÄ

 

Short Break

Hey everyone, I hope you all have been having a wonderful week!

I’ve been quite busy so I decided to take short break from crafting and blogging. Last weekend was my boyfriend’s sister’s college graduation (yay!) and this past week I was traveling for work, so I felt like I needed a mental health day. 

You should take one, too, if you haven’t in a while. Maybe sketch, walk or take a mini vacation. 

I’ll be back to crafting this weekend! See you soon. 

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