Is there anything duct tape can’t do? We guess not – at least, if these ingenious hacks are anything to go by. Yes, once you’ve had your eyes opened to these weird and wonderful uses for the all-powerful adhesive, you’ll never want to go anywhere without an emergency roll or two.
20. Open stiff lids
Sometimes, running hot water around the lid of a jar just doesn’t cut it. So if you’re having real trouble opening a stiff lid, just grab some duct tape. Then wrap it around the lid, and hey presto – the strength of the adhesive will have it open in no time.
19. Add grip to shoes
Unfortunately, not all shoes are built the same – and that can spell disaster on slippery surfaces such as dance floors. So next time you’re boogying the night away and see someone go literally head over heels, clue them into this duct tape hack. They’ll soon be singing your praises.
18. Create makeshift stencils
For all its practical uses, duct tape is also an unlikely tool in your arts and crafts arsenal. Yes, it may be a little more heavyweight than any other adhesives in there, but you won’t be using it to tape together your next creation. In fact, it can make for a great stencil during fabric painting.
17. Patch up a tire
Chances are, when you get a puncture, you aren’t going to be in a garage. So, you’ll need to make sure that you’re prepared for every eventuality. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat, after all. And if you don’t have a spare to hand, then duct tape can absolutely work in a pinch.
16. Mark your seat position
We don’t all have the luxury of being the sole drivers of our cars, but realigning your seat every time you get in can be a real hassle. So if you want to make your life that little bit easier, you could always pop down some duct tape to mark out your preferred position.
15. Build a kayak
That’s right: you can build a totally viable kayak with nothing more than a few rolls of duct tape – and a few planks of wood. And if you’d like to go sailing with a friend, the tape can even stretch to a bigger, two-person boat, as an episode of MythBusters proved.
14. Make your own sled
We don’t know about you, but we never have a sled to hand when the snow hits. And by that time, it’s often too late to buy one from a store. If you have duct tape on hand, though, the snow day isn’t lost. All you need is a few pieces of cardboard, and you’re good to go.
13. Create a sewing mannequin
If you’re gifted enough to make your own clothes, then this should be no problem for you. All you need to do is grab an old t-shirt and wrap it in plenty of duct tape. Et voila – you have a mannequin that fits your proportions perfectly, so you’ll always know what size to make your gear.
12. Make a hammock
Lounging around on a hammock is basically the modern American dream, but few of us ever actually get the chance to live it. Well, if you have duct tape to hand, you can create the opportunity for yourself. Yes, it’s time to seize the day – by which we mean relax in a hammock made entirely of tape.
11. Use it as a replacement cup
Anyone who’s ever hosted a party knows how disastrous running out of glasses can be. Unless, that is, you have a roll of duct tape, one spare glass as a mold to wrap the tape around and some mouthwash to clean the container out before use. Then, suddenly you have unlimited cups at your disposal.
10. Patch a leaky tent
Duct tape is strong. Like, really strong. So if you’re out camping and notice a hole in your tent, don’t pack up and go home; just stick a square of tape over the gap. Yes, that’s countless vacations saved, all by the miracle adhesive that is duct tape. You can thank us later.
9. Make your own messenger bag
Duct tape doesn’t just come in gray, which means that you can get really creative with the different shades available. For instance, you could make your own bright, colorful messenger bag. All you need is a pair of bubble envelopes for shaping, plenty of tape and an hour of free time. It’s that simple.
8. Use as makeshift bandages
Now this isn’t a long-term solution if you’re injured, but it is enough to tide you over until you can seek out proper medical treatment. Yes, in a pinch, duct tape can even substitute for bandages. By this point, we’re pretty sure that it’s the most versatile invention ever dreamt up.
7. Create a charger pouch
If your power outlets are nowhere near an end table, you’ll likely have to leave your phone on the floor to charge it. And, by extension, you’ll be used to constantly worrying about someone stepping on your prized possession. Unless, that is, you have duct tape, which makes for a brilliant wall-mounted holding pouch.
6. Cover up blisters
It isn’t just normal wounds that duct tape can help out with, either. Yes, you can even use the adhesive to cover up blisters and protect them from the elements when they might otherwise be exposed – such as on your feet if you’re wearing sandals. We’d definitely recommend another color than the usual grey, though.
5. Tag your luggage
Tying ribbons around your suitcases can be a hassle, especially if you’re doing it last minute in a rush to get to the airport. A strip of duct tape, then, is a much easier way to make sure that your luggage is identifiable. Just make sure to pick a bright color…
4. Make your prom dress
That’s right: you can even make your prom dress from duct tape, providing you have the nous to do so. In fact, one brand of tape runs an annual contest encouraging kids to show off their creativity in exchange for a scholarship. Duct tape is serious business.
3. Create duct tape lunch bags
You may wonder why anybody would bother to create lunch bags out of duct tape. Well, we have one word for you: personalization. Yes, when you’re making something from scratch, the world is your oyster. Especially with duct tape, which comes in all sorts of different colors and patterns.
2. Make your own pencil case
Following on from that theme of personalization, there are plenty of other items that you can turn your tape skills to. For instance, using a freezer bag and patterned duct tape, you can put together an awesome, unique pencil case – perfect for kids who want to express themselves.
1. Seal and store caulking
If you’re tired of your caulk tubes drying out after you’ve only used them once, then here’s a perfect solution. And, as you may have guessed, it involves duct tape. All you have to do is fold the tape over the nozzles to seal them. Plus, you can even use a little extra tape to hang the tubes on your pegboard rather than having them strewn about all over the place.
In fact, there are plenty of things lying around your home that could help you to maximize your storage space. And these elegant solutions are exactly what the doctor ordered, going a little way to making your life a lot simpler. Just don’t blame us if this leads to an entire home makeover…
20. Hide your thermostat
Not only do thermostats look unsightly, but they’re also prone to being tampered with by guests overstepping boundaries. You can solve all these problems, however, by simply hiding your thermostat behind a hinged painting or picture frame. Easy.
19. Store your pantry supplies in a shoe organizer
If you’re sick of having to root around in the depths of your cupboards or shelves for those rarely used ingredients, try hanging a shoe organizer over your pantry door. Yes, as it turns out, they’re not only useful for footwear.
18. Magnetize your hammer
Whether you’re building furniture or taking it apart, somehow there’s always a rogue nail that slips through your fingers – and doesn’t reappear until it embeds itself in your foot during a hazy night-time trip to the bathroom. Magnetizing the bottom of your hammer, then, is an ideal solution for keeping track of the pointy devils.
17. Hang your ironing board on coat hooks
Let’s face it: we’ve all had an ironing board fall on our faces at one point or another. Install a couple of coat hooks on the wall, however, and you’ll never need to fear opening the laundry cupboard again. If only there was a life hack that got us out of the ironing altogether…
16. Store laundry detergent in glass dispensers
There’s nothing aesthetically pleasing about bottles of detergent. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to give a little more class to your laundry room with glass drinks dispensers. Simply pile in the detergent and toss the unsightly bottle. Who knows – you may actually enjoy doing the laundry in future.
15. Keep spare paint in jars
Nobody wants paint cans littering up the joint. Luckily, that’s where jars come in. This is especially handy if you’ve just decorated and may have missed a spot – but it’s equally useful for rooms that could need a quick touch up every now and then.
14. Use spare shower curtain rods to increase storage
Fumbling around the shower floor for your toiletries is nobody’s idea of a good time, but when you share your bathroom with a few people, storage space can be tight. Chuck up a curtain rod, then, and all your hygiene-related struggles will be over.
13. Hang your jeans on “S” hooks
Folding and stacking your jeans can make it a pain when you need a pair near the bottom of the pile – but threading them through trouser hangers is way too much effort. Thankfully, there’s an easy compromise in the form of “S” hooks. You can thank us later.
12. Bury prescription bottles in the ground to hide keys
Leaving your spare key under a rock is basically an open invite to burglars in this day and age. So go one step further by sealing the key inside a prescription bottle and gluing a rock or a pinecone to the top. You’ll still be able to find it when you need it, but by burying it in the ground, you’re one step ahead of potential intruders.
11. Use tissue boxes to store plastic bags
In the interests of saving the environment, it’s a good idea to reuse and recycle your plastic bags when you go grocery shopping. But keeping them stored out of sight can be a tricky business – unless you have a spare tissue box to hand, that is.
10. Slice a hole into a tennis ball for an easy item holder
Stick a suction cup on the back, slice a wedge from the front, and your tennis ball becomes a sporty holder of all things practical: be it keys, a pen or even important documents. Stick a few of them up on your wall for a cool-as-they-come themed storage solution.
9. Use a kitchen rack to store clutch purses
Letting your bags run loose can be a nightmare when you’re trying to find a specific one to match your outfit. Handily, repurposed kitchen racks make for great clutch storage. Yes, you’ll never again have to experience the frantic search five minutes before going out. You’re welcome.
8. Attach your controllers to the wall with Velcro
Whether it’s a videogame controller or a TV remote, those electronics can quickly clutter up your coffee table or TV stand. A few strips of Velcro can be an absolute lifesaver, then, freeing up some precious surface area while also looking effortlessly cool on your wall.
7. Use a magnet to avoid losing your tweezers
When you think about it, tweezers are stupidly small. So stupidly small, in fact, that we’ve had to order an Amazon Dash button just to maintain a steady flow of replacement pairs when they inevitably go missing. A wiser purchase, though, would perhaps have been a magnet to keep them in one place.
6. Use fruit baskets for storing bathroom toys or accessories
The bathroom isn’t usually the biggest space in the house, so maximizing what little room there is can be crucial to a happy home. If you’ve got little ones with all sorts of bathtime toys and accessories, then, try hanging up a fruit basket or two. The multiple vertical levels are a godsend.
5. Use LEGO to organize your desk
Chances are, you’ve got a few LEGO bricks lying around. And if not, it may be worth a trip to your parents’ attic to retrieve your childhood stash. After all, they make for awesome desk organizers – cables even fit snugly in minifigures’ hands.
4. Use bungee cords to store loose balls
If there are any two words more nightmarish to storage makers than “loose balls,” we don’t want to hear them. Thankfully, where basketballs, footballs, soccer balls et al. are concerned, this storage-related loose end may have just been tied up, thanks to some handily repurposed bungee cords.
3. Hang a ladder to air clothes
Traditional clothes airers can take up a lot of valuable real estate in cramped settings. It seems silly, then, to prop one up on the floor when you’ve got an entire ceiling going unused. So if you’re short on space, try hanging up a ladder. Trust us: it’ll work wonders.
2. Use glass bottles to store bracelets
If you’re after a storage solution for your bracelets that’s as stylish as it is efficient, give this one a go. After all, clear glass bottles would fit into pretty much any décor, be it rustic, modern or otherwise. And you could even mix things up with colored glass bottles for a unique twist on this idea.
1. Use a magnetic strip to hang spice jars
Spice racks have confounded man since basically the dawn of time. Wall-mounted, straight racks are the most easily accessible, but they quickly become unruly with more than a handful of different jars. Rotating racks are more space-efficient, but tiresome to use. The answer? Magnets. Yes, it’s so simple, we can’t believe we didn’t think of it earlier.