How To Make A Duct Tape Tuxedo

Duct tape is a product that draws a lot of fascination. This fascination led to experimenting. All the experimenting with the super sticky tape led to the latest craze, none other than duct tape fashion. There are duct tape purses, belts, and even hats. Why not take the trend a step further? Prom season is approaching. You would sure stand out from the crowd with a duct tape tuxedo! While duct tape tuxedos certainly look cool, they literally are just the opposite. The duct tape doesn't breathe, so expect to be pretty warm at prom. Be sure to use the highest quality duct tape to ensure you tuxedo will not wrinkle or bunch up.

To make a duct tape tuxedo, you will need:

  • Tuxedo
  • Duct tape in your choice of colors.
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil to sketch or chalk
  1. Find the tux. You can use any tuxedo you choose. It does not have to be anything fancy. An old tuxedo that belonged to your father or one purchased from a used clothing store will do the trick.
  2. Create the design. Determine how much of the tuxedo you want to cover. Some find it easier to just cover parts of the tux. If you really want to go all out, cover it all! It is a good idea to create a sketch beforehand. Some prefer to draw the design on the tuxedo using chalk. This will act as a guide to help determine the placement of the tape. Now that duct tape comes in over twenty colors. You can really make your design pop.
  3. Prepare the tuxedo. Lay your tuxedo on a flat, hard surface. Begin pulling the tape to cut the strips to desired length. To make the tape easily accessible place one end on a hard surface. Avoid placing on a finished or glass table, due to residue. A countertop or cutting board is recommended.
  4. Begin to cover. Start by covering the body of the tuxedo. Follow your sketch or the outline you create with the chalk. There really is not right or wrong method. Some prefer to make straight lines with the tape and others prefer to make a pattern.
  5. Cover and smooth. Continue covering and smoothing the tuxedo's body with duct tape. Once the body is finished, you can move to the sleeves. Begin at the shoulder and work your way down the sleeve.
  6. Add extras. You can make pinstripes by cutting thinner strips in contrasting colors. You can also accent the cuffs by using a bold color. Fun buttons and cufflinks can also be sewn on.
  7. Try it on for size. Slip into the duct tape tuxedo and admire what a fantastic job you did!
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