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34 Little-Known Genius Duct Tape Hacks

Duct tape is one of those miracle products that can do and fix pretty much everything (except for the gaping hole in your heart), but most of us use it sparingly and only know how to make a duct tape wallet. The reality is that almost anything can be remedied with a little silver tape. If you’ve ever seen The Red Green Show, you’re probably pretty familiar with the crazy, somewhat ridiculous projects duct tape is used in.

These aim to be a bit more helpful. Whether you’re stuck in the forest with nothing but a knife and a roll of tape or you’re at home just struggling with everyday life, you’re in luck.

Check out these amazing uses for the most underrated hardware tool of all.

1. Use it to open tough jars.

2. Add grip to slippery shoes.

Apply a layer of duct tape and score with scissors to make your shoes a little safer.

3. Create custom stencils for DIY shirts!

Instructables | craft within reach

4. Remove warts by covering them with duct tape.

carl.myhill | Instructables

5. Plug up a hole ’til you can get to the garage!

6. Use duct tape to maintain your seat position.

If someone else moves the seat, that’s ok! Just slide it back until the pieces line up.

7. Craft a duct tape canoe.

Sure, it’s a lot of work, but they actually float!

It really works!

Instructables | ineverfinishanyth

8. Pick up stubborn pet hair with duct tape and a paint roller.

9. Construct a homemade sled!

10. Put together a pair of waterproof emergency shoes!

saxophones | Instructables

11. Make a custom dress form on the cheap!

12. Take care of a broken bone in an emergency.

This isn’t a long-term solution, but it works in a pinch!

cloudifornia | Instructables

13. Put together a stretcher in an emergency.

cloudifornia | Instructables

14. Or a hammock for less stressful situations.

Dadzilla | Instructables

15. Put up a temporary clothesline.

16. Use it to make a watertight cup!

17. Use it to patch a leaky tent and save your vacation!

18. Create a custom messenger bag in any colors or patterns you can get your hands on.

19. Or make waterproof faux-quilted pillows for the patio!

Instructables | annahowardshaw

20. DIY a butterfly bandage.

Cut small strips and space them out along the wound to keep it closed, then see a doctor ASAP.

21. Make a pouch for your charging station!

22. Protect blisters.

Just put some gauze on first!

23. Tag Your Luggage.

Never lose your luggage in a sea of bags and suitcases on the carousel again with this trick! Add a noticeable tag to your handle using brightly-colored duct tape.

24. While the rest of us were trying to figure out the style, color, and fabric we wanted for our prom dresses, these teens were calculating how many duct tape rolls they needed.

25. Some people got very original in their designs.

26. While others coordinated just perfectly.

27. With Halloween just around the corner, duct tape can come in handy.

Just check out this Boba Fett Helmet, for example.

Imgur | CabooseFett

28. You can also put your artistic skills to the test.

There’s something wonderfully appropriate about the duct tape Walter White.

Reddit | 1armedfreak

29. If you’re short on seating, duct tape will always come to the rescue.

Reddit | Padauk

30. Sun protection is important, and duct tape has your back.

31. Duct tape lunch bags are the way of the future.

How cool are these? Dollar stores tend to carry a wide variety of colored and patterned rolls of duct tape, so you could easily whip up an amazing collection of lunch bags for everyone in your family.

32. How cute is this Ziploc pencil case?

Duct tape and plastic freezer bags actually make super durable pencil cases that anyone can use.

33. Seal And Store Caulking.

Prevent caulking products from drying up and going to waste by using duct tape to seal and hang them.

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34. Duct tape is also a very solid investment because it can be used in situations when you can’t afford a replacement.

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