I love a good duct tape craft, so I was really excited when ShurTech Brands, maker of Duck Tape®, invited me to visit twice this past month. I got to see the plant floor where they churn out 40 million rolls of Duck Tape a year, and walked past conference rooms with names like Quack Shack and Duck Den. I met Joe Girandola, who creates amazing artwork from Duck Tape. I even got a sneak peek at several new designs that will be in stores soon. I’m sharing a few highlights today, along with some of the fabulous swag from ShurTech.
The second time I visited, I joined a group of VIPs who love Duck Tape like I do – and maybe more! One young man has a collection of 5,000 rolls.
We saw a rainbow of Duck Tape; licensed tape for sports teams and Disney characters; and even scented tape. The first patterned Duck Tape, a camo print, was custom made on request from Sam Walton at WalMart. Today, there are 250 patterns and designs of Duck Tape. Did you know they also make Chalkboard, Dry Erase, and real cork tape?
I learned more about Frog Tape® Shape Tape™, too, which makes painting on patterns especially easy. A special polymer barrier blocks out paint and keeps your design lines clean and crisp.
The Duck Tape team is always listening to customers, watching trends, and looking for new ideas. It’s an innovative company, from marketing to manufacturing. Their customer care is extraordinary – real people answer the consumer hotline, and every roll of Duck Tape is packed into cartons by hand, to ensure that every single roll passes inspection.
What’s really fun is to see how creativity transforms a roll of tape into beautiful objects of art. I admired this peacock theme ensemble, on display in the headquarters. For more inspiration, check out the artwork of Joe Girandola.
You may have heard of Stuck at Prom®, a challenge in which high school students create formal wear from Duck Tape, and wear it to their proms. ShurTech awards scholarship money to the winners, and their schools win awards, too.
ShurTech recently launched its “Stick Together®” anti-bullying program, in partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC).
One last little fact I learned is that Duck Tape got its start in World War II when the military used it to repair boots and equipment. I loved this fact, as STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam also had its first commercial applications during World War II. Coincidence? Well sure, but I’ve found that the two products make a great match.
I’ve always had fun pairing Duck Tape and STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I know my crafts aren’t fashionable and sophisticated, but I have a blast making them, and I love that they’re always easy.
Here are the Duck Tape crafts I’ve shared on Crafts ‘n Coffee:
I am going to share my Duck Tape swag with two Crafts ‘n Coffee readers. I have two jam-packed prizes to give away, and each prize package will include:
- Five rolls of Duck Tape and five rolls of Duckling Tape (patterns will vary)
- Seven Duck Tape sheets (patterns will vary)
- A roll of Frog Tape Shape Tape
- The Ultimate Duct Tape Book
- Duck Tape backpack and a stuffed Trust E. Duck
- One dozen 2-1/2″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, so you can get started making Duck Tape Deco Spheres.
For a chance to win this Duck Tape prize package, leave a comment below answering the following:
1. What have you made from Duck Tape?
2. What’s your favorite Duck Tape pattern?
3. What new pattern would you like to see?
You have till midnight on Monday, July 13 to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, July 14. Good luck! (Note: Duck Tape did not sponsor this post, though they were lovely hosts and they provided the swag for the prizes.)
Wishing you a safe, holiday weekend.