Road Trip Recap: ShurTech Brands, the home of Duck Tape® and other fun ideas (plus, a giveaway!)

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.

ShurTech, maker of Duck Tape, in Avon, OH. CraftsnCoffee.com.

ShurTech Brands headquarters in Avon, Ohio.

My first visit was with a group of Ohio bloggers, including DeDe from Designed Décor, Ursula from Home Made by Carmona, and Mary from At Home on the Bay.

Ohio bloggers tour ShurTech headquarters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

L-R, Amanda, DeDe, me, Mary, Allison, Carmona and Catie.

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.

A special day for Duck Tape VIPs at the HQ for ShurTech. CraftsnCoffee.com.

ShurTech welcomes Duck Tape VIPs from across the country.

A visit with Trust E. Duck at the HQ for Duck Tape. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Me & Trust E. Duck.

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?

A beautiful rainbow of Duck Tape at the ShurTech headquarters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A rainbow of Duck Tape.

Rack-of-patterned-Duck-Tape

ShurTech has 250 patterns and designs of Duck Tape.

Scented-Duck-Tape

Scented Duck 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.

Shape Tape from Frog Tape makes painted patterns easy. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fun patterns made easy with paint and Shape Tape Frog Tape from ShurTech.

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.

Gorgeous! Can you believe this is made with Duck Tape? Look at the details! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Look at the details in this formal wear made with Duck Tape.

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.

Anti-bullying Duck Tape from ShurTech. CraftsnCoffee.com.

“Stick Together” Duct Tape helps support ShurTech’s anti-bullying initiative.

ShurTech recently launched its “Stick Together®” anti-bullying program, in partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC).

I also learned that Duck Tape has had starring roles on Project Runway, the Radio Disney Music Awards, and the reality TV show Shipping Wars.

Amazing! These dresses are made from Duck Tape and were created on Project Runway. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Duck Tape dresses from Project Runway.

Gorgeous, and made from Duck Tape!  This dress was worn to the Disney Music Awards. Amazing! CraftsnCoffee.com.

This Duck Tape dress was worn at the Radio Disney Music Awards.

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.

Favorite Duck Tape crafts! Easy tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here are the Duck Tape crafts I’ve shared on Crafts ‘n Coffee:

Zippy Zebra Duct Tape Wreath 

Tie-Dye Duct Tape Wreath

Duct Tape Flower Wreath

Duct Tape Flag

Duct Tape Deco Spheres

Duct Tape Topiaries

Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath

Glow-in-the-Dark Duct Tape Eyeball Wreath

Halloween Duct Tape Wreath

Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres 

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cuties

Halloween Candy Corn Duct Tape Wreath

Peacock Duct Tape Christmas Wreath

Peacock Duct Tape Garland

Peacock Duct Tape Deco Spheres 

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:

Some of the goodies you might win on the Duck Tape giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These are only some of the goodies you might win in the Duck Tape giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com. (The designs may vary and you might not win the patterns shown.)

  • 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.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

 

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46 Responses to Road Trip Recap: ShurTech Brands, the home of Duck Tape® and other fun ideas (plus, a giveaway!)

  1. Yolanda says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I am always looking for creative crafts to make with my students and for my students.

    1. What have you made from Duck Tape?
    This year my students and I used duck tape in our scrapbook; we used the comic book design for our “National Superhero Day” page. For Cinco de Mayo, we made maracas using plastic spoons, plastic fill eggs (we lightly filled them with dry rice and beans to give us the sound we wanted), and then covered them with different colors/patters of duck tape. It was really fun!
    My next project, using duck tape, will be covering styrofoam letters “READ” for my classroom. I just have not decided which pattern use, maybe the Marble Peacock pattern if I can find it. I have also covered notebooks and bags with duck tape.

    2. What’s your favorite Duck Tape pattern?
    I think my favorite is the Paint Splatter pattern. I like the ones with lots of color. Just discovered, online, the Marble Peacock pattern; I need to find it and purchase it.

    3. What new pattern would you like to see?
    I would like to see a multi-color puzzle pattern for Autism Awareness. Maybe Duck Tape could do something like the “Stick Together®” anti-bullying program. Just an idea…

    Thank you for sharing some of your Duck Tape swag.
    Fingers crossed, Yolanda :0)

    • Sharon says:

      You sound like a Duck Tape pro, Yolanda. Thank you for sharing your ideas, and for your Autism Awareness suggestion. Thank you for inspiring your students! Sharon

  2. We have made tons of things…purses, bows, bags and decorations! I love the solids best. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see my designs on the tape, like crazy love!!!

  3. D Keels says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway!
    1> Recently I have been making Duck Tape flowers for cards.
    2> I have two favorites Zebra print and multi-polka dot patterns
    3> I would love to see a pattern with primary colors blue, yellow, green and red stars on a white background.

  4. Katiria says:

    Sharon we are ALL so jealous you got to visit the Duck tape HQ!! And what do you mean your crafts aren’t fashionable or sophisticated?? Have you taken a look in your archives? You are right though, they’re always easy. I love Project Runway. I watch it when I can I wish I could have seen them making those dresses.
    I used navy blue duck tape on some parts of my sons Optimus Prime costume a few years back.
    My favorite Pattern is the light blue and white polka dot.
    I’d like to see patterns with baseball team logos. I don’t know if they already have them but I’ve never seen it in stores.

  5. Laura says:

    How freaking awesome is that; I am so jealous! What fun to check it all out! We have MAD love for Duck Tape at our house. My twin girls are so talented at making fun stuff out of it! They’ve made everything from flowers to wallets to actual dresses!

    My favorite patterns are the animal prints! Grrrr!

    For a new pattern, the girls and I vote for Turtles. Or tacos! Or… Turtles eating tacos!

  6. Pam says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I am so jealous that you got to see the headquarters for duck tape. Awesome!
    I have only made a duck tape box for my granddaughter (for sturdiness) to hold her crafts supplies. A teenage girl in our state has been publicly noticed (tv and a book) for making all sorts of things, she is really creative. I like the variety of colors and patterns available, not sure if they have one, but what about a doodle or paisley pattern?

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Pam, I was so fortunate to go, and very honored. What a great use you had for the tape — it’s super sturdy and I bet you used a pretty print, too. I think I’ve seen a paisley pattern, and your doodle idea is very clever. Glad you stopped by today. Sharon

  7. Denise Royal says:

    I have covered a old beauty case with it. I love any of the floral patterns. Crochet patterns on tape?

  8. Patricia N says:

    I first discovered the joy of crafting with Duck Tape when I was gifted a wallet from Etsy. It lasted for years and still going strong when I donated it. That’s when all the different designs rather exploded in the craft stores and I wanted to make one of my own. Really easy to do. My favorite design is the peacock and want to make a wreath with that in the very near future. When I was in the craft store last week, I noticed the beautiful display they have for Duck Tape now. So many choices and I’m so jealous of the woman who went on a cruise sponsored by Duct Tape. That had to be such a bonus to their travels! I would love to see more seasonal patterns, especially designs for Christmas. I just can never get enough!!!

  9. Jessica Weyrowske says:

    My children (ages 7 & 5) really enjoyed making Duck Tape wallets and they like to cover practically everything they own in the fun prints! We have quite the collection going so far, but I think the teal/purple cheetah pattern is my favorite so far. I would really love to see a tiger stripe pattern (there may already be one and I just haven’t found it yet!)

    • Sharon says:

      I saw a sneak peek of a new Tiger pattern that will be out very soon and it is really cool! The Duck Tape is so fun for all ages, isn’t it? Gotta love that! Thanks! Sharon

  10. CraftyB says:

    Wow, duck tape couture, fabulous.

  11. annehaun says:

    I have made several of your projects including the topiaries and candy cone cuties I use duct tape all the time. I really love the plain colors especially green but think an owl print duct tape would be so cute.

    • Sharon says:

      Awww, I’d love to see photos of your Duck Tape projects! I think I’ve seen a purple tape with owls on it, and I think there’s an owl print Duck washi tape, too. Your wish has come true! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  12. Love the patterned Duck Tape, especially the red with black dragons on it. I helped my granddaughter make a wallet from the dragon tape with black tape and red tape for contrast. She gave it to her grandpa for Christmas! I make altered and steampunk art. Duck tape with those themes would be great, maybe romantic roses or cogs and keys. The creativity of those dresses is awesome! What creativity!!

    • Sharon says:

      Hooray for sharing the crafty fun with your granddaughter. I’ve not seen the dragon pattern and I believe I need a roll of this in my collection. Thank you for the Steampunk suggestion — that would be great. Sharon

  13. Nancy D says:

    I’ve never crafted with duck tape (gasp!). The projects are great and I think it’s time I try some of this sticky craft medium! My favorites, of course, are the Halloween crafts. Love the candy corn guys with the googly eyes!

    • Sharon says:

      It is time, Nancy! You’ll have a blast, and it all starts with deciding which pattern to use. So many choices! Let use know what you decide to DIY. Happy crafting. Sharon

  14. Pat says:

    I have always used Duck Tape to repair things (“If it supposed to move, and it doesn’t, use WD40. If it’s NOT supposed to move, and it does, use Duck Tape.”) You have opened my eyes to the creative side of Duck Tape!! I will be making the Glow in the Dark Duck Tape Wreath – maybe several – for the Haunted House where I work in October. I would love to see more Glow in the Dark Halloween styles – maybe bats or skeletons??? I will be making the Peacock Duck Tape Wreath for my other job – an insurance agency. Thanks for posting these ideas!!

    • Sharon says:

      Great home repair advice, Pat. 🙂 Love your haunted house plans, what a blast! The glow-in-the-dark tape is so fun, and you’ll have to let me know how you like it. I’d love to see more glow-in-the-dark patterns, too. Thanks! Sharon

  15. Connie Cain says:

    I myself have not made anything, yet, from duck tape. My son did make his tie for 8th grade graduation. 🙂
    Dots, love polka dots. 🙂
    Dragon flies or butterflies on duck tape would be grand! Love them both.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for chiming in, Connie. I bet your son’s tie was so cute — which pattern did he use? Perhaps he’ll enter the prom competition next. I believe there’s a butterfly pattern out there, and it has a white background, be sure to check around and see if you can find it. Happy crafting! Sharon

  16. Kathy Sall-Shivers says:

    First of all I need to say Wowza!! I had no idea you could do all these beautiful projects with a roll of Duck Tape! Where have I been?? The Peacock prom outfits are beautiful, can someone really do that with tape? How do you cut it in such beautiful designs without the sticky side attaching itself all over the place!! I really love all these colors and patterns they make too!! How do you get started…oh please help me get into this craft without getting all stuck in it!! Lol😊

    • Sharon says:

      I agree – the peacock outfit is amazing. I believe it was made by a professional designer and she had a team helping out, so it’s definitely a masterpiece. I hope you’re “on a roll” with Duck Tape crafting, Kathy! Sharon

  17. Susan Samuel says:

    Love this page. The things you can do with duct tape always astound me. I wish we could get a large selection of styles and patterns here – we can but hope. Now, what have I made, sorry only a couple of wreaths. Favourite pattern – I would love to have the one with multicoloured handprints. Not knowing all the designs on offer to all you creative people out there, but maybe some autumn leaves or tree patterns, or even the uneven roofs of quaint old houses with different amounts of chimney pots on each.

    • Sharon says:

      Where are you located? Canada? UK? I wish you could find all of this fun Duck Tape, too. 😦 Which patterns did you use on your wreaths? Sharon

  18. Oh my!! I am a Duck Tape fiend!!! I have six 4′ shelves lined with Duck Tape in lots of designs and colors!!! LOVE creating with it and am always on the lookout for new designs to add to my stash! I would go bananas if I was one of the lucky winners of this SUPER SWAG!! TO have a Duck Tape duck would be amazing!!! Thanks for the chance to win this incredible prize package that will keep me together even if I feel like I am falling apart!!!
    BTW: I am uber jealous that you got to actually go to their headquarters! That is a dream of mine!!

    • I have made tote bags, spheres, wallets, flip flops, vests, dog toys, coozies, covered notebooks, curtains, skirts, baby bibs, earrings and necklaces and lots of other things with Duck Tape. It is so versatile that the possibilities are endless! My favorite Duck Tape pattern is whichever one I am using at that moment. Asking me to pick just one is like asking me to pick a favorite child!!! LOL I would love to see Duck Tape with a woodland scene on it including realistic looking deer. That would be awesome!! I would use it as a border on my bedroom and hall walls.

      • Sharon says:

        Oh my gosh, you’ll have to share photos of your creations. Baby bibs — fabulous idea, and so easy to clean. Curtains? Wow! I’d love to see those. I’d not thought about using it as a border on the walls, and you’re right, that would work great. And it would be an easy way to ad a lot of dash. You are so creative Barb! Thanks for the many ideas. Sharon

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Barb, Ha ha, Duck Tape will you stick together. It sounds like your have a fabulous collection! It’s addictive, isn’t it? I felt so fortunate that I could go on the tour, and everyone I met couldn’t have been nicer. Maybe your travels will include a trip to Ohio some time :-). Sharon

  19. LisaM6 says:

    WOW! Now that is too cool. Love this stuff.
    1. Flowers to go on pencils
    2. I like the denim color but the girls like the zebra stripes.
    3. Snowflakes in white and light blue background or is there burlap one

    Hope you have a wonderful 4th. It will be quiet here as no fireworks allowed. 😦

    • Sharon says:

      It sounds like it’s too hot and dry up your way, Lisa. I hope you see some rain soon! My stash includes the denim and zebra tapes — something for everyone, right? I know there’s a pretty blue and white pattern coming out soon and it’s similar to snowflakes and really pretty, so keep an eye out for it. Gotta love the Duck Tape! Here’s to a fun July, Lisa. Sharon

  20. Angie F says:

    I used to make a lot of stuff from duck tape in high school. I’ve made head bands and bracelets. I love revamping notebooks by decorating the cover with duck tape. I don’t really have a favorite duck tape pattern right now but I love zebra print for just about anything. I’d really like a nice floral pattern, kind of sketched flowers.

    I’m excited about the duck tape deco balls. I’ve been wanting some but they’re just so expensive! Thanks for sharing a fun and frugal way to make deco balls to match any room!

    • Sharon says:

      I love your ideas for dressing up school supplies with Duck Tape — it really personalizes them, and makes them more durable, too. Sketched flowers — great idea. Thanks, Angie. Sharon

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