Saturday morning with the nicest niece

It isn’t too often but it is FUN when it happens.
My niece Kennedy dropped by to spend a few nights with us before the summer was over.
Saturday mornings in a house full of teenagers is a very quite place to be. Kennedy, not wanting to miss a thing, stays up late with the older crew but is still a fairly early riser to see what “Izzy” is up to.
(that’s me!)
She is into fashion like any 12 year old and  she is also
her wardrobe to include the junior high colors.
You know how they say what goes around comes around?
Bows?  Hair Bows?
I haven’t made hair bows in 20 years, so these arthritic hands had to limber up and
 I had to hold my tongue just right, but we proceeded to update her wardrobe.
Kennedy is quite crafty herself.
She taught me how to make duct tape flowers pen toppers.
She learned this craft in camp. Yes her camp was in Texas. If you are not from Texas, you may not understand that Duct Tape is a “staple in this neck of the woods”.
It is available in all different widths and colors.
(NOTE TO SELF: Get some Duct tape for Grant and Misty’s wedding gift.)
 A quick google and you will find these any more uses for the handy tape. The list could go on forever.
 I have listed a few and highlighted my favs in red.
Hanging posters.
Decorative book cover.
Fix broken tail light on vehicle.
Twist a long piece into rope
Tape wires down on floor or out of the way.
Reattach rear view mirror.
Repair cracked windshield/window.
Patch ripped clothing.
Hide unsightly wallpaper seams. ( or use as wallpaper)
Repair broken hoses.
Use as art medium.
Band-Aid for really big cuts.
Attach leg splint to broken leg.
Toilet paper.
Taping annoying people to walls, floor, ceiling, or bed.
Holding together computer cases.
Make lawn furniture.
Roll into a ball for hockey practice.
Use to pull unsightly hair.
An entire roll can be used in place of a bedroom door to keep someone in for hours.
Wrapped around newspaper to make a dog chew toy.
Mute function for humans.
Climbing rope.
Shoe designs.
Replacement for airplane glue.
For store owners: great way to keep the wigs on mannequins.
Seat belts that will REALLY keep the kids still.
Putting up Christmas lights (easy removal).
Add several layers to your car’s bumpers for a much safer ride or to hold your bumper in place.
Lift and separate when you don’t want to wear a bra or can’t have straps showing.
Make a wallet out of it.
Patch hole in canoe.
Make letter for letter jacket.
Hold your letter to your letter jacket.
Hold batteries in remote control.
Use instead of nail polish.
Wrap your ankle for sports.
Write term paper on it.
Graduation present.
Can be used to put back together a shredded term paper.
Stop your jeans from fraying.
Hair ties.
Remove lint from clothes.
Makes great bumper stickers with a sharpie!
Cook a baked potato in it.
Hold car door shut.
Put it on your lawn and paint it green. Say good-bye to mowing.
Patch a hole in your swimming pool.
Make a swing for your kids.
Fix holes in your sock.
Home security system – tape up doors and windows.
Attach it to the end of a yard stick (sticky side out) as a way to get pennies out from behind the couch.
Surgical bandage.
A clothesline when you’re out in the middle of nowhere. (Peace Corps favorite.)
Wrap freshmen up in it.
Use to make the lines in the middle of the road.
Write on it and stick to some one’s back.
Tape Tupperware containers together in a way that you can stack them on top of each other for more storage space.
Tape Nerf basketball hoop to the back of a door because they just don’t stay on their own.
Repair smashed pumpkin.
Resurface your trampoline.
Can be used to clean the floor when no vacuum is available.
Make a ball.
Patch up fish tank.
Halloween costume.
Wrapping Christmas presents.
Blister repair.
What is your favorite use for Duct Tape? Sorry I didn’t have a finally picture of the Duct Tape Pen toppers. The teenagers woke up and they were hungry.
See ya next time, Kennedy!


  1. What a hoot and coming from a ranching family, duct tape (along with baling wire) can fix just about anything! Thank you so much for this! Our daughter is headed off to college in a couple of weeks and I think I'll wrap a roll of duct tape for her along with a copy of this list and leave it under her pillow. She will get a kick out of it!

  2. Jan PATEK says:

    See what happens when you get up early. I'm really glad you didn't think up a duct tape project for the designers. Don't you dare! Pep will love this. He's on the Duct Tape Council.

  3. Perry says:

    I used mottled "fur" duct tape to tape the ironing board material I bought to the chopping block table I use as a roll around ironing board. Works great, lol.

  4. I used one of the 'fun' duct tapes (zebra print) to mark my 'stuff' (tools & cleaning stuff) when I went to a Treadle On Gathering last weekend. Great way to get all my 'stuff' back in my bin at the end of the weekend. My oldest son is using duct tape to make a costume (shin guards, body plates, etc) and my youngest son uses it to make 'play' weapons. Great stuff!

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