ISHPEMING - Duct tape is known for being able to fix pretty much anything, but nowadays it's also known for the creations that young artists can make with it.
Malorie Munson, 12, has been making duct tape creations for more than a year now. Her crafty objects range from flower rings to wallets to backpacks to lunch boxes and hair clips.
"I saw it being done on TV once and thought 'wow that's the bomb, let's do that,'" Munson said. "They were making a bunch of sample stuff like bracelets."
Jenna Sager, 12, left, and Malorie Munson, 12, make hair clips from duct tape recently. Munson has been creating a variety of crafts from duct tape for more than a year. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
When Munson first started making things from duct tape, she said she would look up patterns. Her first creation was a wallet. Munson said one day she would like to try and make a dress.
"I would never wear it, but I think it would be cool to make," she said.
Munson said she finds making duct tape creations fun.
"It's so colorful and happy," Munson said. "I like showing off (what I make) and being like, 'I made that.'"
Munson said she has gotten requests from her friends to make certain things for them. She even did a demonstration speech for school on how to make one of her popular creations, flower rings.
"My friends don't have to buy the duct tape," Munson said. "They just have to pick a color."
When it comes to buying duct tape, Munson said she uses Duck Tape brand and shops at Michaels because they have a big selection.
"I look for bright, fun colors and patterns," Munson said. "My favorite is zebra print."
Not only does Munson's friends use her creations, so does her family. She said her grandmother uses a Green Bay Packer wallet that Munson made and her mom used a duct tape lunch box every day until it fell apart.
According to Munson, the inspiration for her creations can come from anything. For example, she made a silver and purple ruffled wrist purse. She said the idea for it came from the dress she wore to the spring dance.
"I wore a ruffly dress and I kind of went off that and the way it was sewn," Munson said.
Munson's friend Jenna Sager, 12, also enjoys making duct tape creations.
"Malorie came over to my house one day and she brought some duct tape," Sager said. "So we made some duct tape covers for my school books."
According to Munson, even though she has fun with duct tape, there are some difficulties when working with the material.
"It's really sticky," Munson said. "Sometimes it sticks to itself and won't unstick, which is really frustrating sometimes."
Some of the tools Munson said she uses include scissors, rulers and a cutter. She said sometimes the scissors get too sticky from the tape to use, so she'll use the cutter instead.
Munson advises those who want to start making duct tape creations to not get frustrated.
"Just have fun doing it, because if you get frustrated then you won't want to do it anymore," Munson said.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.