Duck Tape is pretty darn cool. When I found a bright red roll at JoAnns, I decided to test it out as a alternative to expensive vinyl, and make a decal for my car.  And I am really pleased with the results!

DIY Car decal with Duct Tape Duck Brand

To make your own decal, here is what you need:

Duck Tape
Contact Paper
Parchment Paper (DON’T use wax paper)
Tape
Precision Knife
White Paper

First, you need to create your original image. I found mine online, and I put one small piece of tape at the top of my screen and very lightly traced it. You can also just print it.

DIY Car decal with Duct Tape Duck Brand

Then, prepare your “sheet” of duct tape. Lay out a large piece of parchment paper, and then apply several strips of Duck Tape across it until it is big enough to accommodate your image. Make sure you overlap the pieces of duck tape just a little bit.

DIY Car decal with Duct Tape Duck Brand

Then, tape your image over your sheet of Duck Tape.

DIY Car decal with Duct Tape Duck Brand

Then, take your precision knife and cut out your pattern.

DIY Car decal with Duct Tape Duck Brand

Okay, this is where it gets a bit tricky, especially if your decal pattern is kind of intricate like mine. You need to transfer your decal back onto a solid piece of parchment paper to get it ready for the transfer. Remember Duck Tape is really sticky! Don’t let two sticky sides touch.

Once you have it transferred to a new piece of parchment paper, apply a piece of contact paper on top. Use a coin, or your fingernail to press it down, and make sure all the pieces pressed throughly against the contact paper.

DIY Car decal with Duct Tape Duck Brand

Carefully peel up your contact paper. Pull it slowly so you can ensure that all the Duck Tape has stuck to it. Then, carefully apply it to your car window. Make sure you have washed and dried your car window before you apply your decal. Again, press it down, and make sure you get all the different parts so everything is applied and stuck. My husband thinks the sun will wear my decal out pretty quick. I guess we will see!

DIY Car decal with Duct Tape Duck Brand

Oh, did I mention I was a Ute fan?

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  1. Curious to know how this held up in the weather. I bought some white to make a car decal with. Wondering if it will lift over time or yellow in the sunlight. Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. That’s so neat Bethany! I’ve made window clings with puffy paint before, but I never would have thought to try duck tape. You’ll have to let us know how it holds up through the winter!