How to Make a Duct Tape Bullwhip

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Duct tape has been a go-to for quick fixes and unique builds for decades. It’s cheap, rugged and surprisingly versatile. For instance, it can hold a drink in a pinch, wrap a broom handle to avoid splinters or make that plastic pitchfork with the missing tong far more usable.

But what many people don’t know is that duct tape can also be used to make a bullwhip. And it’s surprisingly simple to do. All you need is some duct tape and a stick or dowel. It can be as long or short as you want, but I recommend a length of about 10 ft.

First, cut a piece of duct tape about 3 ft. long and attach it to a chair or something that’s about 10 ft. away. Now start braiding the duct tape like ropes leaving about six inches of extra rope at the end. Don’t make the braids real loose (it won’t work as well) or too tight (won’t snap as easily).

Once you get to the end of the duct tape rope, fold three inches of it over and tape it down so that it forms a loop. This will be the handle for your whip.

Now you’re almost done! Finish it off by covering the handle with electrical tape as shown in the picture. This will keep the handle from unraveling then cut open the loops that hang down and cut off any extra. Now you’re ready to crack your whip!

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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