Shark Lunch Bag - Duct Tape Project
Courtesy of OLFA®
Satisfy your kid’s appetite and make lunchtime exciting with this
easy-to-make Shark Lunch Bag. All you need are a few rolls of colored duct
tape, OLFA rotary cutters and a cutting mat. The bag is way easier to make
than the many lunches it will hold this school year.
tape is tremendously sturdy and the sheen of the fabric side looks as slick
as a real shark’s skin! OLFA rotary cutters and OLFA cutting mats are the
absolute essential tools to work with duct tape for this and any other cool
project. The long-lasting quality of the duct tape will ensure this shark
lunch bag stands the test of a school year while adding a little fun to your
kid’s daily routine. Who wouldn’t love stuffing their lunch in a shark?
BEFORE YOU START
Before you start this project, decide what colors you would like to use for
your shark. We chose bright blue for our shark, but your child might prefer
purple, black, white or green. It’s fun to personalize. Black and white is
the perfect combination for a killer whale. Just some suggestions, but let
your kids choose their favorite.
Watch our “How to Make a Shark Lunch Bag
video once or twice. We’ll show you the steps and techniques to quickly
complete this craft project.SKILL LEVEL
28mm Rotary Cutter
45mm Splash Rotary Cutter (RTY-2C/PR)
18"x24" Rotary Cutting
Mat (RM-SG) MATERIALS NEEDED
Duct Tape (blue, black and white, or your choice)
Adhesive hook & loop fastener
5” x 7” piece of thin
Cover a 5” x 7” piece of thin cardboard (such as cereal-box cardboard)
with duct tape. This will be the bottom of the bag, making it nice and firm.
Create duct-tape “fabric sheets” by layering strips of duct tape,
adhesive side to adhesive side, in opposite directions. On each side,
overlap the long edges of the tape strips, creating one large fabric sheet.
Trim the fabric sheet edges with an OLFA 45mm Rotary Cutter to make them
straight and clean.
For this project, you will need to make
fabric sheets in these dimensions:
- Make one 12” x 7” back panel. Cut the top
5" into a curved shape with your rotary cutter to make the outline of the
shark’s open mouth.
- Make an 8” x 7” front panel.
- Cut two 7” x 5”
Arrange the panels with the cardboard bottom piece in
the center the side panels on the sides and the front and back panels in the
appropriate positions (see “How to Make a Shark Lunch Bag” video above).
Using the same color duct tape, tape all sides to the cardboard base on both
front and backsides to form hinges. Fold panels up and tape the edges of the
sides to the front and back panels. Be sure to reinforce by taping both the
inside and outside seams.
- Make a smaller duct-tape
fabric sheet if you don’t have enough extra material from the fabric sheets
above. Using your rotary cutter, cut three small fins. Two fins will go on
the front of the bag at the sides and one fin will be taped to the back.
Also cut two half circles for eyes.
From a single white strip of
duct tape, cut two smaller half circles to fill the eyes, and then two
smaller half circles from black tape to complete. The adhesive will be
exposed, so you can easily stick these pieces in place.
- On the
cutting mat, make a piece of black duct-tape fabric about ¼” to ½” smaller
than the mouth on the bag. Cut out two large black half circles for the
- Press a strip of white tape on the mat and cut small white
triangles for the teeth. Peel and press them in place along the outer edge
of the black mouth pieces.
Add adhesive hook & loop strips both at
the base of the mouth and the front of the bag in the inside.
eyes to each side of the shark’s head, two fins to each side of the bag’s
front, and one fin to the back. Add the black mouth top and bottom (in a
mirror image) to the back of the bag. Cut two tiny rectangular strips of
black tape for the nose detail.
Fold an 8” piece of duct tape in
half lengthwise to form a carrying strap. Tape the strap to the bag at the
back, just below the fins.
Great job! Your shark lunch bag is now
finished and you’re ready to pack a delicious lunch that both the shark and
your child will devour!
TIPS FROM THE EXPERT
- When creating details like the mouth, eyes and teeth, allow the
adhesive part to stick onto your OLFA cutting mat. This makes it easy to
peel off the tape shapes and stick directly onto your lunch bag.
- Double up and layer additional duct tape at the seams for additional
strength and durability.
- Use these instructions as a guide but let creativity take over. Give
your shark personality with fewer, bigger, sharper shark teeth or funny
eyes using rectangular slits instead of half circles for the centers.
How about a pink mouth? The possibilities are limitless.
- If your project shows wear throughout the school year, reinforce the
seams with additional duct tape. Good as new!
For personal, non-commercial use only.