How to Make Duct Tape Underwear

by Jack Hugo ; Updated September 28, 2017

Duct tape adheres to most any surface and makes a bold fashion statement.

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Duct tape has been used to create hats, wallets, bracelets, backpacks and sculpture. The product is believed to have first been manufactured by Johnson & Johnson for use by the U.S. military during World War II (see References 1). As of 2010, eight different companies in the U.S. make a version of duct tape. It comes in many colors and is sometimes used for its stated purpose of reinforcing the seams in duct work. Duct tape can also be integrated into a unisex underwear design.

Dress in loose-fitting boxer shorts. The style, type or age of the boxers is unimportant as they will be covered with duct tape. Boxer shorts are the foundation material of duct-tape underwear.

Pull a strip of duct tape from the roll. Do not tear it. Wrap the duct tape around the left leg of the boxer shorts. Make certain that the duct tape is covering the fabric of the boxer shorts and not adhering to your skin. Circle the leg at least four times and then rip the duct tape from the roll. Press the loose end of the tape against the completed layers.

Wrap the tape around your right leg, following the same process used on your left. Use red, green, blue or black duct tape if you have an unbridled artistic sensibility.

Pull 6 inches of tape from the roll and press it against the fabric of the boxers. Hold down the end of the tape and pull more from the roll. Move the roll around your body in nonconcentric circles until the remainder of the boxer shorts are covered. The tape should be at least four levels thick. Tear the tape when finished and press the loose end firmly against the existing layers.


  • Duct tape underwear does not wrinkle. Do not iron.

    Never wash or dry clean duct-tape underwear. Hot water, soap and chemicals might cause the duct tape to lose its adhesive integrity.

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About the Author

Jack Hugo has written professionally since 1984 for publications such as "Playboy," "Missouri Life" and "USA Today." He is the former owner of five restaurants, and the author of two travel guides published nationally by WW Norton. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia.