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Duct tape as home decor sticks with DIYers

Duct tape as home decor sticks with DIYers

When Sandy Finley needed gifts for colleagues recently, a store-bought picture frame simply wouldn't do. Instead, she whipped up a little something in pink and black, using a product originally made to keep ammunition cases dry during World War II.

"I used patterned duct tape that went with their personalities," says the 45-year-old special-needs high school teacher. And when a ripped swivel stool cried out for a new life, the Harford County resident knew what to do: add turquoise with purple squares and white sunbursts.

"I needed a stool, so I covered it with duct tape," she says. "And now it's just the best stool ever."

Duct tape, meet...