Looking for inspiration, info and advice?
Don't get stuck... these how-to videos, tape sculpting tips and time lapse video from contest judge Mark Jenkins are here to help get your creative juices flowing and set you up for success.


Tape sculpture artist and contest judge Mark Jenkins shows a tape sculpture from start to finish.

It's easy to cast any object using Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape.

Make a mold of any object with tape and clear plastic wrap.

Learn to build tape sculptures from scratch. It's simple!

  • Use smaller strips vs. larger ones when wrapping objects - less than 6" is best.
  • Control the transparency of your sculpture by using lighter or heavier layers of tape.
  • Cover any layers of tape facing sticky side-up after you've wrapped your sculpture mold.
  • Cut tape off your mold with surgical scissors - they don't scratch.
  • Seal your sculpture with 6-inch strips cut in half lengthwise, so they are half the width. Thin strips add flexibility.
  • Start with a base shape and attach pieces to it to create large geometric and architectural pieces.
  • Make objects stronger by sealing all sides of cubes and spheres.
  • Photograph your sculpture against a dark, solid-color background. It will highlight the sculpture's details.

The panel of judges will grade each entry based on creativity, execution and presentation. The judges will focus on the originality of your idea, the visible quality of your artwork and its construction and how well you present your work in the photo(s) you upload. The top five entries will be put up to a public vote, where people can vote for the sculpture they think should win the Grand Prize, based on creativity and presentation. The two sculptures that earn the most votes will receive new scores from the judges, based on creativity (60%) and presentation (40%), with the top scorer out of the two receiving the Grand Prize.

Ready to start making your masterpiece? Pick up your supply of Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape. It's 20 times stronger than other tapes and is recommended for best sculpting results.* Find out where you can buy Scotch® Brand products.

*In sheer adhesion holding power, compared to acrylic tapes based on ASTM D3654.

If you're a finalist, harness the power of the interweb to get the word out about your work of art. During the voting period, share your sculpture's URL with anybody and everybody. Go ahead, be a little boastful - you worked hard on this!
Contest open only to legal residents of the US and DC who are 16+ at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Enter from 1/27/12 (12:00:01 a.m. ET) through 3/24/12 (11:59:59 p.m. ET). All contest communications, entry/judging criteria and details subject to full Official Rules. Sponsor: 3M Stationery Products Division, St. Paul, MN.