Fundraising Uses For Duct Tape – Stick It To The Principal!

Putting fun into a fundraiser is a great way to rejuvenate a stale campaign and draw in a whole new crowd. Anything crazy and off the wall goes…like this duct tape the principal fundraiser! With a few modifications, this crazy fundraiser could easily bring in some fast and easy money!

A Duct Taping Fundraiser Is Born

The idea for the “Duct-Tape-The-Principal Fundraiser” supposedly originates with a creative middle school principal in Kansas. Principal Mark Buck, of Medicine Lodge Middle School in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, challenged his students to collectively read 400,000 pages during the school year. He agreed that if the school could read that much, he’d let the students duct tape him to the gym wall.

Each student was allowed to use one yard of duct tape to help cocoon the principal to the gym wall for every 1000 pages read. It was an act in hilarity that really got the attention of the kids, and really motivated them to read!

For lots of photos of fundraising and non-fundraising related duct tapings – and a good laugh – visit the Wall Taping Gallery of the Duck Tape Guys.

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Running a Duct-Tape-The-Principal Fundraiser

Originally, the idea of duct taping the principal didn’t start as a fundraiser, just as a motivator to get the kids to read. With a little ingenuity and a few adaptations, this crazy fundraiser could easily become a good money-maker.

• First, start with a subject person whom the target audience will really enjoy sticking it to! Obviously, students will love the idea of sticking it the principal, but other administrators, department heads or public officials might have it coming, too!
• Decide how you can charge to raise funds with the taping. You might sell lengths of duct tape for a set price – maybe one to five dollars or more depending on your group, level of participation, etc.
Set an amount of time for how long the subject will stay taped; subject willing, set a donation goal to “buy” more wall time, but don’t overdo it. (See “Caution” warnings below.)
• Make an event of it and couple the duct-taping with product and refreshment sales, raffles, and so on.
Raffle the privilege to place the first piece of tape on, and sell raffle tickets at a set price for a chance to win the right.
• Charge a small admission to the event; this would be especially useful combined with a motivational event such as the reading challenge. The “winning” kids could tape the principal for free, but admission, raffles, and refreshments could be used for fundraising.


Depending on how much duct tape is being used, it can get mighty hot underneath the tape! Make sure there are plenty of openings between the tape strips for ventilation and that the time a person is taped to the wall is limited. Don’t leave them hanging! It’s also a good idea (according to the Duct Tape Guys) to have the person standing on chairs or similar, so the body is well supported during the taping. This fundraiser is fun, but it can be dangerous – do this at your own risk!

Once you’ve decided the who and the how of the fundraiser, get the word out! Advertise your crazy and fun fundraiser and get as many people as possible to participate. No doubt scores of participants will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see that deserving person get their due in a fun and productive way!

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  1. Posted by sandra 25th July, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    this is funny 🙂

  2. Posted by Ann 20th August, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    This is a great fundraiser. We did this for our work. All coaches that would participate did. We raised over $100 on this simple fundraiser and they all had a blast.

  3. Posted by Susan Cuffari 23rd March, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    We can duct tape the DOE, selling duct tape to students. What do you think!!!

  4. Posted by Cleareo 16th January, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Lol I would love to do this at school. Maybe we could also sell duct tape wallets, clothes, shoes, etc.

  5. Posted by 16th January, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Great idea about the wallets, shoes etc.! If anyone would like to try to make them and sell them for their fundraiser (or raise funds by providing on the spot instructions and tape), there are plenty of resources on the web on how to make different items using duct tape. For duct tape wallets try ; for duct tape shoes and other items try

  6. Posted by Lillia Siuta 1st February, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I once duct taped my lil sis and her friend into the shower. And when i tookl the duct tape off, they didn’t come out. They did have an ipod touch, and were watching tv in there.

  7. Posted by Alf 21st January, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Great information, but personally i learned how to make a duct tape wallet by following this guide, its been a godsend (i even started selling on ebay lol)

  8. Posted by Hameed Mohamed 28th February, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Hi I own a new domicilliary company in the UK and am looking for ideas to incoperate older people so as to make some local media attension and just make people aware of older people any ideas big or small working with or without people or big companies just about anything that can make a noise and get notice,
    kind regards,

  9. Posted by TexasTexasTexad 3rd May, 2012 at 6:15 am

    We are using this idea with a few engaging adaptations.

    Principal and Ass.Principal are participating. Tape is $1 a piece. Students get to guess how many strips it will take to make them stick to wall. One is much taller and heavier than the other. The winning guess for each obe gets to have lunch with both of them.

    I LOVE the idea of getting a strip for 1000 pages read!!! We can adapt that to a hundred for younger students, or learn all math facts, etc.

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