How to Make a Duct Tape Flower

Updated on May 16, 2018
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 This one is made on a gel pen.  You can use any pen or a straw for the stem.  All you need is at least 16 inches of any color duct tape and scissors.  You need about 6 inches of green duct tape for the stem.
This one is made on a gel pen. You can use any pen or a straw for the stem. All you need is at least 16 inches of any color duct tape and scissors. You need about 6 inches of green duct tape for the stem. | Source

Create a Bouquet of Duct Tape Blooms!

Duct tape flowers are great to decorate your pens or make a bunch to put on straws to share with friends. They make a terrific gift for teachers or a business that needs to loan out pens for people to sign things. People don't stick a flower pen in their purse by mistake! They are also a lot of fun for kids to use. My daughter, Sophie, has been teaching all her friends how to make them. She also designed a tote bag using the same folding technique.

What You'll Need

  • Duct Tape: Choose the petal colors, green, and brown. Nowadays, duct tape comes in all sorts of fun colors and patterns. Most of the time, my girls like to make the flowers out of plain colors, but you can experiment with the tie-dye duct tape or the mustache duct tape to fit your mood.
  • Scissors: Duct tape can actually be torn along the lines, but having scissors makes it easier. You need pieces about 2" by 2" for each flower petal, which means you will cut pieces which are as long as the duct tape is wide. You can use a ruler to measure or just eyeball it like Sophie does.
  • Ruler
  • Pens/Straws: Any sort of pen will do except for retractable ones because the flower covers up the clicking mechanism. You can also make duct tape flowers to top pencils.

1. Cut a 2" Piece of Duct Tape

Step 1: Cut 8 pieces about 2 inches long.
Step 1: Cut 8 pieces about 2 inches long. | Source

2. Fold a Triangle

Step 2: fold right side down into a triangle. leave about 1/3 to 1/2 inch of duct tape uncovered.
Step 2: fold right side down into a triangle. leave about 1/3 to 1/2 inch of duct tape uncovered. | Source

Put the duct tape down sticky side up. Fold down one corner 2/3 down. Leave about 1/3 inch sticky stuff showing at the bottom.

3. Fold the Left Corner

Step 3: Fold left corner down until the side meets the first fold.
Step 3: Fold left corner down until the side meets the first fold. | Source

Fold the oposite corner down to match it. There should be a triangle at the top and a strip of sticky stuff at the bottom.

One petal.  Your folded duct tape should look like this.
One petal. Your folded duct tape should look like this. | Source

4. Fold the Petal Around the Pen

Step 4: Fold one duct tape petal around the end of the pen.
Step 4: Fold one duct tape petal around the end of the pen. | Source

Put the petal on the pen (or straw or pencil top) with the point up.

5. Fold a Second Petal

 Step 5: Fold a second petal on the other side.  Keep the petal tops level.
Step 5: Fold a second petal on the other side. Keep the petal tops level. | Source

Make another petal and put it opposite the first one.

Bud
Bud | Source

6. Continue Adding Petals

Step 6: Add two more petals opposite the first two.
Step 6: Add two more petals opposite the first two. | Source

Keep on making and adding petals until you think your rose is done. Usually, it takes at least eight petals.

7. Continue Filling the Bloom

Step 7: Keep on adding petals until you like the look of your rose.  You can place the petals going down to make it a rose just blooming.
Step 7: Keep on adding petals until you like the look of your rose. You can place the petals going down to make it a rose just blooming. | Source
 Or if you want a fuller rose, you can move the petals up as you put them on and then pull out each petal a bit.
Or if you want a fuller rose, you can move the petals up as you put them on and then pull out each petal a bit. | Source

8. Make the Stem

Step 8. Wrap green tape around the pens to finish your rose.
Step 8. Wrap green tape around the pens to finish your rose. | Source

Make a stem on your duct tape flower by wrapping the pen, pencil, or straw with green duct tape. Be careful not to wrap the place where the pen cap goes on.

Have fun making more!
Have fun making more! | Source

Meaning of Rose Colors

Rose Color
Meaning
Red
Beauty, Courage, Respect, Congratulations
White
Love and Marriage, New Beginnings
Pink
Thank you, Sympathy
Yellow
Joy, Friendship, Remember me
Orange
Enthusiasm
Peach
Let's get together, Close the deal
Lavender
Enchantment
Blue
The impossible
Turquoise
Calm
Gold
I care, Good Luck
Black
Courage and Resistance
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Duct Tape Flower Gift Ideas

  • Teacher: Give several flowers to your teacher in a can covered with duct tape. Maybe make them in your school colors!
  • Businesses: Make some flowers in a jar or can for a business or office that needs to have people sign things. If your aunt has a small business, this can be a great gift for her.
  • Friend: Make a bouquet of rose pens for a friend for a friend's birthday or as a cheer-up gift if they have been sick.
  • Yourself: Never lose your pen again if you decorate it with a duct tape flower!

Try Different Duct Tape Flower Ideas!

You can experiment with different colors and patterns of tape, and you can also try making these variations:

  • Make bigger petals by folding the tape in half and rounding the corners with scissors.
  • Make a realistic rose by forming larger petals as you move out and mold them with your scissors and your hands.

How to Make Rounded Petals

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      • saif113sb profile image

        saif113sb 4 years ago

        Great creative ideas.

        Thanks

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        Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

        Such a fun idea to do with kids...Such creative ideas well done Sophie and Mamma :) Great video & helpful step by step photos. Lots of votes...cheers

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        Claudia Mitchell 5 years ago

        Voted up and awesome! I keep seeing more and more duct tape in stores and in so many different colors and patterns. These look beautiful!

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        Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks for the great video and detailed photos! This is such a fun project.

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        RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

        Cute stuff and fun craft for kids and grownups alike. Sophie did a great job and she's just precious! :) Neat hub!

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