How to Make a Flower out of Duct Tape
Duct Tape has become very popular in making things. I've seen wallets, purses, clothes, costumes, flowers, book covers, pen and pencil wraps, and even coasters for your glass. It's amazing how many new things you see every day from the imagination of people all around the world.
I recently started making Duct Tape roses and have loved how they have turned out. Some are full roses while others are less petals but still pretty.
The roses look complicated to make but it's really not that hard. The longest part (and hardest part) is tearing the Duct Tape and folding it to get it ready to roll into the flower.
Step by Step instructions
- Start by tearing strips of Duct Tape to about 3 inches long.
- Once you have your strip start with one corner and bring it to the center and make a crease. you want to make sure you leave a sticky strip at the bottom of the tape. This is what attaches the petals to the flower.
- With the other corner on the same side of the tape, bring it towards the center to make a non sticky point. Make sure the edges are touching or overlapping and there is no sticky showing where the two corners come together all the way to the point. But do make sure the sticky strip continues all the way across the bottom of the petal.
- Make several of these. I normally make about 20 of them to start off with. It will all depend on how big and full you want your rose to be. I used three different colors in this rose but you can use one solid color. You can also use any of the printed Duct Tape. They all work and turn out really neat.
- After you have made several petals you take your stick (I don't think the straws are strong enough and like the cake pop sticks the best for making these) you want to start rolling on your petals.
- Take one petal and place the stick on the sticky part of the tape at one end with the stick going away from the tip of the petal.
- Roll the petal tightly around the stick to form the center of your rose.
Once the center of your rose is done you continue on with the rolling of petals. You can roll them as tight or lose as you want them. In this rose I kept them tight until I was about 3/4 of the way done. Then I did one row of looser orange and even looser black. This gives your rose the "full bloom" feeling.
After you are done rolling your flower and it is the size you want it to be it is time to finish up the bottom of the rose, attach it a little better to the stick, and wrap the stem.
- With this rose I added four green leafs to the bottom of my rose. Normally I would leave it the same color as the rose but wanted to add a little more green into this rose.
- Tear two strips of Duct Tape the same color as the bottom petals of your rose. Mine, of course, were green.
- Take one of the strips of Duct Tape and place it next to the stem, part on the stem and part on the flower itself.
- Start at the stem and wrap the strip of tape around the stem but keeping it flat along the bottom of the rose as well.
- It is alright to have an opening in one side as the other strip will cover that part.
- Do the same thing with the second strip of Duct Tape but make sure this one covers anything the first one missed.
- Press both pieces tight around the stem where it connects to the rose. This will help secure the rose in place on the stem.
- To cover the stem take a long piece of Duct Tape (any color you wish the stem to be) and place the tape sticky side up on the edge of the table.
- With the head of the rose off the table, place the stem on one edge of the Duct Tape leaving a small gap towards the top of the stem.
- Roll the stem with all your fingers making sure to keep it flat and pressed firmly until it is completely rolled.
- Once the stem is rolled, tear a small piece of Duct Tape, the same color as the stem, and use it to cover the small gap you left at the top of the stem.
- Make sure you press firmly and roll this part tightly. You don't want it to be a big buldge in your stem.
Making the leafs
Every rose needs at least one leaf on the stem. To do this follow these steps.
- Make two (however many leafs you want) the same way you made the petal.
- I added a black strip on my leafs with a strip of black Duct Tape just to bring some of the black of the rose petals into the leafs as well. You do not have to do this.
- Fold one of the leafs in half with the sticky side out.
- With the side closest to you fold it up and crease it. You want just a small part in this fold.
- Fold that side back down so the sticky side is facing you again.
- Fold it up one last time to take up most of the rest of the side of sticky. If it doesn't take up all of it, it's ok.
- Turn the leaf over and repeat the folding steps to the other side.
- When you are done folding the leaf should hold to itself because the sticky sides sealed together.
- Do these steps with all the leafs you want to put on your rose.
Attaching the leaf to the stem
- Tear two strips of Duct Tape (not too small but not too large) that is the same color as the stem and set one aside.
- Take one strip and stick it to the end of the leaf that you are putting on the stem.
- Attach it to the stem.
- Roll the tape around the stem making sure you do the side without the leaf first.
- You might have to roll side with the leaf off to wrap the other side all the way around.
- For the top part of the leaf, when wrapping, you will have to pull the leaf forward to wrap the top part of the tape around the stem. This makes the flower lean forward though so you can see it better.
- Once the first one is done, do the same with the second leaf. You might want to play with it a little to see where you want the leaf to be.
- Putting the leafs at an angle also helps make it look like a real rose.