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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.

A few of my favorite roses.

A few of my favorite roses.

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.

A FINISHED ROSE!

My final Duct Tape Rose!

My final Duct Tape Rose!

OTHER FLOWERS I HAVE MADE OUT OF DUCT TAPE

This splatter paint flower will be attached to a hair clip for my daughter.

This splatter paint flower will be attached to a hair clip for my daughter.

Leopard print and black Duct Tape.

Leopard print and black Duct Tape.

Halloween flowers with spiders hot glued into the center.

Halloween flowers with spiders hot glued into the center.

Halloween spider print and black Duct Tape with a jem taped in the center.

Halloween spider print and black Duct Tape with a jem taped in the center.

Comments

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on April 27, 2014:

Shar0on17 - Thanks for the comment! I still have my kiddos working with duct tape all the time. They love it!

Sharon from Perth on April 16, 2014:

These look great, and good instructions and images. Duct tape can be used for so many different things.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on January 31, 2014:

sparkleyfinger - You can definitely use the silver stuff too! Makes amazing roses just like the patterned stuff does :) Glad you enjoyed my hub! Thanks for checking it out.

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on January 28, 2014:

Amazing hub! I wasn't even aware of any other type of duct tape apart from the silver stuff! Mind: blown! Great idea, and I shall now proceed to search for loads of patterned duct tape :-)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on April 29, 2013:

twig22bend - So glad you enjoyed my creations :)

peachpurple - You are right, this is the perfect idea for mothers day!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and the comment! Y'all made my day :)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 22, 2013:

Beautiful idea , perfect for mother's day. Thanks for the instructions and photos. Congrats ! Your hub has been nominated for hub of the day. Great job

twig22bend on April 22, 2013:

This is a new and interesting creation. Thanks for sharing.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on April 10, 2013:

Green Art - Thanks so much for the votes! and I still have them hanging around my house LOL

Vellur - I'm glad you found this hub useful :) Thanks for the votes!!!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 18, 2013:

Awesome hub, creative and useful.

Green Art on December 25, 2012:

This looks like so much fun! Love the flowers the most and picture having bunches of them around the house in a variety of colors and patterns. Voted Up and Useful:)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 03, 2012:

Thanks Mike :)

Mike on December 02, 2012:

Wow! Truly amazing hub! Love your creative ideas! http://www.micoequipment.com

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

pinkhawk - Love the comment :) Thanks for the little faces LOL I hope yours turn out awesome! Thanks for the comment too :)

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on December 02, 2012:

wow! very cool and fun "art attack".. ^_^! thanks for sharing, I'm gonna try this.. ^_^!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

Peggy W - I've done silk roses before too :) I loved doing them as well. I've given some of my duct tape roses out as gifts and the people who have them say they are still in great condition! Thanks so much for the votes and the comment!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2012:

Years ago I made silk roses but never gave a thought to making some out of duct tape. For certain...the latter would probably last a much longer time. Congrats on the HOTD and thanks for the clear instructions. Up and interesting votes.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

Sharicey - I hope yours turn out great :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!!!

Sharice from Rhode Island on December 02, 2012:

I might try to make these! Great tutorial.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

MrsBkay - I hope you get yours to turn out if you do make them :) And I haven't seen the Justin Beiber roll yet LOL I'll have to look for that one :) Thanks for the comment!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

Happyboomernurse - Thanks so much for all the votes and the comment :)

Britney from Southern California Desert on December 02, 2012:

This is great! Thanks for the details and pictures- someone artistically challenged like me really needs them. This would come in handy for anyone entering the Stuck At Prom Scholarship Program! http://duckbrand.com/Promotions/stuck-at-prom.aspx...

Duck Tape brand is great, they even have a Justin Beiber one out!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 02, 2012:

Congrats on earning HOTD on this very cool looking craft. Your step by step directions look easy to follow and I like the fact that you included different designs.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

CZCZCZ - I hope you wife loves doing these as much as I do :) The colors are endless (now a days). Thanks for the comment and checking out my hub of the day!

CZCZCZ from Oregon on December 02, 2012:

Awesome tutorial in pictures. I am sending this hub to my wife, she likes to make things with fabric and paper, but I think this is a fun idea and she would like experimenting with duct tape. You make some really colorful creations. Congrats on getting hub of the day honors.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

bluebird - YAY! I hope you do get to make some of these :) I even have my girls doing them now (ages 8 and 7) and they love doing them too!!! Thanks so much for the comment and checking out my hub of the day :)

bluebird on December 02, 2012:

This is excellent! Hub of the Day - no wonder! It caught my attention right away since I just finished up a project of crocheting flowers. It was fun. Now I have another flower project, thanks to you!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

SidKemp - You are right, the newer brands are a lot easier to tear and they don't tend to have that little string that gets left behind (like on the original gray or green tape). I'll have to add that note into the hub :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!!! I hope your inner child has a ton of fun making one or two of these :)

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on December 02, 2012:

Totally fun! And congrats on Hub of the Day! I'm just starting to do crafts again to make my inner child happy for the holidays, and I've always been fond of duck tape (aka duct tape).

Note: Some of the newer brands of duct tape are much easier to tear or cut than others, making the beginning fun & fast.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

suzzycue - I'm so glad you love to make art out of found objects. Duct tape is always something that is laying around my house and now with all the colors and designs out there with duct tape these days, the possibilities are endless!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and the comment :)

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on December 02, 2012:

Congratulations on winning hub of the day with this awesome hub. I love duct tape but never ever considered it for art. Well done. I love to make art from found objects but your flowers really are the icing of the cake for making art from something simple or found. Your end results are really fabulous.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

Thanks Sunshine625!! It was a very nice surprise this morning :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

Audrey Baker - You are right, there is so much you can do now a days with duct tape. My daughter was in girl scouts and they did duct tape purses and wallets for one of their crafting badges. They turned out super cute :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

Thelma Alberts - They are easy to make (as long as you can tear several pieces of duct tape in one sitting LOL) Thanks so much for the comment and votes!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

ComfortB - I will have to try to do some with fabric next :) I've found a cute way to make some flowers for my little girls hair so that could very well be a hub in the future! Thanks for stopping by and the votes and comment :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

Life Iz Beautiful - Thanks so much for stopping by, the comment and the votes! :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

bodylevive - I was so happy to see this hub got a hub of the day! Super surprised me this morning and definitely made my weekend :) Thanks for checking out my hub and all the votes!!!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

QudsiaP1 - I'm glad you found this simple enough for people to understand. There are a lot of steps to doing a rose but it's mainly repetative. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my duct tape hub :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

Nettlemere - I've seen more and more duct tape creations as the days go on. Wallets, purses, clothes, it's crazy the things you can make :) I'm glad you enjoyed my hub! Thanks for the comment and checking it out :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

AhalitaMoonfire - These are easy to make. Something to do if you are sitting down watching tv or waiting around for dinner to be done cooking (if you have nothing else to do that is LOL). Thanks for stopping by and the comment :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 02, 2012:

Hi Cassy, Awesome hub and photos! Congrats on your HOTD! Well done!

Audrey Baker from Arizona on December 02, 2012:

That is really neat. I have a co-worker who makes his wallets with duct tape. It seems duct tape is good for many things! It's quite interesting all the ideas people come up with and are able to execute in the craft world.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on December 02, 2012:

Awesome! Congrats on the HOTD award. These flowers look easy and beautiful to make. Voted up and more;-)

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on December 02, 2012:

Simply beautiful! Such great talent. I've done this with fabrics for my etsy store, but I've seen this done too. You really have a way with your styles.

Great hub. Voted up and useful, and, congrats on the HOTD award.

Salini from India on December 02, 2012:

Awesome and very beautiful looking hub!!!

voted up. useful and interesting!

Have a great day.

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on December 02, 2012:

Congrats on hub of the day. Very interesting hub, you have much talent. The roses are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. voted up interesting beautiful

QudsiaP1 on December 02, 2012:

This is an awesome hub! I too was curious primarily due to the mention of duct tape in your title and may I say, I am very impressed with both your talent and your ability to simplify it for others to understand.

Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on December 02, 2012:

That was one of the unlikliest titles ever! I never heard of people making things with duct tape, so I was intrigued. You've done a great job with this hub.

AhalitaMoonfire from Ohio on December 02, 2012:

I love this idea and it looks fun to do! Also congrads on being the Hud of the day!

Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on November 14, 2012:

I will and thanks for the tips! :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 14, 2012:

Emma - That's great you are going to make them and also made the Halloween spider wreath :) These turn out nice (after the first try LOL). When you are doing the roses just keep looking at it, if you don't like how it's turning out, take the petal off and reposition it. Nothing is permanent with these until you add the finishing touches. Thanks for stopping by and the comment :) You will have to let me know how yours turn out!!!

Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on November 14, 2012:

Hi CassyLu - these look so effective! I am in the mood for making crafty things - especially with Christmas coming up. I will try making them (as I did your Halloween spider wreath with my son!).

Up and shared!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 13, 2012:

lindacee - Using these flowers for decorating would be a GREAT idea!!! Definitely a way to same money during the holiday season and it's fun to do! Hope you get a lot of them made and people love them! Thanks for the comment :)

Linda Chechar from Arizona on November 12, 2012:

I LOVE these duct tape flowers! I'm thinking they would make great decorations for the Christmas tree! And they're inexpensive enough to change them out every year -- I like to do a different color scheme each Christmas. With decorations being so expensive, the duct tape flowers are the perfect way to save $$$ on holiday decorating!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on October 19, 2012:

Thanks Om :) I didn't think I would be able to make them so cute but I did good :)

Om Paramapoonya on October 19, 2012:

I have to admit when I first saw the title, I didn't think your duct-tape flowers would actually look this great. They are super cute. Thanks for sharing this lovely hub :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on October 19, 2012:

always exploring - The purple halloween spiders are one of my favorites :) I was debating on adding a few small googly eyes to the spiders but thought that might be a bit too much :) thanks for the comment and votes!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on October 19, 2012:

b Malin - I'm glad you find the instructions great and easy to follow :) I was hoping all the pictures would make it easier. Thanks for all the votes and comment :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on October 19, 2012:

leahlefler - wicked cool :) I like that. They are fun to make if you don't mind the repetitive nature of it all. I'm glad you like them! Thanks for the comment!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 19, 2012:

These are so pretty. I love the the Halloween spiders. Thank you. I think i will try making some..Voted up...

b. Malin on October 18, 2012:

Hi CassyLu,

This was such a Fun, as well as Educational read. I Love the Idea, and will try it. Your Instructions are Great and Easy to Follow. So Thank You for Sharing. My Votes of UP, Interesting, go to You!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on October 18, 2012:

Those are wicked cool - I never would have thought about using duct tape to make flowers and hair bows! Very creative idea, CassyLu!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on October 17, 2012:

Jamie Brock - Definitely get out and get some Duct Tape :) The possibilities are endless!!!! Thanks for the votes and comment :)

Jamie Brock from Texas on October 17, 2012:

I am loving all the duct tape crafts out there! Your flowers here are gorgeous.. thank you so much for sharing how to make them. I keep telling myself I've GOT to go get some duct tape!! Voting up and useful.. thank you again for sharing :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on October 17, 2012:

Sharkye11 - I have always passed up on the Duct Tape too until one day I decided to buy one of everything the store had and have been making flowers ever since LOL It's a great activity for someone who LOVES crafts :) I hope you get to try them out! Thanks for the comment!!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on October 17, 2012:

These are fabulous, Cassy! I love the roses and the Halloween flowers with the print! I saw some of that tape and didn't buy it...now I will have too! Awesome tutorial with great instructions and pictures!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on October 17, 2012:

It was a lot of fun to make these and do the tutorial! Thanks for checking them out :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on October 17, 2012:

Gypsy Willow - Thanks for the comment :)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 17, 2012:

That s so creative. The pictures are of great help. Thanks for sharing.

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on October 17, 2012:

Igenius and pretty. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions