How to Make a Duct Tape Flower

Easy Project

Duct tape flowers are great to decorate your pens or make a bunch 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.


Step by Step

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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.Step 1: Cut 8 pieces about 2 inches long.Step 2: fold right side down into a triangle. leave about 1/3 to 1/2 inch of duct tape uncovered.Step 3: Fold left corner down until the side meets the first fold.One petal.  Your folded duct tape should look like this.Step 4: Fold one duct tape petal around the end of the pen. Step 5: Fold a second petal on the other side.  Keep the petal tops level.BudStep 6: Add two more petals opposite the first two.  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. 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.Step 8. Wrap green tape around the pens to finish your rose.with cap off.Have fun making more!
 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
Step 1: Cut 8 pieces about 2 inches long.
Step 1: Cut 8 pieces about 2 inches long. | Source
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
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
One petal.  Your folded duct tape should look like this.
One petal. Your folded duct tape should look like this. | Source
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
 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
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Bud | Source
Step 6: Add two more petals opposite the first two.
Step 6: Add two more petals opposite the first two. | Source
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
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
with cap off.
with cap off. | Source
Have fun making more!
Have fun making more! | Source
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Materials

  1. Duct Tape in petal color and green or brown.
  2. Scissors
  3. Ruler
  4. Pens or Straws

Duct Tape: 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.

Cutting Duct Tape: Duct tape can actually be torn along the lines, but having scissors does make it easier. You need pieces about 2" by 2" for each flower petal, which means that 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.

Pens: 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.

Instructions

  1. Cut out a 2-inch piece of duct tape.
  2. 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 oposite corner down to match it, so there is a triangle at the top and a strip of sticky stuff at the bottom (see the pictures).
  4. Put the petal on the pen (or straw or pencil top) with the point up.
  5. Make another petal and put it opposite the first one.
  6. Keep on making and adding petals until you think your rose is done. Usually it takes at least 8 petals.
  7. 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.
  8. Have fun and make a bunch!

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

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 her 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!

How to Make Rounded Petals

More 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 making bigger petals as you move out and molding them with scissors and your hands.

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saif113sb 3 years ago

Great creative ideas.

Thanks


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carter06 4 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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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 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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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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


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RTalloni 4 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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