Craft Tutorial: How to Make a Duct Tape Rose Bridal Bouquet

One of the best ways to save money on your wedding is with DIY projects.  A simple project to tackle is making your own bridal flower bouquets.  If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to fresh or silk floral, try making this attractive duct tape rose bouquet.

Materials

To make your duct tape rose bouquet, you will need:

  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Wide ribbon

Duct tape comes in a wide variety of colors and several widths. Using wider tape will yield larger finished roses. Choose one or more colors of duct tape corresponding to your wedding colors to make the petals of the flowers, and green duct tape to make leaves and wrap stems. (For this bouquet, we will also use black duct tape to wrap the stems of the flowers together to finish the bouquet.)

Step One

To start the center of the flower, cut a piece of tape about 2 inches long.  Carefully fold the end of the tape to a triangular point as shown.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Step Two

Starting a one edge, roll the piece into a conical shape.  (This part is kind of tricky at first, but it's important that you get it right; if the center isn't conical, the rest of the petals won't lay properly.)

Step Three

Cut another 2 inch strip of duct tape and fold the end to a point. Wrap this piece around the center cone to form a second petal. If you are unhappy with the petal placement, peel it off and try again until you are satisfied.

Step Four

Continue adding more duct tape petals until the flower reaches the desired fullness.  Make sure the petals are added evenly all the way around the flower, keeping the center cone in the middle of the flower.

Step Five

Cut a strip of green duct tape approximately the same length as a pipe cleaner. Lay the strip with the sticky side facing up and lay the pipe cleaner along one edge of the tape. Carefully roll the duct tape around the pipe cleaner as tightly as possible.

Step Six

Hold the tape-wrapped pipe cleaner against the base of the flower so that it sticks out like a stem. Use one or two short strips of green duct tape to attach the stem to the head of the flower.

Step Seven

Cut a 2 inch strip of green duct tape and fold the end to a point to make a leaf. Wrap 2 to 3 green leaf pieces around the rose to finish the head of the flower.

Step Eight

Repeat the steps above until you have enough duct tape flowers to make a complete bouquet.  To make a small bouquet, use a dozen roses; add more if you wish to make a fuller bouquet.

Step Nine

Pick three flowers to go in the center of the bouquet. Line them up and use a short strip of green duct tape around the stems to hold them together. Tape as close to the base of the flower head as possible.

Step Ten

One by one, align additional flowers around the center flowers and secure with duct tape.  Once all flowers have been added, cut the bottoms of the stems so that they are all the same length.

Step Eleven

Wrap all of the stems together with duct tape.  I used black, but you could also use green or any other color.  Wrap from just under the heads of the flowers to the bottom of the stems.  To cover the bottoms, make an "X" using two strips of duct tape covering the bottom from two different directions.  Wrap more tape around these strips to cover them and give the bouquet a finished look.  Tie a bow of wide ribbon around the bouquet at top of the stems, and you are done!

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Other types of duct tape flowers

If you want some variety in your bouquets, or roses just aren't your thing, try making other types of flowers. For instance, Cindy from Skip to my Lou has a nice tutorial for making flowers that look more like azaleas! Don't be afraid to experiment as well to come up with your own flower designs! [click here for the tutorial]

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Comments 22 comments

That Kind Of Girl 6 years ago

This is seriously FANTASTIC! I was skeptical, but I can't believe how cool that looks -- better than real flowers, by far. Man, I was pretty set on my fantasy of making origami bouquets out of the pages of my favorite books, but this idea is a new contender. (For my eventual, very hypothetical future wedding, that is...)


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rhondarowley 6 years ago from Michigan, USA Author

You could combine the ideas as well! Use spray adhesive to attach the book pages to contact paper, then cut it into rectangular pieces. Peel off the backing of the contact paper, fold one end to a point, and it would be just like using the duct tape from there on out!


Gillie2tat 6 years ago from London

These are absolutely brilliant! Going to have to try this one some time!


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MKayo 6 years ago from Texas

Wow- I never would have thought this was possible! What a creative mind you have - and a great talent. Thx.


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BoyneDaisy 6 years ago from Northern Michigan

These are incredible! I am a florist and LOVE seeing different takes on wedding bouquets. Will definitely have to try my hand at some duct tape flowers in the very near future. Thanks for the idea!


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Lesley D 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida

Those roses are amazing! My duct tape craft seems primitive in comparison, but I just covered a planter pot and it came out great...

http://www.lettuceshare.com/2010/11/03/cheap-conta...

Thanks for the inspiration!


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christinalang 6 years ago

Wow. These roses turned out beautiful. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen the pictures. Thanks for sharing!


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lifewellspoken 5 years ago from Vancouver BC

Wow this is a great tip.

Thank you for this write up.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Creative and original, really interesting.


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crazy-zebra 5 years ago from Midwest

This is cool. My niece would love to do this. It looks hard to make it look good though. thank you so much for sharing.


windly747blg 5 years ago

I'd like to find out more? I'd care to find out some additional information.


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parduc 5 years ago from Kos island, Greece

Absolutely amazing! You are very talented - good writing and great photos, too! God bless!


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CvilleFashion 5 years ago from Charlottesville, VA

I LOVE THIS. I'm foregoing real flowers for something handcrafted for my own wedding. Thanks for this idea!


Jia 4 years ago

Plx explain step 4 in more detail i am confused?=S


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rhondarowley 4 years ago from Michigan, USA Author

You just keep adding petals around the outside of the core to build the flower up. Just keep adding them until you like the look of the flower. If you don't like how it's looking, just peel off some petals and you can reposition them as needed. Does that answer your question? I really don't know how else to explain it except that you just keep adding petal pieces.


Jia 4 years ago

Yeah now i got it thanxx very much!!=)You explain in a very nixe way!!!


Suzette 4 years ago

Waw i love your flowers there so cool i want to learn how to make those cool flowers


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sweetguide 4 years ago from River side

amazing hub, really enjoyed it -


converse 4 years ago

i dont get it how about a different flower set up all of the flowers are the same step by step


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rhondarowley 4 years ago from Michigan, USA Author

@converse - All of the flowers are the same because it is a duct tape ROSE bouquet... So naturally all of the flowers in it are roses.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

You are so crafty!


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linfcor 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

What a great idea ! I will try this idea for sure ! Very unique !

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