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How to Make Duct Tape Flower Pens
Simple Duct Tape Flower Pen Tutorial
I love duct tape, and I especially love duct tape pens. Whether you need a quick and inexpensive gift for your office party, or you're looking for a fun craft to do (alone or with the kids!), duct tape pens will get the job done.
The fun thing about duct tape pens is that you can create them in a variety of colors, thanks to the latest duct tape craze over the last year or so. You can create anything from purses to prom dresses, and lots in between! Check out 40 Duck Tape Crafts to get you started!
What you will need:
Buy duct tape online is usually cheaper than if you purchase it at your local store. There are also more varieties online. If you buy in bulk you can even get free shipping.
From left to right: zebra print, pink zebra print, tie dye, paint splatter, leopard print.
Step 1: Cut the duct tape.
Take one piece of duct tape that is 2 inches shorter than your pen, plus 1 pieces of duct tape about 1 inch wide.
Step 2: Cover the pen
Place the 1 inch wide pieces at each end of the pen. On the end that you write with, wrap it around a few times until it's secure. You want to get as close to the tip as you can with this step.
Take the other 1 inch wide piece and cover the other end of the pen.
Then, use the larger piece and wrap the pen.
So, which is it?
Proper spelling of the material used in this craft:
Step 3: Make the petals - This is the fun part...
So this part takes the longest, but it is fun. Therapeutic, even.
For a small flower, you will use approximately 25 petals - it's not an exact science really. I like to use about 50 petals to make a bigger flower.
Petals are just 2 inch pieces of duct tape, folded. You fold the right corner up towards the top of the piece, leaving just a little bit of the sticky side of the tape exposed.
Next, take the corner you made and fold it down. It almost looks like a pyramid.
What the petals look like from the side.
This isn't the best picture but I wanted to give you an idea of what the petals look like from the side so you don't get worried. You're doing it right, trust me!
Step 4: Create the flower. - Start wrapping the petals.
Some tips that will help you create better flowers:Keep the petals close together. Where one point ends, another should begin. You can spread the petals out a bit more as the flower gets bigger, but if you spread them too far out it will be sloppy.Keep the petals on the flower even. If you raise the petals up instead of keeping them even, your flower will look like a tunnel.
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Step 5: Keep wrapping.
Step 6: And wrapping...
Keep wrapping until your flower is the size you want it to be.
Once your flower is complete, it will look like this. Use different types of duct tape to create patterns or different looks.
What am I supposed to do with them?
A few uses for duct tape flower pens
**Baby shower decor: Place a small vase filled with pebbles in front of each seat and then add the pen to the vase.
**Wrap a gift in a box and top it off with a duct tape pen tied with a ribbon.
**Great office gift idea, customize some with camouflage duct tape, some with zebra, etc.
**Give one as a gift to your favorite bank teller, nobody will swipe it!
**In direct sales? Use these at your vendor fairs or as hostess gifts.