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What Is Floral Tape?

Updated on May 11, 2016
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Kylyssa Shay worked as a florist for eighteen years and has created and taught an assortment of crafts to adults and children of all ages.

Floral tape is used in this craft project.
Floral tape is used in this craft project. | Source

Perhaps you are looking at an itemized bill from your florist and wondering, what the heck is floral tape? Maybe you are seeing it on the wall of a craft store for the first time and wondering what the heck can I do with it? Whatever your reason, you've asked one of those questions or are interested in learning the answer to one or both of them.

Keep reading to find out what it is and what it is for.

What Is It?

Simply described, floral tape is a fiber based paper-like stretchy, but not flexible, strip impregnated and coated with a weak wax-based adhesive.

It only sticks to itself so it is applied or used by wrapping it tightly around something until it at least reaches back around to itself. One gets it to stick to itself by pressing the subsequent layers into the earlier layers by pulling in the direction of the winding and pressing down on the tape with a finger or thumb at the same time.

Floral tape holds items rather gently but fairly firmly together. It is water resistant so it’s good for use in situations where the items being attached together are prone to condensation or may be damp at the time they are put together. It’s also good for holding moisture in fresh cut flower stems for short periods of time.

Green Floral Tape 1/2 X 90
Green Floral Tape 1/2 X 90

The half inch green variety is the kind most often used in flower shops. Some shops have a general preference for either the light or dark green type.

 
Floral tape holds this little corsage together and seals moisture in the cut ends of the stems.
Floral tape holds this little corsage together and seals moisture in the cut ends of the stems. | Source

Who Uses Floral Tape?

Hobbyists of all sorts but particularly professional and amateur floral designers and hobby hand crafters probably use more floral tape than any other people.

It’s a very specialized thing but it is a mainstay in the floral service industry. I’ve seen it used in many types of craft projects, too. As a retired florist, I keep a roll or two of it around the house, mostly for the non-floral uses I found for it over the years.

Here it holds together the parts of a money rose.
Here it holds together the parts of a money rose. | Source

What Can You Use Floral Tape For?

OK, you have a general idea of what industries use floral tape but that still doesn’t explain what people use it for.

Floral Industry:

In the floral industry it’s used the most in making corsages and boutonnieres. The tape seals moisture into the very short stems or even the petal ends of the flowers used in corsages and boutonnieres as well as binding them together in the case of multi-flower styles.

Floral tape can also be used to extend the stems of short stemmed flowers by sealing their ends and attaching them to sticks, tubes, or wires. It can be used to somewhat camouflage wire wrapped around stems used to strengthen weak stems or to shape those stems into a particular and rigid shape. It can also be used to camouflage a water source such as a tiny plug of floral foam, a tube of water, or even damp cotton used to keep very short-stemmed flowers fresher somewhat longer than short stemmed flowers would last out of water. It can be used those ways for use in hair decorations on combs or veils, on cakes, in wedding bouquets, or in any number of special occasion arrangements.

Floral tape can be used in conjunction with sticks, tubes, metal flower picks, or floral wire to add length to artificial flowers. It can also somewhat camouflage things such as silvery metal spikes used to anchor silk flowers or dried botanicals into arranging foam.

Crafts:

This versatile adhesive ribbon works well in a variety of craft projects. Brown, ivory, green, or yellow varieties can be used to form the bodies of butterflies made with pantyhose material, pipe-cleaners, and glitter.

White or other pastel colored floral tape can be used to wrap coat hangers which are bent to form costume fairy wings and to bind those wings together at the center to give something to attach them to clothing with pins, ribbons, or strings.

Floral tape can be used to make crafty flowers using strings or wires of beads, paper, lace, fabric, tissue, panties, or cellophane.

I’ve seen white or ivory floral wrapped around wires and sticks to look like skeleton bones. The black variety can be wrapped around wires to and used with black crepe paper to make spiders or bats for Halloween decorations.

The brown versions can be wrapped around wires to make fake branches you can bend anyway you want.

See How It's Done

Floral tape is sometimes called floraltape or floral stem tape.

Where Did You First Encounter Floral Tape?

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    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Gee 

      5 years ago

      I first noticed floral tape on my high school prom corsage.

    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Clever! Love the money rose.

    • georgepmoola2 profile image

      georgepmoola2 

      5 years ago

      Never encountered before. Interesting, useful lens.

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