Introduction: Duct Tape Rose

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This instructable will teach you how to make Duct Tape roses, They are pretty good for valentines day and other events like fund raisers.

The original idea came from the duct tape club But their Instructions are very vague and there is only four non informative pictures, after making these roses for a year or so i have my own style that I am sharing

Step 1: Get Your Stuff Together

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What you will need for this project is:

Some time: Not a lot but at least 10 minutes
Some tape: I use Duck Tape brand Duct Tape
Some floral wire: found almost in any floral department

Step 2: Rip Tape!

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Start by ripping a 2x2in strip of tape. It doesn't have to be exact, it fact i recommend making varying sizes of petals it makes it seem more real.

Step 3: Making the Petals

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1. Fold the top right corner over on itself making sure you leave some adhesive on the left side

2. Fold the top left corner over on itself making a triangle with some adhesive left on the bottom.

Step 4: Start Making the Rose.

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Take your newly made petal and wrap it around the top of the "Stem"

Step 5: Building Off of the Base

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Repeat steps 2 and 3 to get petals.

When adding petals I have found that it works the best if you add them in the fashion in the picture below, at an angle and then wrapping them.

Step 6: Finish the Petals

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After a good amount of petals (your choice really) You should have something that looks like this.

Step 7: Stem

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Now you have a pretty good rose that you can use, but the wire stem is pokey and hurts when you get stabbed with it... So lets make it a little safer.

Now take your stem color and rip a half strip about 1 circumference around or 1.5 depending on how long your stem is.

Start at the top by the rose and wrap tightly down the stem, if you have leftover keep it for the next step.

Step 8: Finishing Up.

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Take the excess of your stem color (or rip some more little squares) and apply them to the underside of the rose, adding another layer of protection to keeping it all together

And there you go! Go crazy, use any and all the colors you want.


Mikalhvi made it! (author)2017-02-11

Here's mine! I used "floral wire" as a base - it's flexible and comes in fancy colors, so I skipped wrapping the stem.

MrFernandito (author)2016-11-03


SpartanG (author)2016-10-13

Really nice

AndrewL191 (author)2016-06-16

Amazing. I loved making this!

Stickers_Torin made it! (author)2016-01-05

I used a pencil instead of wire and it worked great!!

ashlynn326 (author)2015-12-27

found it quite easy

ducttapeluver (author)2015-11-14

Love it it's so realistic!!!!!

DarbyR (author)2015-04-01


Oaky.Mctree made it! (author)2014-12-23

my rose

sk8erdude (author)2011-11-24

Thanks for the instructable! My Girlfriend loved them! 5 stars!

PanicP (author)sk8erdude2014-09-07

omg those are really pretty i love the color contrast!

dumbchick1718 (author)2011-05-08

This is my twist on the roses. The pink one is a rose that i made for my boyfriends mother for mothers day. The rest of the are pens. The really colorful one is my most favorite!

PanicP (author)dumbchick17182014-09-07

woah! so pretty!i like the 2nd and 4th ones :) did you use a straw for the pink one?

Those are gorgeous! Love the first one!

I think I will try this with pipe cleaner, or some springy wraparound thing, so then I can take the flower off and change pens when the ink runs out.

farmerboyk (author)dumbchick17182012-04-13

First one: We have the exact same checkered tape :P Yours are awesome!

Archive555 (author)dumbchick17182011-06-08

Wow, those are great!
I especially love the multi-colored first one, it looks brilliant.
Nice work!

PanicP (author)2014-09-07

i didnt have wire, and it was coming out bud like at first, but i figured it out :3 now i have a camo rose :D the girls are gonna love this!

zhowell0952 (author)2013-11-03

My sis is gonna love this!!!

o__o (author)2013-05-10

Awesome! I'm so totally gonna buy rolls of colored ductape. haha

EpicNinjaaa (author)2013-02-04

This will be perfect for my girlfriend for Valentines Day! Awesome!

Jessie Marie (author)2012-12-29

Wow, those are beautiful roses! I have to try to make some like that!

dsaps11297 (author)2012-02-12

I decided to make a dozen roses for the girl I am attempting to woo for Valentine's Day. I used your Instructable for the heads of the flowers, but changed the stems up - I used thicker wire and did a straight wrap instead of spiral. But they turned out FANTASTIC and I couldn't have done it without this Instructable!!!

Mr. Thirty6 (author)2011-10-18

Perhaps one thing you can do to make the end of the wire safer is bending it around and crimping the end (pliers needed for thicker wire).

or you could just put duct tape around a straw and sticking the middle of the flower in the straw. thats what i do. :P

elawson4 (author)2011-08-12

mine look way different

monkeyloverx3 (author)2011-07-18

you have to roll it guys

mhasnain1 (author)2011-05-14

what is the board thing underneath

Herrozerro (author)mhasnain12011-05-14

Its a fabric cutting board.

Ragnar_Svardfri (author)2009-10-20

I did everything like you said too but it doesn't look as good as that.
Any possibility of a video?

Never Fear!  I have read this and i will be working on a video! 

Because my roses look good but they don't look nearly as good as those.

IU think it also helps if you kind of bend the petals down at the end

123AAA (author)2011-01-29

this is awesome!thanks man.

SimmonsShark2000 (author)2011-01-10

I just started and i do not know what to do after step 5 can i have some help????

doglover11 (author)2010-12-19

Nice flower making! really good :)

doglover11 (author)2010-12-19

Nice job looks good

bwool1 (author)2010-12-04

This looks really cool with tie-dye duct tape...

bwool1 (author)2010-12-04

LOVE the 'ible!

kerneykid1 (author)2010-11-13

i made a duct tape rose on the end of a ink tube, the cut theouter shell of the pen to fit, then taped it.

HortonHugen09 (author)2010-06-21

you can also use a pencil for your stem and then wrap it in duct tape (preferably green)

Makes it hard to sharpen-use a pen. mechanical pencils cant be pumped if you tape over the top, so pens work well. If you can find a green pencil thats awesome, but remember you'll be taping over the eraser no matter what.

silvereagle564 (author)2008-04-14

I'm building a duck tape prom tuxedo and this will definitely prove invaluable to me and my finishing touches. Kudos.

Sweet how long has it taken you so far? Or have you finished it yet?

thats really cool man--- u should post an instructable on it

yeah i know- or at least post a picture! sounds awesome!

hilfest (author)2009-02-13

Be very very careful with this instructable, guys. Giving your girl something like this will set a high standard for future Valentines day gifts. Yes, these are great and made of duct tape, but she's going to expect you to top it at some point in the future! This instructable will make your girl VERY VERY happy. She'll think you're the coolest guy ever. She will also expect kickass things like this in the future. *USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK*

Darthscout (author)hilfest2010-10-21


Darthscout (author)2010-10-21

You should also make Leafs on the stem. How would that look?

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