Introduction: How to Make a Duct Tape Flower

This tutorial will tell you how to make a flower out of duct tape. I will include the way to make a rose, tulip, and what I believe looks like a chrysanthemum.
Materials needed:
- roll(s) of duct tape (about 1.5" to 2" wide) (One or more for petals, and optionally one for leaves)
- scissors (preferably longer than the width of your tape for easier cutting)
- a long skinny stick (EX: a rounded chopstick or pencil works fine)
- Ruler
- (Optional) a 2" wide piece of paper (will be used to measure the duct tape)

I will be using a red coloured duct tape and black coloured duct tape. Think of color combinations that you would see on a flower or would like nice together if you don't want a red/black flower.

Step 1: Assembling the Petals

Assembling the Petals
A. Cut a piece of paper about 2" long
1. Use the piece of paper in Step A or a ruler to cut 2" of duct tape
2. Fold one corner of the sticky side on itself
3. Fold the other corner onto itself leaving some tape showing (about 1/4 of an inch)

I used about 24 of each color, 48 in total. You can either assemble each petal first and then attach it or assemble it and then attach it.

Stages of flowers:
Roses: about 20 - 24 petals in total for a budding rose, about 40 - 48 petals for a bloomed rose
Tulip: I'm not sure if this looks different, but it has about 20 - 30 petals
Chrysanthemum: Also not sure if it has different stages, but about 30 - 35 petals

Step 2: Attaching the Petals to the Stem

Attaching the Petals to the Stem
Basically, after the first ten or so petals, find a picture of your flower and try to copy it. I did not make the flower I was trying to do on my first try either, so don't fret! (I made a tulip, then a chrysanthemum, and finally got a rose on my third try)

Rose: (I will be making a rose for Valentine's Day)
1. Attach the petal onto the stem slightly slanted downwards and simply wrap it around the chopstick
2. For the second petal and so on (alternate colors if you wish), attach it a tiny bit above the petal before it until the flower has reached its desired height afterwards simply attach it at the same height

Tulip
1. Attach the petal onto the stem slightly slanted upwards and simply wrap it around the chopstick
2. For the second petal and so on (alternate colors), attach it a tiny bit below the first petal until the tulip has reached the desired size then simply attach it at the same height

Chrysanthemum
1. Attach the petal onto the stem slightly slanted downwards and simply wrap it around the chopstick
2. For the second petal and so on (alternate colors), attach it a tiny bit above the petal before it until the flower has reached its desired height (should be fairly tall compared to a rose)

Step 3: Decorating the Stem

Decorate the stem however you wish. I simply rolled black tape around it. Also, I got a long strip of duct tape to cover the base of the flower to cover up the over-lapping petals. And, if you wish, you may add leaves.

Leaves:
1. Cut two three inch pieces of tape (same color)
2. Attach the pieces of tape to each other leaving a tiny bit of space to attach it to the stem
3. Cut out a shape of a leaf
4. Use the sticky space that you left to attach it to the stem
Make about 2-4 leaves for a full length chopstick or pencil.

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SWV1787 (author)2011-02-01

I made a whole mess of these for stocking stuffer for every girl in my family one Christmas. I enlisted help from other friends and family to do it and I think we made something like 4 dozen only I used floral wire for the stem.

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