On my 60th birthday, Grand-daughter Luci gave me a beautiful flower.
Imagine my delight.
And then imagine my delight when I discovered that Luci actually makes these flowers….out of (drum roll please) … duct tape!
What? Flowers out of Duct Tape? (and I thought Duct Tape was only good for canning tomatoes)!
Luci thought that the duct tape flowers would be a good project for my blog.
I totally agree.
She plans to show everyone how to make these flowers at Thanksgiving, but we will share this project with all of you right now.
First, run out and get yourself some duct tape.
Don’t hold back.
While you’re at it, if you get some duct tape with patterns of dragons, fire or camouflage, the guys in your house will just HAVE to give it a try. They can’t help themselves.
You will need pencils as well. I found some green pencils with green erasers, but I had some other pencils around as well, so I added them to the mix.
Now you can begin making your flower petals.
You may want to use scissors, but one of the joys of duct tape is that you can easily rip the duct tape to the size you need. Each piece should be a little longer than it is wide. So, rip (or cut) the tape into 2 inch(ish) pieces.
With the sticky side face up, fold one edge over itself, leaving a small strip of the sticky tape on the side as well as the bottom.
Fold the other side over so that you have made a pentagon. Now the only sticky part should be at the bottom.
Wrap this around your pencil.
Do this again, and again until you have created the flower you want.
You may want to wrap some green duct tape on the stem to cover any uneven strips and also to add some little leaves to the stem.
A little tip. It goes faster if you rip a lot of pieces at the same time.
Really. It’s that easy.
If you are lucky, you will find pencils with green or yellow erasers. If not, you can either wrap the end with green duct tape (it doesn’t need to be perfect)….
…or you can wrap paper stamen around the end of the pencil. (I’m not entirely sure why, but you can find stamen in the craft section of almost any store that has a decent size craft section. Go figure.)
You can, if you wish, make a different type of petal for your flower by folding the top of the duct tape strip over and leaving about 1/2 inch at the bottom.
Then trim the folded part into a half circle.
Apply the half circle to your pencil.
Do it again and again until you have a lovely little flower.
Because it tickles me, I put together a little “flip book” movie to show you how easy it is to make these flowers. (Note that I used a very boyish dragon for this particular flower.)
Just click -> How to make a Duct Tape flower….in 8 seconds.
Thank you, Darling Luci…..