Saturday, December 5, 2009

Duck Tape Roses

I did want to post pictures of the duct tape rose that my friend Amber and I made in the spring. I decided to use ink pens as the base for the roses so that they would actually have a function and could be given out as gifts. I went to YouTube and searched videos to find the easiest and best method for making these fun and functional gifts. Every woman in my life got a bouquet for Mother's day. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures which is sad because they were beautiful. I did take pictures of the ones Amber taught me how to make.

These roses use two different tape colors as the petals and there are several variations of patterns. They work really well to represent school colors. The roses are easy to make.

What you Need

1. A bag of two of ink pens

2. Duct tape---one or two colors for the petals and one color, most likely green, for the stem

3. Scissors

4. Ruler

5. Flat smooth surface

What You Do

1. Cut several strips of duct tape 2 1/2 inches long for the petals (the number of petals is up to you)

2. Cut a thin strip to cover the very bottom of the pen (this will be the inner center of the rose)

3. Cut two strips about 4 inches to cover the length of the pen

4. To make the petals fold the upper right corner down & across the strip JUST above the lower left corner. There should be about 1/2 inch of stick tape still visible.

5. Next fold the upper left point down & across just above the right corner. Now there is only about 1/4 of the stick tape still visible. Make several of these.

6. Cover the bottom of your pen with the thin strip to create the inner center of the rose.

7. Start adding petals. This is easy, but the more you practice the easier it will become and you will surely become more creative with the design of your roses.

8. When you are happy with your rose petals. Cover the length of the pen with the green duct tape. This will also cover the lower raw edges of your petals.

9. Celebrate you're done!
If you need to actually see a demonstration of the roses being made just search YouTube, you'll find loads of helpful videos.

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