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« on: April 08, 2007 09:53:19 AM »

As promise, I got boyfriend to do a tutorial for the lovely duct tape roses he made me for our anniversary, as seen here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161856.0

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Here it goes...

First thing first, you're definitely going to need duct tape. I find that the "Duck" brand of duct tape works the best.
You'll also need
-Floral wire
-Wire cutters (to cut the wire)
-Scissors, or a razor blade and cutting mat



First thing you do is to get your floral wire. Unroll as much as you want, or if you get the precut stuff...well, thats how long  your stem is going to be. Just remember that the longer that the stem is, the harder it is to stand the rose up.

Next, take a piece of tape about 1" - 1 1/2" long and fold the top left corner down to the bottom right side, making sure to leave adhesive on the right side.





Then take the right side and fold it to the left side, making a triangle with adhesive left on the bottom.



Take that piece and fold either end over the tip of the wire, it depends on whether you're left or right-handed. Do it whichever way you're comfortable.



Now the key to making the center is to wrap the tape tightly. If the middle gets crinkled up, don't worry about it. You can take a pencil and push the crinkles out later.



To start making the individual petals of the rose, repeat the steps to make the first petal. Line up the second petal of the rose in the middle of the one you've used for the center. the tip of the new petal should be close to the same height and and close to center with the first petal. when you feel comfortable with the alignment, wrap that petal around the first one.



For every petal after that, point the tip of the petal in the direction you're wrapping. The corner that ends up on the top of the side of the petal should be lined up with the top tip of the previous petal. Wrapping petals in this fashion allow the rose to open up and look beautiful





Repeat this step over and over and over and over and over until you reach the desired size of the rose head. Just remember, a long stem with a big head wont stand up on its own at all!!!

Now its time to make your stem. Most sane people will use green tape, you know, to simulate a real rose but you can use any colour you like. <--Name the band and you're a winner!

Take your tape and pull off a long strip, it should be about as long as your stem. Rip it off, then take either scissors or a razor and a cutting mat and cut that entire strip in half. I find that the razor works better, and much faster, for those clutch situations.



starting at the base of the head, angle the tape at about a 45 degree angle and wrap it tightly downward, the tape will overlap and form creases, but that gives the stem character. If you have extra wire at the end when you run out of tape to wrap, chop it off and you have made your self a duct tape rose!



If you feel like experimenting further, try adding leaves or thorns to your stems.




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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2007 03:34:07 PM »

Those are beautiful.  Smiley Thank you for the tutorial.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2007 04:08:26 PM »

i love them, what a great boyfriend you have! thanks for putting up the tutorial  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2007 07:37:24 AM »

PINK FLOYD PINK FLOYD what do I win??? Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2007 06:09:55 PM »

Those are too neat, what a nice bf you have. There's nothing that says love like duct tape. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2007 07:41:34 PM »

yaaaaay tutorial thank you and seth for the tutorial, maybe i'll make a bouquet for my mom for mother's day
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2007 01:23:36 AM »

rad! i know what i will be asking for an upcoming half-iversary...
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2007 08:31:48 PM »

WOW that is soo awsome! i am totally gonna make a bunch for my dorm decoration!and it's perfect for gifts too! where did you find the pink coloured duct tape? would you find it at Rona or Canadian Tire or Home Depot?or Staples? haha i really want to the pink tape!
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2007 02:04:29 PM »

shopaholic: I have no idea what Rona or Canadian Tire is.... we don't have those in New Jersey (maybe i'll see some on my trip to Canada this summer. Yay Canada!). We got it at Lowes (same as Home Depot). Staples has it too. Walmart has the best selection yet, but I'm not sure if they have those up by you guys.

Cute story: Seth the bf is color blind. He could only tell the colors of the tape by asking the Home Depot employees.

Good Luck!
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2007 08:36:02 PM »

those are amazing!  i'm going to make some as well.  thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2007 05:49:53 AM »

This is so awesome-- thank you for the tutorial. I really want to try to do this. They're beautiful and you'd never imagine they were tape!
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2007 08:08:56 AM »

Thanks for all the great comments! I do have one suggestion- if you decide to try it yourself, use a thicker gauge wire- the flower heads are heavy!
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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2007 08:16:12 AM »

I must say your roses are prettier than mine!  The problem I usually have with my duct tape roses is that after a while they tend to fall apart...have you had that problem as well?  The only way I've figured out to solve it is to wire the whole thing together, like I did here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112780.msg1076811#msg1076811
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2007 03:53:14 PM »

thanx for the tut. i love iti have a whole tower of different colors of duct tape so i made a rose with lime green and black duct tape it looks sooo freaking awesome. im decorating my room with lime green and black so its perfect THANX THANX THANX!!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2007 05:58:30 PM »

thanx for the tut. i love iti have a whole tower of different colors of duct tape so i made a rose with lime green and black duct tape it looks sooo freaking awesome. im decorating my room with lime green and black so its perfect THANX THANX THANX!!!

nika: that sounds really awesome. Can you post a pict?
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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2007 12:44:34 PM »

These are so rad but I can't figure out how to make them look like flowers.  Mine end up looking like a massive silver funnel.  Maybe I'm making the tape too long?  AGH!!
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2007 04:29:38 PM »

Perhaps the tape is too long? Otherwise, try arranging the petals so they are spread evenly across the rose, not vertically up. Kinda hard to explain- it takes a lot of playing around with to get right. Anyone else have any suggestions?
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2007 12:17:28 AM »

this is great! thanks for the tute crafty bf are awesome!
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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2007 12:47:16 PM »

Oh I tried this for the first time! The tuutorial was actually something easy I could understand. Smiley I didn't do the wire. Since it was a test I just wrapped it around theeraser on my pencil. Now I need to go out to buy different colors and sit down to make a bouquet of flowers. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm sure I'm not the last to say that though lol. The picture is as follows...

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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2007 12:43:57 PM »

whatzudoin: I love the blue! Arent blue roses symbolic of friendship? Use heavy wire if you decide to go that way. Seth (the bf) used 24 gauge floral wire- which made the roses kinda floppy.
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« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2007 03:54:48 PM »

whatzudoin: I love the blue! Arent blue roses symbolic of friendship? Use heavy wire if you decide to go that way. Seth (the bf) used 24 gauge floral wire- which made the roses kinda floppy.

Haha I don't know what it's symbolic of it's just my fav color. So how to you make them seem more open? That's where I had little problem as you can tell.
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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2007 08:58:58 PM »

whatzudoin: try making your squares of tape smaller, and use more petals. Honestly, I didn't make them, so i dont know exactly what his tricks are. But I watched him!
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« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2007 07:41:13 AM »

Thanks for the tutorials, i had seen your room on another thread and thought those roses were so cute! For sure going to use them in my decor for my new apartment  Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2007 08:08:16 PM »

Ok I kept trying and this is what I camee up with lol. I hope you like it. The tutorial was awesome! I just kept adding that was the problem with it. Smiley It's my new craft thing for my room and it's addicting lol.




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« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2007 05:25:18 PM »

whatzudoin:I love your roses! The multicolored petals are awesome- I think I will have to try that next! Great Job!
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whatzudoin:I love your roses! The multicolored petals are awesome- I think I will have to try that next! Great Job!

Thanks.. HAHA see my problem now is it's so cool it's addicting. I made a bunch for my room and I sent one to my friend for his birthday.
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« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2008 06:49:21 PM »

Hmmm.  I might make these for my psych teacher and Latin teacher (they're getting married on Saturday).   Grin

Now to find a ride to Home Depot... DAAAAAAAAAD!
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« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2008 01:10:32 PM »

Thanks so much for the awesome tute!

My husband had the evil idea of wrapping my brother's birthday gift in 60 yards of duct tape. We then wrapped it like normal and I added a rose for the top as a "clue". All we have here is the silver kind but I'm happy with how it looks. Smiley

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« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2008 07:42:16 PM »

SkyyAngel- I busted out laughing when I read that. What an amazingly evil idea! I will do this to someone this Christmas.

You know what would be better? To put the present in multiple boxes, and wrap a few completely in duct tape. Or maybe something else inbetween.
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« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2008 03:55:11 AM »

Oh he was also going to wrap up a layer in 550 cord (parachute cord) that he'd have to unwind or cut through as well as the 100 MPH tape (duct tape but cannot be torn, you have to cut it) in another layer but we couldn't find his stuff. Smiley I at least insisted on using the whole roll of duct tape, DH wasn't going to do that at first, but I insisted that I wanted the package to be "squishy" it had so much tape on it.

As we were wrapping I also came up with the idea of a layer of pennies or washers or something metal that you couldn't cut through and would have to stop and remove a bunch to get through the rest. Couldn't do that though since we have to mail my brother his package and if they decide to x-ray it and can't see through it... well, I'd rather not have the bomb squad involved on my brother's birthday, LOL.
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« Reply #30 on: August 11, 2008 10:21:11 AM »

Very cool!
I was quite pleasantly surprised to find the duct tape roses being very pretty.
Nice boyfriend of yours to show us how!
Thanks. Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: August 12, 2008 02:33:03 AM »

 Shocked Wow! Those are way cool! Does he know how to make a duct tape wallet?
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« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2008 07:54:06 PM »

Onecraftybean: Nice ex-boyfriend. And actually, he turned out to be a very not-so-nice person. But thats another story.

OldPrin: I have made duct tape wallets in the past, but I carry so many cards, it became a hassle because duct tape residue always found its way onto my cards. And they didnt last very long.
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« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2008 03:04:55 PM »

That is SO sweet and so thoughtful! you have yourself a keeper! I'm totally linking to this tutorial in the Daily DIY as well as bugging my bf for not being creative! ;-)
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