Sunday, October 14, 2012

Duct Tape Roses!

Halloween is in the air here. Our homes have been decorated with pumpkins, bats and ghouls for weeks, but we could always use more. I was inspired to make this project by the fall issue of Lowes Creative Ideas magazine. There are so many great ideas in this magazine, and it's free from Lowes! I love these black roses because they are both creepy and beautiful at the same time. This would be a great project for older kids. They aren't hard to make, but they do take a little time if you want to make a lot of them. I gathered my supplies and made mine while I watched an I Love Lucy marathon!

Here is my inspiration photo from Lowes.

Here is what I used. I didn't have a silver container, so I bought some glass vases from the dollar store! I also got some silver spray paint, floral foam, bamboo skewers, and black duct tape. I was able to make 12 roses out of one roll of tape.

First I spray painted the outside of the vases with several light coats of spray paint. I'm warning you, silver spray paint is super addictive. I started looking all over the house for other things to spray!

Here Is how to make duct tape roses. You can also watch this great video from Lowes. Cut pieces of duct tape about 2 1/2 inches long.

You will need 18-24 pieces for each rose, depending on how big you want your rose and how tight you wrap each petal. Take one piece and fold the right corner over. Leave about a 1/4 of an inch of the sticky side showing. Then fold the left corner over. You now have your first petal!

Repeat with the other pieces of tape.

Take a petal and wrap it around a bamboo skewer. Then add another and another. Wrap them with the points overlapping. You will quickly see a rosebud form.

Keep adding petals until your rose reaches the size you want. For my centerpiece, I placed a piece of floral foam in a vase. I then covered the foam with a circle of black construction paper. Then I arranged the roses. I did have to trim the skewers to fit my vase.

Ta-da! I love the way my centerpiece turned out! There are so many possibilities for these roses. I want to make a black Halloween wreath with them next.

They also look great mixed with real flowers too! I think I will definitely be making them for Christmas and Valentine's Day! So many possibilities!

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  1. This is a wonderful idea!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  2. What a tutorial and each step great presentation…No more 2nd time question will arise…Beautiful Roses and I Love the creative mind who discovered the idea of giving a born through the adhesives…Cool color combinations can be made further…
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