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DIY Bridal Bouquets
One of the best ways to save money on your wedding is with DIY projects. A simple project to tackle is making your own bridal flower bouquets. If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to fresh or silk floral, try making this attractive duct tape rose bouquet.
To make your duct tape rose bouquet, you will need:
- Duct tape
- Pipe cleaners
- Wide ribbon
Duct tape comes in a wide variety of colors and several widths. Using wider tape will yield larger finished roses. Choose one or more colors of duct tape corresponding to your wedding colors to make the petals of the flowers and green duct tape to make leaves and wrap stems. (For this bouquet, we will also use black duct tape to wrap the stems of the flowers together to finish the bouquet.)
To start the center of the flower, cut a piece of tape about two inches long. Carefully fold the end of the tape to a triangular point as shown.
Starting at one edge, roll the piece into a conical shape. (This part is kind of tricky at first, but it's important that you get it right; if the center isn't conical, the rest of the petals won't lay properly.)
Cut another two-inch strip of duct tape and fold the end to a point. Wrap this piece around the center cone to form a second petal. If you are unhappy with the petal placement, peel it off and try again until you are satisfied.
Continue adding more duct tape petals until the flower reaches the desired fullness. Make sure the petals are added evenly all the way around the flower, keeping the center cone in the middle of the flower.
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Cut a strip of green duct tape approximately the same length as a pipe cleaner. Lay the strip with the sticky side facing up, and lay the pipe cleaner along one edge of the tape. Carefully roll the duct tape around the pipe cleaner as tightly as possible.
Hold the tape-wrapped pipe cleaner against the base of the flower so that it sticks out like a stem. Use one or two short strips of green duct tape to attach the stem to the head of the flower.
Cut a two-inch strip of green duct tape and fold the end to a point to make a leaf. Wrap two to three green leaf pieces around the rose to finish the head of the flower.
Repeat the steps above until you have enough duct tape flowers to make a complete bouquet. To make a small bouquet, use a dozen roses; add more if you wish to make a fuller bouquet.
Pick three flowers to go in the center of the bouquet. Line them up and use a short strip of green duct tape around the stems to hold them together. Tape as close to the base of the flower head as possible.
One by one, align additional flowers around the center flowers and secure with duct tape. Once all flowers have been added, cut the bottoms of the stems so that they are all the same length.
Wrap all of the stems together with duct tape. I used black, but you could also use green or any other color. Wrap from just under the heads of the flowers to the bottom of the stems. To cover the bottoms, make an "X" using two strips of duct tape covering the bottom from two different directions. Wrap more tape around these strips to cover them and give the bouquet a finished look. Tie a bow of wide ribbon around the bouquet at top of the stems, and you are done!
Other Types of Duct Tape Flowers
If you want some variety in your bouquets or roses just aren't your thing, try making other types of flowers. For instance, Cindy from Skip to my Lou has a nice tutorial for making flowers that look more like azaleas! Don't be afraid to experiment as well to come up with your own flower designs!
Linda F Correa from Spring Hill Florida on October 04, 2014:
What a great idea ! I will try this idea for sure ! Very unique !
poetryman6969 on December 08, 2013:
You are so crafty!
Rhonda Greene (author) from Manistee, MI on March 03, 2012:
@converse - All of the flowers are the same because it is a duct tape ROSE bouquet... So naturally all of the flowers in it are roses.
converse on March 02, 2012:
i dont get it how about a different flower set up all of the flowers are the same step by step
sweetguide from River side on February 16, 2012:
amazing hub, really enjoyed it -
Suzette on January 02, 2012:
Waw i love your flowers there so cool i want to learn how to make those cool flowers
Jia on January 02, 2012:
Yeah now i got it thanxx very much!!=)You explain in a very nixe way!!!
Rhonda Greene (author) from Manistee, MI on January 02, 2012:
You just keep adding petals around the outside of the core to build the flower up. Just keep adding them until you like the look of the flower. If you don't like how it's looking, just peel off some petals and you can reposition them as needed. Does that answer your question? I really don't know how else to explain it except that you just keep adding petal pieces.
Jia on January 02, 2012:
Plx explain step 4 in more detail i am confused?=S
CvilleFashion from Charlottesville, VA on December 02, 2011:
I LOVE THIS. I'm foregoing real flowers for something handcrafted for my own wedding. Thanks for this idea!
parduc from Kos island, Greece on January 13, 2011:
Absolutely amazing! You are very talented - good writing and great photos, too! God bless!
windly747blg on December 31, 2010:
I'd like to find out more? I'd care to find out some additional information.
crazy-zebra from Midwest on December 30, 2010:
This is cool. My niece would love to do this. It looks hard to make it look good though. thank you so much for sharing.
2uesday on December 13, 2010:
Creative and original, really interesting.
lifewellspoken from Vancouver BC on December 13, 2010:
Wow this is a great tip.
Thank you for this write up.
christinalang on December 01, 2010:
Wow. These roses turned out beautiful. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen the pictures. Thanks for sharing!
Lesley D from Sarasota, Florida on November 03, 2010:
Those roses are amazing! My duct tape craft seems primitive in comparison, but I just covered a planter pot and it came out great...
Thanks for the inspiration!
BoyneDaisy from Northern Michigan on September 14, 2010:
These are incredible! I am a florist and LOVE seeing different takes on wedding bouquets. Will definitely have to try my hand at some duct tape flowers in the very near future. Thanks for the idea!
MKayo from Texas on September 01, 2010:
Wow- I never would have thought this was possible! What a creative mind you have - and a great talent. Thx.
Gillie2tat from London on July 10, 2010:
These are absolutely brilliant! Going to have to try this one some time!
Rhonda Greene (author) from Manistee, MI on July 07, 2010:
You could combine the ideas as well! Use spray adhesive to attach the book pages to contact paper, then cut it into rectangular pieces. Peel off the backing of the contact paper, fold one end to a point, and it would be just like using the duct tape from there on out!
That Kind Of Girl on July 07, 2010:
This is seriously FANTASTIC! I was skeptical, but I can't believe how cool that looks -- better than real flowers, by far. Man, I was pretty set on my fantasy of making origami bouquets out of the pages of my favorite books, but this idea is a new contender. (For my eventual, very hypothetical future wedding, that is...)