Hi guys! I made a couple of duct tape flower bouquets for my bridesmaids on Saturday morning, and I figured I’d do a quick how to. These are reeeeally easy to make, and duct tape is relatively inexpensive.
Materials: thick yarn for wrapping the “stems”, paperclips, duct tape, and scissors. Easy peasy. If you want to have an easier time, you can use floral wire instead of paperclips, but I seem to have misplaced my floral wire, so I used what I had lying around.
If you’re using paperclips, the first step is to unfold a paperclip. Otherwise, cut a length of floral wire about five inches long.
Then, cut a piece of duct tape off the role, anywhere from 8″-16″ long. Place the paperclip about halfway up the tape on one of the ends.
Then, fold the tape over so that there is some adhesive still useful. I found that it was easiest with about a quarter inch showing, but consistency doesn’t matter too much with this technique.
Wrap the duct tape around the pin and itself, pressing the sticky part of the tape firmly to where you stick it. Keep wrapping until you get to the end of the tape. You can vary the tightness of the wrap to get more petal like variation.
Do that about eleven more times to get a reasonable large size bunch.
Arrange the flowers artfully in one hand.
Now, lace the yarn between the wires to start wrapping. This will make it easier to make sure you wrap the end of the yarn in with the wires.
Then keep wrapping. I wrapped tightly so that I would get a consistent look and hide more of the paperclips. Then, when you’re done wrapping, wrap towards the center, and tie a bow around the “stems” as in the first picture. Ta da! You’re done.
I made three bouquets because I’ve got three lovely ladies standing for me on my wedding day. I’ve got to try and decide now if they get to pick which one they want or if I’m assigning the argyle to Mia because ARGYLE. I’ve yet to make my own bouquet, but I’m excited.
I’m also thinking of making some pins using the rest of the duct tape, because I think it would work really well for that.
I’m going to add a short aside here about these flowers. I had when I was back in California, backed away from the idea because I felt a lot of pressure about the flowers from various people, and Braden wasn’t there at the time to express his own opinions on the matter. The duct tape flowers are actually one of the things that is important to him, because they’re a clear marker of his personal aesthetic in the wedding too. So I’m really happy that I was able to actuate Braden’s vision in this way.