If you’re celebrating Love Day this year, and could’t make it to the Kwik-E-Mart before they sold out of Lord Huggington, you might consider going the handmade route, in which case you could probably do a lot worse than a dozen of these realistic duct tape roses from Instructables user DIYHacksAndHowTos.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go outside and assemble Love Land. [via CRAFT]

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1271054352 Rhonda Johnston

    Don’t know if I’m too sleepy, but I cannot find the directions for making these roses. My scout troop would love to make them….

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  • http://lizzklein.wordpress.com lizzaylizz

    Reblogged this on lizzklein and commented:
    Um, I’d like to try and make these, as they’ll cheer up my boring old flat room real quick!

  • http://n/a wouldntyouliketoknow

    Very cool and creative. Don’t think I could make one as pretty though.

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  • http://chicksnmomsartsncrafts.wordpress.com chicksnmomsartsncrafts

    I really liked the roses. I will try this my self. My hobby is wood crafts but I am wanting to try new arts and craft ideas and the duct tape looks like a good place to start. Thank you so much for the idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clover04750 Clover04750

    I really love these roses! I’ve seen them done step-by-step on YouTube. FYI Walmart sells “Duck Tape” which is a big square of colored duct tape. I haven’t priced it out, but it might be worth it for convenience.

  • Jon

    just made half a dozen for my moms birthday with some old guitar strings, and I’d like to add the center peice should of course have a (stiff) wire, while the next 3-4 layers do not need anything at all. Also, I had trouble on some peices getting the tape to stretch around the base and stick, so I found if you cut the strip of tape into a small point (think like the top of a fence post) before you fold it over, it allows for more of an exposed underside to stick. This takes a bit more time but far quicker than if it rips or trying to use glue .

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