Step #1: Make the base petal
To form the petals, start by cutting off a piece of wire about 12" long and a piece of red duct tape about 4" long. Stick the wire to the duct tape so that they overlap about 1/3 of the length of the duct tape. Then fold the duct tape over the end of the wire and stick the 2 sides together. This will form the basic structure of the petal.
Step #2: Cut petal to shape
Cut the petal to shape by trimming the sides and rounding off the end. Repeat this process for a total of ten petals. You will want to make a variety of sizes. In a real rose, the inner petals are smaller than the outer petals. Copying that structure helps you to get the shape right.
Step #3: Color in the cut edges
If you don’t want the white adhesive to show, use the marker to color in the cut edges. This is easiest to do before the rose is assembled.
Step #4: Form the innermost petals
Take the smallest petal and roll it loosely into a tube. It should flare out at the top a little.
Step #5: Shape the remaining petals
With each additional petal there are few things that you need to do to shape them. The vertical curl of the petal is made by bending the wire. Fold out the tip and press it towards the stem. This causes the middle to bulge and gives it its characteristic shape. The rest of the shaping is done during assembly.
Step #10: Attach the sepals
Attach the sepals radially around the base of the flower. Repeat this for a total of 5 sepals. Try to keep them as evenly spaced as possible.
- Do some final shaping and your duct tape rose is complete. Again, it is helpful to have a reference picture nearby.
- You can use the basic principles to make other flowers as well. Feel free to experiment and try out different designs.
- Leave a comment to share your designs, or if you can think of any potential improvements!