Turn black duct tape into a boo-quet of frightening flowers for Halloween. Make single flowers or arrange several on a wreath you can hang indoors or outside.
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From a roll of 1-7/8-in-wide black duct tape, cut 20 pieces about 3-in long to make one rose. For each rose you make, cut and straighten an 8-in piece of 14-gauge wire or cut a 1/8-in round dowel 8-in long.
Make your first rose using 20 pieces of tape. Then experiment using more or fewer pieces to adjust the size of additional roses.
For each piece of tape, fold over one corner to leave about 3/16-in of adhesive exposed along the opposite edge.
Fold over the opposite corner to form a point on one end of the duct tape. Repeat for the remaining pieces of tape.
Wrap the first piece of tape tightly around the end of the wire or dowel to form the center of the rose.
Continue adding pieces of tape on alternating sides of the wire or dowel to expand the shape of the rose until it's completed.
Press the sides of the rose tightly together to keep the tape from pulling away. If necessary, fan the petals out slightly to resemble the shape of a rose.
Duct tape comes in a rainbow of colors. Pick up a couple rolls in your favorite shades to create a spring bouquet or a dozen red roses for Valentine's Day.
To make a wreath, begin by cutting a 60-in-long piece from the 23-ft of 1/2-in black vinyl tubing and a 66-in-long piece of 14-gauge wire. Bend a 1/2-in hook at one end of the wire and thread the other end through the tube. Twist the wire ends together to form a single loop in the tube and clip off the excess wire.
Cut a 3-ft length of tubing from the remaining supply and set it aside. Then loosely loop the rest of the tubing around the circle you formed in the previous step. Use cable ties to connect some, but not all, of the loops at three locations around the circle. The loops should appear loosely grouped.
Cut the 3-ft tube into two 18-in pieces. Cut two 24-in pieces of wire and insert one wire through each 18-in tube. Form two loops in a tube and tie the wire ends to the wreath to resemble a bow. Repeat for the other 18-in tube and clip off the excess wire.
Use wires at the ends of your roses to connect them to the tube. Group the flowers to conceal the connections on the tubing in the first step and hide the cable ties where the small loops were tied in place. Clip excess wire off the roses as needed.
Coil wire around a broom handle or 1-in dowel to form spirals with about 4-in of straight wire at one end. Tie the spirals to the tubes near the roses and clip off any excess wire.
In addition to a wreath, you can turn bunches of duct-tape roses into a bouquet. Cut a flat bottom on a foam ball and fasten it to the bottom of a shallow container with double-sided tape. Then insert the wire ends of roses into the foam to form an arrangement.