What can’t you do with duct tape, really? Today, I have a great gift topper idea for your Christmas wrapping, using duct tape and a foil lid. Make several and create a wreath, or garland. This is a unique, inexpensive way to add a handmade touch to your presents this year.
I used my poinsettia Sizzix die, but I showed you in this DIY poinsettia wreath tutorial a great template for creating poinsettias by hand from Eri Doodle. This can be done easily by hand.
Poinsettia die or template
Foil lid (available at Sam’s Club in 15 packs for $13)
Red and/or white Duct tape
Green Acrylic paint and primer or green Duct tape
Gold or yellow beads for center
Clear, tacky glue
Apply strips of duct tape over the foil lid, making sure to smooth out any air bubbles as you go. I use the flat inner section of the lid only.
Continue until entire flat part of lid is covered if you want to make several flowers, or just do 2 strips of duct for a single flower.
Cut out the duct tape covered area with scissors and either die cut or trace template with a pen and cut out petals by hand. You will need 2 green petals for each flower for the leaves. For this, primer the lid and paint with green acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart Glitter paint in green) or just use green duct tape. I wanted the glitter look, and wasn’t too thrilled with the shade of green duct tape in the store.
The purpose of the foil is so that you can shape your leaves by creasing them down the center and curling the tip under for a greater 3D effect. This foil holds the shape great, but you still get the color and gloss of the duct tape.
For flower assembly – Refer to the pic below for petal arrangement. You can use glue like I did in the paper example pictured, but I prefer to punch a hole at the bottom of each petal (stack several petals and punch them at once to save time), and at the center of the central start, then put a brad through all the holes to connect the parts.
That is it.