Where do you get your inspiration? Or maybe I should say, your craziest ideas? As you might know, I love the look of tie dye (evidenced by my Tie-Dye Ribbon Wreath and Tie-Dye Bulletin Board?). And, I wondered what I could make from duct tape. . . And then I saw tie-dye duct tape. Perfect! My Tie-Dye Duct Tape Wreath was born.
I’ve often said that no matter what the trend, STYROFOAM Brand Foam goes with it and indeed, I discovered that it’s a great surface for duct tape. I really had fun making this Tie-Dye Duct Tape Wreath and in fact, made three duct tape wreaths (I’ll share wreath #3 another day).
First, it was trial & error time, and I’ll show you a little of my behind-the-scenes “engineering.” I used a very old roll of duct tape to determine the best way to wrap a wreath – you can see the tape was kind of crumbly. The tape is 1-7/8” wide, which I discovered was too wide to wrap neatly around the wreath. A strip measuring 1-1/4” to 1-1/2” wide could be wrapped more smoothly around the wreath, and fortunately, it’s super-easy to tear the duct tape to the right width. And don’t throw out those skinny little scraps – I’ll share an idea for those, too, sometime soon.
To make a Tie-Dye Duct Tape Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Duct tape, one roll in your favorite pattern
- Silk flowers, butterfly, or other embellishments
- Straight pins
- Low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
- Tools needed: Scissors; wire knippers
To make a Tie-Dye Duct Tape Wreath:
1. Tear 36” length of duct tape from the roll. Starting at one end of the strip, tear off a narrow strip, about ½” wide, lengthwise. Carefully put aside the ½”wide strip for a future use.
2. Pin the wider duct tape strip to the back of the wreath and wrap the strip round & round the wreath, slightly overlapping with each pass. Pin the other end of the strip to the back of the wreath, and trim any extra tape. Repeat, wrapping the wreath with strips of duct tape till it’s covered.
3. Add your embellishments. If needed, clip stems off silk flowers using wire knippers. Glue on flowers, butterflies, etc., with a low-temp glue gun.
4. To hang your wreath, you can fold in half a 12” x 1” length of duct tape and pin and glue the tape loop to the back of the wreath. Or, use a 12” length of ribbon as your hanger.
So, what do you think — would you make a duct tape wreath? And how should I have embellished the blue Tie-Dye Duct Tape Wreath??