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Tutorial: Duct Tape Pumpkin with Button Flowers

12 September 2012 6,540 views 5 Comments

by heather

duct tape pumpkin

Today we are going to learn how to make duct tape-covered pumpkins with duct tape roses. This project is so easy even a child can do it -- in fact, my six year-old son Lewis made a video to show you just how easy it is to make this fun Halloween decoration. The duct tape flowers are only slightly intermediate, but oh, so fun. Add buttons or rhinestones in the center to add a whimsical touch.

Now is the time to check your dollar store for Halloween decorations. Why so early? Because the good stuff sells out quickly -- like these carvable foam pumpkins. I didn't even see these in the dollar store last year because they sold out so quickly!

duct tape pumpkin supplies

Project Materials:

  • Foam pumpkin, $1
  • Duct tape, on hand or $3 and up
  • Scissors, on hand
  • Buttons, on hand or $1 and up
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks, on hand

Total: $1 and up

duct tape pumpkin step 1

Make the Duct Tape Pumpkin:

1. Cut short strips of duct tape and begin covering the pumpkin from the stem and down the side of the pumpkin. Lay a strip down, and then smooth edges as well as you can. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be perfect.

2. Overlap each strip until the pumpkin is completely covered.

3. If desired, cover stem with a contrasting color of duct tape.

duct tape pumpkin flowers

How to Make Duct Tape Flowers:

Note: If this part seems confusing when you're reading it, please refer to the video above for video instructions.

duct tape flower step 1

1. Cut a piece of duct tape about 9 inches long.

2. Fold about 2/3 of the way up the piece of tape so you have a long piece of duct tape with about 1/2" of exposed adhesive. You are going to use the sticky part to make the pleats for the flower.

duct tape flower step 2

3. Begin to pleat the piece of tape at one end by pinching a bit of tape about every half inch, and flattening the pinch down on the sticky part of the tape. Keep pleating all the way down the tape.

duct tape flower step 4

4. When you have the whole piece of tape pleated, curl it up into a flower shape.

5. Use hot glue to affix a button to the center of the flower. Use hot glue to glue duct tape flowers onto the pumpkin.

duct tape pumpkin

Many thanks to my sponsor Scotch Duct Tape, who graciously provided me with tape and compensation in order to bring you this project tutorial! Scotch just launched a new line of duct tape: over 10 colors, 16 patterns and 10 combo packs of Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape.

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5 Comments »

  • Gail said:

    Loved the video, especially when your son said, “How about I just do this side”. So cute.

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