Duct Tape Bow Tutorial

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWho knew duct tape could be so versatile. Come learn how to make every man’s staple into every women’s accessory. This Duct Tap Bow Tutorial is quick, easy, and a load of fun.

Hi. My name is Rena Hobbs of Rena’s Duct Tape and Stuff. I am excited to share with you this tutorial that teaches you how to make a duct tape bow. As a clippie or a ring, it is quick so you can use this as a last minute gift, stocking stuffer or a show filler. With all the duct tape patterns that are available, the possibilities of bows are endless. As the saying goes “If you can’t fix it with duct tape, you ain’t using enough duct tape.”

Let’s get started.

Supplies:

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogDuct Tape
Alligator or small french clip
Scissors
(You need non stick scissors or WD-40 to spray on a regular pair of scissors to keep them from sticking to the tape.)
Self Healing Cutting Mat
(This is good to lay your duct tape strips on as the tape doesn’t stick to it. This is however not totally needed. You can also put your strips on the edge of a table.)
Ruler
(If you are not using a self healing mat.)

Step 1

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogCut a 6 inch piece, a 9 inch piece and 2 small 1/2 inch wide strips. These are approximate measurements. Once you get the hang of making these you won’t really need to measure anymore.

Step 2Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogFlip over the 9 inch piece so the sticky side is up. Then put the 6 inch piece as centered as you can sticky sides together. Don’t worry about being perfect here. You will be able to trim off any excess soon.

Step 3
Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogDuct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogFold the tape in half lining up the ends of the 6 inch piece till you make a crease. That will mark the center to help you in the next steps.

Step 4

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogDuct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWith the sticky end fold it over so that the end of the 6 inch piece matches up with the crease made in step 3. Do the same with the other end. What you will end up with is a figure eight. If there is any extra length after folding cut that off.

Step 5
Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNext cut off the edges that may or may not be sticky. This should only be a sliver of tape.

Step 6

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNext thing you will do is take the figure eight and fold it in half lengthwise. You are going to accordion fold it.

Step 7

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow fold lengthwise on both sides till you make a “w”. Then finish in length folding again. You should now have an accordion folded duct tape thingie (please forgive me for talking in the language of thingies).

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Step 8

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow take that small strip, and put it over the center of the accordion folded thing. You should still be able to see the crease made earlier. Wrap it around.

Step 9
Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow take the rather flat looking bow and fluff the sides so that it looks awesome.

Step 10

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow take the second small strip and put that on the clip near the pinch part on the flat side of the clip.

Step 11
Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow hold the bow on the clip so that you can wrap the strip to attach the bow to the clip. Then wrap the strip around.

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

To Make A Bow Ring:
After you have made the bow, cut a strip of duct tape about 2-3 inches long.

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Cut that strip in thirds lengthwise.

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Fold one of those strips in thirds so that you have a thin strip of folded tape.

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Using a small strip, attach the thin strip to the bow.

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Place the bow on the finger you want to wear it on. Cut the ring to the size you need.

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Then take one more small strip and tape together the ring.

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Now enjoy your unique ring!

Duct Tape Bow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you have any questions you can email me at mommatobabies@gmail.com with duct tape in the subject line so I don’t miss it. Also be sure to check out my duct tape fan page at www.facebook.com/renasducttapeandstuff.


Thank you Rena! Wow, how fun to be able to play with duck tape! This Duct Tape Bow Tutorial is so great and these bows are so cute and are really fun to wear in your hair or on your finger. To look at more of Rena’s Duck Tape creations, visit her fan page above.

The Ribbon Retreat has a large variety of colorful, college, metallic, and print duck tape. Visit our website to discover all of the wonderful duck tape we have for you to create all types of innovative duck tape goodness!

Happy Creating!!
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2 Comments

  1. Rebeca
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    That is super cute!! Thanks for sharing duct tape creations. I do look forward to seeing more duct tape tutorials.

  2. janice jenkins
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    awesome idea, would like to make more things w/duct tape,,, Thanks so much for sharing

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