How to Make a Duct Tape Bow for Wreaths

The perfect bow for your duct tape holiday wreath.
Materials List

Duct tape fabric (enough to cover the surface area of your whole bow)

A work surface such as a fabric-covered board

Permanent marker



How to
Step 1

First, you will need to create a bow shape with your duct tape fabric. You'll need to draw a general bow shape on paper; it can be helpful to fold the paper in half and draw half a bow along the crease to ensure symmetry. Once you have a bow shape, cut it out and trace it onto your sheet of duct tape fabric, and cut that out.

Step 2

Next, just as you did with your Duct Tape Wreath, you're going to need to make many, many duct tape "houses"! Take a 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" square piece of duct tape and fold two corners down into a point, leaving a strip of exposed stickiness, as shown.

Step 3

You're gonna need a LOT of these pieces.

Step 4

Start at the top of your bow, and place a "house" piece along the edge so that the sticky side adheres to the fabric, and the point juts off of the edge. Mirror this on the other side of your bow. You want everything to be even, so when you place a piece on the left side, you'll always immediately mirror it on your right.

Step 5

Place more "house" pieces along the outer edge of your bow-shaped fabric. Have them overlap each other slightly on their sides. Remember to place a piece first on the left, then mirror it on the right to ensure symmetry!

Step 6

Next, you'll want to cover the "tails" of your bow with "house" pieces. Start at the very bottom of the "tail" and place a "house" piece. Place a second "house" piece slightly higher up, so that the pieces are slightly staggered. You want to be able to see both pieces distinctly, but not have a gap in between. Continue moving up toward the bow's body until both "tails" are covered.

Step 7

Going back to the "body" of the bow, create another layer of "house" pieces slightly inside of the first row around the perimeter. Follow the curved shape of the bow, slightly overlapping your pieces, to create a kind of spiral. Then repeat this process on the inside of that spiral. The goal is to cover your bow's body in spiral after spiral of "house" shaped pieces, as shown in the picture.

Step 8

In the end, you'll have covered nearly all of your bow's body -- but the center doesn't look quite as neat as we'd like!

Step 9

So, take two "house" pieces and lay them in the center, with one facing up and one facing down.

Step 10

As an added touch to the center of your bow, create two skinny "house" pieces by folding in the sides of two regular pieces.

Step 11

Then place those in the center, once again with one facing up, and one facing down.

Step 12

Create six more "skinny house" pieces, and place them coming out from the center of your bow, with three on each side, as shown in the picture.

Step 13

Finally, you'll need a few square pieces. All you need to do is create a "house" piece, and then fold the last two corners in.

Step 14

Place these square pieces right in the center for a finishing touch! Use hot glue (requires an adult), glue dots, or a loop of duct tape to affix them. This is what our finished front looks like!

Step 15

And this is what the back looks like!

Craft Length
60 minutes or more
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Duct Tape
Prep Time
20 minutes or more
1 adult per 2 children