One of my colleagues at the public library where I work had a program for the tweens and teens: Ductivities. My co-worker bought a variety of duct tape to be used by the attendees and we were guided by books and technology to create different things. One of the attendees is a budding entrepreneur and he taught us all how to create roses using an ink pen!

It was simple enough that I have re-created a pen within minutes at my home.
Supplies:
Duct tape

Ink pen

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Step one:
Rip off a piece of duct tape the length of the pen. Wrap the pen with this piece of tape.

 

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Step two:

Tear off squares of duct tape, about 2 inches long.

 

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Step three:

With the sticky side of the  tape up, fold one edge towards the middle of the square Leave some stickiness on the side and bottom.

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Step four:

Take the parallel edge and fold it over, leaving only stickiness on the bottom of the strip.

 

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Step five:

Add the sticky side to the top of your pen, with points going up.  Add pieces of tape until the flower is the size you want. (I prefer a smaller ‘flower’ but you may add ‘petals’ until the flower is the size you’d like.

 

 

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This was a relatively easy and and inexpensive activity. I bought Duct Tape for 3.99 and used pens that I had at home. The craft itself, once you are comfortable measuring the leaves, took all of 15-20 minutes to complete.

Now you are writing pretty!

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  1. Gina B

    February 7th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Cool project! And very easy. This would be a great way to personalize pens & pencils for my girls, who fight over them 🙂

  2. Rachee

    February 7th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    With the duct tape so inexpensive I say go for it!

  3. Raising Dick and Jane

    February 7th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Super Cute. What a great way to make something boring like a pen . . fun!

  4. Rachee

    February 7th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I know! It gives new life to all of our pens!

  5. Raya

    February 7th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    That was cute! I think boys and girls would like this (thinking about The Boy and his aversion to girlyness).

  6. Rachee

    February 7th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    There is all kinds of prints! He could make a wallet too.

  7. Jamie

    February 7th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    My son is the duct tape king – he made his school backpack out of duct tape!!! I’ll have to share this with him for Valentine’s Day as a hint for Mom!! 🙂 Pinned & Tweeted!

  8. Rachee

    February 7th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    A back pack…WOW!

  9. Ellen Christian

    February 7th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    How neat. I’ve always wanted to try this!

  10. Rachee

    February 7th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    It was so easy to do. I can’t believe how simple it was!

  11. Heather

    February 7th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Cute! I could see the kids liking this for school!

  12. Rachee

    February 7th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    My daughter took mine to school and all of the kids in her class thought she bought it.

  13. Linda Kinsman

    February 7th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    So cute! My daughters are all about the duct tape right now so this project is right up their alley. We will have to put this on our rainy day craft list. Thanks!

  14. Rachee

    February 7th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    The thanks really goes to my library kids! They were so excited to make this and I got caught up in the excitement.

  15. Noelle (@singerinkitchen)

    February 7th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Cute idea!

  16. Rachee

    February 10th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    The kids at the library started it and I got hooked!

  17. Mag@GirlyCreation

    February 8th, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I have seen people using duct tapes to make a lot of things. I even see books teaching how to make tote bags, wallets, headclips in the library. If I remember it right, I even have seen youtube videos teaching how to make clothes out of duct tapes.

  18. Rachee

    February 10th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I tried to make a headband but got too frustrated. The rose seemed easiest and was fun.

  19. Joyce@MommyTalkShow

    February 9th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’m not a crafty mom because the thought of glue and glitter in my home make me cringe. I like the idea of a cheap, clean craft even my 2 year old can do.
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Rachee

    February 10th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    We totally have a ban on glitter, sand, packing peanuts and the like but this was so doable!

  21. MELISASource

    February 9th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Very cute!

  22. Rachee

    February 10th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks!

  23. uneeka jay (@powermommy)

    February 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    hmmm. Now you have me looking around my house for things to tape.

  24. Rachee

    February 10th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    It was so easy! My daighter and I are working on an apron.

  25. Chasing Joy

    February 10th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I did not know you could get duct tape in cool patters and colors like that.

  26. Rose Powell

    February 13th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    That is awesome! I love the duct tape too. I’ve always wanted to spot my pens, I might have to try this… Thanks for sharing!