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Halloween is just around the corner, are your creative juices flowing? Do you like to decorate with pumpkins? (They're my favorite!)
The makers of Duck Tape® are hosting an awesome Stick or Treat Contest, and the prizes are awesome. I don't get to enter the contest, but I am sharing a tutorial for the pumpkin I made. I went with classic black and white, and made a flower covered pumpkin. Out of something recycled from a corner of my garage.
Duck Tape® Flower Pumpkin Tutorial
-Pumpkin (or another round object, like a soccer ball for instance.)
-Duck Tape® in your choice of colors or designs (I used two rolls for this project)
-Scissors ( I like using non-stick scissors when working with Duck Tape®.)
If you have a white pumpkin on hand, you can totally use one for this project. I didn't, and I had a hard time finding one. What I do have is a bucketload of old soccer balls. Yes, soccer balls. I picked a flat one, then drilled a hole in the bottom so that I could squish it down and have it lay flat. I accidentally deleted my photo with the actual hole, so I photo-shopped one in for you. Pretend the ball is squished flat on that side.
Next I covered the entire surface with white Duck Tape®. It doesn't need to look pretty, it just needs to cover the surface of the ball.
Now it's time to make the flowers. You're gonna need quite a few of them, so plan on watching a few of your favorite shows.
Start by cutting two pieces of Duck Tape® about 12" long. Then fold the Duck Tape® over on itself, leaving about 1/8" on the edge that is still sticky.
Cut slits along the folded edge about 1/4" apart. Make sure you don't cut all the way through the tape!
Now cut a circle out of the Duck Tape®. It doesn't need to be perfect.
With the sticky side of the circle up and the sticky edge of your tape down, wrap the edge of the tape around the edge of the circle. Continue taping around till you run out of tape. Then add the next piece and continue to the middle. If you have extra, you can cut it off and use it on the next flower. Push down the middle of the flower firmly to hold everything in place.
After you've made a bunch of flowers, start attaching them to your pumpkin form with Duck Tape®. As you can see in this photo, I started with a random pattern. I ended up not liking how it looked, so I pulled them off and attached them in rows. Much better in the end.
Keep adding flowers till your whole pumpkin is covered. The great thing about attaching them with Duck Tape® is that you can reposition them several times if you don't like the way things are looking. I re-did mine at least three times!
To make a stem, cut a long piece of Duck Tape®. Mine was about 15". Place it sticky side up on a flat surface. Cut another piece the same length and carefully place it sticky side down on top of the first one.
Trim off any of the white part that is showing. Then fold the tape in half lengthwise and make slits all the way across.
Then unfold the tape and roll it up. Secure the end with a piece of Duck Tape®.
Now attach your stem to the top with a piece of Duck Tape® folded over on itself sticky side out.
I am displaying my pumpkin on a cake stand. I added a black fringe to the edge of the plate with Duck Tape®. I used the same method as I did cutting the flowers, but instead of wrapping it around the tape, I stuck it to the edge of the plate. Easy, but super cute!
OK onto the Duck Tape® Stick or Treat Contest. I mentioned the awesome prizes. What are they you ask? You could win:
First Place: $1,000 and a Cricut Mini® Personal Electronic Cutter
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $300
To enter, all you have to do is submit a photo of a pumpkin you have decorated with Duck Tape®. They have some adorable Halloween designs available, or you can just use solid colors like I did. The contest will run till October 31st, and winners will be announced on November 11th.
You can find lots of inspiration by following @TheDuckBrand on twitter.
If you enter the contest, please let me know. I'd love to see your creations!!