DIY Duct Tape Gift Wrap

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

If you’re anything like me, there’s a good chance that perfectly wrapped gifts just make you smile. Every year about this time I start thinking about pretty gift wrapping, ribbons, tags and bows. (Quite obsessively, if we’re being totally honest here.) Recently, I was playing around with some red duct tape that I picked up at a local craft shop for $1 a roll and came up with this cute and funky twist on the classic big red bow. What I love about this is how simple and inexpensive it is, while still giving your packages a totally chic holiday look!

Supplies -

  • Kraft paper
  • Tape
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

The first step is to wrap your package with kraft paper or another paper of your choice. You can find kraft paper everywhere this time of year, cropping up alongside shipping supplies in most big box stores. You can also regularly find it in paint supply departments, too. Next up, run two pieces of your duct tape criss cross along your package, akin to how you would tie on a ribbon. Then it’s time to make duct tape ribbon! Yup, duct tape ribbon.

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

Run a long length of duct tape and adhere it firmly to a piece of kraft paper. Apply pressure as you go to make sure the tape holds firm to the paper. We’re going to use this to create the bow by essentially taking the tape and turning it into a kraft-backed ribbon.

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

Once you have your tape attached to the kraft paper, make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles so the entire surface of your tape is adhered to the paper.

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

Using your scissors, cut alongside the tape to form a long strip of the so-called duct tape ribbon. If any of the edges lift up while you’re cutting, smooth it back down to keep the kraft paper firmly adhered to your tape.

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

Next up, it’s bow time! Cut your duct tape ribbon to a length approximately two and a half times the width of your package. Then lightly fold it in half to make a small crease in the middle.

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

Put a good size dob of hot glue at the crease mark you just made on the underside of the duct tape ribbon. Fold in either side and attach just the edge very firmly to the hot glue.

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

What you’ll be left with is the start of your big red bow! Let the glue set up and dry firmly. While the glue is cooling, take another strip of your duct tape ribbon and trim it to be about 2/3 it’s original width. This will form the middle section of the bow.

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

Trim the ribbon to length by wrapping it around the bow you’ve already formed and leaving a bit of extra length. I like to wrap it around my fingers to give it a bit of shape before attaching it to the bow. To attach, just wrap either side around the center of the bow and attach on the back with hot glue.

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

What you’ll be left with is an adorable big red bow that is perfect for topping off your package. Center it along the top of your package, attach with another glob of hot glue and you’re good to go!

DIY duct tape ribbon gift wrap | The Sweetest Occasion

{Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.}

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Comments

Wow! This is SO creative, looks like patent leather, brill!

cyd

Thanks, lady! This was so much fun to do, glad you approve! ;-)

Ana R.

I love it, oh and your ring is just beautiful!

Love this! what a perfect little bow!!!

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Desiree Young

What an adorable idea! Thanks for sharing.
Dez

p.s. I, too, was admiring your lovely ring! :)

I just wanted to tell you that I love this – it’s so simple yet pretty :)

Random but related to Duck Tape: if you watch Project Runway did you see their tape challenge? :)

cyd

I did see that episode! I love that show lol ;-)

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