an unconventional diy pleated wreath {made of duct tape!}

There are only a handful of shows I watch regularly and Project Runway is perhaps my very favorite. I always love seeing the art these amazing designers can create with limited time, a small budget and sometimes, the oddest of materials. In a show last year, the designers made prom dresses out of duct tape. Gorgeous dresses! Out of tape! Amazing. During the runway show, I caught a glimpse of the petticoat of one of the dresses and it immediately inspired this wreath. It just took me about a year to finally get to it.

Totally unconventional, slightly quirky, but easy to make, super cheap and durable for the upcoming cold and blustery winter days.



Want to make one? Here’s how …



styrofoam wreath form / 2 rolls of duck brand duct tape / scissors

// STEP ONE // unroll tape and fold over 1.5 inches. Cut and leave 1/2 inch extra tape. You’ll need a bunch of these little pleats so you can make them now or as you go. If you want your wreath to be larger, make your pleats longer. Or vary the sizes so that the outer pleats are longer than the inside pleats.


// STEP TWO // on back side of wreath, stick pleat to center of wreath form.


Continue around, overlapping about half of the previous pleat.

// STEP THREE // After each completed circle, begin a new row, overlapping in the same direction all the way around the wreath.


As you keep adding rows of pleats, you’ll need to switch the direction of your tape so that it covers down to the inside of the wreath. It will make sense once you start going.


Here’s the wreath with one, two, three and four layers. I think I did a total of six to fill it out.

// STEP FOUR //  add a thick grosgrain ribbon to hang, attaching each end with a thumb tack.


Then hang from a door.


It’s so strange, I readily admit. But totally different and interesting and actually really pretty, too.


I have a handful of wreath ideas for this holiday season that I’ll be posting about over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

27 Responses to an unconventional diy pleated wreath {made of duct tape!}

  1. Rachel Havens May 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm #

    I was wondering if you could use different coloured duct tape besides white to make your wreath, as they have so many varieties of colors and designs out now a days. Thank you m. RACHEL.

    • Donna July 15, 2017 at 3:51 am #

      Yes. Use any color you want. Small caveat, paint or wrap the wreath form with the color you’ll be using otherwise if there’s as my gaps it’ll show up White.

  2. Cheryl @ Artzzle September 6, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Visiting from Thistlewood Farm today. This is so cool. I want to experiment with different colors and patterns of tape. Think my granddaughters are gonna love this one too!

  3. Melody December 16, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Emily, this turned out beautiful!! I just made one over the weekend and I love it! It’s so classic and it looks wonderful on your black door! Being duck tape, I’m sure it will withstand the elements. I will hang ours in Master bedroom at the top of large mirror. The only trouble I had was hanging it. I used a thumb tack and it fell, so I added a drop of Gorilla Glue to securethe tack in the foam. I had not used Duck tape before, so the folding part took a little practice. Wow, that stuff is sticky!!

  4. Liza November 17, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    I tried to make this tonight and it totally didn’t work out!!! AHHH!!

    • emily November 18, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      yikes. Sorry about that.

  5. Gwendolyn November 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    You, my friend, are a genius. Clean, simple, and modern..just lovely.

  6. Stacia November 15, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    I’m not a big wreath girl but this was so unique I had to make it! I had a 14 inch ring and finished it in less than 2 hours. It was pretty slow-go at first but then got the hang of it and it went really fast. Thank you for such a cheap chic idea!

  7. Shannon [Our Home Notebook] November 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    So, so pretty and creative. Duct tape has never looked so good :)

  8. Nazim Nice November 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Nice! Love the idea of making something beautiful from unconventional materials.

  9. Rebekah Disch November 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    LOVE this. Looks like pleated ribbon… I think I may actually try this one. Thanks for letting us in on your great idea!!

  10. Erica T November 14, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I’m generally a wreath-hater (99% of them look so awkward and pretentious to me), but this…this, I could do. Kudos!

  11. paula November 13, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    That is so pretty and elegant looking! I might give it a try! How long did it take you to make it? Thanks for sharing!

  12. valerie November 13, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    e this emily! you make everything look pretty even duct tape!:)

  13. Kay Green November 13, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Love it—the white is elegant, but I’m thinking I could do this with my Texas A&M tape and use it for tailgating. It wouldn’t ruin in the rain and look cute!
    Thanks for the idea.

  14. Lisa @ greylustergirl November 13, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    This is breathtaking Emily! I get your emails on my phone so that I when I first saw the wreath but I had jump on my computer and come over to comment about how much I love it! Your sense of style is impeccable!

  15. Rosanne November 13, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    eek! this is cute, and i am very excited to see your holiday wreath ideas!

  16. Michaela Jean November 13, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Absolutely LOVE this! Who knew the holidays could be so chic?




  17. MomofTwinGirls November 13, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    Cute wreath. Did you paint over your door numbers, or did you just write this post before you added them?

    • emily November 13, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      The numbers are still there … just photoshopped them out for this photo :)

  18. kimberly oyler November 13, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    you are quite the patient woman. love this.

  19. k November 13, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Love this! My 12 y.o. daughter is going to love making one. Thanks so much.

  20. Aja November 13, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    How fun! I’ve been trying to come up with a wreath to DIY, so I can’t wait to see all your ideas!

  21. Chaney November 13, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Oh Emily, I LOVE this! You really wouldn’t know it was duct tape from the photos (and who cares if it is if it looks pretty!). Thanks for sharing your awesome tutorial!

  22. Amy@eatsleepdecorate November 13, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Oh my gosh! Too cute and I can’t believe it is duck tape! So going to try this out! Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline November 13, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    I would never had known it was Duct Tape if you didn’t tell us!! It looks amazing!! This would be a fun and affordable ladies craft night idea!

  24. Kendra November 13, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Very cute! I wouldn’t have even guessed that it’s duct tape!

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