How to make a duct tape pot (tutorial)

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It’s here! It’s here! okay, don’t get all excited…it’s just the tutorial for that darn ruffled Duct Tape pot.  That pot hit the spot for lots of folks (ha, such a dork) and I have been getting a lot of requests for the how-to.  It’s simple, and easy, relatively quick (this one took me 20 minutes) and inexpensive. What more could you ask for?  I’m going to show you the in-process photos first; the tutorial is at the end.









  • Duct Tape (this small pot took about 3/4 of a roll….if that helps).  Many Walmarts have a ton of fun colors now, but you can also find a wide variety on Amazon if you have something specific in mind.
  • pot

To Do:

  1. Rip small strips of Duck Tape and fold 1/3 of it in towards itself. The top sticky part is what we attach to the pot. The bottomfold is the “ruffle”.
  2. Attach the sticky side of the “ruffle” to the pot. Occasionally add a crease as you stick it on. Don’t worry about perfection with the creases, it will be covered. All the creases and bunches add to the ruffle effect.
  3.  Repeat process with your additional color, if you chose to do more then one. Be sure to put the next ruffle on in such a way as to cover the pot.
  4.  Repeat the process, staggering your colors and covering the pot in the process.
  5.  At the top, cover the pot with Duck Tape.
  6. Then add your ruffle at the top and work your ruffles in down towards where you left off. This helps give a nice line to the top of the pot. Looking fancy pancy.
  7.  Be sure to add a strip of Duck Tape to the interior of the pot. Your soil won’t be all the way to the top…will it? You want the inside to look pretty, too!

There you go, your finished duct tape pot…

(poor little geranium with no bud…at least it has a pretty pot!)

and a picture of the one that got all of the attention from THIS POST...

note: in this one I attached the top ruffle INSIDE the pot so it would stick out like that…simply preference.

Okay…you all go get stuff and make one of these duct tape pots

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Margo

    May 31, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Duct tape does fade in the sun.

  2. Michelle L.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    How cool and cute are these! Had to come see after you mentioned them on Twitter chat. Love it!

  3. faithfilledcc

    May 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

    The secret to making the duct tape ruffled pot is out! I might be able to do this myself or better yet I could give the stuff to Miss Jadee to complete tho! Thinking it would look better!! Way cute, way creative, way cool…hey, just like you!! ;-)

  4. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    May 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    This Pot hit My spot– ! You are a dork and I loved the line, you got a chuckle out of me! You are pretty darn creative over there…keep rocking it out Martha!!

  5. Gwen

    May 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

    You are too cool for school… keep that crazy brain of yours fed so it can keep churning out these amazing projects! WHAZUP….

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