I’ll bet you’ve had this conversation before: someone asks, “Hey, can I borrow your pen for just a sec?” And you, being the awesome person you are, say, “Sure, here you go!” And then you never see it again. Am I right? Well, with this cute and easy project, you can design pretty pens that are so obviously not your average run-of-the-mill writer that I don’t think anyone could accidentally walk off with them.
Although, they are so cute, someone might take one “accidentally-on-purpose!”
This project is also great for kids’ birthday parties and mom/grandma/teacher gifts, but more on that later. Here is the how-to:
1. Gather Your Supplies
All you need is:
- a flower pot or planter. Here, I’m using a lovely vintage milk glass planter I got from a thrift store. Typical me, huh?
- You’ll need some basic ink pens, not the click-in-and-out kind
- some floral tape (silk flower section at WalMart or craft store,)
- cheap silk flowers
- heavy duty shears or wire cutters
- Lastly, some very small, smooth pebbles from the craft store or dollar store. Use small ones, large ones make it too hard to “jam” the pens down into the pot.
2. Trim the Stems
Cut the silk flowers at the very base of each stem. Move any silk leaves up to the flower, or remove them if you don’t want them. They have a wire inside the stem, so you’ll need wire cutters or heavy duty shears for this, and a little muscle power!
3. It’s A Wrap
Hold one pen against one flower stem, so that the flower is at the top of the pen, and the cut end of the stem is near the writing end of the pen. Begin wrapping the stem and pen with the floral tape. This stuff is lightly sticky, so you don’t need to use any tape or glue. Just start wrapping and spinning the pen/stem combo, and press the floral tape as you go. It somehow all sticks together.
Make as many as you like for your flower pot, each one only takes a minute or two.
Fill your flower pot with the small rocks and jam in the pens and even some scissors and you’re all set. This is a really great thing to have at work, especially if you’re in a public area like a lobby, because people won’t “forget” and walk off with your flower pen – that flower is a bit obvious sticking out of a shirt pocket!
Awwwwe, there’s my pet rock, circa 1976. 🙂
The Preschool Version
My daughter made me this one in preschool -awwwe. The teachers helped the kids with the pens, but the kids painted the pots and stuck the little foamies on the pots, and it made a darling Mothers Day gift. I still use it in my kitchen, and we always have pens, pencils, and scissors handy.
The Kids’ Birthday Party Version
For my daughter’s birthday party one year, we told the invitees to wear something that could get messed up because we were going to be painting flower pots! One mom said, “You’re brave, girl!” But the girls had so much fun, and we also made the flower pens for them to use in their flower pots. This was a big hit.
I hope this has inspired you to give this project a try – it is too easy, and will give your desk a little something unique. Please share your ideas in the Comments, I enjoy reading each of them!
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