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Topic: Flower-pot pens. W. TUTORIAL!  (Read 5377 times)
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ikissedmadonna
« on: April 11, 2005 02:10:28 PM »

Hello, This is my first time posting, after many months of lurking around at all these great ideas on the site, so please correct me if I am wrong XD. I recently came upon browsing crafts in diynet.com, and found this darling Idea for flowerpot pens. I tweeked it to my liking, and viola. me and my friend made about 10 of these, hence our craft obsession.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/roxiobabe711/IM000236.jpg

Mmmmkay, so lets move on to the tutorial.

Materials : (pretty much all these materials can be found at your neighborhood Walmart, or craft store)

Ballpoint pen (ones that you can take the ends out)
Green ribbon (ribbon that you use on birthday gifts works best)
Silk flowers (make sure they have those plastic things that hold the flower on the stem)
Mini Terracotta pots
Lace trim (optional)
Hot glue gun
Gravel (youll see what im talking about in the pictures)

okay, onward with the steps.

1) Remove the end from the pen (where the ink cartrage is) Make your life alot easier by buying ones with easily removable end, but if you dont hae any of those, just cut the end off with scisors. *yes, its possible =)*

2) Put a small dab of hot glue on the beginning of the pen, and start wrapping the green ribbon in a spiral motion. Stop when you get to the end you removed (or cut off), and put a small dab of glue to seal.

3) Choose your flower, and put glue on the knobby underside of the flower, and insert into the end of the pen. You might want to hold it there for a few seconds, so it doesnt move out of place.
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/roxiobabe711/IM000235.jpg

Finished pen : http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/roxiobabe711/IM000234.jpg

Okay, now you have the flower done, lets move onto the mini terracotta pot.

Lemme just say that you dont have to add lace trim around the end of the pot, I just did it to jazz it up. But you can just glue whatever trim you wish around it, or leave it plain. http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/roxiobabe711/IM000232.jpg

Add some gravel to the pot. This would be about the size you need, but you can use whatever you want, really. http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/roxiobabe711/IM000233.jpg

Now just put the pen in the pot, and enjoy. Makes a cute "garden party" favor, or give em out to your friends. Whatever you prefer =)

More pics
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/roxiobabe711/IM000237.jpg
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/roxiobabe711/IM000238.jpg

Alirighty, sorry if things werent clear, just ask me and ill be happy to clear it up for you. Peace Kiss
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ilovepaper
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2005 05:37:06 PM »

Yours came out really cute. These would be great to make for party favors or mother's day gifts for little kids.
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pinkcurtains
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2005 09:19:41 PM »

that is great!
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swalsh
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2005 06:08:33 PM »

very cool - i decided to make one for my mom for mother's day. her house has a tropical theme so i went with a palm tree rather than a flower. take a look:
http://www.swalsh.net/temp/flower1.jpg[/img]
http://www.swalsh.net/temp/flower2.jpg[/img]

to fill the pot I used craft foam then glued a layer of sand on top. I bent the pen (regular Bic) by slicing halfway through it in two places so it would have some give, then I made the "trunk" longer using floral wire. i taped some fake fern leaves together with floral tape to make them look like palm branches then wrapped the whole thing in more floral tape.
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Mikania
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2005 01:03:41 PM »

Those are always so fun. They use different ones for each season at the vet I take my dog to.  I think it's so people don't walk off with their pens, but it also makes the office more cheerful and funky.
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ikissedmadonna
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005 08:23:30 AM »

thanks...I LOVE the palm tree idea. have to try that soon...
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Bacall
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2005 07:03:43 PM »

I just made these! I made about 7 of them. I used florist tape, though, rather than ribbon.
The ball points that you can take the end out work MUCH better than any other kind of pen, but I was successful with other pens too.
I put my flower pens into an ince cream glass I got at the thrift store. It looks like a flower vase.
Instead of sand or marbles, I used river rocks I had left over from another project.
THey look really cute!
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emilu
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2006 12:15:19 AM »

This topic looks a little neglected, but I thought I'd post pictures of the flower pot pens my sister just made me.  She brought up a bag of fake flowers, terra cota pots, cheap pens, florists' tape, and beans and made this in about 20 minutes!

The flowers...


...are pens!


The "dirt" is beans:



close-up of one of the flower pens:



I can't wait to take this to work!  I also can't believe my sister made this for me.  She's probably worked about 80 hours this week so if she can do it, anyone can!
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brokendove
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2006 11:53:13 PM »

I have a video tutorial of these on my website if anyone needs more help with the "How To" aspect.
I have made so many of these, we used to run kids crafts about 10 yrs ago where all we did was make these over and over and over again...
arghh. I also made them for my wedding...
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2006 09:56:06 AM »

I did this for my mother for mothers day. Instead of using beans or sand or rocks for the bottom of the pot, I used green craft foam and then used "greenery" from the florals section with sticking some in and hotgluing some "grass" down. It made it look a lot fuller than just the 6 pens.
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