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May 8, 2012 // 15 comments // Categories: holidays, teacher appreciation // Tags: , , .

how to make flower pensIt’s Teacher Appreciation Week, a time I really believe teachers should get a little love, a pat on the back for all of their hard work, effort, and energy.

Though my kids’ school has a whole committee who plans a week of total awesomeness for our teachers, the second day of the week is usually reserved for a small note, treat, drawing, or handmade gift from the children.  In the past, Maddy, Owen, and Cora have made sweet fingerprint notecards or little storybooks for their teachers.

And we even made some water bottles a little happier--and a whole lot prettier–when it was all we could do to help.

But this year, Cora and I have been on a flower kick, so I thought we’d continue it through Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day (fyi: Mother’s Day spoiler alert to all the moms in our lives!).  Since both Grandma and Nanny love flowers, we thought they’d love a hand-painted pot of flower pens for their kitchen or desk.

Here’s the skinny. . .

  • Super-Easy, Beautiful Flower Pens: These were so easy, and they turned out so totally cute.

Cora and I picked up the supplies the last time we ran errands: medium-sized clay flower pots, floral tape, two packs of pens, a huge bag of beans, and three bunches of silk flowers (from the dollar store!).

how to make flower pens

We started by painting the pots.

I asked Maddy, Owen, and Cora what color paint they wanted, and I squirted it in their ‘palates’.

 

how to make flower pens

Owen decided to flip his pot for easier painting. . .

how to make flower pens

. . . and Cora wanted to paint hers the ‘normal’ way.

While the kids were painting their pots, I worked on assembling the flower pens.   It was so easy, and once I hit a groove, it went really quickly.

how to make flower pens

First I cut the flower from the stem, leaving about 2-3″ of stem below the flower.

how to make flower pens

Then I pulled off the leaves, including the small plastic part at the bottom, and I put the leaves right under the flower. I wanted the leaves to hang somewhat loosely so the top of the pen was covered.

I took the top off of the pen and used a small piece of floral tape to secure the flower to the pen so it wouldn’t wiggle while I taped it.

how to make flower pens

Finally, I started at the top of the pen and wound floral tape tightly along the pen, making sure to wrap the bottom part of the flower several times so it wouldn’t be a bump and it would be more subtle.

how to make flower pens

how to make flower pensOnce I got to the bottom of the pen, I wrapped the whole thing from bottom to top, ending at the flower.  I thought it would better secure the flower and make the pen look more ‘green’ instead of ‘grey’.

I created a really simple document with six Flower Pot Notes, and we printed them on pink and green cardstock.  They each had simple messages:

  • You are awesome!
  • Thank you!
  • I love you!
  • Thank you for all you do! and 
  • Here’s a hug for you!  

I thought they could be used for either Teacher Appreciation gifts or Mother’s Day gifts.  The Flower Pot Notes can be downloaded and printed here.

Then Maddy, Owen, and Cora wrote little messages to their teachers, and their note cards were ready!

how to make flower pens

I grabbed some small yogurt containers and hot glued them into each flower pot.  I didn’t know how else to cover the small drain hole, but I also wanted to keep the pens in the middle of the pot, not flopping over the edges.  Yay! Another super way to re-use our yogurt containers!

Then we filled each pot with beans.  They were the most affordable choice for us, though I’ve seen pots filled with foam, playdough, rocks, and beads.

how to make flower pens

Maddy adds beans to her pot. . .

how to make flower pens

 . . . and then she ‘plants’ her flowers!

We even found a use for the pen caps that we had discarded!

We used the pen caps as card holders; after the kids wrote their messages on the Flower Pot Note Cards, we taped them to the pen cap.  We stuck the flowers into the beans, added the note, and the Teacher Appreciation Gifts were ready!

 

 

how to make flower pens

Awesome!

how to make flower pens

We absolutely love how these turned out!

And that’s it–just a super-sweet way to recognize teachers, mothers, or grandmothers–or anyone!–for any occasion.  And it’s a gift that has a practical use–it’s not candy that teachers and mothers want but will be frustrated that they ate; it’s not another coffee mug or teacher ornament.  It’s something they’ll use and smile every time they do.

how to make flower pens

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week and happy, happy Mother’s Day!

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  1. Love these! My kids classes at preschool use these pens when we sign ina nd it looks so cheerful and makes the kids happy. Pinning this! Vicky from http://www.messforless.net

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    • thanks so much Vicky!! TOTALLY appreciate the pin and can’t thank you enough for reading, my friend! I agree–they make ME happy too!!

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  2. Such a cute idea! Love the innovative use of the pen cap too. I want to make one for me! :)

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  3. I’ve always wondered how to make pens like that, and teachers can really use these. Practical, helpful, and fun as the children can give something they made themselves. Thanks so much! Carolyn

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  4. Love this idea. What about doing a rainbow pot next time? I just ran across the rainbow pot idea online yesterday. Thinking I will combine them for this year’s mother’s day! http://www.dillydaliart.com/2012/04/rainbow-pour-painting-on-terra-cotta.html

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    • Megan. LOVE. THIS. IDEA!! Thanks so much for sharing–I’ve never heard of pour painting, so I’m totally psyched. Many thanks!!

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  5. I really like this idea and I am going to make them and put them on each of the desk in my office, this is a cute way to have something cheerful in the office and maybe stop people from stealing my pens, lol. Thanks for the step by step instructions, makes it very easy to complete the task.

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    Bobbi
    12/06/2012
    • Bobbi–you are so welcome!! Please do share a photo of yours when you finish them–I’d love to see them!

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  6. If you use Bic round Stic pens, the bottoms pop off and you can put the stem INSIDE the pen so that the pen isn’t uneven on the outside. Also, I have found that a coat of Mod Podge over the stems helps to secure the floral tape so it doesn’t unravel — it also takes away that slightly sticky feel of the floral tape!

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    Jennifer
    05/10/2012
    • Jennifer. That’s why I need more creative, crafty, and totally cool people in my life like you. THANK YOU!! I will take those tips and put them to use the very next time I’m flower-pen making!! Thank you thank you thank you for reading and HUGE thanks for taking the time to share these super tips!

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  7. I’ve done them with black beans – they look more like soil!

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    Julie
    15/11/2014

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