Saturday, June 19, 2010

Flower Pot Pen Craft - How To

Friday was the kids' last day of school. I am now the proud mama to a 5th grader, 4th grader, and 2nd grader, yikes! At the end of each year (as well as various times throughout the year) we like to thank the kids teachers for all the hard work they put in. This year I decided to be creative and have the kids make their teachers' gifts. I knew the flower pot pens were easy and affordable to make but I had no idea how affordable and easy.

Flower Pot Pen Craft

Supply List

-Two stems of silk flowers with 5 flowers on each stem

-Green duct tape (at craft store)

-Package of 10 ball point pens

-Terracotta pot

-Paint to match

-Ribbon to match

-Fabric paint (if gift and you want to include a message)

-Gift bag (if gift, at craft store)

-Disposable paint brush

-Paper plate (for paint)

-Beans (bagged, uncooked, I used red beans)

How To

1. Cover work area in newspaper for easy clean up.

2. Pour paint onto paper plate. We started with a half dollar size glob and add more as needed.

3. Use brush to either paint terracotta pot or dip child's hand into paint to make a hand print on the outside of pot. I let my children decide and they all opted to paint the entire pot orange not put their hand print on it.

4. While paint dries cut flowers from stem, approximately 1 inch from flower.

5. Take pens from package and discard pen caps.

6. Tear approximately 1 inch squares of green duct tape and attach flower to top of pen with duct tape. Continue to tape the pen from top until bottom with 1 inch strips of tape so pen appears to be flower stem and not a pen.

7. Once paint dries, add beans to pots.

8. Use fabric paint to add message to pot, if desired. My children wrote messages to their teachers on theirs.

9. Add pens, now flowers, to pot.

10. Add ribbon to pot, if desired.

11. Once completely dry, if a gift, wrap in cellphone bag and close with ribbon.

All three of my children did this nearly independently and enjoyed it. Start to finish this project took less than 1 hour and cost $30 to make three gifts.


Unknown said...

I love the cellophane wrap - it totally take this gift up a notch! I personally have a deep and abiding love for pens with big flowers attached because in a house of males that it the only way I can guarantee I'll have a pen when I need one.

Gina said...

I made these for L's teachers for Valentine's Day and they loved them. I used floral tape, not duct tape. I wonder if your way is easier!

Unknown said...

So crafty and what a great idea! As a teacher I'd love that gift. I'm done for the year but my daughter still has two more days left. Enjoy the summer!!!

Brittany Ann said...

As a teacher, I have to say this is a great gift! I'd love to expect this! Nice work, my friend!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

You are awesome! I'd tape my fingers together.

Unknown said...

what a GREAT idea =)

i might steal the idea for future craft ideas =)

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

I used to makes these and I can attest they are fun, quick and pretty inexpensive. I always used floral tape and never thought of duct tape. Do you think duct tape was pretty easy to manage?

Tell the kids their pots look awesome! xo

Ali said...

Very cute! I took the easy way out and just gave money! Thanks for your well wishes when I lost my dog--it means a lot:)

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