As school starts up there's no better time for getting your kid off to a fresh, fun, organized start. Here's a classic desk craft for style-minded students. These homemade pen bouquets put some fun into doing homework and they make for a lovely floral arrangement that will last for years! As an added bonus, your child will create such distinctively decorated writing implements that organization will be easy - everyone in your home will know instantly where these pens belong!
Marbles or decorative pebbles to fill the pot to about 3/4" below the top rim
Green florist's tape (smooth, mat plastic tape with sticky back, available at craft stores)
Assorted silk flowers with stems
Pack of 6 plain ball-point pens
What You Do:
Start with a plain ballpoint pen, and remove the cap. Choose a silk or plastic flower—or a small bunch of them—clipping the stems so that there is at least 3" left.
Lay the flower stems along the top of the pen (the end furthest from the ball point), so that they seem to “blossom” from it. Starting at the top of the pen, hold the stems in place and wind the florist tape around the pen again and again, to make one firm green “stalk.”
Repeat with several more pens, so that you have a pen “bouquet.”
Pour the decorative pebbles into your 4” pot, leaving about 3/4" space between the top of the pebbles and the rim of the pot. Now “plant” your pens in the pot, so that they stand up attractively. They'll make a fabulous desk decoration, or even a gift for a friend getting ready for a great school year too!
Julie Williams, M.A. Education, taught middle and high school history and English for seventeen years. Since then, she has volunteered in elementary classrooms while raising her two sons and earning a master's in school administration. She has also been a leader in her local PTA.