This is a sponsored post and is part of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores National Craft Month Campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.
Spring is just around the corner and with every season come new trends. What you'll be seeing on the runway and decorating magazine this spring are nautical, floral, and geometric shapes along with radiant orchid pieces. Don't these all sound fun? Well why wait until you see these items in the store? Grab your glue gun and "Get Your Craft On" 'cause March is National Craft Month! Oh, and I'm super excited to share that Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website.
Now, you are probably going to laugh, but last week when everyone was stocking up for winter storm "Titan" I went to Jo-Ann's to stock up on some crafting supplies. Hey, crafting helps me relax and isn't it important to stay relaxed during stressful times? Anyway, I do like to craft items that are also useful and so I came up with this simple, yet beautiful pen idea.
"What, a bouquet of pens?" Yes!! This not only looks gorgeous sitting on your desk (at work or home) but also gorgeous anywhere you have some pens stashed....but that's not all. The huge flower on top keeps you from misplacing/losing your pens and it also keeps others from walking off with your pens! Genius, I know! (tee hee). Anyway, would you like to see how to make these?
First, gather these supplies from your local Jo-Ann's store.
- Silk flowers, your choice
- Floral tape
- Vase/Jar (I found my square one in the floral department)
- Flat marbles (I found these in the floral department)
- Silver Leafing Pen
You will also need some inexpensive ball point pens. I used these BIC round stick pens. You will need one pen for every flower
Okay, are you ready to make your own bouquet of flower pens? Here's how.
First, cut the leaves and flowers apart (I used wire cutters for this). You will want to leave a "stem" of about 2.5 - 3 inches on each flower and leaf is possible.
Next, place a flower on the top of your pen (the stem side by side with your pen) and wrap floral tape around to secure. I began about 1/2 inch from the top of the pen and wound first up to the top of the pen and then back down the pen.
Continue wrapping the floral tape until you reach the end of your pen and then wrap back up to the top a bit and then cut your tape. See, how easy?
If you have leaves, after you secure your flower to the pen, with floral tape, then after a few wraps, add the leaf.
Now I forgot to take picture but to add a bit of sophistication to my square vase, I added a band of silver to the base using my silver leafing pen. I just free handed it and the pen worked so well and it dried very quickly. Pour some of the flat marbles into your vase and then just stick in your pens.
I took my bouquet outside for this picture in hopes of reminding Mother Nature that spring is right around the corner. Do you think she got the message? Anyway, doesn't this bouquet look great? The flat marbles hold the pens in place so you can arrange your bouquet how you'd like and the flowers stay in place!
These look so much prettier than just a pencil jar filled with pens, don't you think?
What flowers would you put in your pen bouquet?