Guest Author - Angelica Arroyo
Pens are like chocolate bars. They disappear fast and in the blink of an eye- especially with the kids around! Constructing your own flower pot of pens will help keep track of those pens that always seem to grow legs and walk. It's much harder for someone to walk off with a flower than with a pen! Teachers, parents, and office staff, here's what you need to keep track of your pens and always have one ready when you need it:
Artificial flowers of choice and a matching number of Pens
Green floral tape
Small Terracotta pot
Begin by constructing the individual flower stems made by using a pen, an artificial flower and the floral tape. Separate one bloom, with some stem attached, from your artificial flower bouquet. This step may require scissors or even wire cutters as many artificial flowers have a thin wire that provides structure and support to the stems. Place the flower at the top of the pen with the stem lying alongside the length of the pen. Using the floral tape, you will wrap the pen and stem together. When using the floral tape, stretch it as you wrap around to expose the sticky property of it. Wrap the pen from top to bottom. When complete, you will have a green pen with a flower at the top. The writing end of the pen will be exposed. Complete the above steps for the amount of flower pens you desire. Here’s a tip: Use pens that have smooth surfaces free of rubber grips, clips, click features, and pen caps.
Now that you have a set of flower pens, you will need a place to plant them! Fill your terracotta pot with dry beans nearly to the top. The beans will serve to hold the pens erect when the pens are in the pot. You could also use dry rice in the pot as the “dirt”. I prefer using white navy beans because they resemble small rocks.
The pot itself is a blank canvas. You can make this project your own by decorating the pot with paint, stickers, markers, or puff paint/ fabric paint. Children can customize the pot to be a gift from them for Mother’s Day or a birthday. Teachers and office staff can decorate the pot with the class name or business name on it. When placed on a front counter, a simple “Welcome” message may be perfect.
This project has many aspects where you can tweak the materials in such a way to personalize it with your favorite flowers, colors, and themes. Enjoy!