I’m starting to prep for our fifth grade Valentine party, and wanted to put together some special treats for prizes. What girl doesn’t love roses? The DIY flower pens come in at $4.00/dozen…so they are way more economical than fresh roses. And better yet, they are functional beauty!
I made a similar product for a craft fair at their school and they sold out. So I know they like them!
You can pair these with a cute notebook, too, if you want! Also, I would have bought red ink pens to use with the red flowers today if the store would’ve had them. The ink matching the flower for the craft fair (I used Elmer’s spray adhesive to dust them with different colors of glitter) just gave them that extra touch!
All of my supplies today came from Dollar Tree. The flowers came in bunches with 5-6 flowers. In addition you will need ink pens, floral tape, and a hot glue gun/glue sticks (I already had that).
Start by removing the plastic caps on both ends of the pen…the lid and the little inset cap. These pulled out easily by hand, but I had to pry them out with the point of a knife when I made them for the show. It will just depend on the brand.
Wrap the pen in floral tape. I like to leave a bit overhanging on the ends and press it down (use your finger nail to get it tight around the casing on the writing end). It makes the tape less likely to shift. Be sure to press firmly all over the tape, especially at the ending point of your tape to get it well adhered.
Remove all you flower and leaves from the bunch. They should just pop off (the leaves may be further down the stem and slide off once the flower is removed). You don’t have to make a million like me, but if you do, just do it like an assembly line: Prepare your pens, then your flowers, then put them together. (I was only going to make a few for the post until after the kids got home…that’s the three in background…couldn’t help but get it all done now!)
I wanted leaves on my flowers this time, so I removed the hard plastic piece that held them on the bunch, and just used a dab of hot glue to hold them on the flower.
There were a few flower I decided not to use. You really want that hard plastic piece that holds your flower on the bouquet to be about a quarter of an inch long.
Next, use a healthy amount of hot glue to glue your flower to your pen. Put glue not only on the “stem” of the flower, but also in the end of the pen.
You’ll have to hold it in place for a few more seconds because there’s so much glue, but it stays on better in the long run.
Put the cap back on and there you have it!
‘Til next time!