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This post on how to make a flower pen is courtesy of our contributor Michelle…I was recently at a doctor’s office filling out a large stack of paperwork for my son’s seventh grade vaccinations and I couldn’t help but notice the flower pen I was handed to complete the paper work. You know those pens with large sunflowers on the end placed adorably in a little flower pot on the reception desk? You may think they are there to add some cheer to the waiting area but I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s the receptionist’s polite way of saying, “don’t steal the pens”. It got me thinking about how teachers can never have enough pens or pencils of their own. So I decided to create Mexican style tissue flower pens for my little guy’s pre-school teacher for back to school night. To get started, I made a trip to Office Depot to take advantage of their back to school sale and picked up PaperMate pens, Sharpies and PaperMate Mechanical Pencils at a great price for my project.
Inspired by the tissue flower tutorial I found on Tikkido, I created my own version of tissue paper flowers & I’ll show you how to make a flower pen for yourself or someone special!
Flower Pen Supplies:
- PaperMate Pens, Sharpie Markers and PaperMate Mechanical Pencils
- 3 inch circle scallop paper punch
- small hole punch
- tissue paper in various colors
- hot glue gun
- paper favor bags
- mason jar
How To Make A Flower Pen:
Using the scallop circle pinch, punch several circles of tissue paper. Handy Tip: To punch several layers of tissue paper all at once, place a piece of plain paper on the top and bottom of your tissue stack, then punch. This prevents any crinkling of the tissue paper, which can be very frustrating.
Layer several punched circles in a stack then punch a hole in the center of the circles with the small hole punch.
Thread twine through the hole and tie a small knot. Tie another knot at the underside of the stack of circles. With a hot glue gun, glue the underside knot to the end of the pen.
With a bit of hot glue, adhere the twine down the side of the pen, then wrap the twine back up to the end of the pen. Secure the end of the twine with glue.
To make the flower, separate and crinkle each layer of tissue until all layers have been fluffed.
Place a few pens in a mason jar and add a personalized tag or note. For my gift, I also placed several Sharpies and pencils in paper favor bags.
Be sure to head to Office Depot to take advantage of some great back to school deals while supplies last!
- Save $5 Off your purchase of $20 or more on Select Newell Rubbermaid Brands (PaperMate, Expo Neon Window Markers, Sharpie, Uni-Ball, & Mr. Sketch)
- Weekly savings from (Aug 31-Sept 6): Sharpie Clearview Highlighter 3PK: $4, PaperMate Clearpoint 2PK’s: $3, Select Expo Chisel & Ultra Fine 4PK’s: $2