Saturday, June 30, 2012

Guest Blogger: Tanja from Journey of a Substitute Teacher!


It is day 2 of my absence. Have you noticed? I'll pretend you have.

Today we are superlucky again.
MsT3

Tanja from Journey of a Substitute Teacher is guest blogging for me and she is going to show you how to do something that I know you want to do. 
I want to do it.
I've seen these flower pens everywhere. We even had a bunch on our conference room table, but I think somebody took them. Or anyway, they're gone. I can't imagine someone sneaking out with a bunch of flower pens. 

-What's that you've got there?
-What's what?
-That bunch of flowers.
-Oh. These are mine. I carry them around sometimes. To make me happy.
-Oh. 

That's actually the benefit to these pens. They are super hard to steal. It's almost as good as when you go to the restroom at a gas station and they give you a key with an entire hanger attached to it. Or a tire. Or a hobbit. Except these are pretty.

Anyway, here's the low-down on how to make some pretty pens. And stay tuned, because there's even a freebie. Tanja knows how to be an awesome guest.


Hi all, this Tanja (Ms. T) from Journey of a Substitute Teacher! I'm so glad to be guest blogging for Chrissy!

While she's off having fun, I'm here to share a project that is fun, cheap, and easy. It's flower pens! I first saw one of these at one of the schools I sub for. Too many people were stealing  not returning pens and so they created flower pens which are unique.

My favorite pin of these pens is this one:


The sign says "Thank you for helping me 'bloom and grow' this year." Obviously for teacher appreciation, but you could make a variety of tags to go with the pens if they are for a gift. I love that they are in a watering can!

Materials needed:
  • Pens
  • Floral tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic flowers


I had scissors for the tape just in case. I ended up using them for the pens a lot.

First decapitate, I mean remove the flower from its stem.

Pop off the top of the pen(this was the hardest part of the whole process for me) and hot glue the flower into the top.

Wrap the pen with the floral tape.

Stick the cap back on. Or you don't have to, but I want the pens to last a bit. 


And the final product..a beautiful bouquet in a vase, finished off with a ribbon!

You could put the pens in vases, water cans, flower pots, etc. I already have a few requests by friends to make these!

And since I'm guest blogging, I brought along a freebie! Labels to go with the pens :) Labels say mom, teacher, and "Out of the bunch, I picked the best one" for generic :)

Frames courtesy: The 3AM Teacher


Frames courtesy: Mel Stampz



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11 comments:

  1. That is an adorable gift idea!! I'm pinning it now. Thanks for sharing!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  2. I have seen these pens, but didn't know how to make them! Even my students had them!! Can't wait to make a few! Thanks for sharing the directions!!!
    Bev

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  3. Girl, you've got me laughing! I had to bring a gift for the hostess and her friends, it's just polite! Lol :)

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilitites!

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  4. Oh my goodness...I always wondered how to make those things, but never took the time to look it up!!!!!!

    SO DARN CUTE!

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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    1. Thanks Holly! They're super easy :)

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  5. My students made them for their moms for Mother's Day- and the kids really liked that they could do it themselves! We didn't even hot glue the flower- we just cut the stem short and then wrapped it in the floral tape, too. Easy, cute, and useful, too!

    I will hopefully get some time this summer to make guided reading mechanical pencils like this, so the pencils from my reading table don't just disappear ;)

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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    1. Oh that would be awesome with mechanical pencils! Mine kept falling off without the hot glue, but it would be even easier making them without!

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  6. very cute! much better than the large chain i have attached to my desk and the pens:)
    hee hee
    Staci

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm sure it's a cute chain though, right?

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