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February 4, 2014 - Posted by Miriam to Crafts / DIY

Naturally, you bought pens for your Valentine this year, but now you’re having trouble thinking of how to best present them. Never fear, we’ve got you covered. Today, we’re going to show you how to make one of our personal favorites, the pen bouquet, just in time for Valentine’s Day!


The Paper Flower Pen Bouquet



What We Used:

1. Tissue paper
2. Decorative masking tape
3. Pens
4. Scissors


Step One: Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Fold the tissue paper several times and draw the shape of a flower on the paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Step Two: Cut Out the Paper Flowers

With your scissors, cut out the flowers that you drew.

Step Three: Make a Hole in the Flowers

Cut an X to make a hole in the middle of the flower. This is where your pen will go.


Step Four: Tape the Flower to the Pen

Take about eight paper flowers, and stick them through the pen. We used three different colors (white, pink, and red) and occasionally mixed and matched them! Scrunch them up near the tip of the pen. Grab your favorite masking tape and tape it down.


Step Five: Fluff the Flower

Separate the individual layers of the flower so it looks fuller.


Step Six: Assemble the Bouquet

After you finish taping flowers to the desired number of pens (we used five), gather the pens together. Using a thicker masking tape, wrap it around the pens to mimic floral tape.


Finished!

That’s it! It’s easy and fun to do, and now, your present has that extra something!

Don’t have time to get tissue paper and flowers? This next idea is for you.


The Simple Pen Bouquet



What We Used:

1. Decorative masking tape
2. Pens
3. Green pen case


Step One: Gather the Pens

Take all the pens in your hands, and then twist them to make a swirl shape. This will make your bouquet look fuller up top.

Step Two: Tape the Bouquet

With the thick masking tape, secure the bouquet while being careful not to lose the swirl shape.


Step Three: Place the Bouquet in the Pen Case

Take a green pen case (to mimic leaves), and stick the bouquet in it.


Finished!

And you’re finished! This is great for colored pens, because you can show off all the pretty colors as “flowers.”



Be My Valentine


We hope this last article of the Valentine's Day series gave you some fresh ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts!

Products we used to make these crafts:
Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Erasable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - 12 Color Set

Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Erasable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - 12 Color Set

These pens are perfect for making pen bouquets with! Not only are they colorful, they're sleek in design, so bundling is easy. Did you know they are erasable too?



Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Erasable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - 24 Color Set

Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like Erasable Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - 24 Color Set

We used the 24 Color Set to make the simple bouquet, so that it would look fuller. Who are we kidding; that's just an excuse. Who doesn't needs more pens?



Kokuyo AiroFit Non-Stick Scissors

Kokuyo AiroFit Non-Stick Scissors

We can't get enough of these scissors! These special AiroFit scissors from Japan are not only ergonomic, but they also feature a special coating that prevents any sticky buildup. It's an ideal tool for the office, warehouse, and craft makers. Slim and wide handle models are available to accommodate your hand size and preference.


Mt Ex Masking Tape - Encyclopedia Plant - 30 mm x 10 m

Mt Ex Masking Tape - Encyclopedia Plant - 30 mm x 10 m

We love Mt Masking Tapes. Who can resist all the designs? We picked this one to give our pen bouquet a touch of nature.




Pine Book Nami Nami Masking Tape - 15 mm - Retro Flower Navy

Pine Book Nami Nami Masking Tape - 15 mm - Retro Flower Navy

Another go-to for decorative masking tapes, this Nami Nami Masking Tape features a pattern of cute flowers and waved edges that lent our bouquet an extra boost of whimsy.



Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Case - Dark Green / Light Green

Kokuyo NeoCritz Transformer Pencil Case - Dark Green / Light Green

This pen case was perfect for this project because not only does it stand upright, when you fold it down, you can see the vibrant green color! It reminded us of leaves, adding to the "bouquet" theme.




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