ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Arts and Design»
  • Crafts & Handiwork

How to Make Your Own Flower Pens and Girly Pens

Updated on September 5, 2010

Items Needed to Begin

Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need:

  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • ribbon(s) you will use to go around the pen shafts (I like to use ribbed ribbons. They are more durable and the hot glue does not show through like it does with satin ribbons.)
  • pens or pencils (I used a package of Bic pens--the kind that has a removable plastic piece on the top end. Papermate pens also work nicely.  You'll find out why later....)
  • fake flowers of your choice
  • fuzzy yarns
  • scissors
  • wire cutters

Let's start with making a flower pen.

  1. Begin, by plugging in your glue gun. And preparing your work space. If I'm not working at my craft table, I spread out a paper bag to make my work surface. Hot glue is stringy and messy so you want to make sure you are protecting your furniture.
  2. While your glue gun is heating up, get one of your pens and take out the little blue stopper, if you will, from the top of the pen. This opens up the pen shaft so that we can hide the flower's stem there. (You may use a pencil or a different kind of pen, too.  Just glue the flower stem down the side of your pen/pencil. I just like the end result of being able to hide the flower stems down inside Bic pens.)
  3. Next, you want to take your wire cutter and cut your flower stem, leaving a 4-inch stem. Go ahead and put the stem down into the pen shaft.  At the base of the flower, where the flower and pen shaft meet, glue the flower in place.
  4. Get your ribbon out and cut your ribbon almost as long as your pen, leaving about 1/4 of an inch of the pen showing (as shown in photo).
  5. Next, take your glue gun and add a strip of glue long-ways, down the pen shaft and quickly place one edge of the ribbon on top of your glue strip. That will dry quickly, as you press the ribbon into the glue. Wrap the ribbon around the pen shaft and repeat gluing the other edge of the ribbon in place.
  6. Now, get creative with what more you would like to do with your girly flower pen. You may stop now or add anything else you may come up with. In the above photo, I added black and silver fuzzy yarn I bought at Hobby Lobby.
  7. I started by adding hot glue just under my flower where the pen and flower meet, and made about a 2-inch line of glue. Then, I placed the end of my fuzzy yarn where the pen and flower meet and began wrapping the fuzzy yarn around and around my pen. Once I reached the end of my glue line, I stopped wrapping and cut the ribbon. And voila! I was finished with my first girly pen!


Now, we'll look at some of the FUZZY PENS.

The rest of the pens are made similarly, with fuzzy materials replacing the red rose.  

This one is made from one 6-inch piece of black fuzzy craft trim.  I hot glued each end to the top of the pen, making one loop of the trim.  Then, I added some fuzzy yarn from the end of the pen, and down about 2 inches--just like I did with the flower pen.

For the remaining pens, I used different fuzzy yarns to replace the flower.  

  1. For each pen, I wrapped the yarn loosely around my four fingers over and over until I had enough to make a nice, fuzzy ball.
  2. I carefully removed the yarn from my hand, and tied a piece of string (or more fuzzy yarn) around the middle (like I do when making a curly ribbon bow).  
  3. And just like making a curly ribbon bow, I then snipped each loop to make free strands.  
  4. Then, on some of the pens I added more fuzzy yarn to the pen shafts.  There's no wrong way to do it.  :)

Personalized Pens

Fund Raisers, gifts, bridal guest books, Mother's Day, birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Get Well Soon...uses for decorative pens are endless!

Variations of materials and colors to use are endless, too!

This is just one group of pens I made with a black, red, and white pallet. This set, I sold as part of a fund raising project for my daughter. I made another set using my daughter's school colors and donated the pens to another school fund raising event.

Make zebra pens, make gift pens to gift to your friends and family, add craft beads to your pens, make enough pens to sell them online! Add your own creative energy, with your own personal touch, and make your own beautiful pens to share and enjoy with those around you.

For more ideas, use google's image search or try searching for pens on etsy.com. Many crafters sell their pens on Etsy. Here are a couple I searched for you:

Jennifer's Cookies' Etsy Shop

DESIGNERSHINDIGS Etsy Shop

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      lilly 7 years ago

      love it

    • PassinItAlong profile image

      PassinItAlong 7 years ago

      Thank you for this amazing hub, it was really clear on the tutorial

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)