Do-It-Yourself Flower Pens


Have you seen those flower pens out there? You can make them yourself! This is really great project to do as a family. They make a great gift, too. We will sometimes make up several and put them in a terra cotta pot to give a “bouquet” of flower pens away as a gift.


  • Pens
  • Artificial flowers
  • Flower tape
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Flowerpot or vase

1. Take the pens completely apart. Remove the lids and ends of the pen. You should also remove the ink from the barrel to make it easier for wrapping. Some people like to just wrap the entire artificial flower stem down the barrel of the pen, but this makes gripping a bit uncomfortable. By taking the pen apart far, you’ll have a smooth finish.

2. Using floral tape, carefully wrap the barrel of the pen. The tape will feel a bit sticky, but don’t worry, it will dry.

3. Place a tiny dab of glue on the end of the flowers. Hold securely in place at the end of the pen for 20-30 seconds. Set aside and let dry as you repeat with other pen barrels and flowers. Once dry, it’s time to put the ink back in.

4. Before you put the ink back into the barrel, take some scissors and ship a little bit of the plastic away from the far end of the ink barrel. (Not too much or you’ll get a mess!) You’re doing this to leave plenty of room between the ink and the flower, so the air still flows when you’re writing. Now put the ink back through the tip, and secure in place. You’re done! Now you just need to find a vase or terra cotta pot to display your new flower pens.

Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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