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Send your loved one a flower that lasts, and costs a fraction of the price of real flowers.  Learn how to make a potted silk flower pen.  They make great gifts for your loved one for Valentine's Day, or Mother's Day.  One Christmas my daughters and I mass produced these potted silk flower pens for all of our relatives and friends.  They can be made for any occasion.

No more searching the house for a pen!  It's also very noticeable if someone were to "borrow" your pen off your desk.

Step 1: Supplies Needed

1. Silk Flower - ($1.50 & up)
2. Floral Tape - ($1.17/roll)
3. Clay Pot - (4" for $.99/ea & 3" for $.89/ea)
4. Styrofoam - ($1.00 & up)
5. Spanish Moss - ($2.27/bag)
6. Bic Pens - ($1.44/pack of 10)
7. Wire Cutters
8. Pliers
9. Sharp Knife
10. Glue Gun with Glue Sticks

**Items may be purchased at Walmart or craft stores like Michael's.**



Step 2: Fill Flower Pot

Trim styrofoam to fit inside the clay pot.  May need to cut more than one piece of foam.  Push the styrofoam into the clay pot leaving about 1/2 " below the rim. 

Step 3: Remove End

Remove plastic end piece of pen with pliers and discard.  May need to wiggle this around a bit to loosen.

Step 4: Cut Silk Flower

Cut the stem of the silk flower with wire cutters leaving a few inches of the stem with the flower.  Remember you can always cut more later. Leaves attached to the upper stem may be left on, if they aren't in the way of holding the pen.

Step 5: Attach the "Root"

Turn on the glue gun to heat up.  Push pen cap into the center of styrofoam.  Pull out pen cap.  Squeeze a little hot glue into the hole left in styrofoam and place the pen cap back into the hole.

Step 6: Arrange Moss on Top

Pull some Spanish Moss from package and arrange evenly around the top of the foam.  Make sure you leave the opening of the pen cap free of moss.  Remove the moss, add some hot glue to top of foam, and replace the moss.  Be careful not to burn your fingers on the hot glue when you press down on the moss. 

Step 7: Fasten Flower to the Stem

Push the stem of flower into the end of pen.  Do not push it into the ink straw.  Add a little hot glue to keep the flower attached to the pen. 





Step 8: Add Leaves

Leaves can be hot glued around the cap in the soil for added decoration.

**Turn off the glue gun**

Step 9: Wrap the Stem

Use floral tape to diagonally wrap the stem starting at the base of the plastic casing.  Avoid the pen tip.  Pull the tape tight as you wrap.  At the top of the stem wrap a few times around the bottom of the silk flower.



Step 10: Decorate Clay Pot (Optional)

Some suggestions:
1.  Decorate clay pot with paint.
2.  Write "Happy Valentine's Day" around the pot. 
3.  Add ribbon or other decorations. 
4.  Sign and date the bottom of the flower pot for personalization.

Step 11: Replace the Ink

Note:  When there is no longer ink in your silk flower pen, simply take a pair of pliers remove the old ink straw and replace it with new ink from another pen of the same brand.

Step 12: Done!

When complete, place the pen into the cap on the top of the clay pot.

Happy Valentine's Day!

After I wrapped my stem it's very "sticky" to hold onto. Any suggestions how to make it less or not sticky at all. I prefer the Floral tape look to the green electrical tape. Thank you.
Sorry not to have replied earlier. I never found the floral tape to be sticky. I wonder if it was just a different brand. That would really be terrible to be sticking to your pen each time you use it. I bought my floral tape in Michael's, I believe. Hope you found something better by now...
This is a great mother's day gift idea. I chose it because my mom is always complaining about how her pens are never where she needs them, or they got stolen. This one is harder to get away with stealing than a normal pen. I used silk versions of my mother's favorite flowers, tiger lilies.
Hope your mother enjoyed her mother's day gift.&nbsp; Great idea of using her favorite flowers.<br />
I gave it to her on Sunday and she loved it.&nbsp; Thanks again for the excellent instructable.
So glad she enjoyed it.&nbsp; I gave my mother the flower pen about 14 years ago and she still has it.&nbsp; <br />
This is a much cuter alternative to the other flower pens I've seen in offices. <br />
Thanks and it is very easy to make too.&nbsp; My mom still has her flower pen that my daughters made her thirteen years ago.<br />
You're welcome! I found your tutorial by accident. Now I&nbsp;have an excuse to go to the craft store...<br />
I like the idea! good instructable! <br />
Thanks!&nbsp; It was a lot of fun to do.&nbsp; I'm in a grad class competing for views.&nbsp; <br />

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