Step 1: Gather Supplies
1. Artificial Flowers (with stems) - can be found at craft stores and in Wal-Mart craft section ($.50 & up)
2. Pens - I like using Bic pens because they are inexpensive but any pen will work as long as the bottom is able to come out. ($.89/pack of 10)
3. Wire Cutters
4. Floral Tape ($.96/roll)
5. Glue Gun & Glue
6. Any tool to squeeze the bottom cap out of the pen - I like to use an old wire stripper tool that I have, but pliers work well too.
Step 2: Take Out the Butts
I typically use my wire stripper to squeeze them out, but any tool that can do the job is fine. I find that it makes it easier to gently squeeze in a circular motion around the end. Sometimes they can really pop - so make sure you watch where the end is pointed.
Step 3: Prepare Flowers
Then take the wire cutters and cut the stem. You want to have about 1-2 inches under the flower.
Step 4: Ready to Assemble
Turn on your glue gun and let it get warmed up.
Step 5: Insert Stems Into Pens
Step 6: Gluing
When the glue is still hot - push the flowers in to their base.
Step 7: Wrap 'Em Up
And you're finished!!
Step 8: Extras
Also, when I make a whole bunch of flower pens, I like to fix them in a basket like a bouquet. They're the perfect gift to bring to a gathering such as a shower, wedding, work party, or reunion. Everyone is always shocked when they realize that all of these flowers are really pens!
And the best part - you will never lose your pen again!!