Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gerbera Daisy Flower Pens

The 8th of March was International Women’s Day! Even though this holiday has its origins in the USA, it is not celebrated here. However, it is widely celebrated in my native Ukraine as well as some other East European countries.

My Russian-speaking girlfriends here in the USA thought the 8th of March was a good excuse for us to get together. One of the girls hosted a small party, and we all had a great time.

I wanted to show my appreciation to my friends by giving each of them a little present. I came up with the idea of making flower pens and giving one to each girl. And the ones that were left in the vase, I gave to the hostess.

flower pens

You probably have seen this kind of pens before. They are very easy to make. All you are going to need for this project is:

Faux flowers
Green floral tape
A small vase or flower pot
Pebbles or dry beans

how to make flower pens

The pens that I bought had small holes on the top. All I did is cut off the flowers and inserted them into the pens. Then I wrapped the pens with the floral tape.

make flower pens

make flower pens

Those who worked with a floral tape before know that it’s sticky on both sides. So my pens were sticky to touch. But I easily solved this problem by dusting them with corn starch (baby powder will work too) and rubbing them with a paper towel.

Then I arraigned a bouquet of flower pens in a small vase filled with clear pebbles.

The parties I’m joining today are:

Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home,
Home Sweet Home Friday @The Charm of Home,
Friday Favorites @ Simply Sweet Home,
Hodgepodge Friday @ It’s a Hodgepodge Life,
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic On a Shoestring Decorating.


Olive Cooper said...

Olga, this is a darling home-made gift.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Women's day is a perfect day for getting together. But you're right. I didn't know anything about it until it was all over! I'm sure your friends loved getting the pens. Such a cute idea. I also think your colorful doilies are so sweet! You're one of a kind, Olga!

Linda said...

Sounds good. Sounds easy. Will do this as I need a nice pen in my purse. Thanks a lot.

Sheila said...

I was given a Hibiscus pen when we were in Hawaii. I commented on it and the desk clerk told me it was her "Aloha" gift to me. that's a nice idea Olga.

Bella said...

Hi Olga,
I have never heard of womens day.. too bad it isn't well known, any excuse for a ladies get together is a good idea:-)
Your pens are darling, I know the ladies will smile when they use them and think of you, sweet!

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Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

So cute and no one will steal it! Or maybe they would. :)

Masha said...

Happy belated women's day! What a great idea to make flower pens, I know your friends loved them.

Willow said...

Actually I have not seen these. What a clever and simple thing to make. Thank you for sharing.

Sarah said...

These are adorable, I love flower pens because they don't disappear as quickly as my normal ones!

I am visiting from Chic on a Shoestring, I would love if you could stop by

Sherry said...

Your pens are very cute. I love the bright and sunny flowers you used. Thanks for sharing the Women's Day info. I hadn't heard of it. Thanks for linking up!

blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I've seen these different places and never thought about how they were made. They are such a pretty Spring-like idea :-)

Erica said...

Hi Olga.....This is such a cute idea, they look adorable. I'll keep this idea. :-)
I have never heard of Women's Day till my cousin from Poltava and another one from Kharkov sent me an email wishing me a Happy Women's Day......just don't know why I never heard of it before.
Thanks fr sharing. Irina

Rosetta said...

Ciao Olga,grazie per la visita al mio blog e complimenti per il tuo,saluti,Rosetta

Tanya@takesix said...

Olga, these are the sweetest!!! and so very easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

Katie@flowerpens said...

Olga that is just amazing! The pens would make a great homemade gift. Do the pens ever get sticky?

Katie said...

Such gorgeous flowers! I love having flower pens on every table and desk. These are great at work for everyone to see.

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