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Old 09-04-2006, 07:50 PM
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Exclamation Flower Pens- Everyone Loves These!

I know that you've seen these around... they're great fun to make and fun to use too!

SUPPLIES:

3" Clay pot
Spray can of white primer paint
Small sponge brush
Acrylic craft paints in white, and 2 or 3 colors that coordinate with the silk flowers that you choose
Sea sponge
Piece of 1/2 in stryofoam slightly larger than the diameter of the flower pot
Stick ball point pens
Green floral tape
Silk flowers with leaves in color and type desired
24" long piece of chiffon ribbon or whire edged ribbon in color that coordinates with silk flowers
Tacky glue
Handful of spanish moss
Paring knife
Snubnose pliers
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

Spray outside and bottom of clay flowerpot with white primer paint; let dry. With sponge brush, brush the outside and the bottom of the flowerpot with the lightest of the darkest acrylic paint color; let dry. Dip sea sponge into second acrylic paint color; let dry. Use the sea sponge to lightly dab white acrylic paint over other colors to show through; let dry.

Note: Wash and squeeze dry sea sponge before applying each new color of paint. Or tear off small pieces from the sea sponge and use a different piece for each color.

Turn flowerpot upside down on top of styrofoam, then press pot into styrofoam to make an impression of the diameter of the pot. With paring knife, cut circle from styrofoam. Press circle into pot, keeping it even with top of pot. Using bottom of ball point pen (end opposite the pen point), carefully push pen through the styrofoam in places where you wish to place the pens.

Remove and discard pen cap. With snubnose pliers, remove pen cartridge; set aside. Using edge of paring knife, remove and discard small cap at bottom of pen. Starting at bottom of pen sleeve, wrap floral tape tightly around pen sleeve, overlapping tape tightly as you work, until tape reaches top of sleeve. Tape will stretch tightly as you pull it when turning the pen; this helps tape adhere to pen.

Using wire cutters, cut stem of silk flower to 1" length. Insert stem into bottom of pen sleeve. Using glue gun, glue stem in place, holding stem until glue is dry. Insert pen cartridge into pen sleeve. Press pen point on hard surface to make sure pen cartridge is securely in place. Place ribbon around pen directly under leaves and tie in a bow, leaving 3 to 4 inches long streamers (These ribbons are optional... you may just want to do a pot of regular flowers, but the ribbons add a cute touch!) Cut streamers on a diagonal.

Apply a thin coat of tacky glue to top of styrofoam. Gle spanish moss to styrofoam, covering styrofoam completely. Insert flower pens into styrofoam.

Note: Replace pen refills as needed in flower pens.
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