DIY Wednesday: Decorative Pen Holder

Good morning fellow Upcyclers! Today we will be doing our first DIY Wednesday Project! Every Wednesday, we will post a new DIY project. Since we do focus on reinventing items we already own, most of these projects will involve doing just that.

I recently stumbled upon this picture on Pinterest, which sparked this DIY project idea:

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I LOVE the gold accent of the Mason jar and the crispness of the white flowers but I thought this project could use a bit more function. I don’t know about you, but I seem to have tons of pens scattered around my work desk on a daily basis. Not only are they messy, they’re not very flattering to the eye. I decided to put together this quick DIY project to (1) organize my workspace and (2) make my workspace a bit more eye-catching. Therefore, I am combining this gorgeous room decor with a method for organizing the mess on my desk.











What you will need:

1. Mason jar(s)

2. Metallic gold spray paint

3. Clear coat spray paint (optional)

4. Twine (optional)

5. 6-8 capped pens (per jar)

6. Faux flowers (1-2 bouquets)

7. Green floral tape

8. Wire cutters












1)   First, clean your mason jar. Flip the jar upside down on a covered surface (I put mine inside a cardboard box) and spray with the metallic spray paint. If you see a drip, wipe it and re-spray! You want the paint to look even and clean. Allow time to dry.












2)   While your mason jar is drying, use your wire cutters to cut each flower off of the bouquet. You should end up with about 6 separate flowers.









3)   Line up the bottom of one pen (flat) to right underneath the leaves on one flower. Tape with clear tape to keep steady.











4)   Next, wrap green floral tape around base of pen creating a spiral effect. This will be the part of the pen sticking out from the opening in the Mason jar so you want the pen to blend in with the bouquet. Tape all the way to bottom of pen until the two blend. Cut tape and pinch to seal. Repeat this step on about 5-6 pens.












5) Your finished pens should sit in a mason jar as so (I had an extra jar so I kept it around to make sure the flower-pens sat in the jar nicely):

6)   Optional step: If you are worried about the durability of your Mason jar, you can spray over the metallic paint with a clear coat. Although I did this step, I would not recommend it since the metallic spray paint already has a coat, which gives it its metallic look.

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6)   Once Mason jar has dried (24 hours), place your flower-pens in the jar and voila, you have a gorgeous pen jar for your work desk! This could be a great gift for someone you know who works in a dreary office or even a teacher’s gift!

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Happy crafting!

Upcycle Team


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