Writing with Style: Embellished Pens & Pencils

Yes, we are still working on the house. During one of my many trips to the hardware store I noticed a display of fancy-dancy pens. They had feathers and sequins, the sort of blingy things that my daughter would enjoy. Why they were selling them in the hardware store is anybody’s guess, but I stopped long enough to look at them and look at the price (EEK) and determine that I could make something just as cute with supplies I already had left over from a pencil-decorating session my daughter and I did a couple of years ago.

I also realized that a fancy pen or pencil would be ideal to package with a gift of handmade cards. It would be easy to create something that would tie to the theme of the set. If you’d like to see the three-part series on making handmade cards, it starts here.

Embellished Pens & Pencils make a fun addition to a gift of handmade cards or as a gift all by themselves. | A Chat Over Coffee

Embellished Pens & Pencils make a fun addition to a gift of handmade cards or as a gift all by themselves. | A Chat Over Coffee

I decided to adorn the first pen with a white rose.

Rose pen supplies from A Chat Over Coffee

Rose pen supplies from A Chat Over Coffee

The process was fairly simple. First I glued the rose to the non-writing end of the pen.

Use hot glue to attach the rose to the pen at A Chat Over Coffee

Use hot glue to attach the rose to the pen. | A Chat Over Coffee

Then I wrapped the shaft of the pen in floral tape, starting near the rose and being sure to wrap up high enough to cover the glue and help secure the rose to the pen. I added a leaf as I was wrapping and then continued covering the pen with a spiral of tape all the way to the end, leaving just the writing tip uncovered. You may remember from this post about making corsages that floral tape needs to be stretched to stick and that it will adhere best to itself.

Wrap the pen in floral tape, attaching a leaf as you work your way down. | A Chat Over Coffee

Wrap the pen in floral tape, attaching a leaf as you work your way down. | A Chat Over Coffee

I made a red rose pencil the same way, but didn’t wrap the pencil all the way down. That way the pencil can still be sharpened.

Don't tape all the way down so you can still sharpen the pencil. | A Chat Over Coffee

Don’t tape all the way down so you can still sharpen the pencil. | A Chat Over Coffee

I found some cute, glittery ladybugs at the Dollar Store and knew my daughter would love them.

Ladybug pencil supplies | A Chat Over Coffee

Ladybug pencil supplies | A Chat Over Coffee

First I glued a ladybug to a pencil and wrapped the wire around.

Secure the ladybug with hot glue and wrap the wire around the pencil. | A Chat Over Coffee

Secure the ladybug with hot glue and wrap the wire around the pencil. | A Chat Over Coffee

Then I glued on lots of fluffy feathers and added a sweet little bow.

Attach feathers with hot glue. | A Chat Over Coffee

Attach feathers with hot glue. | A Chat Over Coffee

I made another ladybug nestled in leaves, a dramatic black & white feather pen, and a blingy purple pencil. Hot glue is wonderful!

Attach layers of feathers with hot glue and then tie on a bow. | A Chat Over Coffee

Attach layers of feathers with hot glue and then tie on a bow. | A Chat Over Coffee

Attach gem stickers with hot glue to make them more secure. | A Chat Over Coffee

Attach gem stickers with hot glue to make them more secure. My daughter loves this one! | A Chat Over Coffee

I think the black & white feather pen would be great to gift with a packet of Parisian themed handmade cards.

The rose pen and pencil would be beautiful to give along with some handmade floral cards.Rose cards by A Chat Over Coffee

If you have leftover floral and craft supplies, a hot glue gun, and a little imagination, you can easily make your own pens and pencils to go with your handmade cards. You’ll be writing with style in no time!

Are you old enough to remember “troll” pencils? Have you ever made them, or any embellished pens or pencils?

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7 responses to “Writing with Style: Embellished Pens & Pencils

  1. OUTSTANDING IDEA! I am a pen/pencil nut! I pick one up almost everywhere I go – especially on vacations. I never (duh-LOL) thought about tweaking my own! How fabulous!! Great job you have done!!

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