Husband is in the middle of a monster road trip, somewhere in Arkansas, on his way to Texas for the summer. I have a field trip to go on tomorrow, and then report cards to do, class awards to decide, files to update, assessments to grade, gifts to make, and a class to corral for FIVE. More. Days.
Tonight, I should have been productive but I wasn't. At all. And it felt gooood. Life is moving FAST right about now, isn't it?
So, Wednesday of last week, I decided that a better Mother's Day idea for my class just wasn't coming to me, and I decided to go with an easy one- flower pens.
I'm sure most of you have made these before. If not, they are completely easy. I'm thinking of making some flower mechanical pencils for next year that ONLY get to be used at my guided reading table. (Hopefully, flowers would make it obvious where my pencils disappeared to!)
Basically, get some fake flowers. Pick out the best looking ones. I find that I do well at Dollar Tree, but I hear that these are easy to find at thrift stores, too.
I get 5-6 flowers for a dollar, usually. Start out by bending each flower away from the bunch.
Then, I just bent the wire back and forth a couple of times until it broke.
Now, find some pens. I snagged most of these from the
"parent donations" bin in our supply room. Smoother pens are better, but
any will do. My sample was made from an old hotel pen.
Once you have it around the pen 5-6 times, stick the flower stem
next to it and wrap tape around both, together, at least 4 times. Floral
tape will stretch, so be sure you pull it tight.
From here, pull the tape and rotate the pen!
At the bottom of the pen, pull hard enough to tear the tape and then press it down. It will stick to itself.
If you wrapped just a layer or two, your cap might fit. I had a kid or two in the class that were insistent that their moms would want the caps. (I don't know if that's inside their purses, or what...)
My favorite thing about this project is that, when I first showed the kids, they gave me this look like, "Yeah right! I won't be able to make it look like THAT." And then, really, most of them did! They were so proud when they were done.
They're can coozies! I just hot glued a cute piece of ribbon around each one. Ta-Da!
These make great easy gifts that the kids can really make. I know Mother's Day crafts are over and done, but a bouquet of flower pens could make a great end-of-the-year gift for the school secretary who essentially runs the school, that Title I teacher who works her tail off, or those room moms that deserve a little something extra.
The kids really enjoyed this, and I helped small groups through it as the rest worked on writing a short essay about what makes their mom so great.
I was pretty happy with how they turned out, and I like that it's a practical gift a mom (or grandma, or important female in their lives!) can really use.