Keep pens and pencils out of your way while still being in full view and accessible with a pen holder. Keep a pen holder on your desk so you always have a writing implement on hand, and to have a pen handy to offer to any passersby who need it. A pen holder is highly decorative and adds some whimsical charm to your desk as well.
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Things you need
- Flower pot
- Measuring tape
- Floral foam
- Craft knife
- Silk flowers
- Food oil (optional)
- Glass pebbles
Find a terracotta flower pot that fits well on your desk. They come in a wide variety of sizes and are easily found at garden or home improvement stores.
Trace the mouth of the flower pot onto a piece of paper. Cut out the traced circle of paper. Measure the height of the flower pot with a measuring tape. Cut down a piece of floral foam using a craft knife, creating a cylinder that has the diameter of your traced circle, and the height of the flower pot.
Push the piece of floral foam into the flower pot. If necessary, trim away some of the excess with the craft knife until you have a snug fit.
Trim the stems of artificial flowers until they are an inch shorter than your pens. Artificial flowers are available from craft stores.
Lay the pens and the stems of the artificial flowers side by side with the heads of the flowers closest to the blunt end of the pen.
Wrap the florist's tape in a tight spiral around the pen and the flower stem, binding them together, until both are totally covered. Florist's tape is available from garden or craft stores.
Insert your decorated pens into the floral foam.
Clean a small cylindrical jar of any sticky labels by soaking it in water. To help the label come off, rub any kind of food oil into the label and soak it in warm water for an hour or more.
Fill the jar three quarters full with glass pebbles. Choose glass pebbles that are all one colour or choose two or three colours that go well together. Glass pebbles may be purchased from craft stores.
Stick your pens and pencils into the jar. The glass pebbles hold your pencils and pens upright.
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