Succulent Flower Pot Pens

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Teachers always need pens. When I substitute taught, I found myself constantly looking around the teacher’s desk for pens, to which there were none. It seems there are never enough, and they’re always magically “disappearing.” Seriously, there must be a pen thief in every single classroom. So, with teacher appreciation week coming up next week (and Mother’s day soon!!), this little craft is the perfect gift!

SONY DSCInstead of the usual faux flowers for this “flower pot,” I thought it’d be fun to try something different; succulents! Since they’re all the rage right now, finding succulent picks was no problem at all. Michael’s had everything I needed. You can easily make this in an afternoon. Or in my case, during naptime!

Materials to make succulent flower pot pens:

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  • Terra cotta pot
  • Pens
  • Paint brush
  • Sand or small rocks
  • Floral tape
  • Mod Podge
  • Gold glitter
  • White acrylic paint
  • Succulent picks
  • Rubber band (not pictured)
  • Optional – glue gun + glue sticks

Start by painting your pot with the white acrylic paint. I painted inside about an inch down as well.

SONY DSCWhile the pot dries, use the green floral tape to attach the succulents to the pen. My succulent picks had a thick plastic coating, so I just pulled them out so they’d be thinner when taped to the pen.

Start at the very top of the pen and just under the succulent. Wrap the tape around a few times to make sure the succulent is secure. If the succulent is moving around too much (one of mine was missing a stem completely), just add a little hot glue to the stem and hold it against the pen until it dries, then wrap with floral tape.

SONY DSCSlowly work your way wrapping the tape down and around the pen, pulling tight to keep it all together and to ensure the tape will stick to itself.

SONY DSCOnce you get to the bottom, leave a centimeter or two of the pen showing in case you want to put the pen caps back on. Rip off the floral tape and push it down so it sticks.

For the flower pot, I wanted to add a little glam, so I used gold glitter. I wanted mine to look as if it were dipped in glitter, so I used a rubberband and put it on the bottom of the pot at an angle (like I did in my split pea topiary, too!)

SONY DSCOnce you rubberband is in place, use a paint brush and brush on Mod Podge below it in small sections, adding glitter as you go.

SONY DSCContinue all the way around the pot. Once the Mod Podge is dry, use your paint brush and brush on another coat on top of the glitter to set it so it won’t come off. Don’t worry, I promise it’ll dry completely clear and you won’t even know it’s there! Don’t skip this step, or you’ll have glitter everywhere when you go to use it!

SONY DSCOnce the Mod Podge is completely dry, carefully remove the rubberband. Add some sand, beans, or little rocks to the pot and stick in your succulent pens!

SONY DSCYou now have the cutest and easiest little gift to show just how much you (and your child!) appreciate their teacher!

SONY DSCAnd being a former teacher myself, I can attest that any teacher would love this. I kind of wish I still was teaching just so I can show these cuties off on my desk!

SONY DSCAnd guess what? Now your child’s teacher will actually have pens that wont’t roll away and magically disappear. They’ll be thrilled!

SONY DSCAnd gold glitter because, well, it’s gold glitter!! And who doesn’t love gold?

SONY DSCAnd also being a mom, I can attest again that any mom would love this for mother’s day.  So dads, if you’re reading this, get moving! The kiddos can help, too!

Do you give anything to your child’s teacher for teacher appreciation day?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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20 thoughts on “Succulent Flower Pot Pens

    1. Aw thank you, Carrie! It’d totally be cute at a doctor’s office, too! I’m SO (obsessively) into succulents right now. 😉 But who isn’t?! Ha! Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

  1. These are super cute! And I agree, you can never find enough pens in classrooms! Love succulents too but never thought of this! Happy Mother’s Day friend! xo

    1. Oh thank you, friend! Seriously, aren’t succulents the cutest things ever?! You can never have enough pens! Happy Mother’s day to you, too! 🙂

  2. I’m loving this! I’m always so impressed by your masterpieces. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls
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    1. Thanks Carmia! I’m totally obsessed with them, too! They’re all so adorable. Thanks for stopping by, hope your weekend is going great! 🙂

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