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Flower Pot Pen Gift Set

Day 2 of May Arts / Petaloo Blog Week!


Flower Pot Pen Gift Set

Welcome to May Arts/Petaloo Blog Week!    I have a quick project for you today that can be whipped up in time for a co-workers, teachers, friends and even little girls.   You can whip this gift up in under an hour.  That’s a lot of “Wow” for a little investment.



Don’t you just love these happy colors?  I think they’d make anyone’s day better.

Petaloo has an awesome variety of petals and embellishments and if you pair them with the amazing selection of ribbons from May Arts, you can make this little gift set for any season or any occasion.



My flowers are actually ballpoint pens!  The dirt?  M&M’s…now I bet I have your attention, right?  🙂


Here’s what you’ll need to make your own ink pen bloomers:

  • Low melt glue sticks and hot glue gun
  • Other – sewing machine, stick-on pearls, green M&M’s, rubber stamps and banner die – Papertrey Ink, pinking shears, double sided adhesive or glue stick, Glue Dots



1.       Cover pens following the tutorial.

2.        Use low melt glue sticks and glue gun to glue the flowers and centers together and attach to pen top.   To form the leaves, take one large green Flora Doodle and cut the petals apart.   Attach 3 “leaves” to the cap of each pen.

3.       Attach stick on pearls to the pot.  Attach May Arts BY66 leaves with hot glue to pot’s border.

4.       Fill the pot with M&M’s (if you spill a few, you have to eat those!)  Place the flower pens in the pot.  Attach butterflies.  (They come with foam adhesive already attached.  Love that.)



Love those “sugared” centers!



Card Details:


1.       Start with white card base 5.5” x 4.25”.  Cut first layer the same size as your base.  Stitch with the sewing machine switching from straight to zig zag stitch as you go around.  Adhere to card base.

2.       Cut second layer 4.5” x 2.5”.  Run a line straight stitching and another line of zig-zag stitching from top to bottom.  Trim one end with pinking shears.  Adhere to card.

3.        Cut third layer 4” x 2.5”.   Trim one end with pinking shears and attach to card. 

4.        Cut banner, stamp with sentiment.  Attach to card. 

5.        Use glue gun to stack flowers.  Attach to card with Glue Dots.   Attach May Arts Leaves with glue dots or double sided adhesive.  Add Glitter Critter Dragonfly.




That’s it!  A sweet little gift that looks like it came from a boutique gift shop and you did it with Petaloo and May Arts Ribbon!



Blog Post By: Charlene Driggs

  1. Pakistan gifts

    So simple beautiful gift.

  2. Jaz

    God this is so amazing! It’s so cute and just lovely! Add the vibrant colors I’m so into. i can’t wait to give this gift for this coming Christmas I’m planning to give my special friend! =)

  3. DJ

    AHHH< what a sweet sweet project and a wonderful job. You are right I am drooling, I want one of ech, they are all fantastic, love each one better than the next!!! Donna

  4. Melinda Wilson

    This is such a cute idea! I love this cute flower pot of pens!

  5. josie walrath

    awesome project! Love the colors.

  6. Laura Cox

    This is just toooooo cute! Such a fun gift!!

  7. Michelle

    Great idea, thanks for sharing.

  8. Linda Ressetar

    I love the pens. What a darling idea !!

  9. jen shears

    filing this away for teacher gifts- this is GREAT!!!! 🙂

  10. Carol B

    What a great and useful project!

    Carol B

  11. Sue from Oregon

    How fun!!!

  12. Katie B.

    Oh my gosh, this is really a great idea! First of all I love the sunny colors. That Petaloo products you used all go so well together, and perfectly with the ribbon! I especially love the card, the ribbon stem is perfect for the flower and I love the Petaloo dragonfly! So cute. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  13. ava

    thanks for sharing a bright project to add some sparkle to any desk.

  14. DeniseB

    Fun, bright colors!

  15. Janet Mack

    I love the colors and those critters are too cute. The M&M’s wouldn’t last long at my house.

  16. -Agnes-

    What a cheerful present!

  17. Babe O'Mara

    Darling flower pot and pen set. Love the colors used. Great gift set.

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  18. Kathy Bradley (101Airborne)

    I was just on SCS and saw this totally adorable gift set you made (and I’ve got the instructions now- thank you)!! Really darling.

  19. Kelly Sas

    I see these at Dr. offices etc, but this one has much more class using Petaloo flowers and MA ribbon!

  20. Lillian

    Oh my gosh! The COLORS, the whimsy, the BUTTERFLIES!!!! I am IN LOVE!!!

  21. Sue

    This is an outstanding gift set. The butterfly is so delicate, the stitching on the card is awesome, and I love the citrus colors right down to the M&Ms.

  22. Brandi

    Cute project! It looks like fun to make. It’s definitely a great gift idea. I just love how the May Arts ribbons work so well with the Petaloo flowers & embellishments. It’s a perfect pairing for sure!

  23. Lindy

    How super duper adorable and beautiful!!!! T4S

  24. sue w.

    what a great flower pot with pens. I think that would make a wonderful teacher’s gift.
    stamping sue

  25. Sharon Gullikson

    A neighbor girl made pens like those several years ago, I bought a couple, and loved them. They were not only really cute, but they didn’t roll off of my desk calendar onto the floor.

  26. Carol

    WOW fantastic gift idea and I all ready have a few people on my list to gift this too! Thank you for the wonderful idea and the how to!!!

  27. Brittani

    Wow, such a cute project! Can’t wait to try this!!

  28. Lisa

    What a cute little gift set! Love the pens and the card.

  29. jengd

    So cute! I love the flowers, esp. with the leaf-vine ribbon!

  30. Agnieszka

    Wow… Adorable idea. Awesome project!!!


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