Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #4: Guest Book Pens

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Hi friends. It’s another Tuesday which means I have another tutorial for you! I wasn’t able to post last week’s favorite things, and for that, I am sorry! But, I have a good excuse – I’ve been in Orlando/Disney World since last Wednesday and ended up not having wifi like expected. But, this morning we had to stop by a Starbucks for one of my fellow travelers to do some schoolwork. So, I decided to take advantage of the free wifi (and an iced mocha – mmm!)

This week’s tutorial is wedding related, but it can be used for most anything, really. I’ve started focusing on the details I want and I started with the easiest thing I could think of. Guest book pens. 

Kind of lame, but slightly important. I knew I didn’t want the store bought guest book with the fancy pen that sits in the base, but I don’t really know why I decided to make them the way that I did. I just figured it would look pretty. So, this is how you make your own.

2 Papermate black ballpoint pens
Hot glue gun
Two floral stems

*Before I began, I ended up spray painting my twine so it would be brown (to match my wedding colors) instead of tan. The tan twine gave them a “rustic” feel, which, at this point, isn’t exactly the look I’m going for. I don’t even know what to call my wedding style, honestly. DIY? Crafty? Make everything wedding related on Pinterest? I don’t know. And I don’t care. As long as looks decent, I’ll be satisfied. 

Anyways, after spray painting my twine and letting it dry, I dabbed a spot of hot glue on the side of the pen at the very top. I stuck an end of my twine in it and began wrapping the twine around the rest of the pen. Easy, right? I dabbed a few more spots of hot glue as I wrapped it around and then finished it off at the bottom of the pen. Then, I cut the entire stem of my flowers off so that I was just left with the bloom. I then used the E6000 to glue the flower to the top of the pen. (E6000 holds better and doesn’t risk pulling off easily like hot glue does). And, there you have it. The easiest wedding project ever made. 


Hope everyone has a great week! Happy crafting! 


  1. What a great idea - I love it -they turned out fabulous!

  2. Very nice! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Corner Blog Hop.


  3. Love your tutorial! Congratulations Kayla - you've been featured this week at Inspire Me Monday at

    Create With Joy



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