Post # 1
So, I’m straying from the traditional guestbook and pen. Instead, I’m using the idea of the wish tree, but since it’s a butterfly theme, I’m gonna use cards in the shape of butterflies, and the guests can write their names and hang them on the tree. (Will probably make a separate post for this idea someday!) But I still want a quill pen. Especially with a really fluffly feather for that whimsical notion!
Making the pen won’t be the issue. Take a pen you like, wire a feather to it, wrap it with ribbon, and you’re done. But the pen STAND is what’s killing me. HOw should I tackle that? My mom suggested get a wooden block, drill a hole in it big enough for the pen to sit in, and paint and decorate it. I dunno. It would work, but for some reason it’s not sitting well with me.
I also thought about taking the cap of the pen, and gluing it to….something. Any ideas?? 🙂
Post # 3
Here’s an idea I did at work. Kinda the same idea and I’m sure you could use the green styrofoam used for flower arrangements.
There’s two ways: go to the electrial parts section of a hardware store and look at the little “cap like” plastic thingies (they have a metal hook on the end) and find one that fits.
OR, cheat and use the cap of the pen.
Shove it down into the green styrofoam to make the hole. GLUE THE CAP INTO THE HOLE. I’d use either hot glue, crazy glue, or some super-strong glue that’ll keep it in place in the styrofoam.
Decorate the styrofoam with the moss you can use for flower arrangements. Or, you could just skip using the cap and let the people shove the pen into the syrofoam itself. Either way, it SHOULD work.
Now, I haven’t tried it (except for the plastic electrial cap thingy at work), but it should work.
You could also probably call a hobby shop or lowes/home depot and ask them if they have the parts for making a pen stand. They will either have what you need or know how you can make it.
Post # 4
You could get a hollow knob from the home store, screw it to a block of wood for a base, and spary paint the whole thing the color you want. It would end up looking like this.
http://ereads.com/tag/william-c-dietz scroll down on the page-sorry-can’t upload the pic
To make it pretty you could get a crystal knob , or paint the knob silver and attach it to a little silver tray from the thrift shop. You would need a special drill bit though for the crystal knob and the metal tray.
If you want an antique look, you could get a little jar that looks like an old inkwell, swirl some black paint inside it to coat the inside to look like ink, drain out the excess and let it dry. You could use that for the pen holder. You might have to fill it with some small lead weights or something to make it stable enough not to tip over when the pen is inserted.
Post # 5
OMG, great ideas!! Thanks! 😀