May 06, 2018 1 Comment

This sweet bouquet of felt flower pens make for a pretty and practical gift for anyone in your life, particularly those who constantly misplace pens like myself. The felt flowers make the pens much harder to lose, which is why you'll often see flower pens at stores when you need to sign credit card slips. 

This is an upcycled project that uses a tin can for the vase, which is simply wrapped in marine vinyl and decorated with some ribbon and snap fasteners. KAM snaps are also used for the center of the flowers.

The flowers themselves make great detachable embellishments for headbands, shoes, wristlets, handbags, and more!

 

Materials needed:

 

Download free pattern and print true to size. Flowers will be approx. 2.5" across. Trace the pattern onto your felt and cut.

felt flowers diy tutorial free pattern snap fasteners snap buttons

 

Thread your needle and sew a straight line across the bottom of your felt.

felt flowers diy tutorial easy sew straight line

felt flowers diy tutorial free pattern snap fasteners snap buttons sew straight line easy

 

Tightly pull the thread taut so that your felt bunches up and transforms into a flower.

felt flowers diy tutorial free pattern sew pull thread tight to make petal flowers

 

Run your needle to the other end of your felt piece and tie a tight knot to secure the flower shape. Sew the two ends of your petals together to complete your flower shape.

felt flowers diy tutorial pattern sew ends together to secure flower shape

 

Using your  KAM snap pliers or  KAMsnaps KX8J professional handheld press, install your size 24 black snaps (cap-stud) as shown.

felt flowers diy tutorial free pattern snap fasteners snap buttons install with hand press pliers no-sew

 

This is what the front and back of your flowers will look like.

felt flowers diy tutorial free pattern snap fasteners snap buttons no-sew front view

felt flowers diy tutorial free pattern snap fasteners snap buttons no-sew back view

 

Hot glue the back of your flowers to the bottoms of your pens.

Felt flowers pen diy with kam snap fasteners hot glue

 

Now to make the vase for your flower bouquet. Measure the length and diameter of your tin can.

Upcycle tin can into flower vase

 

Cut a piece of marine vinyl that will wrap around your tin can.

Print the pattern for your scallops here: free scallop pattern. Print at 50% and 45% scale (not true or original size). Trace the pattern onto your marine vinyl and cut.

Upcycle tin can into flower vase marine vinyl no sew cover

 

Overlap your two scallops with the smaller scallop on top. Poke a hole in the center of the scallops with your awl. Then set aside.

Upcycle tin can into flower vase marine vinyl no sew cover poke hole using awl

 

Cut 4 pieces of different colored ribbon 5.5" long.  Apply fray check to both ribbon ends, or use a lighter and singe the ends to prevent fraying. 

Upcycle tin can into flower vase marine vinyl no sew cover ribbon ribbons

 

Tie your ribbons into a bow. Then poke a hole through the 4 layers of ribbon in the back of the bow, and through your marine vinyl.

Upcycle tin can into flower vase marine vinyl no sew cover poke hole through ribbon bow with awl

 

Using your  KAM snap pliers or  KAMsnaps KX8J professional handheld press, install your size 20 snaps (caps-sockets) as shown to secure your bow to your marine vinyl.

Upcycle tin can into flower vase marine vinyl no sew cover snap fasteners snaps caps sockets

 

Take your scallops, and using your awl, poke a hole now through your back/3rd layer of marine vinyl. This hole will mark the center of your first heart shaped snap. Install your heart snap (cap-socket).

Upcycle tin can into flower vase marine vinyl no sew cover heart shaped snap fastener hearts snaps  

Install your letter "M" engraved snaps to spell mom with a heart.

Special black white M engraved snaps for mom

 

Install your snap fasteners at each side of your marine vinyl as shown.

Marine vinyl install no-sew snap fasteners snaps buttons easily and quickly with pliers hand press

 

The front and back of your marine vinyl will look like this.

Install KAM snap fasteners with pliers hand press no sewing required into marine vinyl fabric

Install KAM snap fasteners with pliers hand press no sewing required into marine vinyl fabric back view

 

Wrap your marine vinyl around your tin can and fasten all the snaps. 

Upcycle tin can into flower vase with marine vinyl and no sew kam snap fasteners

 

Fill your can with dried beans, pebbles, uncooked rice, etc... then start arranging your flowers. This was made especially for my mom and mom-in-law for mother's day, but you can gift these to your family, teachers, friends and co-workers because everyone can use pens! 

felt flowers pen bouquet with no-sew kam snap fasteners snaps buttons

felt flowers pen bouquet with no-sew kam snap fasteners snaps buttons bright and colorful perfect gift

felt flowers pen bouquet upcycled tin vase with no-sew kam snap fasteners snaps buttons mother's day gift


1 Response

JD
JD

May 22, 2018

Clever idea. Thanks for sharing.

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