Step One: Collect your materials
A quick trip to your local craft store like Michaels Craft Store, AC Moore or Hobby Lobby will cover all your needs for the first step in this project. You can use any jar or container for your pens - I'm using a mason jar to go for a more rustic-country vibe. I also have some twine to wrap around the neck of the mason jar to add some extra flair.
The pen you choose should reflect the kind of guest book you have. For example if your guests are signing a traditional guest book or photo book, the pens shown above or an archival-quality pen would be best. If you have a canvas or art print guest book, we recommend using an archival art marker or pen.
The flowers you choose should reflect your wedding decor or overall theme. Most craft stores like the ones listed above have a wide variety of flowers, so you should be able to create a lovely pen bouquet in no-time :)
Step Two: Create your pens
Now it's time for the fun part! If your flowers come in a bunch, you'll need to break them apart and pick off the extra leaves if you choose. Most bunches will have littles creases in the material - start your break there and you can cut up further if needed.
Once your flowers are separated, decide how tall you would like the flowers to be before wrapping them to your pens. You can gauge this by holding the pen and flower together at the approximate height you would like them in comparison to the jar and see if the flower needs any trimming.
Once you've found the perfect height for your flowers, it's time to get wrapping! Take out the stem wrap tape and secure it somewhere that will make it easy for you to wrap the flower and pen together. I placed the tape underneath my leg to give just enough pressure on the tape holder so that it wouldn't go flying around.
Start at the top of the pen and begin folding the stem wrap tape around the pen and flower stem. It may take a few wraps to get the end secure and to get into a groove for wrapping, but I promise it it super easy! Cover the top of the pen, then work your way down the pen and completely cover both pen and stem in tape. The tape doesn't look sticky, but it holds really well if pressure is applied.
Continue the above steps until all your pens are wrapped :)
Step Three: Create your jar
Wrapping the jar is just as easy as wrapping the pens, but may take a little extra patience. Since the neck of of the jar is uneven from the jagged areas where the lid goes on, it may take some time to get all the twine to a decent place. But I'm not complaining - grandma's homemade pickles wouldn't quite taste the same if the jar wasn't sealed all the way!
Step Four: Admire your beautiful bouquet!
I have to say this is definitely one of my most favorite and easiest DIY wedding projects I've done so far. Not only is it a creative way to display your guest book pens, but it's also a fun interaction for your guests! And it's a great way to turn a boring pen into a beautiful bouquet of incredibly useful flowers. Just make sure grandma gets her pickle jar back after the wedding :)