If you're looking for an easy homemade gift idea or just want a way to add a bit of color to your desk, try making origami flower pens.
To make a pen, you'll need one sheet of origami paper measuring about 6 inches x 6 inches, a plain ballpoint pen, and some washi tape in the color of your choice. I like to use green so it looks more like an actual flower stem, but this is totally up to you.
You can use almost any type of origami flower you want for your pen, but I prefer the origami lily. Read our Origami Lily Flower Instructions tutorial if you're not familiar with how to make this flower.
Once you have your flower made, poke a hole in the bottom and insert the pen. (The flower should be on the top of your pen, so it doesn't interfere with your writing.) Hold the flower in place with one hand and wrap washi tape around the base of the pen with your other hand. Remember to stop wrapping the tape when you hit the part where the pen cap should be. Otherwise, your cap will no longer stay on the pen.
If you wish, you could make several pens and display them in an old vase or a decorated Crystal Light container.
Photo courtesy of Dana Hinders.