We made personalized pens to give to the other teachers and aides at my son’s school. They are so simple, but turn out so cute and I love that they are homemade and personalized.
I found the idea a while back and pinned it to my Teacher Gift board. When I went back to the pin, it said the website wasn’t available.
We used Pentel RSVP pens for this project. I could only find them in “fine” but I personally prefer “medium” ink pens. I did a quick search in the pen aisle at Staples, but didn’t find another option. (Let me know if you find a different type of pen that works).
I unscrewed the end of the pen and cut a strip of white copy paper the length of the empty barrel. It really doesn’t need to be exact since it will be wrapped around the ink inside the pen.
I had my son draw on the paper to decorate it. He originally started drawing a picture of a Christmas tree, but I had to remind him we would be cutting the paper into smaller strips so just make a design. He then just proceeded to take random crayons and draw lines all over–similar to a 2 year old but it looked good in the end.
Then I cut the long strip into smaller sections. They were around 1.25-1.5 inches wide. It really doesn’t need to be exact since it will be wrapped. Then I used a fine point Sharpie to write each teacher’s name on the paper. After a while, my Sharpie started to die. Sharpie over crayons doesn’t work very well. I eventually found a scrapbook pen that worked over the crayon. I made these pens in the past and I think I wrote the name first and then had my son draw with crayons over it.
After the paper was cut, decorated, and name added, I wrapped the paper as tightly as possible around the ink barrel. Then I slid the paper into the barrel and screwed the top back on.
We added a post it note pad to go with each pen and our simple appreciation gift was complete. A personal and useful gift. My 2 year old was even able to make one for his swimming teacher.