DIY Pen Container

You know how sometimes when you go to places like the doctor’s and the check-in table has a container with pens that have flowers taped to them? Well, I decided to do something like this for my home. My craft baskets are full of random things so I gathered a few items from them. Then I picked up what I still needed at the dollar store. This project cost only $3.00 and took less than 30 minutes to complete…you can’t beat that!!

For this project I used:

a 16 oz. mason jar

river rocks

some pens

fake flowers

green pipe cleaners

side- cutters (a tool that works for cutting wire)

a glue gun

I found a bouquet of daisies (my favorite flower) at the dollar store.  I used a pair of  “side cutters” to cut-off individual stems (thankfully my husband has a lot of tools and these looked like they would do the trick). I made the stems about 2 inches long.

I cut five stems total but you can do more depending on the size of jar you choose to use.

Then I took a pen,  put a flower by it, took a pipe cleaner and coiled it around from top to bottom. I used a glue gun to put a tiny drop of glue at the end so that the flower and pipe cleaner wouldn’t slide up and down the pen.  I cut off any excess stem that was sticking out of the pipe cleaner.

I did 5 pens in about 5 minutes!

Then I filled the mason jar with river rocks (another dollar store find!). I took the lids off the pens and added the pens to the jar to complete the project.  That’s all there is to it…

Quick, Easy and Inexpensive!!!


(C) 2012 Pocketful of Motherhood

Pampering Hands Gift Basket

First off, I just have to say that Pinterest is such a fabulous creation! I found this wonderful pin for a Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub the other day and it sounded simple, yet wonderful.  My sister-in-laws birthday was coming up and I thought she might enjoy this scrub, so it was the perfect excuse to give it a try!

 The scrub came together in no time at all! All I had to do was mix together sugar, olive oil and lemon juice.  I put the mixture into a 12 oz. mason jar and then added a ribbon, label and lemon icon on top to give it a finishing touch. There was a little left over which I saved for myself.  AWESOME Stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!! This scrub left my hands SO soft.  Nothing like a little pampering for my tired mommy hands!

…For the gift basket

To complete this gift I thought it would be nice to pair the scrub with some hand lotion and package it all in a gift basket.  I ventured to Target where I  found some great deals and walked away with some lotion, a basket for $2.50 and the last two bags of gift- bag filling from the dollar spot…I love it when I find great deals!!! I packaged the gift basket in less than 10 minutes and had a cute little pampering gift to give to my sister-in-law!

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub

Courtesy of : Stephanie Lynn, Under The Table and  Dreaming


2 1/2 Cups Sugar

1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (or your favorite essential oil)

Directions:  In a medium sized bowl mix together the sugar and olive oil. Add lemon juice and mix well until a gritty paste forms. Spoon into a mason jar and seal tightly.  The sugar might settle so you may need to stir the mixture before using.

*Note: I only used lemon juice, but I would add some essential oil next time to give it a richer smell.


(C) 2012 Pocketful of Motherhood