A few months ago, ReadyMade Magazine
issued a challenge to its readers to come up with new uses for old pens. The winning project, Dead Pen Cutlery
, is featured in the most recent issue.
I confess, I have a stash of old pens I can't bring myself to toss. Many aren't even dead, I just can't bring myself to use them because, alas, I'm a pen snob. However, although I think using pens as cutlery handles is pretty clever, I really don't need (or frankly want) to.
So I scoured the blogosphere for other ideas for giving old pens a second chance at life. Check out the findings:
My favorite of the ReadyMade runner-ups - turn old pens into garden labels
(scroll down to see)
over at Curbly
has 2 nifty projects made from old pens - a DIY sprinkler
(also a ReadyMade runner-up), and a sewing caddy
From the DIY Network, turn your old pen into a bead holder
, Pen Pal Doll
, or a (fake) floral centerpiece
While you're at it, check out this craftster's
take on the centerpiece idea - table number holders made from old pens
. (I see a pen-themed wedding here)
Bust out that polymer clay and turn your pen into a dachshund
, snowman, or reindeer
(from DIY Network/HGTV)
I'm not quite sure how they did it, but some folks somewhere in Europe made a ballpoint pen chandelier
. via Curbly.
Re-live your rebellious high school years with a Pen Spike Bracelet
From 88 bytes.com
, how to turn an old pen into an easy-grip stylus for your PDA
offers this tutorial for a money safe made from an old pen
- try this one at your own risk. (via LifeHacker
Any other old pen projects you' d like to share?