Published on May 15th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain2
I Carrot About Your Pen Needs
I carrot (care a lot) about your pen needs.
Cause you really need these adorable pens, covered in clay, that are cute, fun, and nice to write with!
Seriously, I made some of these pens, just to play around with about 6 months ago.
They are still the first ones I pull out of the pen jar and always fun to write with, not to mention they have a comfortable grip too!
I have always thought that a thicker pen is more comfortable to grip, and I hold onto those bigger pens when I find them.
I recently took some of these decorated pens to a yard sale and just about sold them all. People were just giggling over them.
A lot of adults where buying them, which threw me off a little, since it was a school event, I thought just the kids would like them!
A couple weeks ago, I shared this post on how to make these fruit clay pens. There are some techniques that are the same for making the faces and covering the pen initially so keep that link in mind. While this craft does use a craft knife, I do say it’s still a kid’s craft – maybe for an older tween/teen who can be safe and careful around super-sharp knives. However, this is still a sweet and fun craft that kids can create.
First, cover your pen like so with the clay.
Once you have smoothed out the clay all over the pen, slice off the tip where the pen cartridge goes.
You want it clean of clay so that the pen goes back together smoothly.
Then, use the knife to ‘cut’ a little bit into the clay and roll back and forth to create the lines in a carrot root.
Once that is done, push a rounded tool (I would use the tip of a Sharpie if I didn’t have this tool) into the clay to create a mouth indent.
Add a ball of clay for the nose.
Roll together 5 thin logs, then pinch them at the base.
Cut off the excess.
Roll dots of white, and black for the eyes. Make a teardrop in pink, push into mouth and add a slice in the center using a knife for the tongue.
Bake at 275 degrees in the oven for about 25 minutes. Once they are cool, you can seal them or use them as is.