Published on June 3rd, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
I am on a quest to find and create fun and exciting projects for kids to do this summer.
Little kids have lots of craft ideas all over the place, but big kids don’t. It’s hard to find crafts that don’t cost a bucketful of money and that are actually not cheesy to the older kids.
I have been sharing ideas on creating clay pens for the past few weeks.
I’m not done, I still have several more ideas to share with you.
Let me say, once again, these are great fun to make. They are not extremely difficult to make, you only need a few skills and should be able to recreate the pens I am showing. They are great for selling at craft fairs. I sell mine for $3 each or 2 for $5. The girls both take pens to school to use and get a lot of compliments on their fun pens. You can find the clay here and the pens here or here.
Use a 40% off coupon for the clay at the craft store, and you could make several dozen even cheaper.
I plan on setting my girls up this summer on a rainy day to see what they come up with for next school year.
(If you really love your pens, you can still keep them when the ink runs dry, just buy more pens and replace the cartridge in them to keep on using them.)
These watermelon pens are pretty easy, and you can customize them. Make the watermelon skin varied, or add more or less seeds to the pink part.
These are the colors I mixed for the pen. A reddish pink (mix red, white and pink together), black, lime, celery(mix lime and white together) and medium green. Pull the ink refill out of the pen.
Spread out a marble sized piece of the medium green, and place it over the top of the pen. You want it a little less then halfway down the pen.
Pull off a small amount of the celery green. Wrap that around the pen below the green.
Pull off another marble sized piece of reddish pink and wrap the base of the pen with that. I use a razor knife to trim the excess from around the base of the pen so that the refill will fit back in smoothly once the pen is finished.
Pull off some small pieces of lime, roll them into strips and add them to the green like so.
Roll the pen to embed them into the green clay.
Roll out a small thin log of black. Use the knife to slice off small bits for the watermelon seeds. Roll the bits into balls and add to the pink clay.
I use this rounded tool to dip the tip of the black clay into the pink, for the impression of a seed.
Once all the seeds are created on the pen, I roll it gently to embed the black clay into the pink clay.
Bake at 275 degrees F on a sheet of aluminum foil on a sheet pan for 20 minutes. Remove and allow them to cool.
I spray my pens for protection and shine. I use a poly clear coat in a spray can.
Once dry, replace the ink refills and use!