Monday, May 13, 2013

DIY Memory Stone Pen Holder for Father's Day

One simple gift that I made several years ago for my husband still graces his desk.  A mug with a broken handle, some handfuls of multi-colored stones, and some very strong glue are all that I used to create this simple pen holder.  It is a perfect gift for Father's Day.

I was inspired to make this stone-covered mug by a friend who was gluing stones to old lamp bases, to give as wedding gifts.  So if you and your kids collect a lot of stones, you could also decorate a ceramic lamp (or two).  For us, stones found on the shores of the Great Lakes have special significance.  Not only have my husband and I lived in Chicago, near the beaches of Lake Michigan, we also had our honeymoon in Canada on an island between Lakes Huron and Superior.

Materials Used:

  • Multicolored stones (a selection of 50 to 100 is ideal)
  • Ceramic mug without a handle (I chipped off the remaining stub as best I could)
  • Strong gel glue that bonds ceramics (such as Gorilla Glue)

  1. Wash and dry stones well prior to gluing.
  2. Arrange stones on a table and then on the mug without glue to get an idea of where you would like each stone placed.
  3. In a well-ventilated area, glue stones onto the mug, making sure to cover the broken-off handle area of the mug first.

Need a gift bag for this once it is done?  Check out this frugal gift bag made from newspaper comics.

I'm linking this project up here and at AP Tuesday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous idea for kids well as for those of us adults who hoard stones! love that it's so masculine and rugged! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!