Every year for Valentine's Day we advocate bouquets of pencils versus bouquets of flowers. They're functional, they also smell lovely and they don't die. Here's everything you need to know to make a beautiful Joe Fox* approved bouquet of pencils of your choice.
- At least 1 yd. of high quality double-faced satin ribbon
- 1 rubber band
- A pencil sharpener to sharpen the pencils
- Something to garnish your bow with
(We have a kit including all of these things, but you can easily find them elsewhere.)
Arranging the Bouquet
1. Choose the pencils for your bouquet. We recommend 8-15 pencils for a full and assorted bouquet.
2. Though sharpening is not a requirement it does make the bouquet more fragrant and bouquet-like. Before doing anything else go ahead and sharpen your pencils.
3. Arranging them according to which ones you'd like to be visible, hold the pencils in your hand and arrange your bundle until you're pleased with the way it looks.
4. Wrap your rubber band around your pencil bundle tightly.
5. Turn all of the pencils so the branding is the way you'd like it. We tend to prefer half visible branding, half hidden branding.
Tying the Ribbon
1. Grab your ribbon about 8 inches from the end.
2. Place your pencil bundle on the ribbon and wrap the long end of the ribbon around the bundle carefully from top to bottom.
3. Your bundle should be wrapped multiple times with ribbon, one end at the top and the other at the bottom.
4. Tie the two ends of the ribbon into a knot.
5. If you wish to garnish the bouquet with something, thread the ribbon through this. We often use M+R Bullet Sharpeners for this.
6. Tie your bow.
7. Trim the ribbon.
You're ready to gift your bouquet! We're sure the recipient will appreciate such a thoughtful gift, and in the meantime, please don't accidentally stab yourself with it!
* From You've Got Mail "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."