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Pigeon Green Pens

July 29, 2009

Ok, so remember that pile of paper you kept from the notebook project yesterday? Well, here is how you can make use of it. This time you will be using the non-plain, double sided printout paper, magazine pages, etc. You will also need any broken pens you have lying about – by broken, I mean that the plastic casing has snapped or some other unlucky fate has befallen your poor pen. Grab up the pens and take out the ink nibs. You can also do this to bring back to life broken pencils and crayons, but I kinda prefer the whole pen angle.

Now, we will be wrapping the paper around the pen, so it needs to be  about the same length as the ink nib. You may choose to wrap it tidily (i.e. with the pen lining up to the edge of the paper), or untidily (with the middle of the pen lining up with the corner of the paper. As this is an eco-project, we want to avoid glue if possible so go for the cheap, natural solution. Take a piece of paper to the bathroom and run it under the tap so it is soaked through. Then, come back your desk and lay it flat. Put the pen nib either in parallel with the paper or over a corner of the page and begin rolling the paper around the pen. Be careful on two points here – one, the paper is wet so could tear if you don’t take your time; two, be sure to roll the paper around the pen nib as tightly as possible, pressing the paper together as you roll. This will help to seal the paper as it dries. If you have a spare elastic band lying about, you may also want to tie this around the pen as it dries to ensure it sticks together properly. 

I have made a few of these and on occasion, the whole water as glue thing hasn’t been as long lasting as I would like, so if you find the same thing for your pens, my tip is to decorate the outer seam with a tiny sticker, or if you want to go glam that piece of ribbon you saved from your last gift-wrapped present.  

Speaking of gift-wrappings, I’ll be back a little later on with a wee idea of how to save money, paper and time with some completely funky, one of a kind gift wrapping suggestions.

As always, if you like this idea, please leave me a reply comment and show me pictures of your Pigeon Green Pens!


Pigeon Green Notebooks

July 28, 2009

While at work yesterday, I was pondering ways to re-use the pile of printouts I made last week but no longer need. I came up with a couple of ideas so will give you the first one today (its real simple!) and the second one later on.

Pigeon Green Notebooks

Pigeon Green Notebooks

Pigeon Green Notebooks

Pigeon Green Notebooks












Ok, so first you need a wee pile of paper you no longer need, you know the stuff, printouts, wrapping paper, notepaper, etc. Go through the pile and find the bits that have one clean or plain side. You won’t find the double sided prints so useful here, but save them for project 2 later. Taking each piece of paper, fold it in half so the blank or unused side is on the outside. Once you have folded each piece, put them in a pile so all the folded edges are on the same side. Take a stapler and staple the open edges together. Hey presto – your very own Pigeon Green Notebook. If you want to be even more eco-friendly, use the office hole-punch instead of a stapler and tie the pages together with anything you can find – food bag tie from your lunch, piece of string, that hairband you broke this morning. Anything you can find to give it a second use. If you can use something that is normally a one use only thing then you get brownie points from me.

If you like this idea, send me a comment with a picture of your Pigeon Green Notebooks!