Be an Everyday Overachiever and #PilotYourLife with a DIY Pen Station


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Handwriting is something I practice everyday because I feel it’s a fine motor skill that is slowly and surely diminishing thanks to technology, such as laptops and the like. Because of this, pens are always at the top of my Back-to-School shopping list. I usually prefer Pilot G2 Pens because their gel ink and comfortable grip results in smooth and beautiful handwriting. This makes my grocery shopping lists, thank you cards, and other projects legible and crisp making me an efficient overachiever. The Pilot G2 Pens come in a variety of different colors, including metallics, which also makes them ideal for drawing and coloring – a relaxing way to enjoy the Back-to-School season. 


When at Target, my senses always draw me first to the section of fun, affordable items at the front of the store. There, they have an amazing assortment of Back-to-School items, such as burlap and chalkboard stickers and “Report Card” clothespins, so I HAD to grab them because they gave me the idea to create an adorable and functional DIY Pen Station. In the organization/household section of the store, you can find a shallow, rectangular receptacle or use any container you fancy. Of course, you’ll need to check out the Back-to-School section in the back of the store where you’ll find ANY and EVERYTHING you need to start school! 


DIY Pen Station


Step 1: Gather supplies.

  • Pilot G2 Pens
  • Organizer of Your Choice
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Back-to-School or Stickers of Your Choice
  • Ruler
  • Clothespins




Step 2: Apply hot glue on bottom length of organizer and on one of the rulers, and bond it to create a school-related border. (Tip: Apply hot glue to both mediums for a more secure bond) Just make sure you keep your fingers from touching the hot glue, and press them firmly together.


Step 3: Using the inches as a marker, hot glue and attach 4 clothespins an equal or similar length apart with the clip side facing up. You’ll need the clip facing up, as it is a functional piece to your pen station, as you will see later. 



Step 4: Place your stickers in between the clothespins (You can also hot glue these to confirm they are definitely on, or you can depend on the stickiness). I used a chalkboard sticker in the center so that I could easily personalize it for whoever’s desk it would be set upon. 


Step 5: To keep your pens standing at attention, fold in some foam by creating almost a puff by pressing in all the sides so that your pens can easily rest upon them to stand so you can always keep an eye on which pens you have. 


Step 6: Your pens are ready for action! As you can see, the clothespins attach memos and notes efficiently keeping you ahead of the game, so you can overachieve all-year-round!




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