My kids are making flower pens. It's pretty simple. You take a plain stick pen and bind an artificial flower to it with floral tape. If you wanted to be a bit more artsy, you could also decorate a vase or pot for it. My kids are in 6th grade, and they're pretty excited about it. I got cheap bags ($.20 at Wal-Mart) and printed matching tissue paper for them last night. A picture of the general idea can be found at http://www.kinderart.com/crafts/flowerpen.shtml. Hope this helps!
This is a fun and easy craft. I went to the local craft store and bought "shrinky dink" paper and pins. Basically, you cut the paper into 3"x3" squares and let the students create a design using colored pencils. Then you stick them in the oven for about 30 seconds and the paper shrinks down to about a third of its original size. It becomes like a piece of plastic. The design stays very clear it just shrinks. Then we hot glue a pin to the back and it becomes an instant pin that mothers can wear for years to come. Have fun!
The gift bags and tissue paper were for them to put the finished pens in. We haven't actually done the project yet, but I'm planning no more than 30 minutes for it. I've only made one of these pens myself, and the first one I made took me less than five minutes to do. We're not planning to do pots or whatever, so that eliminates quite a bit of time.
Here are the steps:
1. uncap the pen (the cap will be unusable with the pen after it's wrapped)
2. Hold the stem of an artificial flower right next to the pen (stem should go at least 3/4 of the way down the pen). The petals of the flower should be at the non-writing end of the pen
3. Beginning at the non-writing end of the pen, VERY TIGHTLY wrap the flower and pen together. Stop tape near the beginning of the place where the pen tapers toward the tip. It's better to use too much tape than too little.
Hope this helps! Let me know if anything else needs clarification!