How can I reuse or recycle (or rescue) … dried up pens?

pens_in_a_pot180.jpgIn a completely un-me moment of organised and forward planning, I was looking for a pen the other day to write something on shopping list. I turned to the pot of random pens that I put together in another completely un-me moment of organised and forward planning. Unfortunately given the long time-lapse between those two periods, all the ink in all those pens had completely dried up. I ended up scratching letter-shaped holes in the shopping list instead. Useful.

So what can I do with all those old pens? Can I rescue them? Can I reuse their skins? Most of them are cheap (usually promotional) biros but there are also some felt tip types. Any suggestions?

(Photo by nazreth)

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76 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle (or rescue) … dried up pens?”


  1. Gulia says:

    Create mosaic by gluing different color pens on a base.

  2. Here is my new address:
    The Pen Guy
    6484 Mirabel Road
    #994
    Forestville, CA 95436

  3. cool post! i am cleaning out my desks and looking for a good way to reuse/recycle these old pens!

  4. Xandra says:

    You can make it into a lamp. Check out the picture here, http://www.enpieza.com/imagenes/productosEng/trabajos/volivik-50-NA.jpg

  5. Rebecca says:

    Anyone still collecting dead pens? I have some to give away (in the UK).

  6. Olia says:

    If they are transparent or semitransparent, hang them in front of window as sun catchers.



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