I Love Sharpies: 20 Great Ideas & Projects!

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I have to confess that I absolutely {LOVE} Sharpie® markers! They’ve always been one of my most favorite art and crafting supplies because they’re so versatile and easy to use. As a kid I always loved how daring and bold I felt when I used Sharpie® markers for my projects because they’re permanent – no turning back once you’ve started! Back in those days we only had a couple of colors of markers, but today you can find Sharpie® markers in an entire spectrum of colors including neons and metallics (my favorite!). They are now available in convenient 12-packs so you can pick up all of your favorite colors at once (*hint, hint, Santa!*).

If you think that Sharpie® markers are just for drawing and writing, you’ll definitely want to check out these amazing projects from some talented bloggers and artists that would be perfect for holiday gifting and decorating. Be inspired by all that Sharpie® markers can do!

Easy DIY Gold Sharpie Candle - great holiday gift idea15-Minute Gift Idea: Sharpie Candles

DIY Geometric Pouch via Dismount Creative


Faux Gilded Votive Cups via One Pearl Button


99 Cent Store Mug Makeover via Oh, Hello Friend


Decorated Gift Wrap via Sharpie Blog


His & Hers Mugs via A Beautiful Mess
(Tip: use Oil Based Sharpies for permanent results on mugs and dishes!)


Sharpie Decorated Ornaments via Sharpie Blog


Sharpie Tie Dye via Mom’s Crafty Space


Tea Towels via Setting for Four – this is also a great way to transfer your kid’s artwork to a tea towel for Grandma!


Christmas Verse Sign via Growing Up Gardner


Sharpie Decorated Baggies via Babalisme


Chair Makeover via Little Green Notebook


Sharpie Embellished Lamp via BHG


Silver Sharpie Pencil Cup via How About Orange


Sharpie Bag via Crafty CPA


Sharpie Phone Case via Unexpected Expectations


Holiday Pillows via Dear Lillie


Love Letter Lampshade via A Little Glass Box


Burlap & Sharpie Banner via Serendipity and Spark


Sharpie Lampshade via 365 Days to Simplicity


Sharpie Tile Wall Art also via 365 Days to Simplicity



For more holiday ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out the Sharpie® “Holiday Happenings” pinboard!

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  1. who would have thought you could do all that with a sharpie marker? I love they come in so many colors now though I’m such a sucker for colored pens/markers lol

  2. I had no idea you could do all that with sharpie markers!!! I love the creativity!!! So many ideas now!!

  3. WOW! Thanks for all the great ideas! I love Sharpies too and use them but this opens a whole new world!

  4. I love Sharpies too! Can you believe that white chair that had been scribbled in dots with a Sharpie!?

  5. What a fabulous collection – makes me want to get some Sharpies and create something too!

  6. I wonder if the metallic sharpie (like the gold on the mug) can be put in the microwave. Any ideas?

  7. I love it! I love Sharpies too but didn’t realize all you can do with them.

  8. Thanks for the ideas! I am so about the Sharpie!

  9. I love Sharpies! Great list!

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE Sharpies!! I did my gifts with them this year.

  11. Sharpies are one of my favorite crafting tools! These ideas have my creativity flowing…Thanks so much!

  12. Sharpies are one of my favorite crafting tools! These ideas have my creativity flowing…Thanks so much!

  13. wow amazing i love this creativities thanks for sharing.

  14. On the mugs, I’ve heard from a lot of people that normal sharpies DO NOT work. Use an oil based sharpie or porcelain marker :)

  15. I like the Sharpie lampshade and frame. I know it would look in my apartment because it actually kinda looks like my home’s theme.


  16. excited about the new “BOY” linky party! glad to have found your blog!

  17. Totally awesome designs….so much inspiration. Gonna have to get my sharpies out….hope to see more from you..thanks so much for sharing. Hugs

  18. Has anyone had any luck with the mug/plate idea?? I did some at Christmas and after baking, it washed right off. Tried doing artwork and waiting 24 hrs then baking, tried baking longer, tried handwashing, tried EVERYTHING!! Would love to find a solution. Help!

  19. Kara Crow says:

    I love Sharpies!!! I have always used them with my art work I just bought some new ones since alot of mine went missing… now the school is bout to start I’m hoping to get more for cheap… looks like I have some new art projects to get to…

  20. Mellissa McCarthy says:

    Definintly going to try this !

  21. Also, the phone one will rub off eventually after normal daily use:(

    Love Sharpies, too! Use them with my older kids in my art room all the time. They look pretty amazing on foil, too.

  22. The one thing I did not see is a decorated sharpie, ie literally sharpie another sharpie so you have an interesting writing/drawing/designing utensil. Also for all that love sharpies and all there many uses and so many different colors in many varieties I believ we its time for use to let our voices be heard in a way of nee suggestions of where to take them next & I do believe that if they entered into new markets to they’d be equally successful as with all gheir other great ideas so I propose Sharpie Glitter markers, then also Sharpie Blow markers ( where the marker is in the center and a blow tube or straw surrounds the entire center and open at both ends so yoh then blow thru the top end thus wisking away just enough ink at once to go onto the paper or whatever substrate your doing it on, thus making the artwork have a spray paint look) or one last idea would be why dont they dive into a gel type ink for markers and not just pens. Actually being into the sign business my self I would really like to see some sort of solvent or eco-solvent markersbecause that type of Ink last so much better in sunlight and all around and thus far the cheapest solution for solvent based ink is buying expensive $8,000+ wide format printers. Sorry for such a lengthy comment but hope you all get something out of it. Tom

  23. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is
    fantastic, let alone the content!

  24. I LOVE SHARPIES!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3
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  25. Karen Janssen says:

    Just a warning – some of the Sharpies (particularly black) are NOT light proof. I marked the spines of my books with dewey numbers. Now, 10 years later and moving into a new home, I am having to go back and re-do them with black paint pens because the sharpie has faded.

  26. I love the pillow. Way cool

  27. I just love Sharpies too, this is such a fun list of ideas. Heading off to check out some that I can do with items I have on hand already :) Thanks!

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