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Cool Things You Can do with A Sharpie
What's so Special about Sharpies?
There are so many different types of Sharpies on the market. They are incredibly versatile, easily affordable, very durable and fit in perfectly with our "I want it now!" society! They are easy to use and help you achieve professional results in a shorter time period.
Art Projects You can make with Sharpies
You can use Sharpies to make decorative pillows, curtains, lampshades, flower pots and more. Anything you would normally paint, you can color with a Sharpie. This will be way more controlled and much neater with faster results!
10 Cool and Easy Home Decorating Ideas with a Sharpie
- Draw on a lightbulb (it will reflect on your walls and ceilings.)
- Write or draw on a lampshade.
- Write or draw on a flowerpot.
- Write or draw on throw pillows.
- Decorate curtains.
- Use it to "paint" on a stool.
- Decorate a carpet or rug. (Believe it or not!)
- Make a "stained glass" window hanging.
- Decorate picture frames.
- Make decorative plates and mugs to display.
Time lapse canvas shoe art
Sharpies are great for Projects with Kids.
Because of their ease of use, Sharpies and kids can go very well with each other. Do be careful, though, because it is those same good qualities that can also make it fairly easy for kids to make a mess. It is also important when coloring on things like shirts or pillowcases, that kids understand it is only on those specific shirts!
Sharpies can be great for Touch-ups!
The other day, as I splashed some bleach on my floor, I remembered (too late) that I was wearing my $50 Toms. Oops! Had they been $10 shoes, they would have become my "Cleaning House" shoes, but they weren't $10. Just as I was starting to kick myself, I remembered my trusty, black Sharpie. All was not lost. With a permanent black Sharpie, I was able to "color" in the bleach spots and my shoes are back to normal. Crisis averted! Be sure to check that the color of your Sharpie closely matches the fabric you are touching up. Also, make sure that you are using either a fabric or permanent marker.
Going to an art supply store is a better for me than a going to a candy store (most of the time!) As is evident in some of my other hubs, I love my pens and writing supplies! Check out, How to get the Ink to Flow in a Stubborn Pen. You can also see what hub writer Kidscrafts is up to and follow her easy instructions for making a Pencil Holder.
There are all kinds of Sharpies available
Be careful with Kids and Sharpies
While I truly encourage using Sharpies with projects that you are making with your kids, I do want to emphasize the need for caution. When small children see the ease with which they can create, they may get carried away. If you are having them decorate a pillow, t-shirt or mug, they may feel obligated to decorate all of those items in the home. Sharpies can be scrubbed off of most non porous surfaces.
An easy gift you can make with some Sharpies
Decorating Plates and Mugs with Sharpies.
Sharpies, glass/ceramic dishware, oven
- Clean the mug/plate with soap and water.
- Draw/write. If you make a mistake, it can be scrubbed off at this point.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.