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More Cool Things you can do with a Sharpie.

Updated on June 27, 2015

Sharpies can really come in handy!

Sharpies can fix things easilly and inexpensively. In my last article about Sharpies, I illustrated how they could cover up bleach spots on clothing. That example showed me that, not only did it cover the bleach spot on my shoes, it actually brightened up the fading color and made my shoes look like new again! So now, you can use a Sharpie to both, cover up a stain or refresh the color! A brown Sharpie can be used to cover scratches in wood. I also touched up some picture frames the other day. I have a friend who covers up spots in her carpet with a Sharpie.

A Cross Stich Bookmark with a Sharpie.

I have included my pictures below. Criss Stich bookmarks make great, affordable gifts. This one cost me $2.50 for the pattern and bookmark. I already had an assortment of pens at home. If you don't the initial investment for them could be around $20 but you can use them for many projects.

Cross Stich bookmarks are perfect for:

  • Teacher gifts
  • Gifts for co-workers
  • Your book club
  • Announcements
  • Thank yous
  • Secret Santa gifts
  • Personalized gifts

Why stitch when you can use a Sharpie?

For those of non sewers, here is a solution: Fill in your cross stitch with a Sharpie! It really works! No needles to thread, no fingers to prick and a fraction of the time!

Just follow these simple directions:

  1. Pick out a cross stitch project.
  2. Get coordinating, fine-point Sharpies to the required thread colors.
  3. Follow the pattern for the colors.
  4. You can choose to design your own or make a variation of the pattern.
  5. Pencil the pattern on your fabric.
  6. Use your Sharpie to color it with light steady strokes.
  7. Your completed project will look like it is stitched!

How to Cross Stich with a Sharpie

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The package of my purchased bookmark set.The pattern is included or you can design your own. I opted for a combination!The easy to follow color chart.My, almost finished, project. I'm just waiting to fill in a name!
The package of my purchased bookmark set.
The package of my purchased bookmark set. | Source
The pattern is included or you can design your own. I opted for a combination!
The pattern is included or you can design your own. I opted for a combination! | Source
The easy to follow color chart.
The easy to follow color chart. | Source
My, almost finished, project. I'm just waiting to fill in a name!
My, almost finished, project. I'm just waiting to fill in a name! | Source
You can decorate your clothespins any way you like!
You can decorate your clothespins any way you like! | Source

Sharpie Clothespin Project

This is a fun and easy project that uses only four items.

What you need:

  • Assorted Sharpie pens
  • Wooden Clothspins
  • Stick-on magnet strip
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. Decorate the front and sides of your clothespins. Be creative and have fun with it!
  2. Cut the magnet to the length of the clothespin and stick it on.
  3. They are ready to use!

I put them on the refrigerator to hang up the kids artwork. They enjoy decorating their own. I also have a clothespin for each family member. I keep these on our family whiteboard. We hang things like permission slips or anything that needs to be taken care of on that clothespin.

Three things that I use a Sharpie in the freezer for: Food Identification, ownership and expiration dates.
Three things that I use a Sharpie in the freezer for: Food Identification, ownership and expiration dates. | Source
I have some boxes that have been in storage for six years. The Sharpie on the outside hasn't faded away!
I have some boxes that have been in storage for six years. The Sharpie on the outside hasn't faded away! | Source

More Useful things you can do with a Sharpie

I received several suggestions on my last article. Thanks to:

  • ThePelton for sharing how he and his roommates keep their food separated.
  • Frank Atanacio, who talked about marking your freezer foods with a black Sharpie!
  • and MillionareTips, whose tip about marking her quilts also reminded me about laundry marking!

Your ideas and tips are what encouraged me to write this second article. Thank you!

Use a Sharpie to Write a Love Note.

Sharpies can be used to make your own note cards. Because the colors are true and don't run, you can make profressional looking cards and notes. Or, you can decorate a mailing envelope. Occasionally, I will leave a love note on the bathroom mirror! What a fun way to wake up! Please be careful and test your mirror first. You can make your own wrapping paper with Sharpies and tissue paper or butcher paper. You can even use the old stand-by, newspaper and a little color here and there! Some of my co-workers used a Sharpie right on the gift box. No wrapping paper necessary and plenty of room for one long note or multiple messages!

Sharpie Tattoo

Thank you to fellow Hub author, thelyricwriter, for telling me about Sharpies being used to mark tattoos. In addition, Sharpies can be used to to make a temporary tattoo that could help you decide on a permanent tattoo. Or, you can make a temporary Sharpie tattoo instead of a pemanent tattoo. Please check out the amazing hubs by thelyricwriter for beautiful tattoo ideas, insight and explanantions!

Express Yourself with Sharpies

"I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression."~John Malkovich

Write, doodle, touch-up or design. Whatever you do, make it your own!


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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I love sharpies and other marking pens. I used them for my Astrology designs. They are portable and can easily be taken in a tote bag along with whatever you are using them for. Great hub..Going to share this around. Still need to get together for lunch sometime..When life is busy ..it is difficult..I know you busy you are.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome Randi. Thanks for sharing in your ideas for using sharpies. They are great, are they not, especially those creative persons for they can just create away!

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! We can carry them in your new astrology totes! Thank you for the share! Life is beginning to settle down. I'd love to plan for lunch again!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      What great ideas you add to the use of Sharpie! I always use them to mark my storage boxes so I know which Christmas stuff goes in what room, which container is my clothes or my husband's and which stuff is spring, winter, etc.

      I LOVE the cross-stitch idea the most!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      These are really cool ideas, and ones that practically anyone could use. Very well done, Randi...nice little sub-niche you have going here.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Faith! I do love my Sharpies! I really appreciate the votes and share! Have a wonderful day!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mary! Like you, I have always used them for marking boxes and clothing. The cross stitch was the first time and I think it came out really nice! Thank you so much for your votes!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! It was fun! I'm not sure if it is as much, sub-niche as it is "Oh, I could write a hub about this!"

      Congratulations!!!!! I can't think of anyone more deserving of the Hubbie Award! (and for winning Words with Friends, of course!

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      Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Sharpie art is so cool. I just wish there was a way to sharpen the points after kids bear down on them LOL. Voted up and interesting!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Your Cousins and welcome to my hub page! I used to trim the frayed edges of my Sharpies when the kids did that! It didn't work so well! lol. After I saw how rough they were, I bought them dollar store markers and only let them use the good ones when supervised. That helped a lot! Thank you for your votes!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Very clever, creative Sharpie suggestions, Randi. The sale of Sharpies should now take off. Love the cross-stitch imitation idea. Thank you, m'dear.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Drbj! Congrats on the hubbies! Most deserved!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      So creative and wonderful collaboration with other Hubbers, Randi.

      I also love the cross stitch and the clothespin ideas...Voted UP and UAI.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Maria! I am going to make bookmarks for my book club's Christmas party! I think that will be a fun gift and so easy to do! Thank you, as ever for your votes and support!

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      Erin Bower 3 years ago from Georgia

      These are some very creative ways to use a Sharpie. I would have never thought to cross stitch with it. I voted this up and useful!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Ebower The cross stitch was new to me, too but I think it is my new favorite! Thank you for the votes!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub Randi; voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Eddy! Have a great day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and creative hub!

      I love art and craft in any form and these are excellent ideas.

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up and pinned!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, ChitrangadaSharan! Much appreciated!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Other great ideas about sharpies! But personally, I wouldn't do it on the cross stich fabric... I love to much to create real cross stich! But I would like to see a finish project... who knows I might change my mind ;-)

      I use a black sharpie on my plastic containers for the freezer. And it's so easy to remove the ink later with a paper and some rubbing alcohol.

      I like the idea of sharpie tattoos.... they are permanent... until you are tired of them :-)

      Thanks for another great hub, Randi!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle! The picture of the bookmark is the cross stitch one and it actually came out quite good! Not the same as actual stitching, but not bad! Thank you so much for your support! :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Hi Randi! I forgot to look at your thumbnails :-( I think I didn't realize there were thumbnails. And you are right... it looks quite nice! Do you have a problem of the fabric "drinking" too much ink (sorry... I don't know the right expression for that in English.... I am just translating from French here). I mean when you draw with the Sharpie, does the ink sometimes goes further that what you want?

      Thanks for all those pictures! With you move, did you had a chance to finish this project?

      Have a great day!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hi Joelle! No worries! I have not had a problem with it "running" but you Dave to use a fabric pen it a permanent market and I wouldn't use it on something you should need to wash often like a bib!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Btw, Joelle, your English is fast!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Sorry. Great not fast

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You are too kind.... and by the way I had to search on the web what meant "btw" :-) And by the way..... I found it ;-)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Nice! And sorry! I will try to remember!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This hub is useful and reminded me of a couple years ago. We had to go to a funeral and pulled out my husband's good suit. Over the winter, moths had gotten to it, and the sharpie came to the rescue. The moths had only gotten the top wool layer, not the lining so we filled it in and hoped no one looked too closely. Luckily the funeral home was dimly lit.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Best use for a Sharpie, Glimmer Twin! They are my "go to" problem solver! And, having just recently bought a suit for my son, I will keep it up as long as possible! Thank you for stopping by!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I use the brown and black sharpie a lot for repair and the brown especially on wood items with just a scratch or nick. Can make something look brand new again, huh?

      Great tips.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That's funny, Jackie! It's on my list for shopping today. I have some furniture that could use a little sprucing up! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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