DIY Roundup: 25 Easy and Creative Sharpie Crafts

The Sharpie permanent marker is a necessity in every DIY’ers arsenal! Aside from their everyday task of labelling and doodling, they are one of the all around most versatile tools in my DIY kit. They are so easy to use and now available in a spectrum range of colors from pastels to metallics. Sharpie markers are great for use almost any surface – paper, plastic, wood, leather or fabric.  Plus, they are permanent on even the most hard-to-mark surfaces, which makes them perfect for crafting!

So if you think that Sharpie markers are just for labeling boxes, you’ll definitely want to check out these amazing DIY projects from these talented bloggers. Be inspired by all that Sharpie markers can do!

25 Creative Sharpie Crafts

1. The Sharpie Personalized Mug

25 Easy & Creative Sharpie Crafts -  DIY personalized mug

Of course I had to start this list with the DIY sharpie mug. The personalized sharpie mug is a classic DIY project, super simple, and always fun. Take your classic Sharpie marker, and doodle away on any ceramic cup, then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. An now you have a fun and useful memorable keepsake.  Source: A Beautiful Mess

Here are a few more fun sharpie craft mug design ideas I thought came out really well. I especially like the teacups with the faux tea bags, so cute!

25 Easy & Creative Sharpie Crafts -  DIY personalized mug   25 Easy & Creative Sharpie Crafts -  DIY personalized mug


2. Leopard Print Seat Cover

25 Creative Sharpie Crafts - Spotted Chair

A super cheap Ikea chair + Sharpie = an awesome leopard-print seat.

I just love my prints, so you can imagine how my heart jumped when I saw this adorable spotted chair. This sharpie craft can be done to any cloth covered chair.  Source: A Little Green Notebook


3. Rock and Shell Decor

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Get a little artistic and use your sharpie to draw on rocks and shells for a cool patterned effect. They make great little decorative elements around that home.

4. White Sharpie Lamp

25 Creative Sharpie Crafts & Ideas - Decorative lamp

Brighten a basic colored lamp base with delicate doodles. A white Sharpie oil paint marker is the perfect tool to put your sketches in the spotlight. Draw simple spirals and interlocking paisley or flower patterns for an intricate look. Start at the top and work your way down for best results. Source: Better Homes and Gardens


5. Tie Dye Effect Pillows

25 Creative Sharpie Crafts & Ideas - Tie Dye Pillows

How pretty are these pillows? Grab your colorful sharpie markers and doodle away on a canvas pillow cover. Then use plain old rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle to create this watercolor-like effect. Let these watercolor inspired pillows from Deny Designs inspire you. Source: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

6. DIY Print Table Runner

25 Creative Sharpie Crafts - DIY table runner

This sharpie craft tutorial will show you how to make a great stencilled table runner for those special holiday dinners. Source: I Spy DIY


7. Patterned Tealight Holders

25 Creative Sharpie Crafts & Ideas - Stencilled tea light holders, so pretty!

Create beautiful ornamental tea light holders by tracing a paper doily with a sharpie.

8. Pretty Packaging

Sharpie Crafts - illustrated zip lock bags    Sharpie Crafts - illustrated zip lock bags

Dress up plain zip lock bags with a little artwork.  A clever idea for recycling and prettying up the simple ziplock bag. I think these would make great little gift pouches! Source: Babalisme.


9. DIY Wrapping Paper

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Doodle on a pretty design right on the box, but if you’re not so artistic, create this simple abstract wrapping paper! Grab a metallic sharpie, then using a ruler draw random intersecting lines!


10. Doodle Light Bulbs

Great DIY sharpie crafts - Doodle light bulbs

These graphic bulbs can be hung in your favorite light or displayed in a bowl for instant pop art! Source: Electically Vintage

11. Vintage looking necklace

Sharpie Craft Ideas - Vintage looking necklace

DIY instantly stately rhinestone jewelry using Sharpies and alcohol. Find some cheap rhinestone jewelry at Forever21 and places like that (I wouldn’t do it to vintage rhinestone jewelry). Source:  The Glamourai


12. Sharpie and Bleach Shorts

DIY Fashion - Bleach and sharpie cut off denim

A great DIY fashion idea to turn old denim into cut off shorts with a fun aztec pattern. First cut your denim at the appropriate length, and dip dye beach. Once the material is dry again, start drawing your patterns on the denim.


13. Easter Egg Painting

DIY Easter Eggs Sharpie Ideas - Use sharpies instead of paint for easy cleanup!

Paint can be messy stuff, especially when it comes to crafting with kids. This year paint your easter eggs with sharpies!  Doodle away a pretty design or draw some cute characters on your eggs.

14. Sharpie Nail Art Pens

Sharpie Nail Art Design Tutorial & Tips - Read more!

Sharpie’s make great nail art pens! Lately Ive been using them a lot. I particularly love the metallic ones. It’s much easier to create nail art with a sharpie than a tiny nail brush. So just doodle away, and if you make a mistake, a little bit of good ‘ol rubbing alcohol and it will come right off without taking off your nail polish. Learn how to to create these fun patterns yourself over on my Sharpie Nail Tutorial post.


15. Whimsical Lamp Shade

DIY Lamp Shade - Use a sharpie to create a beautiful hand written design

Take an plain lamp shade and create a beautiful lamp shade cover with a special message. I love how this DIY creates a whimsical feel and personal touch to the room. Source: A Little Glass Box

16. Hand Drawn Wall Paper

DIY wallpaper - sharpie ideas and design

DIY wallpaper - sharpie ideas and design

Turn your plain white walls into canvas! Create unique walls with traditional illustrations or anything you like.


17. Make Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Crafts - Sharpie doodle ornaments   Christmas Crafts - Sharpie doodle ornaments

Draw on old christmas ornaments for a an updated look. The classic black sharpie is always nice, but don’t forget about all the colorful and metallic sharpies for the festive season.

18. DIY Sharpie Sneakers

DIY Ideas - Sharpie Saddle Shoes Sharpie Ideas - Draw on oxfords

Transform your boring white canvas shoes by coloring in sections or drawing a fun oxford pattern.


19. Sharpie Dinnerware Stencilling


This Sharpie craft idea works much like the Sharpie mug. Once you have the design stencilled on with your sharpie, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Source: The Sweet Occasion


20. Sharpie Pillow Designs

DIY Ideas - Sharpie Pillows

Create cute personalized pillows for any occasion with a Sharpie and a plain pillow. You can even make them two sided for 2 fun looks. Source: the Happy Housie


22. Sharpie Iphone case

DIY Sharpie Ideas - doodle iphone case

Take any plain phone case and turn it into something all your own!

23. Leopard Tote Bag

DIY Sharpie Crafts - Leopard tote bag

Turn a plain white tote bag into a fun leopard tote bag! Source: PS I Made This

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24. Gold Staples

25 Sharpie Crafts - Gold staples

Add a little gold to your stationary set. Simply color your staples gold (or any other color) for a pop of color for your staples. Source: House of Huntley

25. Crosshatch Stencil Stationary

Sharpie Crafts - DIY your own notebooks and cards

DIY your this pretty cross hatch design on plain notebooks and cards. Source: Mr Handsome Face

Have any great sharpie crafts to share? Link them in the comments below!
I always love to try to crafts ideas! 

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  • Beautiful Mess that is Karen

    Yes Missy, I have just stumbled upon your blog…2 hours ago…and I can’t seem to get off of it. I love your style. I am completely inspired. Several of your pages inspire me to create. I especially love this sharpie page. Everyone has Sharpies…and now that you have broken me out of the box, I am looking around the house seeing ALL the possibilities! Keep inspiring the world to make it more beautiful and unique!

    • Eileen

      Thank you SO much Karen! I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. DIY stuff is the best and it feels so good to do it too!

  • Stares-into-space

    I just found this article by complete accident and it brought a smile to my lips and my mind. I am refreshed by your simple yet clever ideas, inspired by your intricate designs and marvelled by your practicality!

    Did I mention all these little ideas cheered me up?

    Keep doing what you’re doing! :-)

    • Eileen

      Thank you so much :)

  • Eileen

    Thanks :)

  • Chelsea

    I love your site! I just have one quick question. Number 5, the tie dye pillow cases, you can still wash them after you draw on them, correct? It won’t effect the colors?

    • Eileen

      Hi Chelsea, sharpies are pretty permanent, you may get some fading over time and washes, but it will generally stay intact!


    • Cece

      Hi, you’re actually supposed to use the rubbing alcohol, let it dry naturally, then stick it in the dryer for about 30 minutes, and lastly iron them to make sure the sharpie doesn’t come off

  • Stef

    For the fabric crafts (pillows, shoes) .. Did you use laundry sharpies?

    • Eileen

      I just used regular sharpies and they work just fine. :)

  • Marie

    I just wanted to bring attention to the fact that SHARPIES ARE NOT FOOD SAFE and should not be in contact with food or mouth.


    Hi. I want to make the Tie Dye Effect Pillowe but how can I get the letters to stay as letters if you know that I mean? It looks so clean.

  • stgalleri

    I tried the sharpies on a t-shirt and wanted to get the watercolor effect. I used alcohol (70%) without zero effect. Colors did not run even slightly. What kind of rubbing alcohol did you use (brand, strength, etc.) THANKS

    • Beth

      has to be 91%

  • Penny Hanuszak

    I have just started Zentangling and the rock picture immediately caught my eye. Then as I looked beyond that your whole blog leaped out and grabbed my attention. Thanks for capturing life’s wonderful things!

    • Eileen

      Thanks Penny! I’ve been meaning to learn more about Zentangling myself. It’s such a beautiful form of art! I’m glad you enjoy my blog, thanks for commenting!


  • Lyn Robertson

    I Have a question: I have tried the sharpie mug trick..and it worked, but eventually washed off…should I hand wash everything after the fact? Or did I possible do something wrong?

    • Eileen

      Hi Lyn,
      I actually don’t use a dishwasher, so I can’t say I’ve had the problem but I have noticed some slight fading over time (like after a year or so?) But you could also try using an oil based Sharpie. And those ones are meant for ceramic and glossy surfaces. So you might have better luck with that! Hope it helps!



    Love your blog and love this post! I just bought a pack of metallic sharpies and was looking for out of the box DIY ideas that I haven’t seen before and I definitely found them here!


  • Aidan

    Sharpies are NOT FOOD SAFE. Even if you bake it onto the mug or plate, the ink will seep into the food/drink over time and you end up consuming Sharpie ink chemicals! PLEASE DO NOT DECORATE DISHES YOU PLAN TO EAT FROM IN THIS WAY! This is perfectly fine for decorative purposes, but if you plan to actually use the dishes, please buy a food safe paint designed for this purpose!

    • Karen

      Aidan – would using Sharpies on the outside of a coffee mug but avoiding the area that comes into contact with the mouth be safe?

  • Margo Haitana

    Brilliant ideas, Thanks for sharing

  • Lorena Villegas

    Hi you can coat dishes or other things with Mod Podge to preserve the sharpie ink and to make it food safe


    Hi, i love your site so much. Can i share this topic on my web site? I’m from Turkey and I want to share this topic as Turkish. And of course, I will specify your site as source.

  • Karen

    I see concerns here about using the Sharpies on plates you plan to eat from. I’d like to use Sharpies to put sayings or designs on the outside of a coffee mug. Is it okay as long as I keep the design away from the top mouth area of the mug? Also, does baking them make them dishwasher safe?

  • Ingrid

    These ideas are awesome! I’m definitely going to try some of these out.