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 labeling 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

Sharpie Mug DIY Project - Thiis the perfect DIY gift idea! It Doesn't Get Any Easier Than This DIY Sharpie 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!

DIY SHARPIE MUG: Have you ever searched for that one mug with the perfect saying that will bring a smile to your face every day as you drink your morning ...DIY a personalized mug with a sharpie. Makes a great gift idea!

2. DIY Sharpie Leopard Print Seat Cover

Decorating your home with Sharpies - like this cute DIY chair cover in leopard print

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. DIY Sharpie Rock and Shell Decor

DIY Sharpie Art - Decorating your home with Sharpies by creating rock artwork

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.  DIY White Sharpie Lamp Design

Decorate your home with a DIY sharpie doodle lamp Decorate your home with a DIY sharpie doodle 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. DIYSharpie – Tie Dye Effect Pillows for home decor

DIY Pillow Covers - Water color design made with sharpie's and rubbing alcohol

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 Sharpie Print Table Runner for special occasians

25 Easy Sharpie Crafts - DIY custom burlap 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. DIY Sharpie Patterned Tealight Holders

DIY Home Decor - DIY Sharpie Candle Votives

8. DIY Sharpie Ziplock Gift Bags

DIY Sharpie crafts - take zip lock bags and give them a doodle for to make them creative little gift 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  Sharpie Design Wrapping Paper

DIY gift wrap - use a Sharpie to doodle some fun gift wrap and make that present extra special

DIY Gift Ideas - make your present extra special with some handmade wrapping paper with a Sharpie

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. DIY Sharpie Doodle Light Bulbs

DIY sharpie crafts - DIY Sharpie doodle lightbulb

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

11. DIY Sharpie Vintage looking necklace

DIY Sharpie Jewelry - add a vintage touch to your jewelry with a sharpie pen

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 Sharpie Fashion - DIY your denim shorts and give them a makeover

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. Sharpie Easter Egg Painting

DIY Sharpie Crafts - Easter Egg Decorating

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

Forget painting your nails, use Sharpies to create your nail art!

Forget about paining your nails, it’s difficult takes time to dry and such a hassle. Sharpies make great nail art pens! Lately Ive been using them a lot. I particularly love the metallic ones. They’re much easier to create nail art designs with 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 Home Decor - Give your lampshade a personal touch - love this handwritten sharpie lamp

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

Home Decor Ideas - Sharpie Wall Designs 

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

17. Make Personalized Christmas Ornaments

DIY Sharpie Christmas Ornaments - great gift idea
DIY Christmas Ornaments with Sharpie Pens 

Draw on old Christmas ornaments with Sharpie pens 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. This could be a great craft for the kids too and would make a great DIY gift idea! 

18. DIY Sharpie Sneakers

Get creative with your shoes and personalize them with some DIY Sharpie art

Personalizing your shoes just because easier with Sharpie markers. Transform your boring white canvas shoes by coloring in various sections or drawing a fun oxford pattern.

19. DIY Sharpie Dinnerware Stencilling

DIY beautiful stencilled plates with a sharpie pen

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. DIY Sharpie Pillow Designs

DIY Home decor - DIY 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. DIY Sharpie Design Iphone case

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

23. Leopard Tote Bag

DIY fashion - Sharpie Leopard tote bag

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

24. DIY Sharpie Gold Staples

DIY Stationary - Sharpie 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

DIY Sharpie Crafts - cute cross hatch design notebooks

DIY your notebooks with  this pretty cross hatch design to give plain notebooks and cards a fun look!
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
    December 28, 2013

    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
      December 28, 2013

      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
    May 9, 2014

    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
    July 8, 2014

    Thanks 🙂

  • Chelsea
    July 9, 2014

    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
      August 21, 2014

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


    • Cece
      February 7, 2015

      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

    • uyi
      November 29, 2016


  • Stef
    August 1, 2014

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

    • Eileen
      August 21, 2014

      I just used regular sharpies and they work just fine. 🙂

      • Patty P
        February 23, 2016

        Apparently, the makers of Sharpies changed the chemical content. The office supply type Sharpies will not run with even 91% alcohol now. They do make permanent Sharpie Paint Markers (oil based) for ceramic and other hard surfaces, and Alcohol base Sharpie Fabric Markers. Now they can sell the same person (me) three kinds of markers to increase sales!

  • Marie
    August 4, 2014

    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.

    • Madison stone
      October 3, 2015

      They’re certified non toxic and if you follow the instructions you put it in the oven before using it to seal it in.

    September 3, 2014

    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
    September 15, 2014

    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
      November 28, 2014

      has to be 91%

    • Patty P
      February 23, 2016

      Same here. You must get the ” Fabric Sharpies” on Amazon or at the local craft store. For hard surfaces like mugs, they make “Sharpie Paint markers”. The office supply type Sharpies will not work with the alcohol. They may have in the past, but do not now. They are only good for drawing on paper. I even tried 91% alcohol with them and they will not run, despite all the posts on Pinterest that say they will.

      • Carla
        January 17, 2017

        I thought the alcohol had to be 91% and no less?

  • Penny Hanuszak
    September 27, 2014

    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
      October 5, 2014

      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
    October 21, 2014

    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
      October 21, 2014

      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!


    • Patty P
      February 23, 2016

      Use on the oil based Sharpies called “Sharpie Paint Markers”. There are different ones for fabric too.

    October 29, 2014

    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
    November 8, 2014

    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
      March 14, 2015

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

      • Irene
        July 17, 2015

        ​​This is from the Sharpie website :While Sharpie markers are AP-certified non-toxic, we do not recommend using them on areas of items that may come in contact with food or the mouth (such as the rim of a coffee cup). Sharpie markers are only recommended for use on ceramic or glassware when the product is being used for decorative or display purposes and not intended to come in contact with food or the mouth. If you intend to design a mug or a cupusing Sharpie markers and then use the mug or cup, any such designs must be at least one inch below the rim where a person’s lips could touch.

  • Margo Haitana
    November 13, 2014

    Brilliant ideas, Thanks for sharing

  • Lorena Villegas
    January 13, 2015

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

    • Mandy
      August 28, 2015

      No. Mod Podge isn’t food safe either. Even when using any sort of non-toxic poly to help coat, they still recommend not using it where your mouth or food would touch.

    January 22, 2015

    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
    March 14, 2015

    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
    March 28, 2015

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

  • Mary Claire Becan
    June 2, 2015

    Aaaah! I love everything here.

  • AgedPixel
    August 15, 2015

    Saw your Tie Dye Effect Pillows on Pinterest. Love them and thats something I need to try.

  • Samantha
    August 30, 2015

    I’ve attempted to create beautiful mugs and dinner plates however, even after baking AND allowing the plates to cool down, completely ( within 24 hours left alone ) The ink still spreads.

    • Samantha
      August 30, 2015

      Am I doing something wrong?!

      • Jesi
        November 12, 2015

        I believe you have to use an oil based sharpie marker for it to set correctly on ceramics.

        • Wackado
          January 6, 2016

          Yes, use the oil based Sharpies available in craft stores.

        • Samantha
          February 11, 2016

          THANKS 🙂

      • Patty P
        February 23, 2016

        the oil based Sarpies are called something like “Sharpie PAINT Makers”. The ones for fabric are called “Sharpie Fabric Markers” The Office supply ones do not work for crafts except drawing on paper, canvas, etc. _ things that will not be washed.

  • melissa
    December 18, 2015

    I wouldn’t use a Sharpie on any egg intended for consumption. Eggshells are very porous. Sharpie chemicals could leach into the egg. For decorated eggs that you intend to eat, stick to products that are labeled, “food safe”. Eggshells are even permeable by certain types of bacteria. I wouldn’t take a chance that Sharpie ink might also permeate the shell. Your decorated eggs are super cute, but why waste a perfectly good egg (food)? Craft store faux eggs would be great to use, & you could enjoy your artwork for more than one Easter.

    • Wackado
      January 6, 2016

      Decorate blown eggs for display only.

  • Gustavo Woltmann
    January 31, 2017

    I love this site, and your ideas are great! Number one rules! Didn’t know you could bake mugs. Gustavo Woltmann

  • Gari
    August 14, 2019

    Just love all your DIYs especially the bulb one. They are really remarkable.

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