Guest Post: Sharpie Crafts


Hello, I’m Naomi and I am so excited to be contributing for C’mon Get Crafty! I hope these fun Sharpie crafts come in handy this spring and I hope you enjoy this article!

 

 

Let’s face it: sharpies are God’s gift to DIYers. They’re inexpensive, easy to use, and can be used for just about anything. A quick search on Pinterest for “sharpie” will bring up thousands of fun ideas for all level of craft enthusiasts.

With winter season going crazy across the US, we’ve brought together these unique sharpie craft ideas will have you jumping for joy screaming, “It’s almost spring!” Decorate your home or apartment with these wonderful DIY Sharpie projects that will bring the artist out of anyone.

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Patterned Ceramics

Dress up any type of ceramic ware for a spring party with a fun sharpie pattern. Create a simple design or get crazy with large bold flowers and spring-themed sayings.

  • Order a few plain white ceramic pieces from Amazon or any other site that sells ceramic goods.
  • Before putting Sharpie to ceramic, try out a few patterns on a sketch pad. You want to consider not only the design, but the shape of your ceramic piece and how that will affect the overall look.
  • Once you’ve got your idea down, draw your pattern on to the ceramic. Use books and weights to prop the piece up so you can still draw on a “steady” surface. .
  • Bake your piece in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes to set your design.
  • You can also experiment with typography as a pattern in and of itself.

Herringbone Lamp or Vase

These delightful hand-drawn lines go well with any spring-themed lamp shade or glass container or vase. You will need an oil-based Sharpie paint pen for this project.

  • Choose a lamp with a smooth glass base. The clearer the glass, the better your Sharpie lines will stand out.
  • Start by drawing vertical lines from the top of the base to the bottom, all the way around the lamp. Then, between every other line, draw short diagonal lines that connect the two lines.
  • Go back to the “blank” lines and draw another set of diagonal lines, this time in the opposite direction, so that you get a horizontal zigzag effect: the result should be something like this.
  • You can play with spacing, color, as well as thickness of the lines.
  • The paint dries pretty quickly, but take care not to smudge the lines as you’re working.
  • Check out this colorful lamp from BHG for a slightly different take on lamp decorating.

Old Window Panes

As advertised by Sharpie, artist Emmy Star Brown creates these colorfully painted window panes on a regular basis. Here’s how you can make your own. Sharpie paint pens work best for this project, but regular Sharpies also work on glass.

  • Find an old frame with the glass protective sheet still inside, an old window, or a small, inexpensive frame.
  • Take the glass out of the frame. (If it’s a window, leave it in).
  • Use a stencil or get creative with your own design. Flowery drawings are great for spring as well as typography messages like “Spring has sprung!”
  • Hang the panes in a bedroom or the front entrance of your home, but be careful that it’s not too close to any light source that will cause glare and obscure your beautiful design! These also make great spring gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Image credit to Emmy Star Brown

Fabric Text

You can implement this Sharpie technique from Wit and Whistle for pillow cases or other fabric related crafts. This project requires a Sharpie fabric marker.

  • Wrap the fabric over cardboard, making sure it’s stretched out smoothly.
  • Choose a fun spring quote and a brightly colored fabric. Pencil in the letters using the letter stencil.
  • Once everything has been outlined with pencil, have a go with the fabric marker. Sew the pillowcase together and voilà! Now you have a personalized pillow, t-shirt, or wall hanging.

Bring in the spring season with these lighthearted Sharpie crafts. Whether it’s a lamp or a pillowcase you’re decorating, a little hand-drawn art can really brighten up a space.

Naomi Shaw is a stay-at-home mom in Southern California. After being a stay-at-home mom for seven years she works full-time as a freelance writer. She enjoys blogging about DIY crafts, mommy tips and much more. She hopes you enjoy this article.

Comments

  1. Love these ideas! I’m just afraid of not liking what I did as I’m mot real crafty. However, making my own Herringbone vase could resolve some of my design issues at home.

  2. Great project ideas!

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