If you don’t think you have the right supplies around the house for a quick DIY project, think again.  Sharpie markers are in every junk drawer, home office, or school supply bag these days, and it’s amazing what these little markers can pull off in the DIY world, my friends… Sharpie art is a thing! No longer is the permanentness (is that a word?) of a sharpie a thing to be feared, because it is just that attribute that makes them perfect for home projects! And if you haven’t been to the office supply section in awhile, they come in a rainbow of colors, too. I prefer the more graphic black and white projects myself, but color or not, these sharpie art ideas are fast, easy and cheap! So check out the awesomeness of these bloggers and their craft projects for using sharpies to DIY… oh, just about anything.



Easy Sharpie Art Ideas

Planter Sharpie Craft

Pretty perfect planters, that’s all we can say. These sharpie crafts from ‘Homey Oh My’ are about as easy as they get. They took simple terra cotta pots from the craft store or nursery and painted them white. Then they used sharpie paint pens to create simple geometric designs. Boho chic style, with hardly any effort. We love the cactus they planted in theirs. Do you prefer succulents, or herbs?

Easy DIY Sharpie Art Ideas


Sharpie Art Gift Wrap Idea

From ‘Minieco’, use white sharpies to create patterned gift wrap that is personal and pretty. Use recycled brown paper to make this a sustainable craft idea as well.

Easy DIY Sharpie Art Ideas


Sharpie Plate Art

Check out how to make Sharpie art plates and mugs over at ‘The Sweetest Occassion’. Find out exactly what kind of markers to use, and how to make sure that the dishware doesn’t fade.

Easy DIY Sharpie Art Ideas


Dish Towel Tutorial

Setting for Four‘ made this amazing DIY French label towel using graphics she downloaded for free from The Graphics Fairy. (Love her!!!) This is an easy project that adds French flair to the kitchen.



Sharpie Lamp Base Art

From BHG, this sharpie lamp base is done with a white oil based sharpie… doodling at it’s best!



Sharpie Art Pillow Tutorials

Canvas Art Ideas

Twelve on Main’ used cotton canvas drop cloths to create these throw pillows, then created stencils to make the word art. You could choose any word that is meaningful to you, and she has a full tutorial on how to design your own stencils. Then it’s just a matter of coloring them with permanent markers, and done!

Easy DIY Sharpie Art Ideas


Sharpie Word Art

I like these DIY scripted sharpie art pillows by ‘Subtle Revelry‘… This could be quite romantic, and using small script makes them, well… subtle! I would use a straight edge and make sure I put a piece of cardboard inside the pillow case while I drew.



Sharpie Wall Art

Sharpie Shiplap Wall

If you are a lover of shiplap (who isn’t?) then you probably have longed for a way to add that charm to pretty much every room in your home. But, it’s a big commitment nailing sheets of shiplap to the walls of your home, right? Try a sharpie shiplap wall! From ‘Must Have Mom’, this sharpie art is something you can do in any room, and it’s super easy. Use it to add faux shiplap to your bathroom like they did here, or perhaps a boring hallway, bedroom or pass through space!



From Mandi at ‘Vintage Revivals’ (former BHG blogger of the year!) this DIY sharpie wallpaper is really an amazing way to create what you need out of just about nothing. This looks on trend and smart, and all it took was some calculations and a straight edge. She did this whole room for about $8!

DIY Wallpaper Tutorial @ Vintage Revivals-1[3]


Accent Wall

Here is another tutorial for a Sharpie accent wall from ‘My DIY Happy Home’. They gave this boring bathroom wall the look of chevron tile with a fresh coat of paint and a simple Sharpie marker! Lots of step by step photos showing you exactly how to measure, mark and draw this wall

DIY Sharpie Art Ideas & Projects


Sharpie Art for the Wall

Once again, ‘Vintage Revivals’ has a sharpie art idea for us that is so, so easy! This project only took a 4×4 piece of wood and a sharpie paint pen. You can pre-paint the wood, or create art directly onto the natural surface. She recommends using the extra wide tip to get the most impactful art. And yep, this is just drawing circles, my friends! Large wall art for just a few dollars, and it looks like you bought it at an expensive art show.

Easy DIY Sharpie Art Ideas!


Sharpie Art Plate Craft

From ‘East Coast Creative‘, this Anthropologie inspired DIY sharpie art was done using dollar store plates and a projector…just for the record, the inspiration piece for this knock off sold for $7500… yes, those zeros belong there…



A Sharpie Wall

This last one is inspirational from Land of Nod… a pack of colored sharpies, and a little bit of reminiscing back to grade school, could make for one fun afternoon and one VERY cool home decorating project. This is the type of coolness that takes a home from ehh to bravely amazing… Happy sharpie art(ing)!



Sharpie Tips & Where To Buy (Links)

My one tip? Don’t cheap out (you don’t need to with this project!) and buy dollar store markers. They tend to be old and dried up, which will not give you a nice crisp line. Always check to make sure your marker has good ink on some scrap paper before diving in. Make an oops? Rubbing alcohol will take sharpie off of most surfaces!

What Type of Marker Should I Use

Use the Sharpie oil based paint markers whenever you want to create sharpie art on non porous surfaces like glass, ceramic, plastic or metal. They were made specifically to bond to these items, so your art and crafts will last! And, they come in tons of colors too. For fabric, use regular Sharpies or you can try the special Sharpie fabric markers. Choose the appropriate tip for the type of project that you will be working on!

Where To Buy Sharpies

Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers

Sharpie Fabric Markers

Regular Sharpie Permanent Markers 


How to Get Sharpie Off Skin?

Did your crafting leave your hands covered with smudges that won’t budge? No problem. Try these…

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hairspray
  • Coconut oil

If you are looking for budget friendly projects, these sharpie art ideas are the perfect way to add a fun bit of custom crafting all around your home. We think you will also love our posts Easy Boho Wall Decor and Easy DIY Paintings on Canvas over at OhMeOhMy!

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  1. ellie January 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Love all these ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Chris April 1, 2015 at 6:08 am

    That last image is actually wallpaper. Black “hand-drawn” frames on a white background. The “coloring” was added. I tried talking my hubs into putting it on our hallway walls so we could add family pics, but he hates wallpaper.

  3. BrendaLea April 12, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Love, love, love these ideas. Especially the last one.

  4. Kairann Lien September 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

    When using a sharpie on fabric like the pillow cases, do you wash them after?

  5. Debbie December 9, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    I did the baked drawer knobs and they turned out beautifully. The only problem…it comes off fairly quickly. Any way to prevent this?

    1. Kathy Woodard December 14, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      What if you sprayed it with a clear sealer? Has anyone tried this?

    2. Heather March 9, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Clear nail polish; pour a bottle into a small paper cup and use a wide synthetic bristle craft paint brush to paint an even coat all the way around

  6. Sparkie-char July 27, 2017 at 10:53 am

    These ideas are great. It doesn’t matter how creative I am and I too love sharpies. You made me have a brain spin. Every beautiful, wonderful picture of yours that I saw made me think of 10 + ideas ideas I wanded to do. It was hard but sooo fun to keep scrolling. My brain just a spinning. Thank you. This was fun, entertaining, easy to understand project that I can take and run with as far as my imagination can take me. That can be a wild ride sometimes. Keep creating from your heart, it dances right off the pages. Until next time ?

    1. Sparkie-char July 27, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Love your ideas they gave me a brain spin. Not enough room to write all I wanted to say. So keep creating from your heart everything dances right off the page. Until next time thank you!?


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