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… 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 projects are fast, easy and cheap! So check out the awesomeness of these bloggers and their ideas for using sharpies to DIY, oh, just about anything. 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!




Our featured project (above) is from Teal and Lime, these DIY faux malachite knobs use just one sharpie marker… and a great step by step 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.



From Mandi at Vintage Revivals (congrats 2014 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]


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…



House and Home has a simple tutorial on how to make DIY ombre bedding with a sharpie (this is one of those projects great for the colored kind!) and a spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol.



I like these DIY scripted 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.



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




From Little Green Notebook, this DIY leopard print seat cover done by Caitlin Wilson looks very high end, all done with a sharpie and Ikea slipcovers.



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(ing)!


Image Credits: Teal and Lime, Setting for Four, Vintage Revivals, East Coast Creative, House and Home, Subtle Revelry, Little Green Notebook, Land of Nod

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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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