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Cool Things You Can Do With a Sharpie

Randi enjoys expressing herself creatively. She likes to find fun and easy projects to make and share!

An assortment of Sharpies!

An assortment of Sharpies!

What's so Special about Sharpies?

There are so many different types of Sharpies on the market. They are incredibly versatile, easily affordable, very durable and fit in perfectly with our "I want it now!" society! They are easy to use and help you achieve professional results in a shorter time period.

Art Projects You can Make with Sharpies

You can use Sharpies to make decorative pillows, curtains, lampshades, flower pots and more. Anything you would normally paint, you can color with a Sharpie. This is more controlled and much neater with faster results!

Painted stones. You can write or draw anything you like.

Painted stones. You can write or draw anything you like.

10 Cool and Easy Home Decorating Ideas with a Sharpie

  1. Draw on a lightbulb (it will reflect on your walls and ceilings.)
  2. Write or draw on a lampshade.
  3. Write or draw on a flowerpot.
  4. Write or draw on throw pillows.
  5. Decorate curtains.
  6. Use it to "paint" on a stool.
  7. Decorate a carpet or rug. (Believe it or not!)
  8. Make a "stained glass" window hanging.
  9. Decorate picture frames.
  10. Make decorative plates and mugs to display.

Time Lapse Canvas Shoe Art

Sharpies are Great for Projects with Kids.

Because of their ease of use, Sharpies and kids go very well with each other. Do be careful, though, because it is those same good qualities that can also make it fairly easy for kids to make a mess. It is also important when coloring on things like shirts or pillowcases, that kids understand it is only on those specific items!

Sharpies Can be Great for Touch-ups!

The other day, as I splashed some bleach on my floor, I remembered (too late) that I was wearing my favorite Toms. Oops! Had they not been my favorite shoes, they would have just. become my "Cleaning House" shoes. Just as I was starting to kick myself, I remembered my trusty, black Sharpie. All was not lost. With a permanent black Sharpie, I was able to "color" in the bleach spots and my shoes are back to normal. Crisis averted! Be sure to check that the color of your Sharpie closely matches the fabric you are touching up. Also, make sure that you are using either a fabric or permanent marker.

Be Careful with Kids and Sharpies

While I truly encourage using Sharpies with projects that you are making with your kids, I do want to emphasize the need for caution. When small children see the ease with which they can create, they may get carried away. If you are having them decorate a pillow, t-shirt or mug, they may feel obligated to decorate all of those items in the home. Sharpies can be scrubbed off of most non porous surfaces. In addition, many kids like to draw in themselves and,it can be hard to wash off!

An easy gift you can make with some Sharpies

This makes a perfect  Mother's Day gift.

This makes a perfect Mother's Day gift.

Decorating Plates and Mugs with Sharpies.


Sharpies, glass/ceramic dishware, oven


  1. Clean the mug/plate with soap and water.
  2. Draw/write. If you make a mistake, it can be scrubbed off at this point.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Activities For Sheltering in Place

In this new, uncharted time, most of us (hopefully) are at home quarantined, in isolation or simply sheltering place to avoid catching or sharing the Novel Corona Virus. AKA Covid 19. Whether we are working from home, furloughed or home schooling, most of us are looking for things to do. Sharpies are fun and versatile. They span the ages and they can be purchased online. There are so many things you can do!

  • Make signs of encouragement in your windows
  • Prepare flash cards
  • Make journals or memory books
  • Doodle
  • Let your creative juices flow

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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© 2013 Randi Benlulu


Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on May 22, 2014:

Thanks for stopping by, Michelle! I hope you and your daughter gave a great time with this! My daughter and I love our at projects!

Michelle on May 21, 2014:

Those are such great ideas for sharpies I have a bunch of them lying around at home. My daughter will love doing these projects with me! It's a great way to save Mother Earth too by repurposing something!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on October 20, 2013:

Thank you, Joelle, for both stopping by and coming back to comment. I totally get how easy it is to get lost in that video! My daighter made the plate and mug for me on my birthday. She had planned to make it for Mother's Day but had a baby instead! Now his name and b-day are on their, too!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on October 19, 2013:

I read your article when you published it and then I watched the video with the shoe sharpie time laps video.... and you lost me.... I forgot to comment! But I am back :-) It's very interesting and it makes projects that are quite unique!

I love to use sharpies for touch ups! They are just fantastic for that!

I didn't know you could use them to create art on ceramic. That's great because it's accessible to anybody who has sharpies and an oven!

Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on October 03, 2013:

Thank you, Eddy! Agreed!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 03, 2013:

Interesting and very useful Randi; here's to so many more for us both to share on here.


Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on October 02, 2013:

Thank you so much, Millionaire Tips! Welcome to page! Labeling quilts is a great idea. Thank you also for letting me know how you found me!

Shasta Matova from USA on October 02, 2013:

Sharpies are definitely fun and easy to collect. I have a friend who has quite the collection. I like to use mine to label my quilts. (The HubPages newsletter recommended I read this hub!)

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 29, 2013:

lol, drbj, that would be great! Thank you!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 29, 2013:

Sharpies are a great invention and your suggestions are so inspiring, Randi, that the makers of that product should shower you with all the free Sharpies you desire. :)

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 27, 2013:

Thank you, Faith! I appreciate the votes and shares! Sharpies are fun! Randi

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 27, 2013:

You have given me much inspiration using sharpie. My son draws sharpie art a lot. And you are right about watching the little ones, for when my two grands are up (the sharpies they do run for) lol.

I really love the idea of touching up fabric and the personalized plates and cups ... Awesome!

Up and more and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 27, 2013:

Yes, Heidi, the fall season is what I miss the most. I try to visit in October. This year, my family came here so I have to wait until next fall. One thing I don't miss at all, Chicago winters!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 27, 2013:

I'm in the far west suburbs about 25 miles straight west of downtown Chicago. Love the area! Was glad to move out of Chicago limits many years ago. So much quieter and convenient out here. :) I'm sure you had some adjustment from humid Chicago to arid Arizona. BTW, the fall weather has been beautiful here the past week or so. I would so miss that if I ever moved away. Happy Weekend!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 27, 2013:

Thank you, Ricky! I may actually include Sharpie tattoos in the next hub!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 27, 2013:

I always enjoy making crafts, drawings, and art. Sharpies are the best in my eyes. I use them over other markers. I actually use the fine point markers for my tattoos. Very informative and useful.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 27, 2013:

Thank you, Frank. They are kind of amazing!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

Thank you, FlourishAnyway! Yes, definitely, show her that video. It's fun to watch! I hope she enjoys it!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 26, 2013:

very good I use the black Shapie to mark frozen food trays.. its amazing and so functional thank you btrbell for this useful share

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 26, 2013:

I need to make sure my teen sees those tennis shoes. Last year she took a pair of light-colored jeans and colored on them using Sharpies. I can see Sharpie colored tennis shoes in her future. Thanks for the suggestions.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on September 26, 2013:

These are so cool with heaps of uses I love the shoe art.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

Thank you, mbuggieh, I actually had that in the hub and just decided to write another hub with all the other cool things!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

Thank you, Heidi! Much appreciated! I'm not sure I noticed before that you are from the Chicago area. Where in Chicago are you? I am from the Northwest suburbs.

mbuggieh on September 26, 2013:

And, you can use a brown "Sharpie" to touch up furniture---especially if you use a thick point one...:)

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 26, 2013:

What would we (or star athletes!) do without Sharpies! In fact, here in Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks hockey star Patrick Sharp (aka Sharpie) had a custom Sharpie in honor of the team's Stanley Cup wins. Nice hub with some more ideas for using this indispensable office staple!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

IDK, Bill, how about a sign for Minerva? One that says, "The chicken coop is that way"

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

Hey Jackie! You can definitely touch up bleach spots! I wear only black to work so I always have a black Sharpie. It helps that we use those for marking glasses at work, too! What do you you do at Flea Markets?

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

Thank you, ThePelton! That is another great idea. I think I may have to write Part 2! Welcome to my hubpage!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

Thasnk you, RTalloni and, welcome to my hubpage!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 26, 2013:

They really are very cool. When I taught school I loved using them for projects and crafts....sigh...those days are gone now. No need for a Sharpie in my life now. :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 26, 2013:

I always buy sharpies but didn't know all this. I was wondering a few days back if I could find one to touch up a bleach spot on some cut offs I like to wear to flea markets cause of the pockets for all different bills. Thanks for all the info! ^

ThePelton from Martinsburg, WV USA on September 26, 2013:

I am living in a house with a bunch of other people, and I found that a Sharpie can mark what frozen food box is yours to keep down the confusion, and complaints.

RTalloni on September 26, 2013:

Sharpies do indeed make for cool projects and these ideas are both fun and useful!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

That's true, Carol, and there are so many varieties! Thank you! Looking forward to seeing your totes!

carol stanley from Arizona on September 26, 2013:

I use a variety of marking pens including sharpies. I wasn't sure if they were permanent and if the fabric can be washed...I am using marking pens on my new astro totes so to be showcased and I love all of them. Will have to get back to Sharpies as they are cheaper than the rest.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 26, 2013:

Thank you, Maria! With this latest move, I have opted for bright and fun! It is time for a bit of whimsy! Loin me?!

Thank you for your comments and votes! xoxo

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 26, 2013:

What do you get when you cross a teacher with a gal who has an addiction to stationary products?!

Why, MAR who is running to vote " Cool things you can do with a sharpie" as UP and UABI... I am inspired! Hugs, Maria

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