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My drawing skills are pretty average, but you’ll never find me without a Sharpie marker or two. (My mother will attest to the fact that my love of the markers goes back to my childhood, as I once ruined her living room end table with a black Sharpie and my imagination. Oops.) Fortunately, you don’t have to be an artist to do supercool projects with permanent markers. Take a look at these jaw-dropping decor ideas and let the ink fly!

sharpie marker wallpaper

I am obsessed with wallpaper, but that stuff isn’t cheap. On the other hand, this Sharpie “wallpaper” by Mandi of Vintage Revivals only cost $8 to make! Plus, when I met Mandi at Alt, she told me people sometimes call her “the MacGyver of DIYers,” so clearly she knows how to be crafty with ordinary materials. Get her full tutorial here.

sharpie marker lampshade

Sharpie marker on a lampshade could be totally cheesy, but this French chic shade from Young Wifey is très tasteful, no? And clever to boot. Just tape the design of your choice to the inside of the shade, turn the light on and trace.

sharpie marker chairs

Photo: Courtney Apple

If you prefer to be a little more loose with your design, this modified IKEA chair slipcover by Caitlin Wilson (via Little Green Notebook/Design*Sponge) might be right up your alley. Animal prints are extra wild when you draw them yourself!

sharpie marker dishes

Serve up some style by using a Sharpie on dishes, like these beauties from Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming. Sketch whatever you please, then bake to set the design. I’m mad for anything metallic, so you know I am all about these ramekins.

sharpie marker sheets

Ombre: It’s hot for hair and also bedding! Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling knows what I’m talking about. Copy the look by spraying Sharpie-saturated sheets with rubbing alcohol. Get the rest of her tutorial here.

Which permanent marker project made an indelible impression on you? And are there other household items you’d like to see transformed into crafts in this column? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


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11 Responses

  1. Kate says:

    The lampshade is my favorite.

  2. Dee says:

    Awesome idea

  3. Maggie Apicella says:


    I really liked the sheet idea. It inspired me to try this on a t-shirt using different colors and omitting the alcohol if I don't want that effect. ;)

  4. @MayTanferri says:

    i've made my own wallpaper with sharpie markers too!
    #victorianpattern http://twitpic.com/bxfrm7

  5. @MayTanferri says:

    i've made my own wallpaper with sharpie markers too!
    #victorianpattern http://twitpic.com/bxfrm7

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  7. susyn says:

    i touch up furniture all the time with markers or shoe polish

  8. youngwifey says:

    So happy that my lampshade made the cut! :) Thank you for the love!

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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