6 DIY Things to Do With Sharpies

These simple, sophisticated projects from HGTV Magazine prove that permanent markers are for more than doodling.

By: Jodi Kahn
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Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Photo By: Philip Friedman

Write On

There are so many different colors and varieties of sharpies to choose from. We used fine-point, extra-fine-point, and chisel-tip markers for the following DIY projects. 

Dress Up Vases

Click here to get the complete step-by-step instructions. Vases (from left) 3"W x 3"D x 6"H ceramic square vase in gloss white, $5; 5"W x 5"D x 12"H ceramic square vase in gloss white, $12; 5 3/4"W x 5 3/4"D x 5"H ceramic cube vase in gloss white, $9; all jamaligarden.com 

Add Pattern to Makeup Bags

Click here to get the complete step-by-step instructions. Bags: Raw canvas tool bags, $14 each, holdfastordie.com 

Decorate Ceramic Knobs

Draw a design on each knob that highlights its shape with extra-fine-point sharpies. Knobs (from top) 1 1/4"-diameter ceramic knob in creamy white, $4.50, rusticboardwalk.etsy.com; Melon-Shaped 1 3/4"-diameter ceramic knob in white, $5, modernearthboutique.etsy.com; Balloon 1 1/4"-diameter ceramic knob in white, $2.50, qsmuse.etsy.com 

“Dye” a Pillow Cover

Click here to get the complete step-by-step instructions. Pillow cover 20" x 20" linen pillow cover in white, $28, thecompanystore.com  

Stencil a Tray

Click here to get the complete step-by-step instructions. Tray: Room Essentials large-handled melamine tray in white, $20 for a set of 2, target.com; Stencil: For a similar look, try Herringbone stencil, $17, houseofdavis.etsy.com

Turn Tiles Into Vintage-Looking Coasters

Click here to get the complete step-by-step instructions. Stencils: (from top) Sicilia tile craft stencil, $15; Florence tile craft stencil, $19; Palermo tile craft stencil, $18; all royaldesignstudio.com; Tiles: American Olean Starting Line 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" ceramic wall tiles in white gloss, $0.16 each, lowes.com

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