Sharpies are perhaps one of the most common items in the home office. We use them to write out address on large envelopes, mark packages, boxes and to write out name inside of books. It seems every time we turn around we find we are needing those handy little things for something. And they come in so many sizes and colors! From ultra fine tip to huge think tips; from pastels to bold to primary colors, no matter what you need you are bound to find it somewhere in the sharpie family. But, did you know these handy little things can also be used for decorating?
Sharpies are some of the best quality, low cost markers available. So, why not use them instead of paint? You’ll find you love using them for all sorts of outside-of-the-office projects from serving trays to toilet seats. Here are a few free project ideas for you to try out:
Walls and doors. You can do a little or a lot, but consider using sharpies to create a mural, paint a boarder, or add faux texture to your walls and doors. Don’t think you have the talent for a full mural? Try making a flower or vine boarder. If you are into a modern/contemporary look, try using abstract designs, or illusions. A simple illusion to try is to create a series of rectangles that start off small in the upper left hand corner, make each one a little bigger as you go to the right, and as you move down. Once you get about half way start to decrease the size of the rectangles. Color it in a checkerboard fashion. This will create the illusion that the wall protrudes out in a circled shape.
Furniture. Sharpies can be an easy way to draw on little objects along legs of chairs, around knobs on dressers and along the edges of shelves. Furniture is where you can become the most creative. In a child’s room, try using sharpies on chair legs to make them look like crayons, baseball bats, snakes, bones, science beakers or tubes, and just about anything else that come in a long cylinder form. Once done don’t forget to use a clear coating on the project (and any other sharpie project) to help protect your design.
You can find so many things around the house that could use a little sprucing up. All you have to do is look around for anything that seems kind of plain, and has a flatter surface to work with. Some great projects are your toilet seat lid, lamps, trashcans, computer/laptop, serving trays and kitchen appliances like the coffee maker, toaster, can opener, and microwave.
Serving trays are great for this. A fun idea here is to make a checker board in the center of each tray. You can even make each board a different color! This adds interest to trays and makes them multi-functional.
Small projects are generally very quick, simple and easy, however if you wanted to do a mural on your wall but didn’t have the time, then a smaller project may be just the thing for you. No matter your choice there are many small objects sitting around that could benefit from a little design upgrade. Items include projects like toothbrush holders, soap dishes, bottles, office supplies, your cell phone, and any other object you may have simply laying around.
A great project for you here is to find small objects to use for your serving tray checkerboard, or you can make checkers yourself. Cut pieces off a wooden dowel rod, or make them out of clay. You can even collect old caps and lids from bottles. No matter choice of materials, be sure to decorate them with sharpies to match your trays!
There are so many projects out there that can be done with Sharpies; they are perfect for the weekend crafter, the extreme artist and anyone in-between. So, why not give them a try, you’ll be glad you did.