By Nicole Tinkham
The holidays are just around the corner, and with it are some opportunities to let your creativity shine. Before you crawl under your covers and scream that you’re incapable of making anything crafty, hear us out! Being a DIY-er can save a ton of money and it also helps you avoid those long lines at crowded stores. To help you out this crafting season, we’ve come up with our 6 favorite DIY gifts and tutorials that ANYONE can do. All you need is a Sharpie and a few other supplies to create these SIMPLE & QUICK projects.
Everyone loves customized coffee mugs and these are so easy (and inexpensive) to create. Here’s what you’ll need: A plain white mug (can be found at the dollar store) and Sharpie markers (choose the oil-based paint markers for a longer lasting design) in the colors of your choice.
1. Practice drawing your design on a test sheet of paper first. Once you feel comfortable, draw it on the coffee mug with your Sharpie. You can draw any type of design you desire and use as many colors as you want. Get creative!
2. After your drawing is complete, allow the mug to dry in a safe place for a couple of hours.
3. Place the mug in the oven and allow to heat up to 350 degrees F. Bake for 30 minutes. It’s important to have the mug in the oven while the oven is still heating and all the way until it is cooled so you don’t get any cracking.
4. Your mug is finished! We recommend gently washing your creation by hand instead of a dishwasher.
Something magical happens when Sharpies are used in combination with alcohol inks. The colors swirl together to create a marbleized effect which makes really cool Christmas ornaments. Here’s what you need: A clear glass ornament, an assortment of Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol, and either a dropper or spray bottle. Oh and something to protect your work area like a trash bag or newspaper because this could get messy.
1. First thing’s first, get set up. Cover your work area, scrub your ornament down with rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt, and hang or prop the ornament so it’s in a comfortable position for you to work.
2. Take a few Sharpie colors of your choice and color in a few blobs. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece drawing or look like anything at all. Your goal is just to get a few colorful blobs of marker on your ornament.
3. Drop or spray the alcohol ink on the colored area of the ornament and watch as the colors swirl and blend together.
4. Allow the colored area to dry before filling in the other areas. Continue doing this process until you are happy with the results.
Hint: If you mess up, simply soak a paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe the ornament clean.
Sometimes the gift wrap is just as exciting (or more so) than the gift itself. Sharpie doodles on brown kraft paper are so much fun. Be sure to get or make a colorful bow to go along with it!
Ever consider designing your own candles? It’s way easier than you would think and so much more personal than buying ordinary ones at the store. All you need is: A white candle (not in glass jar), copy paper (to protect your table for when the marker bleeds through the tissue paper), tissue paper, wax paper, tape, sharpies, and a heat gun.
1. Cut the tissue paper to about the size of your candle and tape to a sheet of copy paper.
2. Draw your design on the tissue paper with your Sharpies. Use any colors you’d like.
3. Once the design is drawn, remove the tissue paper from the copy paper. Cut out the design leaving very little excess tissue paper and place it on the candle.
4. Wrap a piece of wax paper (larger than your candle) around the whole candle and pull it tightly.
5. Next you’ll melt your design into the candle using your heat gun. Move the heat gun back and forth over the design for about 30 seconds. Make sure your hands are at the back of the candle away from the heat gun!
6. Once the whole design has been heated, gently peel back the wax paper to make sure the image has been transferred onto the candle. If not, continue to use the heat gun until it is transferred.
You don’t need a set of paints and brushes to create beautiful artwork to hang on the wall. In fact, you don’t even have to be an artist at all! What you need: A stretched canvas in the size of your choice, various Sharpie markers, a pencil (to plan out your design) and optional stencil and ruler.
1. Plan out what you want on your canvas. You can sketch it right on the canvas with a pencil or use a stencil if you’re not one for drawing. If you’re doing straight lines, we definitely recommend using a ruler.
2. Once you have your design laid out, it’s time to grab the sharpies. You can outline, fill in, create interesting fonts, stipple (using small dots), or anything else you can come up with. Do something unique and have fun.
This right here is going to save you a ton of money! Wooden signs make a great gift for the holidays especially if they say something merry. And you only need a few supplies: Wooden board (we recommend using one from a pallet), printed saying in font of your choice to the size of the board, charcoal pencil, tape, pen, Sharpie paint marker, and sand paper for the finish.
1. Think about what you want on your sign and choose a wooden board the appropriate size. Print out on paper what you want the sign to say. You can play around with fonts and choose something really fun.
2. Flip the printed words over and scribble with a charcoal pencil on the back side. This is how you’ll be transferring the wording so make sure all areas are covered.
3. Align the wording (charcoal side down) on the wood where you want it. Once you have it in the perfect position, tape the paper to the wood so it doesn’t move around when you start tracing.
4. Taking your pen, outline each letter. When finished, remove the paper. You should be able to see and outline where the words are.
5. Next, take your Sharpie and trace the pencil markings. Go back in and fill in each letter with your marker.
6. Once the marker has dried, go over the sign with sand paper to give it that vintage look. Your sign is now complete!
TIP: Start your holiday gift making ASAP so you’re not scrambling around last minute trying to get everything done. These projects should be relaxing and fun, not stressful. Keep in mind what your recipient likes and choose your projects based on their style. This will make the gift much more personable. As always, remember to share with us what you create! Let us know what you plan on doing this season in the comments below or post a picture of your creation on our Facebook page.