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17 Feb

Sharpie Pens: 8 Tutorials for Things to Do With Them

EVERYONE HAS a Sharpie or two lying around.  At least, if you don’t, you should. These pens are like magic! Just them and a little creativity and you have a masterpiece.  Sharpies come in multiple colors and several tip thicknesses, so you can have just about anything you need for whatever craft you can think up.  I’ve scoured the internet and come up with eight tutorials that are diverse and interesting, and require more dedication than skill. None of them are very time consuming, either, so you can decide today and be done today, too! Instant results!

Tutorials for Things to Do With Sharpie Pens

From Kimmykats, Sharpies and washers tutorial.
What magic can happen when you combine a sharpie,
some muratic acid and hydrogen peroxide…

By Stephanie Lynn, Sharpies and dishes tutorial.

Once the designs were drawn, the dishes were set on a cookie sheet and baked at 350º for 30 minutes until the designs were set.
From Homespun Happenings, a Sharpies and sign tutorial.
With dark stain, the effect was perfect.
Doodle Easter Eggs from Alisaburke tutorial.
Eggs this pretty can be for any day!
Just Crafty Enough brings you Marimeko Shoes tutorial.
Give plain sneakers a whole new look!
The Thirty Sixth Avenue gives you a Christmas ornaments tutorial.
Get your Sharpies, some fun stencils, and give those ornaments a makeover!
Tye-Dye some shirts with Markers and Alcohol from Genuine Mudpie tutorial!
Pretty flowers effect with just a couple things you already have around the house!
Dear Lilly had a Christmas Project tutorial.
With fabric from your stash, some old pillows and a Sharpie, no cost pillows!

I know you have a zillion more ideas of what to do with your own pens, and I’d love to hear some of them. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorites.

What will you do with your Sharpies?

06 Mar

Faux Stained Glass Kids Foil Picture

faux stained glass craft

THIS HAS been one long winter. With the official start of spring just a couple of weeks away (March 22), there’s still feet of snow in my daughter’s backyard. Of course, she lives in Kentucky, and I live in Texas. We got our share of snow this year, too (about 8″ over two snowfalls *grin*). But it’s been cold and rainy, making the yard here too wet to play outdoors. So Remy, my youngest granddaughter (3-1/2 years old) was bored out of image imageher little mind, and I didn’t want her just watching TV all day. We’ve read all the books over and over, and she’s ready for something new to do. Thus, the faux stained glass kids foil picture. Here’s what we did.

You’ll need:

thin cardboard (like from a cereal box)

a hole punch


brightly colored markers (we used Sharpies)



aluminum foil

Here’s what you do:

Cut one side off a cereal box with the scissors.

Punch holes every inch or so all around the cardboard rectangle.

Cut a piece of string about 2 feet long.  Thread one end of the string through one of the holes and tape it to the cardboard. Feed the other end of the string through a random hole on the opposite side of the rectangle and back through another random hole on one of the adjacent sides. Keep wrapping the cardboard, going through random holes, until you run out of string. Be sure to tape the end to the same side the other end is taped to.

Cut two pieces of aluminum foil and stack them, shiny side down. Lay the string wrapped cardboard with the taped side up on top of the foil. Wrap the foil sheets around the cardboard like you wrapping a present. Tape the edges down. Turn the whole thing over.

Carefully feel for the strings and run your fingers over them, tracing lines on the foil. Don’t use your fingernails, as the foil tears quite easily!

Now take the markers and fill in the spaces between the strings, either solidly or with patterns. Be gentle with the markers! If your foil should tear, just wrap another sheet around the cardboard and you’re set to go. No need to pull the torn sheet off–in fact, it gives you extra padding to help prevent tears.

Isn’t that beautiful? After REMY did four of these, she decided to just draw on aluminum foil, which is a work of art in itself!