In the spirit of the season, throughout the month of December we will be showing you how Sharpie makes its mark on holiday gift-giving, decorating, organizing and more! Through all sorts of how-to videos and pictorals, we will take you through the step-by-step DIY process and show you the tools you’ll need to add a personal touch to the holidays!
Below you will find a list of 25 ways to utilize Sharpie markers to put a creative twist on all of your gift giving, decorating and organizational needs. Come back and visit to see the how-to videos and pictorals all month long! Happy Holidays!
1 Think Beyond a White (as well as Red and Green) Christmas – Holiday décors are getting a colorful makeover this December. Mix it up this year with unique Sharpie marker color combos. Re-vamp ornaments, paper goods, tree trim and more using Sharpie markers in Magenta and Lime, Turquoise and Red, Berry and Pomegranate. Kick it up a notch with color and let Sharpie transform white to bright.
2 Tacky Times Two – Throw a tacky-themed holiday party, encouraging guests to come up with their most ridiculous holiday outfits. Customize holiday sweaters, suspenders, ties, socks and more with Sharpie markers and create a look distinctly your own. Get twice the tacky with Sharpie Twin Tip markers offering both fine and ultra-fine tips in one marker.
3 Green-A-Ling– Create your very own flower pot bell ornament for the tree using Sharpie paint markers. Color small terra-cotta flowerpots (available at your local craft store) and let dry. Personalize the pots with stars, bows, berries and other fun holiday designs. Thread ribbon (or wire) through the drainage hole to make a loop for hanging. Loop another ribbon inside the pot and attach a bell.
4 My Tube – Choose from among Sharpie’s 34 bold colors to decorate a roll of solid-colored wrapping paper (tissue, crepe, foil, vellum, craft paper – gift bags too). Use a stencil or cookie cutter and trace a hand, shoe, leaf, key or other object to create a personalized motif. Tip: Use the wrapping paper tube as a gift box to hold kids’ artwork; wrap the tube using your new Sharpie “signature” gift wrap and ship to Grandma.
5 Sharp Cookie – Give the gift that won’t get lost – Sharpie personalized markers imprinted with the name and icon of your choice on the marker barrel. Smart shoppers give personalized Sharpie markers to friends, family, teachers, postmen, milkmen, hairdressers, receptionists, babysitters, pet walkers, Girl Scout troops, Bunko groups, golf buddies, favorite baristas and more! For a stocking stuffer with a personal touch, go to www.mysharpie.com to order.
6 Sharp Bookie – Sharpie-created bookmarks are a good bet for gift-giving. Make your mark by doodling the usual suspects – dogs, stars, hearts, swirls – or exercise your inner artist and take a stab at recreating art from one of the masters (go online to download inspirations). Tip: Use the Sharpie marker itself as the bookmark. Just clip to the page!
7 Keeper Cards – Design your own “keeper card.” Use Sharpie markers to create personalized greeting cards, the kind that won’t wind up in the waste basket. Kids can create personalized cards for classmates. Kids tip: Whip up a mod mosaic in minutes by holding a bundle of Sharpie markers in your hand and drawing circles on circles.
8 Card Jar – Keep track of cards in a holiday-themed box or jar decorated with Sharpie markers. Use a glass or acrylic box/jar and decorate with these holiday-inspired themes in mind: candy canes, twinkly lights, mistletoe, silver bells. *Make smaller containers for gift receipts and recipes.
9 Tree Hugger – Write your child’s name in Sharpie marker on a small silver or gold bell. Help them find a spot on the tree and let them give the bell a ring each night before bedtime to make a holiday wish. This will become a favorite holiday tradition.
10 Table That– The Stay-cation travel trend is continuing into the holidays. Use time at home around the table to create one-of-a-kind holiday gifts with Sharpie markers. (2011 UPDATE: Check out Stained by Sharpie fabric markers to make your mark in your festive fanfare) Embellish socks, t-shirts, sneakers, headbands, belts, backpacks, aprons, picture frames and more. Kids can make special keepsakes for mom; teens can get creative and add their favorite expressions. Mom tip: Create a family of matching tees or sweatshirts – one for everyone in the brood.
11 A+ in Gift Giving– Send your kids to school with a present teachers can really use – school supplies! Place an assortment of Sharpie markers in a large soup can covered in plain white paper and decorated with Sharpie markers. Wrap it up, top with a festive bow and take your seat at the head of the class.
12 Santa‘s Sharpie– Make a list and check it twice with the Sharpie Pen. The newest addition to the Sharpie family, the Sharpie Pen doesn’t bleed through paper and is perfect for all your holiday writing needs – and it’s now available in a retractable version! Use it for list-making, note-cards, gift tags, journal writing, work and school – and don’t forget that important letter to Santa! Make your mark with the Sharpie Pen in black, blue, orange, red, green, or purple (2011 UPDATE: NOW available in Coral, Turquoise, Clover and Hot Pink!).
13 Stock Up – Instead of paying to have names embroidered on holiday stockings, this year buy some white felt and create your own colorful, unique version using Sharpie markers. Stock the stocking with Sharpie markers to make a permanent impression.
14 Draw The Line – Pick up a copy of your favorite holiday classic at a used book store and carefully remove a page. Sketch or trace an image right over the print to make a beautiful greeting card, wall decoration, or holiday embellishment. Laminate or frame your page to preserve for next year.
15 A Little Flakey – Create a cost-saving winter wonderland by making do-it-yourself snowflakes. Decorate paper with the colors of the season or stay monochromatic with Sharpie Metallic Permanent marker. Color then fold and cut into snowflake shapes.
16 Made Not Manufactured – Show family and friends how thankful you are for their gifts with homemade, colorful thank-you cards. Design one card with Sharpie markers and make copies to save money on store-bought versions.
17 Tag You’re It – Let loved ones see how truly personal the gift they are receiving is with a one-of-a- kind gift tag. Liven up your present by adding your own unique way of stating “To” and “From” on a square of card stock. Tie a Sharpie MINI marker to your tag for the gift tag that keeps on giving.
18 Take A Shine– What better way to top off the perfect holiday gift than with a Stainless Steel Sharpie Permanent Marker. Add a little extra sophistication and shine to your gift by attaching the Stainless Steel Sharpie with its refillable cartridge and etched logo on the barrel to the top of the package — the perfect complement to your Sharpie Metallic Permanent marker custom-designed gift wrap.
19 Ring in the Bling – Use a Sharpie Metallic silver marker to ring in the New Year. Add some bling by creating a silver celebration of party ware – decorate glassware, placemats, votive holders, candlesticks, party hats, favors and more. Tip: Use a paper tablecloth and give guests a pack of Sharpie markers as table favors so they can write their resolutions as they count down the New Year.
20 Wax Poetic – Thinking about throwing out those old candle sticks? Why not bring new life to them with Sharpie markers. Use a Sharpie marker and cover them with script writing of your favorite poetic verses. Combine with Sharpie Metallic silver accents and display year-round.
21 Holiday Calendar Countdown – With a ruler, cardstock and Sharpie markers, draw out a calendar. Find small holiday ornaments and trinkets around the house (buttons, pins, last year’s holiday card cut-outs – any small embellishment) and stick magnets onto the back of each. Hang your calendar on refrigerator and use your magnetic ornaments to count down the days of your holiday season!
22 Pen The Perfect Present – Assemble a gift box full of Sharpie Pens (in all six colors – black, blue, red, green, orange, purple). Top the gift off with several sheets of pretty stationery, perfect for the art enthusiast with a penchant for the age-old art of letter writing.
23 You’ve Been Framed – Bring life to a plain white picture frame by doodling inspiring words around the edges in black Sharpie marker. Insert a black-and-white photo for an elegant holiday gift. Attach a matching hand-made gift tag with a thoughtful message. Write your note in red with a Sharpie marker to give the gift a little pop!
24 For Keep Sake! – Start a holiday memories book. As the holidays wind down, pass around a book of blank pages and have your family take turns writing a special holiday message. What was your favorite moment or memory? Best present? What are you thankful for? Build a collection of wonderful memories and create a keepsake that can be shared for generations to come.
25 Ahead of the Pack – Once the holidays are over, it is important to organize all of your decorations, ornaments, lights, etc. so things don’t get lost or forgotten. Label boxes with Sharpie markers and store them away neatly. Pack smart with Sharpie and spend time with family and friends instead!