Most likely, you have had your tree up and decorated for some time now, right? Yeah, me too.. but I had an idea after throwing a Sharpie DIY holiday party with some co-workers, where we customized and designed holiday gift wrap, cards, boxes, ornaments and more. Ornaments, being the biggest hit, got me thinking that this would make for a fun activity to do with friends and family on a day like Christmas!
What you’ll need:
- Plain ornaments (Matte-style work best)
- A sleigh-full of Sharpie permanent markers
Take this in whatever direction you feel like! If you’re a group of artists, go to town and get all artsy on the ornaments. If you all have little to no artistic talent, scribble down favorite holiday memories, funny stories or write each other’s character traits on the ornaments (hah that one could get interesting!) Whatever you decide make it fun! With Sharpie markers and your imagination, the direction you take it is completely up to you!
These are some of the ornaments that my co-workers and I made. As you can see, some are more detailed than others and they all still look great!
Sticking with the ornament theme, you may remember these bells from back in the day or maybe your kids are at that age now and have brought them home from school. I actually made these when I was in grade school and thought since I’m older, actually have control over my hands and have legible handwriting, I could take a second stab at this..
What you’ll need:
- Small terra-cotta flowerpots (found at any craft store)
- Tiny bells (also at craft stores)
- A slew of Sharpie markers (I used a combo of Sharpie Water-Based Paint markers and good ol’ fashioned Sharpie Permanent Markers(not pictured))
Color the pots any color you’d like – and be sure to color a little on the inside too so that you don’t see any clay from an outside view (I had a ton of silver, red, blue and black, hence the color scheme – even Sharpie employees run low own product from time to time). After coloring, embellish however you’d like! When finished, thread the ribbon through the drainage hole to make a loop for hanging, then loop another ribbon inside the pot and attach a bell. Now, start obnoxiously ringing your bells (heehee)!
These are the ones that I made…
Now, just for fun I wanted to include this… When I was out to lunch the other day with a coworker, the restaurant we went to decorated their tree with Sharpie-made ornaments! In a timeless and classic style, employees names were handwritten on ornaments in metallic gold Sharpie. Take a look..
So what do you think?
How did you decorate for the holidays? Post your pictures at www.Facebook.com/Sharpie, leave your name, favorite holiday memory, as well as how you used Sharpie markers this year! I’d like to write up a blog post and feature your Sharpie creations! Can’t wait to see the pictures and hear how you celebrated!