Oh The Things You Can Do With Sharpies

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Sharpies are wonderful things, aren’t they? Colorful, bright, permanent markers that can be used for SO MANY THINGS. Coloring in and labeling tags in bubble print are just the start of the things that you can use a Sharpie for. So gather up as many colors as you can and check our favorite Sharpie Crafts!


DIY Sharpie Dinnerware- The Sweetest Occasion

Fancy some custom dishes? This project uses plain white dishes and turns them into something unique and beautiful with stick on templates and a little coloring and baking. Or try it with out templates and freehand a design.


Simple Tie Dye Using Sharpie- Intellidance

Or try some tie-dye! Drawing on knit fabric with Sharpies can turn magical with a little spritz of rubbing alcohol. This is an especially great technique if you want to add tie-dye to specific or small areas of a project. Plus it’s a whole lot of fun!

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DIY Gold Staples- House of Huntley

Spruce up your documents with these easy colored staples! These are a snap to make with metallic permanent markers for a  little glitz and glam or try a primary colors for a pop of fun! Either way they make a boring old office supply a whole lot more fun!


Art Swap: Continued- Balalisme

I love the idea of these bags! What a fun way to turn something totally utilitarian into something totally special. Perfect for baked goods you want to give as gifts, special trinkets or just lunch for the kiddos, these are adorable!

What crafts have you used Sharpies in? We’d love to see what you are up to! Drop us a line and tell us your tips, and check out these and other Sharpie Marker Crafts on our Craft Trends Pinbaord.

Make Your Own School Supplies!

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With Labor Day right around the corner, almost everyone is in Back to School mode. You’ve most likely already bought your supplies and they’re sitting organized and unopened in a brand new backpack. For those of you who are looking for a little something extra, or maybe a fun way to stay organized, here are a few DIY school supply ideas to consider…

Duct Tape Clutch

Duct Tape Clutch

Create a cute and personalized pencil holder in no time with some duct tape and cardboard! It’s so easy, kids can make it themselves, and there are so many different patterns of duct tape to choose from that you are sure to find something to fit your child’s personality.

DIY Crayon Sticks - Kids Activities Blog

DIY Crayon SticksKids Activities Blog

Make your own crayons from recycled materials. They’re even a little easier to use than normal crayons because they won’t break or wear down to stubs.

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Free Stuff Friday!!

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It’s Friday again, and this week we are giving away a fun new craft for you to try!


The Kinkajou bottle cutter lets you transform your used bottles into vases, glasses, and more! Plus, our winner will receive 2 Martha Stewart Adhesive Silkscreens to add a little elegance to your glass crafts.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week:  Are you a morning or night person?

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Reversible Fabric Tote Bag

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

DIY Reversible Tote Bag

Tote bags are the perfect bag.  Children can use tote bags to carry their school books or their piano lesson books.  Adults can use tote bags for grocery shopping or as a great bag to keep a lot of stuff in.  During college, I had my life organized by tote bags.  Each activity had a different tote bag ready to go that I could grab quickly and run out the door.  I would have been lost without my tote bags.

Mixing a matching fabric is also a passion of mine.  By combining a love of tote bags and mixing fabrics, this reversible tote bag will be perfect for you.


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Harry Potter Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

We’re big Harry Potter fans in our house so anything Harry related is a big go for us! I’ve been making a list of fun Potter themed crafts for a probable Harry Potter Party or for just a fun afternoon of magic!  Here are a few of the ideas that are at the top of my list!


Howler Ornament - Harold Loves Maude on Craftster

There have been times, I have to tell you, as a parent, that I’ve really wanted to have the ability to send a Howler. and now I can! These are so cute and so much fun! Perfect for party invitations too!

Ministry of Magic Flying Memo - Legendary Letters Etsy Shop

Ministry of Magic Flying Memo- Legendary Letters Etsy Shop

Or maybe an inter-departmental message the the Minister of Magic himself would be an even more exciting way to send and invitation, or even just a note!

Grim Tea Cup and Saucer

Harry Potter Grim Tea Cup and Saucer- The Crafty Momma Etsy Shop

I love that scene in the book where the tea leaves reveal a Grim in Harry’s cup so this is tops in my book! What a fun gift for a true Harry Potter fan!

Harry Potter Tie Tutorial - The Brillian Crafty Type

Felt Tie Tutorial- The Brilliant Crafty Type

These little felt ties would be so fun for dress up or as a party favor for a gaggle of Potter lovers! Or wouldn’t they make great prizes for a Sorting Hat-esque game!


Upcycled Checkers Game

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DIY Upcycled Checkers Game

Grab something old and turn it into a sparkling new checkers game! This DIY can easily be adapted to whatever you have on hand. From old art pieces to cardboard boxes and from your ever-growing button stash to bottle caps, you can create a pretty game you’ll love to play.

Upcycled Checkers Game
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Here’s How to Make It…

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Red Composition Notebook

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By Guest Blogger Tina from the blog Crafted Living

As the Writer, Photographer, and Creator of Crafted Living, Tina gives step by step tutorials for creative cardmaking, recipes, and inspiration for living crafty.

Red Notebook

While on vacation in Denver, we spent lots of time with our dear friends and I wanted to give each person something special as a thank you.  Our friends’ daughter loves to make lists and keep notes so I thought this notebook would be perfect for her.  You need the following tools and supplies:

Cut three pieces of red patterned paper for the front and back.  Run these pieces through the Xyron.  Adhere the top and bottom piece and end with the middle piece so it overlaps the other two.  Trim to fit the book.  Place 1/4″ adhesive tape over the black binding and red patterned paper.  Place the ribbon on top of the tape and press.  Punch to make the circle medallion for the monogram.  Adhere a sticker or in this case, cut out the S from Folk Art Festival cartridge at 1 1/2″.

I purchase the composition books during the Back to School sales and often pick them up for 50 cents each.  These books make great gifts for kids of all ages and can be personalized for each recipient.

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