I don’t usually do homemade crafts – it’s not in my nature. I am not that picture perfect stepford wife that can be found baking cookies in the kitchen, rustling up an amazing art project or sewing costumes for the kids’ nativity play. I don’t have the patience – i’m that mum that ends up with glitter in her hair, glue on her hands or paint on her clothes.
I’m a firm believer in “trying” new things and i like to challenge myself, so when the opportunity arose for me to take part in a Christmas challenge with Sharpie, i decided to give it a go. Sharpies can write on almost anything so my challenge was to put their pens to the test, get creative and use them to ‘Customise my Christmas’ – personalised wrapping paper, decorations, custom made gifts, that sort of thing! As part of the challenge i was sent a creative box containing baubles, cute decorations, foiletti, feathers, ribbon and most importantly, Sharpies! I also used a selection of products that i had lying around at home; glitter, glue and acrylic paint.
I filled one of the baubles with white feathers and used a gold Sharpie pen to decorate the outside. Another bauble i filled with a mixture of gold foiletti and gems. With the final bauble, i used GlitterIt glue and sprinkled in some gold glitter. If you’ve not used GlitterIt before, i’d highly recommend it, it easily adds glitter to the inside of clear plastic or glass ornaments and dries really quickly. All i did was pour some into the two halves of the bauble, swished it around for even coverage, then drained the excess back in to the bottle and shook in some glitter. It creates a really beautiful effect.
Paper Mache Hanging Stars
For the paper mache hanging stars i painted them all with white acrylic paint and then used a gold Sharpie pen to decorate.
Wooden HoHoHo Hanging Sign
For the wooden hohoho sign, all i did was use a gold Sharpie pen to colour in the letters. That’s it! The pens work brilliantly on wood and provide a great coverage with no marks or obvious ‘colouring lines’.
If you’re looking to add a personal touch to your Christmas crafts, gifts or decorations, then i would highly recommend using Sharpie Fine Permanent Markers. They come in a wide range of colours and will write on most surfaces meaning you can truly take any product from the shelf and make it truly special. The permanent ink is super tough and of a really great quality so you can be assured that your designs will last.
My next task is to decorate a Christmas Eve plate with the boys – wish me luck!