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5 Aug

10 DIY Sharpies Projects: It’s So Easy to Be Crafty, Stylish, and Thrifty with Sharpies!

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Waste not, want not. Life is messy. Accidents happen. Time takes its toll. Reuse and recycle. Make beautiful things.

Whether you agree with any or all of these age-old adages and modern prescriptions, we heartily believe you’ll want to try one or all of these small, gratifyingly simple and stylish DIY fixes and tricks to save time, money, and even our lovely planet with the classic permanent marker: Sharpies!


1. DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins via Kirtsy

DIY project Sharpie Pen Ombre Napkins

DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins

2. DIY Sharpie Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

DIY Projects with Sharpie Pens

DIY Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

3. DIY Sharpie Shibori-inspired throw pillows via HotforHouses

DIY Sharpie Throw pillows Japanese

DIY Shibori-inspired Sharpie throw pillows via HotforHouses

4. Another option for a DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt


DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt

5. DIY Sharpie Tabletop via Hometalk’s Janel Hutton

Sharpie Table Top - IKEA hack

DIY Sharpie Table Top

6. DIY Sharpie Lampshade via ALittleGlassBox


DIY Sharpie Lampshade via aLittleGlassBox

7. No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog


No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog


We’re huge fans of pampering ourselves–splurging once in a while makes for a balanced life. But sometimes we go a little overboard… or maybe we’re saving up for a big vacation. Or that wedding for which you’re a bridesmaid or maid of honor creeps up on you… Times like these, Sharpies to the rescue!

8. DIY Superfine Sharpie Nail Art via TheBeautyDepartment

DIY Sharpie nail designs and art

DIY Superfine Sharpie Manicure

9. DIY Sharpie Galaxy print canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

10. And last but never least…. Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpies!!! Get inspired or commission the artist Vivian Xiao to deck out your instrument! via technabob


Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpie permanent marker, artwork by Vivian Xiao


Tagged with: budget crafts, diycrafts, Fashion, home decor, homemade, ombre, permanent markers, sharpie markers, sharpie pens, sharpies, smp craft, smpcraft
13 Jun

10 Beer Bottle Crafts

Are you throwing or going to a barbecue this weekend? For 4th of July or before the end of the summer? Will there be beer?

Before you or your host toss those empty beer bottles and caps into the recycling bin, visualize making one or all of these 10 DIY projects that turn your empties (caps, too) into something really cool and useful. Remember Father’s Day is just around the corner… CHEERS!

1. SIX PACK OF SOLAR-POWERED “LIGHT” BEER: Popular Science’s Dave Prochnow




3. CANDLE HOLDER: Threadsence



BeercapCandles5. CLOCK: Apartment Therapy


6. BOTTLE CAP HOT PAD | TRIVET: My Amphetamines and My Purls


7. MODULAR SHELVING: Instructables Ten Green


8. BRACELET HOLDER: Gliter, Wits & Grits 




10. BOTTLE HERB GARDEN: Design Sponge


Tagged with: beer bottle crafts, candles, how to, how to make a clock, interior design, recycle, salt and pepper shakers, shelving, SMP Kitchen, smpcraft, smpkitchen, solar power, trivets, upcycle
12 Dec

Freebie Friday: Macrame Nordic Snowflake Coasters and Striped Hotpad

Protect Thy… Tabletops! During this particularly social time for many people, when holiday parties are simply par for the course, whether you’re throwing a cocktail or dinner party or attending one or all of the above, we have a FREE PROJECT DOWNLOAD for the ultimate handmade gift to give yourself or to the host(ess): Stylish, functional, Nordic snowflake coasters and a striped kitchen hotpad–made by using the craft of knotting, also known as macrame.

Nordic Coaster Striped Hotpad

These projects are from Macrame Pattern Book by Marchen Art Studio, a creative group that supervises Marchen-Art Company in Japan, which designs leather and hemp cords accessory parts, and other craft items. This dream of a book (especially for a knotter like myself who finds the repetition cathartic) is an outstanding resource for both new and experienced knotters and includes over 70 knots and small repeat patterns plus 33 projects–ranging from simple jewelry pieces and accessories to more complicated projects such as net bags and ornate baskets.


So this holiday party season: To Knot or Knot to Knot? That… beloved Crafters, is the question!

Order your copy of Macrame Pattern Book now!


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New in December & January!


Tagged with: coasters, hotpad, how to, macrame, nordicstyle, snowflakes, trivet
29 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

If you couldn’t get enough of the tiara from this past Freebie Friday, we’ve got some great news! This week’s Goodreads giveaway is Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry.

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry answers all the most pressing questions you may have while planning and executing your project. What bead shapes fit best together? Will your piece sit still or shift—and how do you design for each? Can you set luster against luster, or will luster against matte work better? All these questions and many others will be answered in this must-have guide to the key design principles for beautiful beaded jewelry. And what’s more, the book lets you test all this out with 20 wonderful patterns and projects!

ACT FAST: This Goodreads giveaway only runs through Wednesday, 7/2.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry by Renata Graham

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

by Renata Graham

Giveaway ends July 03, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Can’t wait? Order today!


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Check out our June and July titles:
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27 Jun

Freebie Friday: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry – Crystal Tiara

Most of us made jewelry at some point in our childhood—friendship bracelets among the most popular. Today’s Freebie Friday will help you create the ultimate piece of jewelry that speaks to your child at heart. You’ll love to make this tiara for yourself, a little girl in your life, or your best friend who is getting married. There is always a way and a reason to wear a simple, beautiful tiara (or headband if you prefer)!




The project above is just one of many in Renata Graham’s  Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry. Renata has been making jewelry and teaching courses on the subject for over 20 years and her must-have guide brings the classroom into your home. What metal or beads do you start with? Should your design be symmetrical? Will crystal work well with wood? All of these questions and more will be answered as you create amazing gifts for yourself and others in your life!

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Tuesday, N Train, Manhattan: She's crocheting a hat!

November National Pet Awareness Month

Time for this little poochie and all the pets of the world to milk this moment and let us bi-peds do a little more to show them just how much they’re appreciated. SMPCRAFT scoured the web to find DIY pet projects and crafts (cat, rabbit, and dog treats, too!) to honor our furry, feathered, scaled, and slithering loved ones.

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