Valentine’s Day DIY ~ Sharpie Marker Inspired Vase

Have you seen the Sharpie Marker coffee mugs, plates and other glassware decorated items all over pinterest?  I have and I pinned a few and always intended to make something but never quite got around to it, until now!  I wanted to try the simple marker technique on a white vase for Valentine’s Day.

I went to the Thrift Store and found this lovely plain white bud vase for .50 cents and this was my base.  I couldn’t decide what to put on the vase?!? Hearts, words, arrows, something intricate, something simple….I hate making decisions.  I finally decided on the word love written inconspicuously on a small area of the vase on one side and some hearts on the other side.


This is such an easy craft and would be great for kids to do.  The Sharpie Marker drawing should be done with supervision because of the permanent nature of the markers and an adult would have to do the heat/oven part of the craft.  This would be fun for dad to make with the kids as a surprise for mom or grandma and with Mother’s Day coming up this could also be done to hold a lovely bouquet of flowers for that occasion. Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Wash and dry your glass item and then rub it down with a cotton ball drenched in rubbing alcohol. Once dry, make your design using a permanent marker. Place your item in the oven for 30 minutes.  When the time is up, turn your oven off and let your item cool down before removing.  {This is the same technique I used with my Martha Stewart party glass set}. Mine has held up to soap and water wash but I would not recommend scrubbing the area that has been Sharpie Markered {is markered even a word?}.

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  1. The vase turned out super cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Sweetness! And if markered isn’t a word… it should be!
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    • Thanks, Malia ~ I think since there is a Webster’s Dictionary and an Urban Dictionary they should have a Blogger Dictionary with all the crafty words we use in it!

      ; )

  3. Awww Mary Beth this is so cute!!! Thank you so much for sharing at
    :) Tammy

  4. Hi Mary Beth!
    Your vase is so darn cute! I have not tried using permanent markers on an object, but you have inspired me to do so. I’m thinking of doing a coffee mug for my husband!
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    • Thanks, Jane! A coffee mug would be so cute. You inspired me~I think I’ll make one for my husband for Valentine’s day filled with candy.

      Have a wonderful day.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  5. Mary Beth, I pinned the same thing and was just waiting for something to inspire me to try it. Thank you for the inspiration. I’m so happy that you shared in on Fluster’s Muster Party.

    Hugs & Smiles

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    • Thanks, Robin! I’m so sorry I didn’t respond sooner….my spam filter grabbed your comment and I just saw it today.

      Have a wonderful week!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  6. Your vase turned out so cute, Mary Beth. I bought a ceramic ornament just before Christmas with plans to give the marker thing a try, but haven’t done it yet. I like the idea of a vase, will have to look for one. Think I’ll actually do it?!
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    • I do the same thing, Sheila. I always buy stuff but don’t make it. Lately I’ve been making myself use the item within 2 weeks…I don’t know what my punishment will be if I don’t do that…but that’s my goal!

      Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  7. What a fun way to dress up a flower vase.!
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  8. What a sweet thrift store upcycle, MaryBeth! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Ah…the elegance of a single rose. What a beautiful and creative way to showcase one of nature’s most divine creations!
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