This year for the holidays I’ve been creating a special handmade gift for each member of my family – which was a little daunting since everyone else in my family is a guy! I can’t make them cutesy fluffy crafts – I needed something for suitable for each of them! Below are two of the projects I’ve made so far – one for my husband, and one for my 7 year old. Thanks to Sharpie for sending us 2 packs of Sharpie Extreme Markers!
DIY Bigfoot Gift Set
Oh man I couldn’t be happier with how this gift set turned out that I made for my husband! I’m pretty careful about “crafty” things I make him since he does not share my affection for craftiness but I wanted to make something for him to not only show my love for him but also incorporate his love of Bigfoot!
Materials I Used:
Sharpie Extreme Markers
Ceramic Mug (Dollar Tree)
Ceramic Plate (Dollar Tree)
Here’s a close up of the mug:
The Bigfoot mug isn’t nearly as daunting as it sounds! I began by using the black Sharpie Extreme marker and just drew an uneven line all the way around the mug for the “ground”. For the trees I drew a straight black line, then swiped some green lines down to look like a pine tree. Nothing fancy! Bigfoot was my last attack – I drew him freehand but if you’re too afraid to attempt that you can print out a silhouette of Bigfoot (or other animal) and use that as a guide to trace around. It’s fairly simple since you are just outlining a shape and don’t need fine details – then just color it in!
For the special plate that I made I needed something simple yet rustic. These birch trees were incredibly simple to make – it’s mostly just a bunch of straight lines! Start with the outline of the birch trees, then add a random branch and line on the tree! Then I used the red Sharpie Extreme marker to add a heart and then wrote our initials – just like if we had carved it on a tree! I thought about leaving off the Edgar Allen Poe quote that I wrote around the rim since it looked nicer but the quote means a lot to me so I added it on. “We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allen Poe
DIY Custom Skateboard Deck
My 7 year old LOVES skateboarding so I thought it would be awesome to create a special skateboard deck just for him! He loves historical things like the Statue of Liberty and our American presidents so I found this tutorial that I follow to draw Lady Liberty.
Use your pencil to trace or draw whatever your design is. You can see above that I followed the tutorial that I linked to and drew Lady Liberty – it was much simpler than I was expecting!
After you draw out your design in pencil just use your Sharpie Extreme marker to trace of the outline! For our project I was easily able to use an eraser on the blank skateboard deck.
Once you’ve created your outline you can fill in color if you want or just leave it blank! I really liked my Statue of Liberty with just the black outline but I knew my son would love her filled in with the green. I would have liked to use a slightly lighter green but I only had the darker green on hand.
She seemed a little lonely on the bottom of the deck so I decided to draw some geometric shapes and fill them in on the top and bottom edges of the deck.
The top of the deck that I received was a reddish color so I decided to use my Sharpie Extreme markers to write my son’s name inside of a comic bubble. I’ll give you a little tip here since I’m not great at writing thick letters – I opened up PicMonkey, used a thick bold font and added a thought bubble around it on my computer. Then I just drew in pencil onto the skateboard what it looked like on my computer screen! I LOVE the way it turned out! I can’t wait for my son to get his new skateboard deck at Christmas! We’re letting him decide whether he wants to add wheels, or use it as a table or shelf. I did spray a quick coat of acrylic sealant on it so if my son uses it as a skateboard I’ll have to update later and see how it holds up!
Other DIY Sharpie Gifts for Guys:
- Custom Laptop / Mac Designs
- Custom Tools
- Custom Gaming Consoles
- Custom Man Cave Artwork
- Custom Baseball, Soccer Ball, or sports equipment
- Custom Stainless Steel Coffee Tumbler