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12 Holiday decor ideas when all you have are Sharpies

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

You don't need much to turn everyday items into gorgeous holiday decor. Grab a Sharpie or two and get to work on one (or more) of these fun projects.

1. Pillows

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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Lay your pretty little head down on a DIY Christmas pillow, courtesy of your favorite Sharpie.

2. Plates

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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These festive holiday plates serve many purposes. Not only are they great for serving guests at parties, but they work as centerpieces, wall hangings, gifts and setting out cookies for Santa.

3. Vintage signs

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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A piece of wood and a Sharpie marker create a DIY holiday sign you'll love to hang, year after year.

4. Frames

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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Plain frames are a thing of the past, once you get a hold of them with your Sharpies.

5. Candle

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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Candles are a dime a dozen during the holiday season, so make sure yours are one-of-a-kind.

6. Lamp shades

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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You probably have a ton of accessories you switch out with the seasons, but did you ever consider doing that with your favorite lampshade? Use a Sharpie to print the chorus to your favorite Christmas song, and break it out every season when the snow starts to fall.

7. Burlap banner

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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Get your holiday message across with this holiday banner using burlap squares and your trusty Sharpie.

8. Dish towels

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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Get the vintage tea towel look you love, without the hefty price tag.

9. Coasters

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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These tile coasters are the perfect place for a little Christmas artwork. If scribbles from the kids aren't your thing, try drawing something seasonal yourself, or scrawl your favorite Christmas phrases.

10. Canvas

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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Once the season arrives, swap out your normal wall art for something with more of a Christmas-y feel.

11. Table runner

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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Spice up your table with a Christmas-themed table runner. Make your own monogram in Christmas colors, or draw something simple, like holly leaves or a snowman.

12. Lightbulbs

Markers make absolute holiday decor magic

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You may not think of your lightbulbs as part of your holiday decor, but if you have the right fixture, a decked out lightbulb can be the shining star of your room.

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