How To Draw On Your Walls With Marker… And Make It Fabulous!

You guys, I’m SUPER excited about today’s tutorial. It has been a loooong time coming. I’ve been working at my living room for quite some time, trying to figure out what was missing, and then when I did figure it out it was magical.

how to draw on your walls with sharpie  marker

First, let me remind you what my living room looked like the very first time I saw it:



When I first moved in I painted the room immediately, and because that crimson accent wall was so THERE I had somehow convinced myself that wall was supposed to be accented. I painted it yellow. Then I realized that is the wrong wall to accentThat wall all the way on the right side of the picture, that you can’t even see because there’s so much stuff against it? THAT is supposed to be the accent wall. So the yellow went away and I’ve been staring at the soon-to-be accent wall for almost a year trying to figure out what to do…

A few months ago Mandi @ Vintage Revivals posted a DIY Wallpaper technique she basically invented out of thin air using nothing but her mind grapes and a gold sharpie. However, her tutorial had a whole lot of measurements. I’m not the measuring type. I hates math (sorry, mom). So I combined it with this awesomeness from Sarah @ While They Snooze.

I took the Sharpie paint pen idea from Mandi and the hand drawn stencil idea from Sarah and mashed them together like a pb & j.

DIY morroccan template pattern made from cardboard

The Sharpie paint pen I bought was just over $5, and it was the only material I paid for. I bought three of them and ended up using 2, and technically I think I could have just used one if I was easier on the tip (heh heh heh). I used the cardboard from the box the pens came in to make my stencil.

Here’s the how to:

  • I printed the stencil on computer paper from Sarah’s site (it took up four pieces of computer paper).  I folded it long ways and cut it to be symmetrical, and I folded it horizontally and cut it to be symmetrical. This is very important, do not assume it will be. Fold it both ways! Snip, snip, snip!
  • Then I traced it onto the cardboard and cut it out with a box cutter (heavy duty scissors would do too)
  • Finally, I got my paint pen, estimated what might be the middle of the wall, and started tracing. I traced it approximately 9 million times and every single time I traced it I first checked to make sure it was level. Always check to make sure it’s level! Don’t get lazy! (Tip: download a level app on your phone, tape your phone to the cutout, and check that way)

That’s it- super easy. No need to buy a $50 stencil, no need to buy a pint of paint. Just put on a good playlist and trace, trace, trace. I spread it out over 3-4 days but if I just focused for 3-4 hours it could have been done all at once.

So here’s what the room looks like now:

DIY sharpie wall

heck YES. This angle is from where the tv was in the “before” picture.

Here’s another glorious look:

sharpie marker wall with DIY stencil

Um… sorry.. there’s a cat in the way. Let’s try that again:
gray and white stencil wall inexpensive

Yes, much better.

So what do you think, are you going to run out and get some Sharpies? Or are you an old fashion stencillin’ kinda lady?

PS- To learn how to make that wood shim mirror, check here! And to find out how to glaze it, check here!

DIY wallpaper - draw on your walls with marker



56 thoughts on “How To Draw On Your Walls With Marker… And Make It Fabulous!

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  5. What color Sharpie & base wall color did you use? I love how it’s so subtle! I’m going to do this in my master bedroom. I think it would staff that magic without overdoing it with a print on the headboard.

    • I used a white (water based)sharpie marker and the color on the wall is Wheat Bread by Behr in an eggshell finish. The water base is important so it can easily be painted over if you change your mind. Send pictures if you do it! I’d love to see!! 🙂

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  8. Is your wall completely flat or does it have some texture? I’d like to do this on our walls…they have an “orange peel” texture.

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  10. Love this idea! I actually have a few paint Sharpies lying around from a different project… I might need to give this a try! 🙂

  11. Love this! I’ve been wanting to do a stencil like this on my dining room wall but stencils and I have a love-hate relationship. A sharpie would be soo much easier! Stopping by from Blogtalk and pinning. 🙂

  12. I FREAKING LOVE IT! I was looking into purchasing a stencil set to get achieve this look … that I have done some research and know what those things actually cost ($) I am totally looking OUT of it, ha ha!. Anyway, this is such a cheap and easy alternative. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to do this in my living room. 😉

  13. Hi, I stopped over from Broke Ass Home, and I just love what you did! It looks amazing, and I hope to be able to do something like that myself someday!!!

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  15. I actually bought 2 paint pens for the same idea, but had not gotten around to it. The finished product looks awesome!

  16. I love this idea! What shape would you suggest on the 70’s wood paneling? It is still the original color, do not want to paint , then stencil…. Suggestions very welcome!!

    • I guess it would depend on how the rest of the room is styled… I really like simple, classic stencils. Because paneling already has a straight up and down pattern, I would recommend something rounded- otherwise you’ll be stuck drawing in grooves or right next to them.

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