DIY Cookie Jars with Sharpies

DIY Cookie Jars are so easy and make a great gift! Read on for instructions!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesSharpie

Today’s post is a little different than usual. I’m not sharing a recipe for food, but rather, I am sharing a fun way to make something to store your food in!

This may not come as a surprise to those of you who’ve seen my creative side in other aspects, but I love crafts! I don’t usually have time for crafting (after baking, photographing, blogging, etc), but when the folks at Sharpies asked me to share a fun Sharpies related craft with you, I couldn’t possibly say no. You see…

I. Love. Sharpies.

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Image via Instagram. I can’t help myself, I just get so excited buying Sharpies!

Seriously, my coworkers all know of my addiction because I have 2(!) mugs full of (some of) my sharpies on my desk. And my family and friends have seen the sharpies in my car (you never know, right?) and the boxes of sharpies in my house. Is there a 12 step program for marker addictions? Well if there, is, nobody should tell those folks that Sharpies are currently on sale at Staples – some packs are as low as 5 dollars! You can currently get a 12 pack of assorted sharpies for just 6 bucks! My personal favorite was the four pack of metallic sharpies (only $6!)- how gorgeous are these colors?

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You may have seen these DIY sharpie mugs all over pinterest, and the idea has intrigued me for a while. So today I decided to put my own spin on that idea with DIY Sharpie Cookie Jars! (Because all of you know just how much I love cookies!)

You might have read that this project is as simple as decorate your piece and bake at 350 for half an hour. But lots of folks have failed at this, so I did a bunch of research to make sure I could give you better, clearer and more detailed instructions to make sure your project succeeds.


Tips for choosing a cookie jar (or anything else to decorate):

1) Choose a white (or light) colored ceramic item.

2) The less glossy and glazed an item is (and probably the cheaper) the better it will work.

3) If decorating a cookie jar, or any jar, make sure to choose one with a proper tight-fitting lid.

4) Very importantcheck the item you’re decorating for plastic, rubber, or any other non-removable part that can’t go in the oven. (In the case of these cookie jars, the lids have rubber – so I couldn’t decorate them – but the jar itself is fine.

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To Make DIY Cookie Jars with Sharpies:

What you need: 

Ceramic pieces to decorate (see above for tips on choosing)

Colorful sharpies

Baking sheet

Parchment Paper


7 Steps to your perfectly decorated sharpie cookie jar:

1) Wipe your ceramic piece with rubbing alcohol and dry it off. 

2) Decorate your item with sharpies. Bear in mind that colors may change somewhat in the oven. Have fun! Play with the wording, dots, lines, stencils, etc.

3) If you make a mistake, use some rubbing alcohol to wipe it off. Use a q-tip and be careful not to get the alcohol on parts you’ve already completed!

4) Once you’ve completed your decorations, place your piece on a parchment lined baking tray.

5) Place in the oven and turn the oven on to 425. Do not preheat! 

6) Let the item(s) bake for 30 minutes. When the time is up, turn off the oven but leave your pieces in there. Let oven cool.

7) Remove your crafts from the oven and enjoy!

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If you’re as obsessed with Sharpies as I am, and want to see more, make sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. So what are you waiting for? Head on out to Staples, by yourself some Sharpies (quick, before the sale ends!) and get crafting!

Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon for some delicious recipes! -Miriam


  1. sarah says

    Wow! These look fantastic. Now I just want to get my hands on some sharpies…..
    The metalic colors are awesome. I never knew about them!
    Thanks for sharing this great craft idea.

  2. says

    LOVE this-I was fortunate enough to participate in the same campaign:) I’m hosting a Sharpie crafts link party on my blog this week, and I’d love it if you wanted to link up! Favorites will be featured in a compilation post next week, & we’re giving away a $50 Target GC and Sharpie prize pack!

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