Don't tell anyone, but I know how to DO things. Secret things, silly things, fun things.
I decided it was well past time I shared some knowledge with you. So today I am going to show you how to refill a Sharpie accent highlighter with a bottled ink of your choice.
empty Sharpie highlighter
rubber jar-opening grippy thingie
gigantic nail or screw
ribbon OR twine OR string OR yarn
nail polish remover (optional)
cotton pad OR paper towel OR tissue (also optional)
But you probably want a sheet of paper towel on hand, just in case of an inky explosion!
First let's take a look at an empty highlighter.
Next up, let's look at the terrible thing that I did during my experiment. You don't need to try this at home, folks.
Much to my surprise, the blue plastic piece popped right out. Hooray!
But that was when I found out that this pen is a bit tricky. The ink chamber does not take up the entire body of the marker, and there is another plastic barrier that's we'll need to bust through.
But don't worry, my little chickadees, all in good time.
Go find a gigantic nail or screw.
I was considering getting a hammer to drive it through, but I didn't want to risk any unexpected thumb injuries. This method worked out pretty well anyway, since you only need to make a tiny hole.
It was a snug fit - which is perfect.
Then I took my ink syringe, stuck the needle right through that tiny hole I just made, and filled up the ink chamber.
Never seen an ink syringe? You're looking for something like this...(click me!)
Now seriously, make sure not to overfill that lower chamber, because it will drip right out the marker tip and make a fine mess of things! I might know from experience. (I caught a terrible case of Smurf hands!)
I didn't even need to break out any tools for this one, I just used my thumbs to press down on it.
You're done! You've got a refillable highlighter! Pat yourself on the back, because that was so d.i.y. it hurt!
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Feel free to leave a comment, or e-mail me at
chewytulip (at!) gmail (dot!) com
I have ink suggestions, but I wouldn't want to be too long-winded today. :)