Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DIY Plate Decorating

I know it's fall and most of you have begun decorating for the upcoming holidays.  Instead of the typical fall DIY decorating, I've been working on my fall garden.  That's not all!  I've been making a few changes to our office but you'll have to wait and see how everything works out.

While I was away visiting family in September I decided to get the kids involved in a fun craft.  We used simple dinner plates and permanent markers for a super easy and inexpensive craft.  The most difficult part was deciding what to draw.
Start with your plate.

Before you get started with the markers I recommend covering your fancy table linens or just put them asides for later.  We used an old drop cloth.
The kids had a great time!
Abi's plate
My mom made a "birthday" plate to go with our family "elephant" cup that we use for birthdays.  It's a tradition!

My sister made a really cool Bubble gum machine plate.

I helped the little one with her name (she's 2) 
and the butterfly, she did the rest!
We're not finished yet!  Once everyone finishes decorating their plates it's time to bake them.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once your oven is ready, bake your plates for 30 minutes.

You don't have to use plain white dishes either.  I'm planning to do this again with a few jazzy dishes.  Next time I decorate plates I'm going to use square plates.  I'm thinking super cool Christmas gifts!


Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Hi Mary thanks for stopping by my blog. I love these plates. So after you bake them... You can eat on them and wash them?
Because...well, I'm thinking these WOULD BE wonderful gifts for Christmas.
I've got Grand kids and they'd love this...
if you don't mind would pop me an email..and let me know the details, like the type of plate to get. Markers and how long this lasts?

Thanks a bunch, Pat

Smart! School {House} said...

SO cute! I loved stopping by:) Thanks for linking up To Whimsy Wednesday!

Smart! School {House}

Camille said...

So cool! Definitely have to try this. I"d love it if you would link this up at our Pinterest Pin It! Linky this week!


Elle Sees said...

those are so cool!! what a great idea. following you now.

meandmr.com said...

Newest follower here! I found you through the Monday Mingle! Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more!

Carrie said...

That is such a cute idea!! I love it!!

Anne Kimball said...

Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com), and I’m visiting from Fantabulous Friday.

What a great idea! I made BD plates for my kids many moons ago, but from a ceramics shop. Never knew it could be this simple!

Anyway, it’s nice to “meet” you! Hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

Katherines Corner said...

wonderful idea, super cute. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo P.S. Have you entered my latest giveaway?

loves2spin said...

Is this a china plate or a melamine plate? Such a cute idea!

Jacinda said...

Saw your plate project on Lovely Crafty Home today. What a great idea!

Jessi @ Practically Functional said...

Very cool, I love that idea! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

great idea. Is this just a regular ceramic plate?

I would love for you to share this on my blog hop, repurposed ideas weekly at:

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

thanks for sharing at my blog hop.

Crystelle Boutique said...

This is so cool!
I am pinning.... Gotta keep this in mind for children's activities... So memorable.
Would be a great gift for grandparents too....
Thanks so much!


Marti Cooper said...

LOVE this idea! I have a weekend link up party going on if you’d like to join in: http://sewliciousdecor.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/show-licious-sunday-craft-showcase-2/

Nichole said...

These are so cute! Great idea! I just found you over at the CHQ blog hop. I am your newest follower. Would love if you could come visit my blog and follow.


Camille Gabel said...

How fun would this be for a bday party?? Thanks for linking up at our Pinterest party!

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

Endless creativity! I like the suggestion about having this as a birthday party activity - smart! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!

Marcie said...

These plates are so cute, wouldn't they make great gifts for grandma and grandpa! Thanks so much for sharing it on "I Gotta Try That Monday" linky party. Have a great day!

Marti Cooper said...

Thank you for submitting this. I love it! You've been featured at my site so be sure to stop by and grab your "I've Been Featured" button on my sidebar. I hope you return to post more of your great things! http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2012/10/plate-decorating-tutorial-kids-crafts.html

Homa Style said...

Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party. Your plates are a perfect gift idea. Please join the link party at Homa Style.
Here’s the link
Hope to see you there!

Kera said...

How great to make these for Christmas gifts? Thanks for the tutorial :) Following you now!


Homa Style said...

Thank you for joining Homa Style’s Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party. It’s hard to come up with new ideas for gifts and you helped with your idea. Thanks! Mark you calendar for the No Red Holiday Decor Link Party on Nov. 28. Plus the 12 Days of Christmas link party December 1st ~ 12th. http://homastyle.com/

Unknown said...

Hi! So I searched through the comments and couldn't find the answer to my question, but I was wondering if these plates are microwave and dishwasher safe after coloring and cooking them? I'd like to make some but am worried about getting the chemicals from the markers on food and stuff. Thanks!