How to make your own plates, using sharpies and dollar store plates

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve been trying to find accent plates to use on my table during non-holiday times. Something that had a pop of color. Something that didn’t cost a fortune. Plates are expensive. If you’ve seen my craft room, you know I love paisley. I’ve been looking high and low for plates with orange paisley. I finally had a light bulb moment and decided to make them myself. I had seen a post on Eclectically Vintage where Kelly painted dollar store plates with paint using a Martha Stewart stencil (which was also paisley btw). It was part of a giveaway – stencil and MS paints. I didn’t win! Oh well, better luck next time. What I did have was an array of beautiful colored sharpies and the Allover Paisley Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I had used it on the inside of my cabinets. You can see that here.
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Now you can find plates at any dollar store. I looked at Dollar Tree and didn’t like what they had. I needed them to be square with a frame edge. I happened to pick these up at Kroger because I was there and I wanted to get started. These are too pricey for me to buy 7 more of each, so I will keep looking at different dollar stores and at Walmart. To start, pick your colors and stencil or if you are super talented and can draw, go for it. Me, not so much. My stencil is made for a wall, so it’s huge. I just put my plate under it and held it in place while I traced. If you have a smaller stencil you can tape it down with frog tape.
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Now, comes the fun part. Fill in all the blank spaces with the color sharpie you have chosen. This was my favorite part. You can really see how they are going to look. Ok, I’m sure you noticed that there are smudges and mistakes on the plates. These were new sharpies and they bled a little. No big deal, just get a Q-tip and wet it down. You can then wipe off all your mistakes (or should I say, the sharpies mistakes).
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Works like a charm. Then you end up with this.
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Now, to make them permanent and so you can eat off of them, you need to bake them. Yep, you heard right. Set your oven for 350 degrees and bake them for 30 minutes! That’s it.
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Well that’s it! That’s all you have to do. I know what you’re thinking, yes, you can go crazy with this. You can make a plate wall, like Kelly did, make plates for every holiday or for everyday. This is something you can really have fun with. So go ahead and have some fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Kathleen

Disclaimer: I have not washed my plates in a dishwasher, so I don’t know how they will handle it, but from what I’ve read, they should be fine. I also can’t say for sure whether your color(s) will change in the oven.

2 thoughts on “How to make your own plates, using sharpies and dollar store plates

  1. Pingback: Stencil Stories » Learn How To Give Dollar Store Plates A Hand Painted Look

    • Thanks Cutting Edge Stencils for featuring my project on your blog. Obviously I love paisley, I also used that stencil for my craft room cabinets. I love it. I’m trying to have self control and not cover my entire house with it.

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