A while ago I was walking around Crate and Barrel, drooling over all the pretty things, like you do, when I noticed these cute plates. I really liked them and thought they’d be really nice for Thanksgiving, but at 9 something a piece, times 12, it was too expensive for me.
I had seen on pinerest a few times, how people were using permanent Sharpie markers to write on china, and thought this might work to make my own. After a little more research, it looked to me that this method was hit and miss at best. I decided to use a ceramic marker for a more permanent effect. I had a little trouble finding one…so I used the Decor Art glass paint marker. I was a little worried it would be too transparent, but it worked great, and looked like a regular marker which was the effect I was going for.
To find the side plates to write on I had a look at the dollar store but couldn’t find any that were a shape I really liked. It was a happy accident to discover these President’s Choice $1 porcelain side plates, from their Everyday Essentials line, while grocery shopping. They were perfect.
The hardest part of the project was figuring out the spacing of the words around the plate, but with a little practise and a template to line up the dots between the words, it came together. You can remove the design if you’re not happy with it before it’s baked, so you can try it and it’s not good enough just wash it off and begin again.
After the design is finished the plates need to sit 4 hours, and then they get baked for 40 mins. They need to start out in a cold oven and be left to cool completely in the oven afterward -all the instructions are on the glass paint marker. One word of caution: the marker also says that it isn’t food safe. All the pictures of it being used show it on plates, glasses and cups…so I guess the key is to only place the design on places where food will not come in direct contact. I thought these were fine, because the writing was just on the rim of the plate.
After the plates have been baked and cooled the writing should be permanent. They recommend hand-washing, so that’s what I did. I used the plates for my Silver Thanksgiving table. I love how they turned out.
I did consider using a silver pen -in fact they come in a whole range of colours, including gold just like the inspiration plates. In the end, I decided that even though silver would have looked great this year, next year if I use oranges and browns for my thanksgiving table, the black writing would make the plates more re-usable.
I have lots more ideas for Christmas and other holidays, love this idea since it’s so versatile, turned out great, and was really inexpensive. The Art Deco glass paint pen was $6.99 at Michaels, I used a coupon so it was $5, the plates were $1 each, and I bought 12. The whole project was under 20 bucks -can’t go wrong for that, even if you only use them once a year!
With customized plates, life really is a party!