How To Make Your Own Decorative Plates

Posted: 07/30/12 6:00 AM (Modified: 07/30/12 6:00 AM)

Originally, I saw this idea pinned on Pinterest but no matter how hard I tried, I could not make the Sharpie's stay on the plates. After a few hours of this, I set the temp a little higher on the oven and managed to figure out that these plates work best as decorative plates not everyday use plates. They would be perfect to make for the holidays or as party favors (especially if kids make their own). They'll last pretty well once or twice then, the Sharpie will eventually come off in the dishwasher or sink.

That being said, these are super cool and I've made a few of them which I now have around my house. My favorite is the one with song lyrics, I wrote around the edges of the plate. I thought that would be super cute for a frugal date night at home. Want to make some too? Yep, I thought so.


Dollar Store Plates


Directions: Simply color on the plates anyway you would like. Be sure to use glass plates so they don't melt in the oven. Then, bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. That will 'set' the Sharpie a bit more than normal so you can actually use them. Be sure to let them cool completely before use or you'll have Sharpie tinted food.

These are a blast to make and your kids will love them too!

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Nov 29, 2012 09:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hi i love the idea and i am planning to it for a party coming up however i am a bit confused since dollar store plates dont haven written on them that they are oven safe so im afraid they might break and make mess in my oven. Could you pleaseeeee let me know if your stated that and if it would work? Thanks in advance

Dec 1, 2012 10:48 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

These plates are from the Dollar Tree and were baked in the oven. Jessica

Feb 16, 2013 08:32 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I made several plates for valentines, One thing i found out was that the "very fine" Sharpie doesn't "stick" like the fine or other type points. Not sure why, maybe there is not enough ink to really penetrate. I even baked twice at a higher temp, 250, for 2 hours and if you scrub the plate even hours later, it can come off. Stick with the fine point, or larger points. Randi Turner - Austin

Aug 1, 2013 10:04 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I put my plates in a cold oven to start with when they are in i set my oven to 400 and when it dings meaning that the oven is at 400 i turn the oven off and leave the plate in for 40 minutes. let them cool awhile in the oven after the 40 minutes cause the plates can easily break. Yes i use the Dollar Tree plates as well.

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