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Homemade decorative plate

“Use what talents you possess:  The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

Henry Van Dyke



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I made this plate.  It was easy.  It was inexpensive.  Want to know how?

First you need the following supplies:

  • Ceramic plate from your dollar store
  • Sharpee
  • Stencil or if you’re really good you can freehand it

I lined up my stencil and taped it on with blue tape.

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I have a thing for birds, so used this sparrow stencil.  You can see how I started to fill in with the Sharpee.  When you are satisfied that your design is complete, remove the stencil.

Set your oven to 300 degrees and bake on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven.  When it’s cool you have an awesome one-of-a-kind plate that is dishwasher safe.

You could do this on cups, saucers, bowls, or platters.  The skies the limit.  And now that Sharpee comes in all kinds of colors you could really be creative.

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You can see on my finished plate I actually flipped the stencil and decided not to fill the entire stencil in.  I really love how it turned out.

It’s super cheap too.  The plate was a dollar, I had the Sharpee.  I did invest two dollars in the stencil, but I can use it again and again.

But I didn’t stop there…

I thought to myself, ‘Why not make my own stencil and design?’.  So I did.  This time I used a round plate…

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Do you think I’m an overachiever?


Here are a few more I made…

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I tried my hand using a blue Sharpee.  It gives it kind of more of a translucent look.  I think I like the black better.

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Why not try your hand at making something unique and all your own?

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9 thoughts on “Homemade decorative plate

  1. Sandy Krebabach

    Well, those plates are truly one of a kind. It certainly seems simple enough. Great job. Again my husband is see this and wonder where you get all your time.

  2. Paula

    I absolutely love this idea. The sky is the limit. I would love it if you would share this fab post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us!


  3. Natasha in Oz

    I love your plates! The birds look so perfect. I’ve just pinned this-thanks for sharing your post at the Say G’day Saturday linky party. I’m so thrilled you joined in!

    Best wishes and have a great weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

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