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DIY Decorated Dishes

DIY Decorated Dishes

When I got married, my in-laws presented my husband and I with a set of dessert plates that were hand-painted by my father-in-law’s mother in the early 1900s. Every time I entertain and display the vintage plates, someone is astonished that the plates were actually hand-painted AND each one is a different design!

A few years ago, I noticed a resurgence of hand-decorated pottery being created at storefront pottery studios. These studios popped up in malls and even my little town had one.

When I read over at Apartment Therapy that they had teamed up with Etsy for a February Jump Start Project contest, I was intrigued. Then I saw this project with instructions for decorating your own tea set and it reminded me of my vintage set of hand-painted dishes.

This provided the inspiration for the DIY Decorated Dish project. Find your inner artist, use your imagination and you can create one-of-a-kind hand-painted plates at home.

What you need:

• White Plates: Porcelain, china or glazed earthenware. These can be found at garage sales, on Craigslist, eBay or you can purchase some stylish ones from Wal-Mart or IKEA.

Peblo Painting Set or paint that is specifically designed to use on glass surfaces and dishwasher safe. Peblo is a thermo-hardening, transparent, non-toxic, water-based paint.

• Water-based marker.

• Damp cloth.

• Oven.

What to do:

1. Prepare the dish for painting by washing it and drying it well.

2. Sketch the design out on paper first. If you don’t draw, try writing a poem or a quote. Here’s some plate design inspiration from Etsy.

3. With a water-based marker pen draw the design on the plate or just start painting.

4. The paint will dry fast, so if you make a mistake repair it quickly with a damp cloth.

5. Once you finished your masterpiece, leave it to dry for 24 hours.

6. Bake in a regular oven at 300 degrees.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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1:52AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013


6:16PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you Ronnie

11:00PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Love the ideas, thank you.

2:43PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thank you! What a great idea!

2:17PM PST on Jan 3, 2013


8:41AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thank you

5:52AM PST on Jan 2, 2013


4:52AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thanks so much..

2:31AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

Thanks for the article.

12:52PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

I love giving and receiving homemade gifts and they are great if you're on a budget. Inexpensive dishes, vases, mugs, containers, artifical flowers, craft items, gift bags, ribbon and giftwrap can be found at your local Dollar store.

My local thrift shops are getting pricey; I don't begrudge them the money they raise but dollar stores have a better selection and the items are new which I think is better if it's used for a gift.

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