How to Make Hand-Painted Plates

Give inexpensive white dinner plates a high-end, custom look with a stenciled design and ceramic paint. Not only is this project great for the holidays, but also for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays.

Custom Holiday Plates

How to Make Hand-Painted Plates

Materials Needed:

  • white ovenproof plates
  • food and dishwasher safe ceramic paint (or ceramic paint pen)
  • masking tape (optional)
  • stencil
  • pencil
  • 1.0 liner artist brush
  • oven

Trace Stencil

Wash and dry plates. Position stencil in desired location on plate and hold firmly or tape into place. Lightly trace design with a pencil (Images 1 and 2).

Paint Design

Using a 1.0 liner brush, fill in design with ceramic paint. Ceramic paint pens are available for those less steady with a brush. If a mistake is made, it can be washed off to start over. Once completed, allow paint to dry for 24 hours before proceeding to next step.

Hand-Painted Holiday Plates

Paint Design

Bake Plates

Follow manufacturer's instructions to bake plates and cure paint. Allow plates to cool. Tip: Design options are limitless. Paint a simple gold rim for a classic look, or monogram plates for a personalized hostess gift.

Hand-Painted Holiday Plates

Bake Hand-Painted Plates

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