Thanksgiving Ideas

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.

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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.

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.

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