Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sharpie Decorated Special Occasion Plates

Original Pin Here.

From the Mother:

When I was growing up we had a special plate.  It was red and made of glass...I think.  Whenever it was someone's birthday, if someone did really great at something, or if we just wanted someone to feel extra special, when we set the table for dinner that night they got the red plate.

I've always wanted to do this with my kids, but I never found anything that was fun and special enough to become the great occasion plate.  Until now.

Thank you Pinterest for teaching me that I can buy a plate at the dollar store, decorate it with multiple colors of sharpie markers, bake it in the oven  at 350 for 30 minutes, let cool in the oven and then remove - meanwhile making all the sharpie colors permanent.  Because of you, Pinterest, I now have TWO plates one made by me and one by the daughter, of course.

It does need to be noted that the original pin said to bake at 150 for 30 minutes. That failed, and failed miserably.  After removing it from the oven and letting it cool - the sharpie wiped right off (and I had to fix it).  But it seems, so far, that the 350 degree oven from a different pinner has worked.

Now, to figure out who gets the special plates first - let's consult the calendar---hmmmm, that would be ME!   Heh.  No alternative motives here, I promise, this was not planned.

From the Daughter:

At first I had no clue what to put on the plate. The birthday thing was mom's idea. I don't like it because it doesn't look neat or simple. All you need to decorate and bake it. I'm tired and I went swimming today. I don't have anything to say. Swimming makes me tired.
Oooooh....Pretty Sharpie Colors.

I love this cheeseball.  (From the Mom.)

The plate done by the Mother was basically
the entire story, "Oh the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss.  

After about 4 uses, the markers did wash now they are purely decorative...HOWEVER  - Hobby Lobby has glass markers which I have used and DID set properly So I'll be doing a new post using those in the near future. :D


  1. hi-
    i just saw this post. i too found on pinterest how to color my own plate with sharpies. however, when i baked it (30min at 350), some colors changed. the yellow turned brown and a few different shades of green and blue all changed. did you have this problem as well?

  2. are these plates just for decoration cause I have found that even after baking the sharpie comes off with soap and daughter made one and wanted to use you need to spray them with something to make them usable?

  3. They are mainly for decoration purposes. You can use as a cookie plate or such but not for eating off of. There is a spray thou can buy to make them safe thi eat off of.



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