Thursday, December 19, 2013

Conner's Cookie Plate!

So I recently featured an absolutely adorable DIY cookie plate from my friend Cari over at Adventures of the Roberts. I loved the idea so much that I decided to make one for Conner, because seriously, who wouldn't love to put out cookies for Santa on a special plate?!

For this craft, you will need:
A plain ceramic plate
Paint pens (any brand will do. I used CraftSmart pens from Michaels)
Rubbing alcohol
A baking sheet

Cari did her plate using Sharpie markers and it turned out AWESOME. I, however, have attempted the Sharpie craft before and failed miserably on a couple of mugs. I've heard mixed reviews about using the Sharpies...they work great for some and not at all for others, and since I apparently don't have the magic Sharpie touch, I decided to give something else a shot. I know from my sister-in-law's glass painting (she does custom painted glasses that are absolutely adorable) that craft paint will bake well onto a glass or ceramic surface. I really didn't want to get into the mess of paint and brushes, so I decided to give paint pens a shot! I read up around Pinterest and saw that other DIYers were having success with them, so I figured what the heck!

I grabbed a plain, white ceramic plate at Target for $4.99 and I already had a set of Christmas colored CraftSmart paint pens at home (these are available at Michaels and run between $3-10 or less with a coupon!). I washed the plate, dried it and then wiped it down with rubbing alcohol to make sure the surface was clean of any soap residue or dust. Then I drew on the plate with my paint pens...

I set the plate on a cookie sheet, and put it in the oven while it was turned off. I set it to 350 degrees for 30 minutes and then went to bed when I turned the oven off. In the morning, I pulled the plate out of the oven and hand washed it (just to see what would happen to the paint) and WOO! The paint held up and the plate is adorable. If you're wondering what the deal is with putting the plate in the oven before you turn it on and leaving it in there overnight, it's because you want the plate to heat up and cool down slowly to prevent cracking (or worse). It needs to gently heat up with the oven and slowly cool down completely or you risk having a split plate or one that pretty much shattered.

Keep in mind that once you're done, your plate is hand wash only! The dishwasher will totally kill your beautiful artwork, so grab a sponge and scrub gently!

Whether you use Sharpies or paint pens, I'd love to see your cookie plates! Post your pics on my Facebook for all to admire ;)

Merry Merry!

1 comment:

  1. How is the plate now, after 3 years? Please email your response to
    I have an order for 12 coffee mugs and plates. Your response will be most helpful! Thank you!!!